Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier
Release Date: May 10th 2011
Publisher: Henry Holt and Company
Page Count: Hardcover, 324pages
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Historical, Time Travel
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. - Good Reads
Right about now I'm really wishing that I spoke German so I wouldn't have to wait for the next installment in this trilogy! I absolutely loved this book and cannot wait until the next! Gwen was endearing and sweet and a very loveable character. She does act a little younger than her age, but I was able to enjoy her character still. Gier really set it up so you felt elated that she received the gene instead of her cousin. She convincingly painted the Grandmother and Aunt to be total bitches.
Gideon: Gwen's partner in time. They are both the last time travelers in the circle of twelve and work together to overcome obstacles throughout the book. Gideon treats Gwen rudely at first, but as Gwen shows him she's not as stupid as she thinks, he warms up. His bad attitude was reasonable, which made it easier to forgive and move on. I could definitely see the blossoms of a sweet romance.
The time travel in the book is interesting. I love time travel. I could read a million books featuring time travel and this is the best one for young adults I think I've read so far. The time travel in this book has a good solid foundation with it's own lore and rules that make "sense".