Wednesday, October 2, 2013

ARC Review: Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier

Emerald Green
Author: Kerstin Gier
Publication: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (October 8, 2013)

Description: Gwen has a destiny to fulfill, but no one will tell her what it is.
She’s only recently learned that she is the Ruby, the final member of the time-traveling Circle of Twelve, and since then nothing has been going right. She suspects the founder of the Circle, Count Saint-German, is up to something nefarious, but nobody will believe her. And she’s just learned that her charming time-traveling partner, Gideon, has probably been using her all along.

Emerald Green is the stunning conclusion to Kerstin Gier's Ruby Red Trilogy, picking up where Sapphire Blue left off, reaching new heights of intrigue and romance as Gwen finally uncovers the secrets of the time-traveling society and learns her fate.

My Thoughts: The Ruby Red trilogy has come to a satisfying conclusion with the publication of Emerald Green. I do like the character of Gwen who has unexpectedly become the Ruby - the twelfth member of an exclusive group of time travelers. She had grown up believing that her stuck-up cousin Charlotte was going to be the Ruby. After all, she had all the training. 

Unfortunately for Gwen, no one is telling her anything about her role as the Ruby. In fact, they seem to be deliberately keeping her ignorant. Luckily she has a best friend who is a genius at research and she has the ability to talk to ghosts including a member of the family who used to own the building that is her school and the ghost of a gargoyle. And, luckily, when she travels back in time to 1956, she meets her own grandfather who also helps her out. 

Causing the most distress for her is the hot and cold relationship with her fellow time traveler and major crush Gideon de Villiers. She spends a good part of the first part of the book heartbroken when he tells her that he was only pretending to like her. 

While this story was entertaining, I had some problems with the time traveling in the story. It didn't make sense to me that changes in the past didn't seem to change the present. For example, late in this story, Gwen goes back in time and vaccinates a character for smallpox that had been a ghost in her school for all three books. Wouldn't history have changed if the character didn't die of smallpox? If he didn't die, how could he be haunting the school?

Fans of time travel, adventure, and romance will enjoy this series.

Favorite Quote:
"There, you see?" Xemerius had said. "Now she's going to squeeze you like a lemon until the pips squeak. She won't let you out of her sight for a second, and we can wave good-bye to tonight's treasure hunt."

I'd made a face at him, to let him know that I didn't feel like treasure hunting tonight anymore. Well, you have to make faces at invisible friends if you don't want other people to think you're crazy because you talk to the empty air. 
I got this ARC from Macmillan Children's Publishing Group. You can buy your copy here.

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