Thursday, July 4, 2013
Publication Date: October 31, 2012
Publisher: Square Fish
Keywords: time travel, historical fiction, London
Format Read: library book
Other books read by author: Ruby Red (#1)
This is a sequel that will contain spoilers if you haven't read the first book. See above link and go there first if that's what you want.
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, 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.
Once again, this was so amazing, I finished it in the course of a day. Once I got started, I could not put it down. At the beginning of the book, Gwen and Gideon are searching for one time traveler to get some blood, but run into other ones instead, and now the guardians are convinced they're the ones out to stop the Circle from being completed. I'm still not sure how I feel about all this — on one hand, it sort of makes sense, but on the other, I'm definitely skeptical. I love how the author gives clues and enough information to not be enraging, but I'm still in the dark on some of the mysteries. That's what makes the book so compelling.
And Charlotte is still a deliciously evil character, I LOVE it. She's always plotting against her cousin (still pissed it's not her doing all this cool shit), and now that Gwen was kissing Gideon, Charlotte makes sure to but in on that part of her life as well. As for Gideon, still an excellent companion to the protagonist, but there was a spin at the end of the book. And I'm not sure what I think yet. It's almost like a Pretty Little Liars deal going on up in here — what with all the double-teaming and turning on people and confusion and mystery as to who's actually doing what.
Read When: You are in the mood for some kick-butt protagonist girl action with a historical and romantic spin.