Friday, 3 January 2014

Emerald Green (Ruby Red #1)

Goodreads Summary
Gwen has a destiny to fulfill, but no one will tell her what it is.

She’s only recently learned that she is the Ruby, the final member of the time-traveling Circle of Twelve, and since then nothing has been going right. She suspects the founder of the Circle, Count Saint-German, is up to something nefarious, but nobody will believe her. And she’s just learned that her charming time-traveling partner, Gideon, has probably been using her all along.

This stunning conclusion picks up where Sapphire Blue left off, reaching new heights of intrigue and romance as Gwen finally uncovers the secrets of the time-traveling society and learns her fate.

My Thoughts
I really enjoyed this last book in the series. It wasn't quite as good as the first two, but still held its own and fit with the rest of the trilogy.

I am really impressed that although these books were originally written in German, and were later translated into English, I didn't notice any mistakes. There was no lost in translation moments that could have completely ruined the series for me.

This book tied things up nicely. Maybe a little too nicely. Not going to spoil anything, but what happened to Gideon at the end was a little too convenient for me. I did however like that I didn't see it coming. I guessed the villain before he was revealed and I guessed the big secret about Gwen mere chapters into Ruby Red (even though it wasn't revealed until the middle of Emerald Green), so I am glad that some thing were a surprise to me. 

Lastly, I really liked the addition of Raphael to the book. He was introduced in Sapphire Blue, but he had a bigger role in this one. As Gideon's younger brother he added a good dynamic with Gwen, Gideon, and Lindsay. He was good comedic relief and he helped add to Gideon's character and back story. I also like that Gier didn't try to set him up with Gwyneth. Too often authors try to pair up their female lead with any new male character that comes along. I'm glad that didn't happen here. Not all stories need a love triangle. Or multiple love triangles as the case may be. 

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