Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier

Though a time traveling gene runs in Gwen’s family, everyone believes it has been passed to Gwen’s cousin, Charlotte. Charlotte is trained in the secrets of the Montrose family, learning the art of time travel survival and prepped for the mission she must help complete. As the family’s hopes are vested in Charlotte, naturally everything goes awry when Gwen starts suddenly throttling through time instead of her accomplished cousin. Unprepared, untrained, and paired with smug co-traveler, Gideon, Gwen must replace Charlotte as the next time-traveler – the Ruby – and complete the family’s dangerous quest.

I tend to skip the books that get a lot of hype (they usually turn out disappointing), but I was surprised with how good this one was! It’s got action, intrigue, romance, mystery — I had trouble putting it down! While some of the characters are flat, and I did feel that Gwen was a bit too dependent on her male, co-time-traveler, the story really was interesting and entertaining. I’ll be checking out the next two in the series, Sapphire Blue and Emerald Green for sure. Pick this one up if you’re at all a fan of time-travel books or adventure!

Rating: 4.5/5

*YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2012

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