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Ruby Red (The Ruby Red Trilogy #1)

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  38,479 ratings  ·  4,607 reviews

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

Hardcover, US Edition, 336 pages
Published May 10th 2011 by Henry Holt (first published January 6th 2009)
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Okay! So it's the 27th now, and I'm ready to write my review. The first thing that should be apparent is that I loved this book. I gave it 5/5 stars, and it kept me up into the ridiculous hours of the night on both of the days that I read it. I recommend it to all!

Now, let's break it up.

Firstly, plot. One of the main reasons I loved this book was because it was constantly exciting. The plot kept up at a grea...more
Kat O'Keeffe
Loved this book! Gwen is such a charming and funny character, her voice and personality were great! The time travel aspect was well thought out, and I'm really liking how the main mystery is developing. Definitely looking forward to finishing this trilogy! (Even though the third book doesn't come out until OCTOBER! *sigh*)
Christine Riccio
I had so much fun reading this book. I love the narrator! I just posted my booktalk/discussion: =D
Apr 18, 2011 Tatiana rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: tween girls
I knew Ruby Red wouldn't be quite my type of YA lit after reading first couple of pages of it. Even though the main character, Gwyneth, is 16 going on 17, she sounds about 12. Naturally, a quick decision-maker that I am, I made up my mind to drop it right after finishing chapter 1. After finishing chapter 1 I decided to drop it after chapter 2, and so it went...

Gwyneth is a member of the family of time-travelers. Every other generation or so her family produces a girl who starts uncontrollably t...more
I decided I was going to take some time to percolate my ideas for this book, but it's still up in the air what I exactly think. Had some aspects I liked (i.e. time-travel), and others I didn't (i.e. the arc of the story).

All right synopsis first: Gwen is a sixteen-year-old girl who lives in London (the book was written in German originally so I'm not sure why that setting was chosen). Normal enough, but she comes from a family who can time-travel. Thankfully the gene bypassed her and was given t...more
Duchess Nicole
Sometimes I really wonder what young adults see in certain young adult books. This series has pretty good ratings but I just don't see it. I was so bored for the first eighty percent of the book. I felt as if I had no idea who this heroine really was. I don't even think it says how old she is until late in the book, which left me feeling a little off about her character. Since each year makes a big difference when it comes to teens, not knowing if she was twelve or seventeen was weird. So much o...more

Sí,me gustó, me gustó, me gustó y muuuuucho.

En Ruby Red nos encontramos con una historia sobre viajeros del tiempo. Se centra en la vida de Gwendolyn, una adolescente de 16 años que al parecer nunca imaginó que ella podía ser la portadora del "especial gen familiar". Este gen especial es poder viajar al pasado. Cuando ocurre el llamado salto (que sería cambiar de una época a otra) puede estar 10 segundos, 30 minutos o 3 horas en el mismo lugar en el que se encontraba antes de saltar pero en otra...more
Elii Vela
Voy a empezar diciendo que la portada no es mucho de mi agrado, era una de las cosas por la que me costó mucho decidirme a abrirlo; no me gusta la portada original tampoco, pero sí la francesa. Después de haber leído el libro y viendo la portada pues sí, esa llave se trae un misterio que me me intriga mucho...

Gwendolyn es una adolescente -y mi enorme agradecimiento a la autora por haberla descrito como tal (luego hallamos unas que pecan de tontas, que bueno...)-, que le encanta ver películas, es...more
first read May 2009

When I found out about this book I knew I had to buy it. Simply because the cover is so very pretty! Plus, it is written by Kerstin Gier. You can't go wrong with that.

To be honest, I expected some kind of vampire novel regarding the cover. I am kinda glad that I was wrong. Although I wasn't very convinced that I would like the time travel part. But Kerstin Gier proved me wrong. The time travel is kinda logical, exciting and mysterious. Gwen is a very nice heroine and Gideon is...more
This book got it all.
It s funny, it s making you angry, its making you puzzling.
The lovestory (all of them) are clean and making your heartbeat going faster within 2 phrases.

A lot of you guys were complaining about how childish Gwen acted sometimes. That she is like a 12 year old instead of 16.

I have an opinion about that. You may not like it and I m sorry if that is so.
Becoz of my work, I see a lot of 16 year old girls and I can remember when I used to be 16 ;)
I was childish sometimes, a...more
Ruby Red is an international bestseller, I've had many of my German friends/readers telling me that this book was coming to the US and that I HAD to read it! Thanks to all of you that emailed me about this book! You were right! It's fantastic!

