Thursday, February 7, 2013
Book Review ~ Sapphire Blue
by Kerstin Gier
translated by Anthea Bell
published by Henry Holt and Co
genre: YA, Fantasy
Summary (Goodreads): 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.
My Thoughts: I'm still not sure... I'm now thinking this is one of those trilogies that you just need to wait until all three books are out and read them together. I liked the book but still feel like there are too many unanswered questions.
Gwen's normal-ness is still something that I enjoy but I really wanted her to stand up for herself. Especially when she was getting lessons from her cousin and the evil instructor. While her thoughts on the subject were good, she never verbalized them out loud. This kind of made her seem a little weaker. At the same time she had her moments when you couldn't help but root for her.
Loved the new sidekick, Xemerius. He's a cute little gargoyle who brought the humor to the story. We also get a nice dose of Lesley and James as well as Gwen's grandfather. Gideon is still up in the air. I kept waiting for Gwen to just slap him and was glad when she confronted him towards the end and has a better understanding of where she stands with him.
Overall, This was another good book in the series but I will be reading both book one and two right before three just to see if they read better that way.