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.
Sapphire Blue is the second book in the Ruby Red Trilogy. In case you don’t know, the trilogy is about a teenage girl who finds out she is the carrier of the elusive time travel gene. This catapults her seemingly normal life into one that is filled with secrets and possibly danger.
In Ruby Red, we are introduced to our heroine, Gwenyth Sheppard. She is a normal teenager. Well, except for the fact that she can see the dead and she is a part of a family with a secret. The secret is time travel. Not everyone can do it. The time traveling is passed down through genetics (at least we think so), not everyone can do it. The last member of her family who did was a cousin named Lucy. Everyone in Gwenyth’s family thinks her cousin Charlotte is the lucky time lotto winner only to discover that she is the one destined to hop around to different periods.
Sapphire Blue starts off where Ruby Red had ended: with a kiss. It is this kiss that becomes the focal issue in poor Gwen’s life in this book. Add that and the ongoing mystery of the Guardians, Gwen has a lot of food on her plate. Being a teenager and falling in love is never an easy feat. There’s jealousy, hormones, and miscommunication. The whole lot is quite disastorous. Add in a group of prestigious snob nosed men who are not only distrustful of the main character, but also mysogynistic, it’s just a tough time.
I was getting angry at everyone in this book. I wanted to be Gwen and slap all over the place until someone gave me answers. Yes, Gwen was feeling the same way, but with that kiss, she had other things more on her mind. Like her love life. It felt true to the character. She’s been normal up to this point and really, it’s normal for a teen to be centering on her love life when more pressing things are around. I was that way with my first love. It made sense.
The mystery, however, didn’t feel any closer to an answer. It only deepened. Yes, we finally find out what the “secret” is, but is that really the whole secret?
I like that. I like that I don’t know what’s going on and I’m still in the dark like Gwen. I like that, even if she’s starstruck for most of this book, she’s getting even more annoyed with the people around her. She actively decides to find the answers for herself and does find some things out within her own capabilities. Yes, she’s a typical teen thinking about love, but she isn’t completely pushing back the mystery at hand. She’s only doing it slightly, an amount I can see.
What am I hoping for by the end of the last book? A clear villain. We are only given one bad guy in the second book and even then, he doesn’t necessarily do a lot. He has done some things associated with the first book, but I’m not keen in saying he’s the main baddie. Personally, I feel there’s more to the secret that’s going to be rather destructive. Can’t wait to finish the last book.