Second book in the Precious Stone trilogy
Gwendolyn comes from a very special family. Generations long a unique gen has been in the family and Gwen is the one who inherited it. However it’s not all fun and games. She has to learn a lot of old fashioned dances, has to know how to behave courteous at a soiree and how to flutter ones fan (it’s not that easy!) She has to take extra history lessons and complete a mysterious quest. The only silver lining is that when she time travels she can dress up in the most beautiful costumes, and yes Gideon her super handsome time travel companion is also a huge benefit.
At least she has a lot of help, her best friend Lesley who follows every lead on the internet, James the ghost who teaches her how to fit in at an 18th century party and then there is Xemerius the gargoyle demon, who has been following her since she kissed Gideon and gives her advice on everything. Get Sapphire Blue here, and the complete box set here.
- Fast paced, impossible to put down
- Interconnects the time travel well
- However would like a bit more time travel, right now it’s just there to move the plot along
- Many things were happening at the same time, and that keeps the reader entertained.
- It is the middle book however does not follow the pitfall that other trilogies have; there are more questions, speculations, secrets that further the plot.
- However it is clearly intended for a younger audience
- Adults and Gideon in the book are very irritating. They give no information at all. And Gideon just irritates/frustrates me so much in this book… it’s almost unbelievable
This book is at a faster pace than the first one, it picked up where Ruby Red left of and continued in a swift way. Gwen is as funny and awkward as she was in the first book, with the same insecurities and uncertainties she had when she first discovered she was the Ruby. However this time she is determined to figure things out. She is a fighter, grits her teeth and does what she is able to do. I like that in this book you see Gwen getting a grip on the situation, just being her humorous rebellious self and becoming capable in her own way.
As I have mentioned before Gideon is one frustrating character, he shifts moods swiftly and that just drives me up a wall at times. At one moment he is all over Gwen and the next she is public enemy #1, interrogating her as if everything that happens is her fault only. He’s hot and then cold (like the Katy Perry song yes) if I were him I would have slapped him some sense.
The mystery unravels in a calculated way and I really enjoyed the way new morsels of information were slowly given to the reader. As a result I shared in Gwen’s frustration of not knowing what the heck was going on.
In the way everything is written and how the mystery slowly starts to unravel, is absorbing and makes sure that this book isn’t easy to put down. The author is dropping hints throughout the book on what might be in store for the next one.
If you like historical fiction with a bit of innocent romance, check out the complete series. And did you know that the first book (Ruby Red) has been made into a film? What do you think of this series? Would you read it? And if you read the book: what did you like/hate the most about it?