Author: Kerstin Gier
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Series: Edelstein Trilogy, book one
Source: Bought for my school library
About the Book: 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 eighteenth century and in contemporary London, they can trust. (goodreads)
My Thoughts: I had heard a lot of good things about this book but I never picked it up. I'm not really sure why. I didn't really have a clue what it was about. Then I saw the cover to the next book Sapphire Blue and the new cover for Ruby Red:
They had me intrigued. I had some time the other day at work and so I picked Ruby Red up off the shelf to read a couple chapters. I couldn't put it down! I was immediately sucked in to Gwen's world. Everything I found out had me wanting to learn more and more and more.
I mean, just the idea that there is a gene or something in a person's blood that determines their ability to time travel is so cool! To make this idea even more awesome there is a prophecy, secret societies, family secrets, and mystery. There is even a bit of romance (which I hope to see explored more in books two and three!)
I think what I found most surprising was that with all the dramatic elements of the book there was still quite a bit of humor. Gwen is a teenage girl. She is dealing with a somewhat crazy family, school life, and an unforeseen ability to time travel. I loved her wry comments. Also, her best friend Lesley was a great addition to the cast of characters. The way she suggests movies to learn more about any topic cracked me up.
Basically you just need to read this book. I was so pleasantly surprised by how much I loved it. It is certainly one I'll be purchasing for my personal collection. Now I just have to figure out how to be patient while waiting for book two!