My rating: 4 of 5 stars
★ ★ ★ ★ – Kept me interested all through and I liked it.
“Ruby Red” is the first book in the “Ruby Red” Trilogy.
Gwen is a rather normal teenager—apart from the fact that she descends from a line of female time travelers. Wrapped in mystery, Gwen can only spectate as her Cousin is trained and prepared for the day she’ll receive her powers. Except, at a twist of fate, it turns out that Gwen—unprepared and ignorant—is the gifted one.
It’s really hard to review this trilogy. I read them back-to-back, and for me all three books feel more like one book, than three separate novels.
So if you’re going to read this one, prepare to read the other two, as well. Since this one ends on a huge cliffhanger.
With that said, if you take away the hiccups with the plot arc (Which spans over all three books, and is pretty decent) then you have a sweet teenage romance with some time travel on your hands.
It’s a very light read, and while the prologue and epilogue may confuse you a bit, (It did with me) then I can promise you that the writer will explain that part… eventually.
The whole time-travel part is pretty hard to understand, but I honestly found it refreshing that the MC didn’t know all the answers either. Honestly, it made it more fun to discover everything alongside the character.
I wasn’t a fan of the family feud. Gwen lives with her aunt, cousin, mom, siblings, grandmother and great-aunt. All of them are somewhat hot-headed and can be downright cruel to each other. I get the whole competition thing, but I would have just hoped there would be more support. Maybe that’s just me, though.
I do have to admit, that “Ruby Red” doesn’t live up to the potential it could have been—or at least what I expected it to be. This is of course my own opinion, but I found that it could have been so much more. As it is, it was just an enjoyable read for me. Nothing more, nothing less.
Plus, the cover is gorgeous. Who else would like to bring back such dressing gowns as the norm? Anyone? No? Just me, then…
I would recommend this book if you don’t mind insta-love, and you just want a pretty relaxed read with some timey-wimey fun thrown in.