Thursday, March 13, 2014

Review: Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier

Hi all!

The second book to a series I started some time ago.




Author: Kerstin Gier
Title: Sapphire Blue
Release date: 28th of May 2013
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: Contemporary, YA, Time travel
Published by: Mcmillan
Imprint: Square Fish
Pages: 354 pages in paperback format
Source: Bought from the Bookdepository

Summary:

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.

Review:

I thought the first book was quite charming, but didn’t completely manage to win my favor. Still, it was a very promising book with a unique storyline I wanted to further follow and see where it would lead. To my huge surprise, I ended up enjoying it and being totally sucked in by the events and characters I think even already during the first pages. And the only thing on my mind was why didn’t this story have the same effect on me during the first book?

Let’s start with the negative: When I think about it thoroughly, nothing really happened for the majority of the book… nothing I could really deem as significant or constructive at all. Gwen went through another hot/cold shower with Gideon, spent time elapsing in a cellar, chilled with Lesley and tried to tolerate Charlotte (poorly I might add), managed to fail at everything that required social skills and constantly demanded to know what was going on (and not getting any answers). As I said, not much was going on, but boy did things suddenly pick up in the one or two last chapter. Things started actually happening and the plot let itself show. But with all this second book curse cons (the second book is always kind of just hanging in the air and a somewhat prequel to the last book), I found myself really engaged with the ongoings and enjoying the character interactions, not to mention the book really flew by me and I finished it in no time at all.

I can’t wait to find out what is actually going, I’m almost as clueless as Gwen and it’s frustrating because the mystery comes across so intriguing and exciting, but at the same time my cluelessness doesn’t annoy me, on the contrary. I can’t wait to have the puzzle solved and all the loose ties finally answered. Some clues were provided, but I still absolutely fail to grasp the whole picture. I expect some juicy secrets, diabolic conspiracies and world domination plans yet to be fully reveled! Also, the cliffhanger ending really made me anticipate the third and final book.

The characters were for the most part distinct and colorful with many of them having secrets and things they were obviously trying to keep hidden – everyone related to the order was so suspicious. I also liked the humor. There were some laugh-out-loud moments by yours truly, Gwen, who came up with some hilarious comments/explanations/stories and found herself in ridiculous situations.

Characters:

Gwen was great! I really like her as the heroine. Snarky and sassy, but not too much, dorky and awkward, but again not too much. I would have hoped she would kick more butt because people were at times all out mocking and downplaying her, but all in all she handled herself and the way others treated her with ease and humor, not that she wasn’t hurt by other’s attitude though.

Gideon I’m still confused by. I didn’t know if he was faking/acting or really being himself, I was so suspicious of him all the time, because I can’t seem to understand him. He was like a hunky aloof mystery person, who had issues with temperature where Gwen was concerned (he was scorching hot one minute, freezing cold the next). The ending chapter really did him a favor, I finally got to see some genuine sides to him and get more insight into his head.

Overall:

The first book was a three star review and this is definitely one step upwards. Not that there was anything overly exciting going on or we were given answers, but simply because I really had fun reading this one, more than the first. Now, I just have to find time to get my hands on the third.

4 stars!

LIIS

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