Ruby Shoes and Ruby Red: Ruby Red (Ruby Red Trilogy #1) Book Review

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Ruby Red

Ruby Red

By Kerstin Gier (Translated to English by Anthea Bell from German)

Published May 10, 2011 by Henry Holt and Co.

Four Stars

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.

-goodreads.com

Ruby Red was a $2.99 buy I purchased months back on my nook. I liked the idea of the book. It intrigued me; even though I am not a huge fantasy fiction fan. There is something about time travel and the past that I enjoy. What I wasn’t truly prepared for was the allure of secret societies on top of everything else. And, I mean secret, secret society. Intriguing, right? Yes, indeed. Especially for Gywenth Shepard who has spent her whole life on the outside of her family’s heritage. Charlotte was being groomed and welcomed to what the secret was. Gwen knew that there was a secret plan for the last time traveler. But, she just wasn’t sure how far and deep the secret and the society went.

Even after being the true Ruby Red, the last with the supposed most power abilities, she was treated with the utmost disrespect. She was untrained, not as groomed, and not knowledgeable in the least. Something she has learned to accept as her family and the other time traveling family, de Villiers.

Gwen is a great heroine, but it is her best friend that I enjoyed the most, Leslie Hays. She is the brains. She researches everything Gwen tells her, helping Gwen the most. Not only is she a great cheerleader, she is the one person I would trust with my time-traveling life. Her humor is great; her feelings open; and she is a great friend.

Gwen could get a little nervy, yet it was great heading into different centuries: the eighteen hundreds, 1912, and the seventeen hundreds. Each time, there was a different London and more adventures. Thankfully Gwen was never alone, but her companion Gideon was all but open to this new change. He was possibly one of my least favorite characters.

Still, I couldn’t help it, but each time Gwen came back from time traveling I pictured that she had the ruby shoes from The Wizard of Oz. Of course, she didn’t. But she is the Ruby.

I am looking forward to book two, which I downloaded for free as an audio book. I started already, and love it. Oh, the intrigue.

I would recommend this series to anyone who likes little YA fantasy, time travel, and outcasts. It is a pleasantly quick read at only 203 pages as an e-book.

Books... Portals to other worlds.

If only that was the true world she traveled. But I will settle for London.

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It’s Monday! What are YOU Reading?

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Whew, another Monday down. This Monday marks a milestone for me, my first It’s Monday! What are you reading? post. It’s Monday! What are you reading? is a weekly meme that showcases different blogs where you can find even more book reviews and recommendations sponsored by Shelia at bookjourney.wordpress.com.  

Whew, what a week. I have been kind of silent this past week on the blogsphere so I am going to do a couple things here.

My reading has been going a bit slow. I finally finished “The Wind in he Willows” after months of periodic listening to multiple narrators. It was an OK book, not a classic I would really recommend. Although it is geared towards children, and I can see them happy at learning about animals being people and all that jazz, a lot of it just dragged on with kind of annoying characters. If you read my review, you could see I absolutely disliked the Toad. Of course, there needed to be one entitled animal, right? Just picture him as Bernie Madoff, ripping people off, fooling them, and getting their way. That may be a tad harsh, but hey. It’s my blog. 🙂

I had a sleepover at my best friend’s apartment where we watched Warm Bodies. As I did not have time to write a review of it this week, I am going to now.

                                                   Warm Bodies (2013) Poster oh yes he is!

If you haven’t watched Warm Bodies, it is a hysterical take on zombies. Based on the book Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion, the main “character” is R, a recovering zombie. Now, why is he in recovery, you may ask. Because he is getting warmer! Warmer! Like human. Oh my word! After a raid, R spots a girl that he decides to “rescue” in a nice zombie/human way. Slowly, his body and mind start getting attuned to each other.

R is played Nicholas Hoult. In case you don’t know who he is, you should check him out! He was the little boy in About a Boy with Hugh Grant. And, recently, broke up with Jennifer Lawrence and stars as Hank (the beast) in the X-men revamped movies. This role was perfect for him. He still looked kind of cute, struggling to walk and looking like half death. Because he is a zombie, a lot of his dialogue is spoken coming from his mind, not actual words out of his mouth. Because of that, Hoult’s narration was great. It was dry, with so much humor. 

As you guessed it, though, there is a girl who just makes him “warm”. Teresa Palmer played Julie, one of the few humans not infected and a recruit to kill the zombies. Although I never read the book, I thought she was great for the part. I may be biased, since I loved her in the movie I am Number 4. She plays Jane Doe (number 6). 

I expected cheesiness from this film. C’mon with a poster like this Warm Bodies (2013) Poster how can you really take it seriously? You can’t. But, you should. It was great fun. Just Hoult’s commentary alone is worth spending the hour and a half. I may not run to the bookstore to buy the book, but I recommend the movie if anything.

And, if you are in fact interested in the book, I just noticed on goodreads.com it’s part of a series. Yay for you series lovers. I can imagine it would go by quick. It just isn’t your typical zombie movie and that alone makes me happy. There are too many out there now, but go see Warm Bodies if that is your only one. It is not serious and life threatening like World War Z. It really plays (and reads I would imagine) as a great satire about the new zombie obsession our culture has developed.

Starting tomorrow, I will be going to LA and Disneyland, coming home bright early on Sunday. Hopefully, there will be some new reviews. A six hour flight? Six hours both ways? Yeah, lots of reading going on there. Currently, I am still reading Havisham, getting closer and more into the end. Still not going to be one of my favorites if the year, but I can see Great Expectation fans loving it. I am also listening to The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood. Sadly, Karen Savage is not the reader. Instead, I am back to listening to a recording of new people each chapter. The woman speaking in chapter three is terrible. She sounds like a big smoker.

Lastly, I am reading Ruby Red (The Ruby Red Triology #1) by Kerstin Gier  on my nook. I am excited about this one. The cover is so pretty. Ruby Red (Ruby Red Trilogy, #1) 

Another plus, it is about time travel throughout all eras and secret societies. Two of my favorite things. I got the book for under $2.99 a couple of months ago. I am finally sitting down to reading it and I love it! Check it out if you enjoy YA, YA Fantasy, time travel, and secret societies. I will hopefully have a review of that book for sure.

I think I am set. Got all three types in action. Plus, a classic, a classic retelling, and YA Fantasy. Yeah, I’m set. And well-rounded to boot!

Happy (almost dinner time) Monday! And good luck with your reading this week. I am looking forward to my trip and sharing more reviews with you.

Also, on a non-literary note, if you want to see a good movie, see Sofia Coppola’s new Movie The Bling Ring with Emma Watson. It is great!

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