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Sapphire Blue

Sapphire Blue
By Kerstin Gier
Henry Holt and Co, 2012
Audience: All Teens

Source: Library

From Goodreads:
Gwen’s life has been a rollercoaster since she discovered she was the Ruby, the final member of the secret time-traveling Circle of Twelve. In between searching through history for the other time-travelers and asking for a bit of their blood (gross!), she’s been trying to figure out what all the mysteries and prophecies surrounding the Circle really mean.
At least Gwen has plenty of help. Her best friend Lesley follows every lead diligently on the Internet. James the ghost teaches Gwen how to fit in at an eighteenth century party. And Xemerius, the gargoyle demon who has been following Gwen since he caught her kissing Gideon in a church, offers advice on everything. Oh, yes. And of course there is Gideon, the Diamond. One minute he’s very warm indeed; the next he’s freezing cold. Gwen’s not sure what’s going on there, but she’s pretty much destined to find out.

Oh, goodness. I was so happy to be done with this book. I don't know if it's the curse of the second book in a series, but this one didn't capture me like the first did. I wanted to get swept away in the romance of Gwen and Gideon and time travel, but I didn't trust Gideon and I wasn't rooting for them. I just wanted to know if he was interested for sure or not. Too much back and forth, not enough believable kissing! It was frustrating.

The one thing that I did like was Xemerius. His name was unique enough that I could actually keep track of him amongst the rather large cast of characters. (It would have been helpful if that list had been in the front of the book. I definitely would have referred to it.) He was hilariously helpful, and made the book feel a bit kooky.

Even though I didn't like this book so much, I'm looking forward to reading how the trilogy concludes. I have higher hopes for the third book.