BOOK REVIEW: Precious Stone, #1: Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

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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.


**There Are Spoilers Under The Cut**

First off, I’d like to recommend this book to everyone, seriously, go read it like right now! This book has become one of my favorites! I just finished it 3 minutes ago and I already ordered Sapphire Blue, the sequel and next week I’m pre-ordering Emerald Green (release date October 8th, 2013).

So let me just say how HILARIOUS James (Augustus Peregrine Pympoole-Bothame, the school ghost) is oh my gosh!

“What do you mean, a ghost? The Honorable James Augustus Peregrine Pympoole-Bothame, heir to the fourteenth Earl of Hardsdale, is taking no insults from young girls!” 

“James, have you ever kissed a girl?”
“I asked if you’d ever kissed a girl?”
“It’s not done to talk about such things Miss Gwyneth.”
“So you’ve never kissed anyone?”
“I’m a man,” said James.
“What kind of answer is that?”

“Mum, it’s not a cold. It’s worse. I-“
“Maybe it’s the smallpox,” said James.

One thing I really like about the setup of this book is that at the end of every chapter, they have a reference that connects with the time traveling society that they’re a part of.  There’s one that I really like that is in Latin and it says,

Ex hoc momento pendet aeternitas.” Which means ‘eternity hangs from this moment’, it’s an inscription on a sundial in London.

I really like the idea of the time traveling society that Gier has created in this story. Basically, it revolves around the number “12”, 12 signs of the Zodiac, 12 gemstones, 12 keys on a piano in an octave (including the sharp notes), 12 steps in the alchemical process of making the philosopher’s stone.

And there’s also a rhyme/poem/riddle along with it:

“The first pair Opal and Amber are,
Agate sings in B flat, the wolf avatar,
A duet-solutio! – with Aquamarine.
Mighty Emerald next, with the lovely Citrine.
Number Eight is digestio, her stand is Jade fine.
E major’s the key of the Black Tourmaline,
Sapphire sings in F major, and bright is her sheen.
Then almost at once comes Diamond alone,
Whose sign of the lion as Leo is known.
Projectio! Time flows on, both present and past.
Ruby red is the first and is also the last.”

Throughout this whole book I was trying to decipher it but then I gave up.

I wonder who the girl that Gwen saw is, Gwen said that she had her face, I wonder If that’s her cousin Lucy or maybe ever her actual self in another time period?? I don’t know how to make sense of this information.

I think the most important turning points in this book was when Grace, Gwen’s mom, told her that both her and Charlotte were born on the seventh of October, since that was the day that Newton said that the person with the time-travelling gene will be born.

Also, another important thing was when we found out that Gwen’s mom is a ‘Montrose’ and in the Montrose family.

They also seem to be mentioning the Ruby having “the power of the raven”. It seems to be important since it comes up so often but they haven’t explained it yet.

Okay, onto the characters.

I want to say how much I love Gideon, I fell in love with him since he was introduced, but then my opinion about him changed to many times. At first he was such a brat, he was stuck up and ignored Gwen’s existence because she wasn’t Charlotte. Charlotte just really bothers me and I wish that she would get hit with a bus to be completely honest.

Did anyone else catch the parts where Gwen talked about how Falk had “eyes of a wolf” and how he looks cold and mysterious. She mentioned this more than once, so I’m thinking it’s important!

I think that everyone in this secret society thing are the actual evil ones, not Lucy and Paul. Count Saint-Germain really freaks me out and I hate him so much. I hope that Gideon falls in love with Gwen so it could be a big “fuck you”, so to speak, to Falk and the entire time traveling society.

A gif that sums up my reaction:


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