Author: Kerstin Gier (& Anthea Bell)
Rating: 4 out of 5 jewels 😉
Summary: Sixteen-year-old Gwen lives with her extended – and rather eccentric – family in an exclusive London neighborhood. In spite of her ancestors’ peculiar history, she’s had a relatively normal life so far. The time-traveling gene that runs like a secret thread through the female half of the family is supposed to have skipped over Gwen, so she hasn’t been introduced to “the mysteries,” and can spend her time hanging out with her best friend, Lesly. It comes as an unwelcome surprise when she starts taking sudden, uncontrolled leaps into the past.
She’s totally unprepared for time travel, not to mention all that comes with it: fancy clothes, archaic manners, a mysterious secret society, and Gideon, her time-travelling counterpart. He’s obnoxious, a know it all, and possibly the best-looking guy she’s seen in any century…
This was a good book. I started off slow, occasionally finding the will to pick the book up, but by the time I’d got to the action, I was finding excuses to stop homework and read it… The description was great, and I loved the concept… I hadn’t read a time travel book in a while, so it was good to get back into that type of concept. I do love rubies too, so this was perfect.
Gwen was so charming, and I think I’m in love with Gideon…. The idea of this being a translated book never really was portrayed in the writing, and it flowed really easily. I thought it’d be really awkwardly written where I’d stumble over sentences, but it was very good.
Overall, an entertaining book about time travel, that you won’t even guess has been translated.