Jackaby (Jackaby #1) by William Ritter

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Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary–including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police–with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane–deny.



Regrettably, the original review for this novel mysteriously disappeared – after someone forgot to save it – and since Microsoft sucks old, sweaty socks, I’ve been forced to retype and remake the entire review…

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So, I apologize for this even suckier review than normal, I didn’t have a whole bunch of time to redo this, but I had to do it. You know the saying,

“If you can’t do it right, do it anyway”

(is that not right?)

Disclaimer: My rating of a 3.5 (B+) is graded on a curve because this was the debut novel of Mr. Ritter

Jackaby is a fun novel. Throughout, we follow the partnership of Abigail and Jackaby. She’s a rebellious runaway following her dreams of adventure and fulfillment, whereas Jackaby is an eccentric, witty, sometimes charming sometimes rude, supernatural (consulting) detective. She sees the normal and he sees the unnormal unusual, because he’s like a seer or something.

The best thing about Jackaby has to be the unorthodox fantasy theme Ritter gives us. It’s very original because it’s focused around folklore (which I love) that Jackaby attempts to pass off as science. Jackaby would also have to be a positive point of the novel because I was definitely getting Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Who vibes, however, he was lacking in many areas and just didn’t capture the true essence of the aforementioned characters. Another positive point would be the lack of real romance and the extremely platonic partnership between Abigail and Jackaby. Abigail does have a budding love with a certain young detective (cop?), but it’s occurring in the shadows, besides he’s got his own secrets.

The worst things about Jackaby was the lack proper action. The book is short – appx. 299 pages – so, having to read half of the novel for anything exciting to happen (or really anything at all) was quite boring. This also accounts for the fact that Abigail isn’t a great narrator, with her stale observations and dull chatter. Don’t get me wrong, she had her moments where I enjoyed her narration, but mostly I wasn’t interested. Nevertheless, the story is interesting and it’s fun to read about them finding the supernatural murderer…which Jackaby should have figured out much sooner than he did.

This is a series so I expected book 2 to advance above this novel…I’ve read book 2 but I didn’t get that…you’ll just have to wait for that review……

I know this review isn’t great, but I suggest you check out this one —> Jackaby

 

Illuminae (The Illuminae Files, #1) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff | Review

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a-4

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.
But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes


Illuminae has a massive overload of reviews, so my input won’t be something that someone hasn’t already stated, but I read it so why not review it.

Cons:
  • Format – The format of Illuminae while ambitious and entertaining, didn’t leave a considerable amount of potential to build an attachment to the characters or storyline. Since the entire novel is broken up into IM’s, articles, transcribed audio and video footage, data records, and recorded codes and information from A.I.D.A.N. While the storyline wasn’t difficult to follow, it just felt weird at times.
  • Characters – This can be reflected back to the format. Because of the way Illuminae is formatted it’s hard to be connected to the characters. Kady and Ezra were funny and their love was fun and heartfelt, but I just wasn’t invested in them.

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A Study in Charlotte (Charlotte Holmes #1) by Brittany Cavallaro | Review

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DNF

The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.

From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.


The omission of a rating for this novel wasn’t an error, but a tactical decision based upon the fact that I gave up pretty early on, therefore, I didn’t rate it out of ‘farness’.
A Study in Charlotte should have captivated me! I’m a die hard Sherlock Holmes fan and I also enjoy retellings of famous stories and, or, themes, so it’s only natural that a revamped version of Sherlock Holmes featuring a female “Sherlock” and an American setting would be like literary heaven, right?

Wrong!

Since I didn’t make it far, I’ll keep this short.

The biggest turnoff about this book was the tainted partnership of Holmes and Watson. One of my favorite things about the partnership between Holmes and Watson is that it’s purely platonic. I know the original is super old, so a gay kinda romance wouldn’t have spawned from their partnership (writers back then weren’t that risqué), however, even the updated, televised versions of Sherlock Holmes never waver from that basic foundation.

For some odd reason YA always has to include some kind of romance, regardless of its usefulness. In this novel all the signs pointed toward a future romance between the two and a complicated on-again off-again love. Very few YA novels exclude romance (A Darker Shade of Magic is a rarity) but sometimes it’s just not necessary. Why couldn’t this have just been a mystery (mediocre, but still a plain mystery)?

Another reason I didn’t feel compelled to finish the novel was that I could tell it wasn’t going to be different. Charlotte read like the original Sherlock (watered down, of course) and Jamie is no different than John (again, watered down severely). Then the idea of Holmes being a drug addict and living in the US was not terribly original….

