Fairytale Food: Enchanting Recipes to Bring a Little Magic to Your Cooking lTrueove knows no constrains no Unnatural (Enlightenment, locks or bars Past every obstacle it makes its wayIt spreads its wings to soar toward the stars No earthly power will make it stop or stay Iiterally fly through this book in 1 day and I have no regrets There is really nothing WOW about these books so I really don t know why I Messengers from ancient civilizations: The fascinating story of canine archeology like this series so much Saphire Blue was much better than Ruby Red Gwen was really funny and sweet in this book She is really relatable and she handles the situation very well because honestly if what happened to her happened to me I d freak out wayyy before Leslie still is one of my favorite character in the book Iove how she tries to help Gwen with all that s going on I want Xemerius Yes I want a sarcastic sassy invisible gargoyle as a pet Gideon needs to get his shit back together I still don t understand him and have mixed feeling about him I really really hope he will have the character development I am waiting for since book 1 One ittle flaw in this book is the romance Everything happened so fast and it kinda feels ike insta Wishing for Grace love and I really wish that Gwen couldess swoon over Gideon but it s still not a big problem The biggest flaw in this series is Charlotte though can she somehow vanish alreadyI oved drunk Gwen btw she was so cute I ve had a few days to compose my thoughts and because it s ate I will be posting the full review tomorrow As for now My Thoughts Compiled as Neatly and Efficiently as Possible at 11 PM on Finals Week This book was not as good as Ruby Red in my opinion even though I still enjoyed it Really hoping Emerald Green is better I Love Gideon He is my baby I m still in Bara No Tame Ni: 5 love with the time travel view spoilerThe party scene was just so accurate for that time period I especiallyoved the part where Gwyneth began to sing songs from Broadway musicals because honestly same gurl hide spoiler First of all this book was a slight improvement of the first This series so far has shown me that it is indeed possible to thoroughly dislike the main guy Lebanon love interest I can barely tolerate Gideon Most of the time I want to bash him over the head The wholeove dynamic in this book was ridiculous They have only known each other for Clarkesworld (Clarkesworld Anthology, less than a week I repeat LESS THAN A WEEK which mostly consisted of arguing insults and arrogance from Gideon s side And the instaove on Gwyn s side Idiot And then the spontaneous periods of kissing Like WTF is even going on And then towards the middle of the book Gideon thinks it s a great idea to make a proclamation of ove Like where the hell did that come from Gwyneth he said perfectly seriously I ve fallen in ove with you My stomach muscles contracted as if I d had a shock But it was joy Really Yes really In the Facing Redemption light of the torch I saw Gideon smile I do realize we ve known each other foress than a weekWhen I read this part I burst out aughing I thought to myself REALLY You were accusing her of being a traitor ike yesterday You really think Gwyn is going to fall for this shit Gideon I mean she can t be that dumb Right WRONG The worst part is that Gwyneth actually fell for that crap Although I must admit Gideon redeemed himself a bit in the epilogue when he saved Paul Perhaps you aren t a total douche nozzle Gideon Perhaps Oh my gosh do I really have to wait for OCTOBER for this book to be translated into English AHHH I m so excited And I suppose by October I l be stuck back in dinky "Dayton So I Ll "so I l to wait even onger to get my hands on a copy Maybe I should just re read Ruby RedFinished 122812sighSo
"much potential So so much potential Unfortunately it doesn t ive up to itThe plot is still interesting In "potential So so much potential Unfortunately it doesn t Captured live up to itThe plot is still interesting In its creative and fun and uite enjoyable But the charactersOi The characters absolutely ruin this book Lets take our fearless hero Gideon for example He s a boy toy with no real purpose but toook prety be occasionally vexing and be good at kissing He is unlikely in the extreme and every high school girls fantasy Of course he is also the most misunderstood character around and really in خاطرات یک زن توده ای love with ther heroine Inove Psha That brings me to my main problem with GideonHis awful awful declaration of Is Government the Source of Monopoly? and Other Essays (Cato Paper ; No. 9) love It abrupt random and dreadful It soundsike someone on a Jane Austen high He s barely known this girl a few days and he s declaring his One Too Many Blows To The Head lovewhich apparently translates to when I see you all I want to do is makeout so obviously I m head over heels There is no real conception of whatove is in this book Its all The Dressmakers Gift lust and hormones and emotional hype Gideon s character is as I said a teenage girl s characterization of the perfect guy There is nothing wrong with him his main goal is to protect the girl oh yeah and all he wants to do is kissThere is nothing to him though Sure he plays the violin and piano and hates musicals but is any of that depth No Its nonsense to make it appear attractive to our hormonal town crierI mean our heroine GwenGwen Gwen Gwen Oi vey Her main issue inife is Gideon Its almost sickening Because here is the dealhe s all she thinks about Ever Even though the entire bloody world is counting on her even though she can travel in time even though on her even though she can travel in time even though has a pet gargoyle her every waking moment is spent in contemplation of Gideon s hairOr his clothingOr how hot he isDid I mention the paragraphs upon paragraphs about how attractive he ooks at random moments Delete that from the book and you have an intresting entertaining story Its not needed In fact it would be so so much better without it Because honestly Gwen has no depth She s hormonal in the extreme dumb on top of that and makes such obvious blunders in judging poor Gideon s character that it really is irritating This book is also rather crude Its crass Whether its her random and unneeded commentary about The Pill with her Grandfather or the random and unneede groping in the eighteenth century or the reference to kissing and sex on every pagethis book is just not good Yet it is all somehow ove On top of our two obnoxious Street Without a Name: Childhood and Other Misadventures in Bulgaria love birds the plot has several puzzling inconsistencies Like where the heck did Lesley and Gwen find those numbers Yes I know in theibrary but when were they Running from Strangers looking Just a randomly added detailsAnd sentencesike I l get to that in a moment when explaining why the gargoyle wasn t thereOr Gideon s younger brother conveniently iking Lesley and knowing where the numbers came from I m If It’s Monday It Must Be Madurai: A Conducted Tour of India looking forward to the next book being translated and I will read it I enjoyed aot of Sapphire Blue Unfortunately I was also frustrated. Gwen's ife has been a roller coaster 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 myst.
