Sadie Hawkins Sunday Review #37: Sapphire Blue

Sadie Hawkins Sunday Review #37: Sapphire BlueSapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier
Series: Ruby Red Trilogy #2
Published by Henry Holt BFYR on October 30, 2012
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, Humor, Romance, Time Travel
Pages: 362
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
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three-half-stars

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 (gross!), 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.

Recommended by: Debby (Snuggly Oranges)

So far as series go, Sapphire Blue is really consistent with the quality of the first book. Of course, the fact that, if you removed the framing narrative, this is essentially just one book may help with that. Seriously, the first chapter picks up right where the scene left off in Ruby Red, which makes me glad that I am binge-reading this series. There is NO way I would have remembered what was going on a year later. Well, also, this is a really great series to read all in a row, because it goes so fast and is totally addictive.

In volume two, Gier really ramps up the important stuff: the kissing. Okay, I know there’s some super fun time traveling stuff happening, and I’ll get to that, but COME ON I would be lying if I said that was the part that I liked best. Anyway, I’m still not really shipping Gideon and Gwyneth exactly, but, at the same time, I really just want them to kiss all the time, because Gier is really good at writing adorable kissing scenes. Even better, most of the time when I am going NOW KISS at the book, they DO. If only all fictional characters were so sensitive to my reading needs.

The one detractor from the cuteness that is Gideon and Gwyneth is that they’re totally instaloving all over each other, and I think this is a big part of why I can’t ship it. However, Gier through a wrench in there that could explain so much. There’s a chance she could maybe redeem the instalove, though I suspect it will just revive in a new form, though the book’s so funny I might not care…much. Plus, they have this super young Darcy and Elizabeth vibe that makes them getting together super satisfying.

So, right, I promised you time travel. The whole plot of the good guys and the bad guys and what they’re trying to do is still a little fuzzy to me to be honest. However, the journeys into the past in Sapphire Blue are much more fun than in the first book. This time, she gets to dress up in pretty clothes and go to parties. Holla! Seriously, this appeals to me so much it is kind of ridiculous.

Anyway, I love how much Sapphire Blue does not take itself seriously. Like, it could have been this intense time travel adventure, but instead it’s highly comedic. My absolute favorite part, aside from the kissing, is when they go back in time to a soiree. Gwyneth gets drunk on the punch, at the behest of the other ladies, all quite smashed themselves. Then they ask her to sing, so she treats them all to an early preview of a song from Cats. Basically all of this was the best.

Perhaps I should write more and endeavor to be super serious and analytical, but I am not in the mood. Instead I shall go find out what happens next. May Emerald Green answer all my lingering questions and have yet more kissing!

Favorite Quote:

“Oh, no—Lord Brompton and Miss Fairfax are advancing on the pianoforte!” said Mr. Merchant, rolling his eyes. “I fear the worst!”
“Quick, our glasses of punch!” ordered Lady Brompton. “No one can endure this fully sober!”


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Emerald Green - Kerstin Gier

Check for another post going up later today with my review of Emerald Green, the final book in this trilogy. I anticipate it being just as fun as the prior two! Thanks to Debby for suggesting these!

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7 responses to “Sadie Hawkins Sunday Review #37: Sapphire Blue”

  1. “If only all fictional characters were so sensitive to my reading needs.”

    BAHAHAHAHA. Oh god. Yes. I can barely remember what happened in this one though and that makes me SO SADDDDD. I don’t have time to reread either so asdjfkl; I hope Emerald Green isn’t too bad to just jump into.

    Agreed that this is a series to binge read – because really, the books individually just don’t have enough substance. It’s one book split in three, which makes the wait sooooooooo awful.

    I want to re-read those kissing scenes. And I’ll agree that the relationship is kind of instalove-y buttttt it is so adorable, and the tension is so great that this is one of those rare cases that I don’t mind it at all.

    asdfjkl; you’re going to need to watch the movie. plzplzplz. yes.
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  2. ciara says:

    Hi! I just for done reading Ruby Red and Sapphire Blue (thanks to you!! When i saw your review about Ruby Red) and I really really liked them both! I’ve preordered emerald Green and can’t wait to read it too!
    I’m excited to see where Emerald Green takes Gwyneth and Gideons relationship will go and I do just love their scenes together! I think Gier did a good job with their relationship because the instalove didn’t bother me I’m these books. I don’t know if Emerald Green is the last book in the series, but if it is, there are some time travel things that I hope get explained/resolved. Thanks for the great review!!

  3. Alessandra says:

    “If only all fictional characters were so sensitive to my reading needs.”

    Bwahahahaha. Yeah, if only!

    I love Gwen and Gideon so much together I conveniently forget about the insta-love thing.
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  4. Celine says:

    Ah, I love those novels that are just fluffy and funny! They’re awesome to get out of slumps and, well, just plain fun. I’m glad you mentioned that it picks up RIGHT where the last one ended: if I ever start this series I’ll read them back to back!

    I really hope the insta-love will be redeemed, because I loathe it. I simply can’t ship any insta-love couple. On the other hand, I LOVE it when I’m like “Now kiss!” and they actually do it, haha. And I can’t wait to read those adorable kissing scenes (you’ve made me curious).

    Ahh, now I really want to read this! *stalks off to TBD*
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  5. Great review! One of the things I liked about this series is exactly what you said: it’s lighthearted time travel. It’s not all “oh we’re going to break the space time continuum” every chapter, and so it’s easier to digest if you want a cute read that doesn’t crinkle your brain.

    I’m not exactly shipping Gwen and Gideon either, but I think it’s because they’ve only known each other a week or two. It’s too fast, too shallow. Maybe Emerald Green will redeem them. We’ll see if I have time to read it this week!
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  6. I’m going to have to check this one out. I love a good time travel, but I’m really intrigued by all the humor you talk about. It’s always fun when books don’t take themselves too seriously. Thanks for sharing.

  7. suraj mehta says:

    juat woow, I’m excited to see where Emerald Green takes Gwyneth and Gideons relationship will go and I do just love their scenes together! I think Gier did a good job with their relationship because the instalove didn’t bother me I’m these books.

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