Monday, 25 June 2018

Sapphire Blue - Book Review

Sapphire Blue (Precious Stone #2)
by Kerstin Gier, translated by Anthea Bell

What is it about:
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.

What did I think of it:
I very much enjoyed the first book in this trilogy, so treated myself to the boxed set (which was cheaper than buying the other two books separately).

And Sapphire Blue is just as fun.

I loved trying to figure out what the society wants, and how Gwen fits into it. I also really enjoyed the addition of Xemerius the gargoyle demon. He is funny and brought light to scenes that otherwise might have been a bit teen angsty.

The relationship between Gwen and Gideon is rocky. Her cousin Charlotte is used for the teen romance drama triangle: is Gideon interested in Gwen or Charlotte? Luckily next to this romantic drama there are much more intriguing things going on, so I could mostly ignore the angst.

The time travelling still felt solid, I enjoyed trying to figure out what was going on, if there were mistakes in the time travelling, and when certain events would get a further reveal. With glimpses of things still to come and to discover for Gwen I kept reading to see when and how things would fall into place.

Of course that doesn't happen in this book, but there's enough discovered and still going on, that I'm eager to read the next book to see if Gwen will get to save the day.

Why should you read it:
It's a fun and intriguing YA Time Travel read.

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