Double Monster Review: Sapphire Blue

Double Monster Review: Sapphire BlueSapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier
Series: The Ruby Red Trilogy #2
Published by Henry Holt and Co. on October 30th 2012
Pages: 368
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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.

Reviews: Ruby Red
 
* Review and Summary may contain spoilers from previous books of the series. Read at your own risk *
 
 


Ruby Red first introduced reader to Gwen and the Circle of Twelve. The Twelve’s talent? Time travel.

Words cannot describe how much I adore this series. I thought I loved Ruby Red. But Sapphire Blue blows the first book out of the water. With the second book in the series, the story really starts to unfold, questions begin to find their answers. Secrets are revealed. But when nothing is as it seems, who can be trusted?

In Sapphire Blue, readers are again introduced to Gwen, Gideon, and the gang. Gwen still is an outsider looking in. Trying to figure out exactly how she, as the Ruby, is suppose to fit into the bigger picture. Gideon, oh, Gideon. You showed a lot of promise in Ruby Red. But in Sapphire Blue, I fear, you may have started to show your true colors. I am so torn with him! Okay, so Gwen and Gideon are not the perfect couple. Gwen: too goofy. Gideon: too serious. But their chemistry, when present, is nice. I adored their interactions in Ruby Red. But in Sapphire Blue, it is like they have reached the point of no return. Misunderstandings. Jealousy. It may be too soon to really sort out my feelings for this romance.

Romance, and my conflicting feelings aside, Gier knows how to write a page turner. Gier has this amazing talent of adding in subtle details. In addition to the main story, pieces of additional information have been planted. A family tree. Historical documents. Quotes from classical pieces. Every little extra detail adds another level of depth, a better understanding to this world.

Final Verdict:
After loving Ruby Red, I had high expectations for its sequel. Sapphire Blue lived up to everyone of them. The chemistry of the characters. The are they / are they not questions of the romance. The secrets and betrayals. It kept me on the edge of my seat. I did not want to stop reading this one. So, pull up a chair. Clear your schedule. I promise you once you start Sapphire Blue, you will not want any distractions.

 


I absolutely fell in love with Ruby Red when it came out and was dying for the sequel. To no surprise, I found myself once again pulled into the story.

Sapphire Blue takes off just shortly after the first novel. Gwen is struggling with her feelings for Giddeon and trying to figure out what her role will play in the future (or rather the past). Being kept in the dark, literally blindfolded so she cannot see where certain rooms are in the Society, is not helping her attitude and adjustment to her new life. I love that while the love story is important, there is so much more at stake for both Gwen and Giddeon and together they must figure out what really will happen next. The love story is intricately woven throughout the main plot, which at this point is too complicated to really explain to a reader who has not read the first novel.

I felt like Sapphire Blue was a solid middle novel, with lots of action, kissing and pulling the plot forward while adding more loops within. Gwen is not trusted at all with much of any of the secrets and you can tell it's a bit of a chauvinistic society that she is dealing with. Giddeon really muddles things for Gwen when she realizes that he too may be playing games with her and she begins to feel she cannot trust anyone because they do not trust her. I'll be interested to see how this attitude carries into the next novel and hopefully all plots will align and questions will be answered. 

Final Verdict:
Overall, I absolutely love Gier's writing and how she keeps me turning the page. Even the love story is twisty enough but also not overdone to the point of groaning. I absolutely cannot wait for the next installment, but alas, I will have to (unless I learn to read German…).  

Kate

Kate is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. I am a twenty-something year old who is passionate about reading. I currently hold a B.A. in English and am married to my high school sweetheart. We have two (cat) children, Gracie and Kit, who are total divas. I have an insane and possibly unhealthy passion for reading. You can usually find me with my nose buried in a book.

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