I haven't read a book that's been translated before... that I can think of anyway, but I didn't notice anything in particular that would have made me think that. It was written really well and translated very well! This novel is part of a trilogy and I must...more
This book is sooo good!! It just flew by!!! I read it in a day!!! :O I love the book as a book (such a beautiful cover) i loved that it has to do with time-travel (Doctor Who,where are you??) I loved that you could only go back in time,since that's the time that i love most,Victorian age,Downton Abbey age,Shakespeare Age..the good stuff!!! Gwenyth was such a great character!! I related so much with her!! I too,have an immense obsession for movies,i have a best friend like Lesey and i often think...more
Ashley - Book Labyrinth
I was pretty blown away by 'Ruby Red'. I had heard this series was amazing, and I knew it had to be popular for it to be translated to English, but I was still amazed by it. The thing is, I'm not exactly sure why. Part of it is the clever writing. I'm not sure how much of that is the author (a lot of it obviously) and how much is the translator. Especially with the dialogue relating to the chronograph and the Guardians, I know that would have been tougher to translate, and it seems that Anthea B...more
What a fun read!
Ruby Red is the first in a YA time travel trilogy that is really more of a contemporary paranormal set in London, and otherwise similar to other YA paranormals in tone (high school, parents/family, mean girl, quirky best friend, etc.).

It's also very short - only 200 pages - so it really just felt like a setup. I was frustrated at the end, realizing I'd just read an introduction and would have to read the next book to get anywhere with it. But I decided to continue on since this one was so short...more
My mind is literally blown at this moment. All I am really capable of doing is gaping at the computer screen and desperately wishing the sequel, SAPPHIRE BLUE, was available now. Or that my German skills were better so I could tackle book 2 in its original form.

This book is SO. GOOD. Buy it--don't even wait to read this review. Just run to the nearest store or library and start reading.

First of all, Gwyneth is one of the most likable heroines ever. Yes, truly. Ever. She's hilarious, brave, cleve...more
Patricia Carstairs
Tengo que ser sincera, realmente no esperé que me gustará tanto, no sé, tenía mis dudas con eso de los viajeros del tiempo, aparte que la portada y el nombre no me llamaban mucho... ¡me callaron la boca! Me enganché un montón con la historia, y bueno, amé por completo a Gwen y a Gideon (éste hombre debe de ser un Herondale) por no hablar de los demás personajes como Leslie y James... (no cuentan Charlotte y la tía Glenda -.-')
Ya quiero leer Zafiro, sin duda necesito saber más sobre Paul y Lucy...more
Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
4.5/5 stars!! Probably will do a series review of this one :)
Ruby Red was fantastic. And going out on a limb here, probably one of my favorite reads of 2011 (thus far).

Ruby Red is quite different than most time traveling books that I have read recently. Gwyneth, our main character, comes from family with a special gene that allows a person to travel. Of course, with great privilege comes great responsibility. A responsibility that Gwyneth just isn't ready to handle, which only adds to her likability. I bonded pretty quickly to Gwyneth. While her prestigio...more
Katie (Books and Katie)
"Hi, Winnie." He said.
"Gwyneth." I reply. Surely it wasn't that difficult to remember? I didn't go calling him Gilbert or anything.


Gwen lives a seemingly normal life in modern day London. That is- she has a family gifted (or cursed) with a time traveling gene and a best friend who helps her uncover her family's secrets as well as partake in one sided conversations with her ghost and gargoyle friends.

Her entire family is convinced that her cousin is the next, and last one to be born with...more
Páni. Co to je poslední dobou s těmi nečekanými konci? Sakra, tohle si přece nezasloužím. Pokaždé se o mě při tom pokouší infarkt. Nebo mrtvice. Nebo nevím, to je jedno.
A fakt jsem ráda, že jsi si tu knížku pořídila. Konečně zas úplně jiný šálek čaje. Chvílemi mi to připomínalo Dávnou kletbu, ale ve skutečnosti byla knížka mnohem lepší. Gwen mě očarovala, sice jsem se do těch věcí okolo kontinua a těch blbých básniček trochu zamotala, ale jinak mě ta knížka fakt překvapila. Románek mezi Gwen a...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Oct 01, 2013 Christina (A Reader of Fictions) rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Christina (A Reader of Fictions) by: Debby
Shelves: sadie-hawkins
3.5 stars