Lastly, there’s the bland voice of Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes’ unlikable nature. There’s this amazing quality to Sherlock Holmes that allows you to LOVE him. It’s quite interesting how someone so blatantly arrogant and blissfully ignorant to others emotions (or just overall inconsiderate nature) can be so magnetic, however, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was able to do that. In this case, Charlotte lacks that.

I was bored and I’m pretty busy so I didn’t feel a need to continue. Perhaps someone who had time to truly try, could extract some great qualities to this novel, but my heart just wasn’t in it.

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews

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C+

Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.

Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.

Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.

And all at once Greg must abandon invisibility and stand in the spotlight.


I’d like to begin by explaining that I watched the movie before I read the book. I know, I know, but I’d put off this book for so long that it was becoming a dwarf planet, which basically means not important and forgotten. So, I took the plunge, watched the movie and fell in LOVE

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However the book wasn’t as solid as the movie, in my honest opinion. I know it’s rare for the movie to surpass the book, but when you read it you’ll probably understand why. But, I’m not going to spend this entire review commenting on the movie, in fact, this will be the last time I mention the movie. Since, It’d be rather repetitive for me to basically retell what the summary already does, so I’ll just get directly to the meat – this will be extremely short.

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Paper Towns by John Green

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Quentin Jacobsen has spent a lifetime loving the magnificently adventurous Margo Roth Spiegelman from afar. So when she cracks open a window and climbs into his life—dressed like a ninja and summoning him for an ingenious campaign of revenge—he follows. After their all-nighter ends, and a new day breaks, Q arrives at school to discover that Margo, always an enigma, has now become a mystery. But Q soon learns that there are clues—and they’re for him. Urged down a disconnected path, the closer he gets, the less Q sees the girl he thought he knew…


Let’s begin with Quentin. Quentin is the very definition of a one-dimensional character. After finishing this novel I still have no idea who he is, but not in a complex way that makes him this wonderful character full of animation and vitality, the exact opposite is true for Quentin.

What are his likes, dislikes, favorite color, favorite food, what kind of music does he like, what movies do he enjoy, etc. Yes, these are trivial questions but those are the things that make-up a person.

Little things + big things + actions = YOU

All Quentin talked about during the novel was Margo. In the beginning it was how beautiful she was. I kid you not, every page mentioned her hair, eyes, skin, smell, and just overall perfection. It’s weird and kinda creepy for him to be this obsessed with a girl that he didn’t seem to care much about until this book started. But I was able to move past this after awhile and focus on the future of the novel – I wasn’t impressed.

FYI (if you care): For people who haven’t been to Orlando Margo describes downtown quite well actually. After living in Orlando for a year I know that it’s terrible, and her representation of Orlando’s homes is also accurate, certain sections are paper towns. S0, that’s a score for Margo.

The second part of the novel is really boring. Quentin figures out Margo is missing and soon gathers clues to find her. In this time he reflects on how cool she is, how eccentric and misunderstood (I call bullshit) she is compared to everyone else in the world. Hanging out at abandoned buildings and reading poems by Walt Whitman because she’s so down-to-earth. Soon enough Quentin learns that maybe the Margo he thought he knew wasn’t her, but someone else.

Q: Who is the real Margo?
A: Who gives a shit!

I realize that that answer is harsh, but the proverbial question of “who is Margo?” got old quickly. The real question I repeatedly asked myself was WHO GIVES A SHIT! Seriously, Margo isn’t interesting. She’s not too cool for school or some overly complex mind troubled by her past. She’s just an upper-middle class girl who reads Sylvia Plath, Emily Dickinson, Walt Whitman, hangs out in abandoned buildings, and runs away a lot for attention.  Could she be more cliche? I’m sorry, her extensive collection of records that include Johnny Cash is what really makes her unique.

Are you understanding my issue here? Now, I’m not trying to bash Emily Dickinson, Johnny Cash, or Walt Whitman – who I happen to love – because they’re not the problem, it’s how Green utilized these things as evidence that she’s so different. Until, of course, the end where she’s the same as everyone else. In the end I couldn’t buy what he was trying to sell, nor could I buy the ending and how neatly wrapped everything became. She was a spoiled brat – end of story.

The road trip portion of the novel was one of the reasons I relinquished and gave two stars. It was enjoyable and believable, especially to someone like me who’s been on MANY road trips.

Philadelphia –> Oklahoma, Philadelphia –> Florida, Philadelphia –> North Carolina, Florida –> Georgia, Florida –> Philadelphia, Philadelphia –> Washington D.C., etc.

