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Rating – ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Ruby Red is not perfect. The characters are very childish (when I was Gwyneth’s age, I came up with a lot more offensive nicknames for my teachers than “Mr Squirrel”), the romance happens all at once, and there’s no real climax to the book. That being said, I still enjoyed it immensely, and would have gotten through it a lot quicker had it not been for the fact that I need to go to work to fuel my book addiction.
Gwyneth is a time traveller. Only, she isn’t meant to be; her cousin Charlotte has grown up with extensive history and foreign language lessons, even learning fencing. When it’s discovered that it is, in fact, Gwyneth who inherited the time travelling gene and not Charlotte, there’s a great deal of panic, and a lot for Gwyneth to learn. Add that to the fact that she needs to jump back in time with a partner who is arrogant, condescending, bossy (and handsome!), it’s safe to say that Gwyneth’s world has been turned upside down.
Immaturity aside, I did like Gwyneth. She’s brave and funny, and she didn’t take any shit from Gideon, her partner in time travel.
The ending surprised me, to be honest, and not in a good way. Usually there is build up to an Event and then that Event is solved, and, if the book is part of a series, the characters go on their merry way to prepare for their future Destiny. There’s usually some scene setting and hinting for book two.
With Ruby Red, though…the ending was just so abrupt because nothing dramatic happened. It’s not necessarily a bad ending, just a bit…lacking.
I feel like this book is a nice introduction to the series; it get you acquainted with the characters and their world, without having the dreaded info dump. I do think if you’re more of a plot-based reader then you might not enjoy this book quite so much, because there isn’t really a lot to the plot, it’s more about the characters.
I would recommend this book if you’re suffering from a book hangover or a reading slump and you’re looking for a light, easy read.