Book: Sapphire Blue
Author: Kerstin Gier
Genre: Teen/Sci Fi/Time Travel/Romance
Summary: Gwen’s life has been a roller coaster since she discovered she was the Ruby, the final member of the time-traveling Circle of Twelve. When not 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. It’s not easy when a secret society, a dangerous Count, and her own time-traveling partner, Gideon, are determined to keep her from the truth. Especially since Gwen can’t decide whether Gideon really believes she’s a traitor to the Circle or might actually be on her side - and creeping into her heart. -Square Fish, 2010.
This is the second book in the Ruby Red Trilogy, the sequel to Ruby Red. It picks up right where Ruby Red left off so anyone who thinks they can get away with only reading one or two of the books won’t be able to understand much.
The plot thickens as Gwen treads deeper into the secret society she’s been inducted into and she tries to figure out what is the ultimate purpose of the society itself. She wants to know its goals and if they are for good or evil.
There are one or two climaxes in the story, but otherwise, there are still more questions than answers. Some answers solve earlier questions posed in Ruby Red, but not all of them. New characters are introduced, but they are important to help move the story along.
Unfortunately, the emotional and mental abuse Gwen suffers from her cousin and aunt is ongoing as well. What’s even more mysterious to me is how Gwen treats her cousin so nicely most of the time when her cousin continues to treat Gwen like trash. There’s even a moment where Gwen compliments her cousin out of nowhere. I’m sure it’s supposed to mean that Gwen is kind and forgiving, but then there are scenes where Gwen is harsh to her cousin or insults her behind her back. This character trait is confusing when there’s no continuity. Either Gwen is puts up with the abuse and is receptive of the criticism or she doesn’t take it lying down and is equally mean to her cousin in return. It can’t be both. It can’t even use the excuse of it being character development. I won’t spend anymore time on this point, but it’s a seriously flaw with the characterization of Gwen. It’s like Gier can’t decide whether to make Gwen the average teenage girl (highly emotional and figuring out how to properly respond to blatant hate) or the atypical teenage girl (not bothered by criticism and is forgiving of her enemies).
Otherwise, the book is a suitable middle to the overall story line and it has a nice cliffhanger that makes the reader want to continue to the final book.
Overall, I give Sapphire Blue an A-.
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