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Ruby Red

Ruby Red
By Kerstin Gier
Henry Holt and Co, 2011
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:

Gwyneth Shepherd's sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!
Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon--the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.
Ok. I just finished this book, and I'm confused. I'm totally looking forward to the next book, but still I'M CONFUSED. Since this book is about time travel, that's a good thing. It means it's been done correctly. All of the good time travel stories out there are confusing at some point, right?
And I loved the fairy-tale-like aspect of the one that no one cared about being the star all of a sudden. It sort of made Charlotte and her mom feel like the ugly stepsisters. Nice. Even though I am probably more straight-laced like Charlotte, I want to see Gwyneth succeed.
I liked the epilogue. I was kind of hoping for something like that. It's a major spoiler, so I won't explain any more than that. When the book ended, though, I felt like we were just getting started. The good stuff was coming up! All this book did was introduce us to the idea. I wanted ACTION! More sword fights! More attacks! Romance would have helped, too. Although, I'm not looking forward to Gwyneth's love interest storyline. I don't know about that. 
When I saw it was originally in German, I was worried a bit. I understand how translation works, but I thought this was well-done. I would never have known with this one. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy was poorly translated, in my opinion. But who am I to talk? Those are thick books! So apparently those were the exception.
I wish all three books were out so I could read them back-to-back. I know I'll forget important stuff by the time October rolls around. 
It is going to be such a long wait!

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