The major problem Paper Towns suffered was making it about Margo and Quentin when he should have chosen one. Either Margo and her outer facade -the way she’s described is as if she’s this higher being with beauty, charm and majestic qualities, but there aren’t facts to back-up this claim – and the real her, or Quentin.

The end was supposed to be all philosophical and profound, a serious thinker, but it was just pretentious. Plus, where she ends up being is completely preposterous. I don’t really know what else to say. I can give a list of characters dimensions…

Margo – One-Dimensional

Quentin – One-Dimensional

Ben – One-Dimensional

Lacey – One-dimensional

Radar – Three-Dimensional (they didn’t mention him enough in the book)

Parents – One – dimensional

Entire high school – One-Dimensional

I’m sorry if this review wasn’t more in-depth but it took me forever to finish this book because it was soooo boring and self-centered. There were good moments but the bad outweighed the good by a large margin.

Sapphire Blue (Ruby Red Trilogy# 2) by Kerstin Gier

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Grade: D+

★ ★ /★ ★ ★ ★ ★


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.
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My Reaction:
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Having read this novel quite a long time ago my memory of it isn’t fresh or complete, however I do remember enough for a quick review. The best thing about this installment was the demon ghost cat, Xemerius. He’s very funny and added an element of airiness that this book really needed  to keep me from ripping my hair out. His presence is needed so badly because Gwen is awful.

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The Maze Runner (Maze Runner, #1) by James Dashner

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When Thomas wakes up in the lift, the only thing he can remember is his name. He’s surrounded by strangers–boys whose memories are also gone.

Outside the towering stone walls that surround the Glade is a limitless, ever-changing maze. It’s the only way out–and no one’s ever made it through alive.

Then a girl arrives. The first girl ever. And the message she delivers is terrifying.


Not So Fun Fact: I accidentally bought the UK version of this book (who does that?!), so all the meters, stone, and centimeter talk didn’t make sense, but I don’t blame the book for that, so it won’t bring down the rating.

It seldom happens that the movie adaptation of a particular novel helps me enjoy said novel, more. So you can imagine my surprise when this exact thing happened. What do I mean by this?

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Zombie Attack! Rise of the Horde (Zombie Attack #1) by Devan Sagliani

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3 out of 5 stars

★ ★ ★

When 16 year old Xander’s older brother Moto left him at Vandenberg Airforce Base he only had one request – don’t leave no matter what. But there was no way he could have known that one day zombies would gather into groups big enough to knock down walls and take out entire buildings full of people. That was before the rise of the horde!

Now Xander is on the run, fleeing south to Port Hueneme to locate his brother with nothing but his martial arts training and the katana blade left to him. Along the way he’ll have to fight for his life against other survivors, neo-Nazi’s, outlaw bikers, gang bangers, cannibals, cult members, and a seemingly endless sea of flesh hungry zombies.

But Xander is far from alone. Traveling with him are Benji, a 12 year old comic book geek, and Felicity Jane, a childhood celebrity with wild mood swings. Will they make it together in one piece to the safe zone or will they become the next meal for a hungry horde of wild zombies?


Zombie Attack! Rise of the Horde Zombie wasn’t a contemporary classic, it’s not written so eloquently that my heart couldn’t take it, nor was it some horror-filled masterpiece, but it was fun. It was similar to the zombie movies and television shows I’ve seen with the whole “people are the true monster’s not flesh eating parasites,” which I actually happen to enjoy.

I know what you’re thinking. What possibly possessed me to read a novel with that title, well I’ll tell you why.

The only reason I read this novel was because it happened to be free on Amazon for kindle unlimited. At first I was completely perplexed with the title, so I told myself “don’t judge a book by its title”, but an exclamation point and then zombie and horde in the same book – I honestly didn’t expect much. However, it wasn’t that bad and I actually had moments where I was actually engrossed in the story. So let’s get this review started!

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So, zombies are getting smart (yup, you read that right) and learning to attack the living in huge hordes.  This happens the day, Xander and Benji escape the military base where everyone dies (I’m not certain if that’s a spoiler since it can be read in the sample).  After this, Xander becomes Benji’s primary protector and travels with twin brothers (hell, if I remember their names) to find Xander’s brother, who’s a soldier, where they run into problem after problem. They literally run into more trouble than the Grimes wolf-pack on The Walking Dead.