Ruby Red has been on my to-read list for simply ages, and, in an effort to force myself to make time, I requested the final book in the trilogy for review, even though I know that’s always a highly stressful thing to do. Anyway, Debby was super helpful by forcing me to read it immediately. I am so glad that I ended up really liking this one, since I have two more to read. Ruby Red is a really fast-paced, light, humorous read and I was flipping pages like a mad woman to find out what wou...more
"Red" è il primo libro della fortunatissima ed acclamatissima trilogia dell'autrice tedesca Kerstin Gier, trilogia che le ha permesso di valicare i confini tedeschi e di trovare successo e fan in ogni paese in cui è stata pubblicata. Ad un solo anno di distanza dall'uscita tedesca, per fortuna, i suoi libri arrivano in Italia grazie alla Corbaccio che ci propone le avventure temporali di Gwendolyn Sheper in una veste assolutamente elegante e intrigante; sembra proprio che le case editrici italia...more
Anna 光 Smyth
Guess who loved it?

I entered this book with high expectations (who wouldn't, with ratings like that?) and finished feeling a bit let down. To be clear, this is not a bad book. But I'm mystified by the near-perfect ratings here and on Amazon.

Gwen Shepherd has spent much of her life hearing about how perfect and beautiful her cousin is. As if this weren't enough, her cousin inherited the time-traveling gene, or the family assumes she has since Charlotte was born on the correct day. Unfortunately for Gwen, SHE actual...more
First off, let me just say this: I'm a not a time-travel kind of reader. Think Gideon the Cutpurse. I got bored, so I abandoned it. About the only time-travel book I've ever liked is When You Reach Me. The time-travel was well explained, and yet I found myself still getting more confused - in a good way. What makes Rubinrot different from all of the other titles I've mentioned? Well, the protagonist, Gwen, is not as... complex, and the time--travel was as complicated as I would've liked it to be...more
This initial part is ‘sort-of’ a rage of the reviewer rather than a bookreview (but she will proceed with it sooner or later)

I read Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier for the sake of resuscitating my taste and admiration of “Time-Travel” themed novels which was completely destroyed by the novel Time Traveler’s Wife. I remember detesting it because it was dull and senselessly complicated.

Anyways, compared to the Time Traveler’s Wife, this book is not as much as popular BUT just like I said before, just bec...more
Ruby Red combines three things I'm usually sceptical about: 1. It's a bestselling novel. 2. It's a novel about time travelling. 3. Romance is an important part of it.
But I was positively surprised that it was so well and funny written. It made me smile quite often. It was also quite exciting and made me want to read on and on. So if I just consider the writing and that I had a great time, I'd rate it 5 stars.
However, there is a huge BUT: the end of the book wasn't really an end. I know that Rub...more
Καλό, ωραία υπόθεση, ενδιαφέρον και ψαγμένος κόσμος: μια θεία που βλέπει οράματα, ένας μαυροντυμένος που παρακολουθεί το σπίτι από τη γωνία, χαμένοι συγγενεις, φαντάσματα, ένας μπάτλερ που μοιάζει να το έσκασε από τον 18ο αι., ένας υπερόπτης (αν και κούκλος) νεαρός, για να μην μιλήσω για τα ταξίδια στο χρόνο και τα ατελείωτα γενεαλογικά δέντρα που σκαρφίστηκε η συγγραφέας.
Όμως κάπου το γλυκό δεν έδεσε. Tο περίμενα πολύ καλύτερο, διότι πάνω από το μισό βιβλίο έχει αρκετά αργή πλοκή, πολλές περιτ...more
Loved it! The settings were gorgeous, characters had personality, humerous moments and cute little romance. The only thing that annoyed me a little was that the plot took a while to get going and then the book finished!!! This was very much what I call a "Set up book", which is usually the first book in the series that does alot of character introducing and relationship building but only teases us with a mystery that is to be solved in the next few books of the series. I dont have a problem with...more
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“You were talking to that niche in the wall again, Gwyneth. I saw you."

"Yes, but it's my favorite bit of wall, Gordon. I'd hurt its feelings if I didn't stop and talk to it.”
“If we were in a film, the villain would turn out to be the least-expected person. But as we aren’t in a film, I’d go for the character who tried to strangle you.” 302 likes
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