Their first encounter is with a group that takes them to a neighborhood they’ve secured and turned back into a civilized society. Hot water, hot food, and soft beds. It’s HEAVEN! Well, except for the Unity Gang which has some of the worst criminals ever; they pillage, rape and torture (remember the Reavers on Firefly? They’re like that) – so don’t get caught by them – but Xander doesn’t trust anyone, including the nice people that picked his crew up.

After escaping that situation we’re on the road again where Xander and Benji see some disturbing things, too disturbing for kids, and you really appreciate the simplicity of Sagliani’s scene and his respect for the reader’s maturity to understand the toll the zombies have taken on the world. This last until they arrive in a very rich neighbor to scavenge for supplies and are ambushed by Felicity Jane, former child star and current love interest for our male lead, and her longtime friend (don’t know his name). Felicity is an interesting character, although she may seem like a spoiled, diva brat, you’ll learn her history and feel for her.

Soon enough they’ll leave and encounter ANOTHER set of bad guys, but they’re a religious group recruiting long-before the zombie apocalypse started. This was actually done very well, especially the child bride thing (oops, is that a spoiler?) and really gave me the creeps. However, this is also the point I stopped liking Xander some. He does something that just rubbed me the wrong way and just lessened my enjoyment of his character.

The end is what really intrigued me and made me decide to read book two. There’s this amazing revelation at the end where I went

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If you’re in the mood for some “light” zombie, horror, post-apocalyptic, survival, YA, adventurous fun that mentions fast food, video games, and reality television (in a bad light) then you’ll LOVE this book.

 

 

Beautiful Chaos (Beautiful Creatures Book 3) by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

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Ethan Wate thought he was getting used to the strange, impossible events happening in Gatlin, his small Southern town. But now that Ethan and Lena have returned home from the Great Barrier, strange and impossible have taken on new meanings. Swarms of locusts, record-breaking heat, and devastating storms ravage Gatlin as Ethan and Lena struggle to understand the impact of Lena’s Claiming. Even Lena’s family of powerful Supernaturals is affected — and their abilities begin to dangerously misfire. As time passes, one question becomes clear: What — or who — will need to be sacrificed to save Gatlin?

For Ethan, the chaos is a frightening but welcome distraction. He’s being haunted in his dreams again, but this time it’s not Lena — and the mysterious figure is following him out of his dreams and into his everyday life. Worse, Ethan is gradually losing pieces of himself — forgetting names, phone numbers, even memories. He doesn’t know why, and he’s afraid to ask.

Sometimes there’s no going back. And this time there won’t be a happy ending.

 


!!!I DID NOT FINISH THIS BOOK!!!

Finishing books have always filled me with a source of pride, so when I realized completing this book wasn’t likely I rejected this defeat!  That is until page 346 and it’s like I hit a wall – my eyes glazed over, hands cramped, and my mind just blanked. This was the day I said, “I’m calling it!” After countless pages of repetitive scenes and annoying character actions I literally couldn’t take it anymore.  I closed the book and set it on my shelf to collect dust.  It’s possible that I’ll come back to it after some time, but for now it’ll remain there.

Problem One:

The characters in this book are terrible. Ethan started out as this cute, love-struck boy in book one, but now his loyalty to Lena is stupid, his willingness to put zero blame on her is stupid, and his irrational treatment of the physical impact she has on him is stupid. Every time Lena kisses him she’s basically killing him, but that’s alright because… what? There isn’t an explanation, plus his treatment of Liv was NOT cool…especially since I liked her character. Oh, and how could I forget the little (sarcasm) hints about Ethan losing his memory and losing himself blah blah blah.

I’ve expressed my dislike for Lena countless times on GR but never on here, so it’s my responsibility to rectify this. What words could be used to describe Lena’s character besides, Selfish, Annoying, Immature, Depressing for no reason. Boohoo, she she has mommy issues, so what! There are many more words, but I reckoned I’d lay it on lightly. She’s jealous of Liv, although she ran off with John Breed because no one understood her extremely deep, emotional turmoil (The Whiner).  Then after Liv saves her, she has the mettle to be a serious bitch!  Not to mention she’s always about to cast on someone with her stupid powers.  I’m still befuddled about what makes her light at all, she’s supposed to be gray -the place between light and dark – but all I see is dark caster.  I don’t even want to blab about her anymore.

Although I like Link as a character they totally went right over him being a freaking incubus! Mortal to Demon and we’re not even talking about this? How is that even possible?

Seriously!

Whatever, Like I said Link’s character is cool but that whole Ridley and Link romance is not funny or fun, it’s immature and annoying – perfect words to describe Ridley. In book 1 and 2 I liked Ridley but in this book she’s just not doing it for me.

Amma was being  secretive and mean for no reason. After books 1 and 2 you’d think they’d learn not to keep secrets, but obviously Amma didn’t learn her lesson and her character hasn’t grown or changed at all from all the other books.

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Problem Two:

Yes. I skipped ahead to the end to read the last chapter, and to be candid I’m relieved I didn’t read the 200 pages that remained. With an ending as anti-climatic as that I’m surprised people were still interested in reading b00k 4! There’s nothing separating  this novel from the other two in the series and nothing magnetizing me toward it either.

Problem Three:

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(have I ever expressed my obsession with Marlon Brando? No. Well I’m obsessed with Marlon Brando.)

These have to be the absolute worst villains I’ve ever had the displeasure of reading. Abraham and Sarafine. Why must we suffer the torture of this boring tale of how she was dark but rejected that fate (similar to Lena) and tried to live normally; until Abraham comes around and tempts her to the dark side (literally in this instance) because her power is unsurpassed.

Bull-shiitake my mushroom

If you’re going to deliver bad hero’s then give me solid villains, like Iago in Othello.

Thanks for reading this semi-rant, semi-review of this whole (see what I did there) terrible novel. I’m not even going to leave a link to purchase the book.

 

 

 

 

Ruby Red (Precious Stone Trilogy, #1) by Kerstin Gier

Book 1:

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★ ★ ★ ★ /★ ★ ★ ★ ★


Gwen is a normal girl.

Gwen is special.

Gwen always thought she was an average girl that could see ghost. Belonging to a long lineage of time travelers, Gwyneth is well aware of the fact that her cousin, Charlotte —the cliche beautiful, perfect bad girl  – has inherited this unique gene that allows them to travel through time. So when Gwen finds herself tumbling through time and not Charlotte you could only imagine the surprise of everyone, especially Gwen. 

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.

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Pros:

  • Gwen – When it comes to characters I have to say Gwyneth was an awesome heroine that wasn’t afraid to act silly and be herself no matter who she happened to be around. Her voice was very fun and filled with animation that you couldn’t help but enjoy everything as if you really were in those situations.  She really was just an average teenager – minus the ability to time travel and see ghost – she’s not overly beautiful, refined, or even blessed with nimble wit and a fierce tongue that’s overflowing with knowledge, which allows for clever retorts. Nope, she’s that girl with a weird disposition, the quintessential average girl. So, with the heavy dose of fantasy (I mean time travel is “impossible” right…) and a healthy dose of charming this makes for an interesting mix.
  • Leslie – Although I did like Gwen, Leslie was the real headliner of this novel and there’s no doubt she would’ve been an awesome leading lady.  She’s smart and amusing,  which is the ultimate package for a strong female protagonist.  But she’s also a magnificent friend – not once did she doubt that Gwen could see ghost or time travel, and she also stood up for her when people called her mad. She was loyal and interested in helping Gwen anyway she could, which in my book makes her awesome.
  • Story line – I love time travel. It’s wonderful in movies (Back to the Future I-III), tv shows (Doctor Who), and books like Ruby Red. So, the idea of a person having a time travel gene is extremely intriguing.  Plus, we have a secret society of time travelers, which is invariably fun.

Cons:

  • Gideon – For the love interest and hero of this trilogy, Gideon was extremely underdeveloped and horrible. There wasn’t a moment in my reading that I enjoyed anything about him – even his “sweet” scenes were stale.  His insufferable attitude toward Gwyneth was unacceptable, and all because he was already used to Charlotte and thought Gwen inexperienced, oh and of course because he liked her but couldn’t express it. Because this is 1st grade and boys that are mean really like you. Nope, he’s just a self-righteous asshole, that’s also a chauvinist. Doesn’t he sound yummy?
  • “Mystery” – There isn’t really any mystery in this trilogy, although the secret society itself is supposed to be a mystery.
  • History – Me being a history buff, I was hoping to find more history since they can only travel to the past, but there wasn’t any real history talk besides the wardrobe scenes.  It’s also somewhat inaccurate because we know that people during the Georgian era (the Victorian era as well) and all that preceded it didn’t smell too good.
  • Ending – Since I was late to read this series, it wasn’t bad, but the ending was beyond a cliffhanger. It was like she and Gideon kissed and then the end. There was no suspense just an episode that cut off.

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Fun and entertaining Red Ruby was a breath of fresh air (when I read it) and wonderful shift from my YA funk. A great start to a, hopefully, marvelous trilogy.

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