Kerstin Gier ½ 8 SummaryF YA heroines call themselves dorks but very few of them actually are Gwen is the real deal and despite her over the top feelings about everything especially Gideon her genuine dweeb ness makes her The Monk as Man: The Unknown Life of Swami Vivekananda likeable Gideon is not on aevel with Eugenides or Maxon Schreave or Morpheus the Netherling but he develops a bit in this book apart from only Gwen s The Tomb of Iuchiban lovelorn perception of him Apparently he s unsure where he stands in this conflict of time travellers and his handlers are genuinely worried that he might turn traitorThis series is The Princess Diaries meets Bill Ted s Excellent Adventure in England It s great entertainment that actually deserves itsovely shiny covers I can t wait to see how it all ends Unfortunately it s an incontrovertible fact that sound common sense flies out of the window as soon as ove comes in through the door Even better than Ruby Red Because of Xemeriuswhy didn t she introduce him in the first bookand because of that hilarious ball where GwynethGwendolyn which is her actual name in the German and original version of this book is getting incredibly drunk and doesthings she definitely wouldn t do when soberI rarely have this much fun when reading a book but this series brought tears to my eyes several times from aughing too hardFind of my books on Instagram It s hard to believe the number of bloggers and readers out there that haven t heard about this wonderful young adult series Ruby Red the first book brought to us an adventure that included time traveling secrets carriages evil barons and a ittle bit of romance Sapphire Blue continues on from there with double the trouble triple the action and uadruple the romance The characters were once again very engaging and I had no problem with getting hooked into the story Time travel books are very rare these days and most of them aren t very detailed or intricate But intricate is the perfect word to describe this book because the author goes into specific depths with this book and the the words create a perfect image in your head It s ike you can breathe in the crisp air and see all the different sights of the past world being explored by the main character The suspense was amazing as well it was nearing the edge of your seat kind of suspense because you never knew what would jump out from behind the wall next But this novel wasn t just action and mystery there were also some very hilarious scenes because of the main character s very down to earth and bubbly personality Let s just say this series might just be one of the best in it s category In Ruby Red Gwyneth Shepherd s Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow life took a turn for the worse when she discovered she was the Ruby the final member of the secret time traveling Circle of Twelve and that one of the job reuirements is to go back in time through history collecting blood samples from her ancestors no uestions asked Not really a girl s dream come true Now she s expected to balance her socialife school ife obnoxious gargoyles an annoying and arrogant time traveler for a partner and figure out the truth behind a on going mystery With only her wit and her courage Gwen manages to charm her superiors get help from a ghost receive advice from her great x 10 grandfather and snag an egotistical boy in the process Gwen s character is a very authentic and ike I mentioned before down to earth one She s not noticed much for anything but that s because she is way too underestimated in this book Everyone finds her inferior to her golden cousin and she s grown up that way which makes me sympathize with her me having that one golden sibling as well s me sympathize with her me having that one golden sibling as well She s ignored Norte: A Novel looked down on aot But the reason why I ike her character so much is because she doesn t take any of this to heart instead she dismisses it without a care in the world because she has confidence in herself Before I said that people underestimated her and this is false Gwen is a very smart and talented young girl She s gets further than any of the other guardians in solving the mystery they re all pondering over uselessly She takes matters into her own hands and follows her intuition which usually ends up being correct I have to admit Gwen does have a ot on her plate and I m very surprised at how she handles it all Especially with a smoking hot guy that s seemingly always on her trail Speaking of Gideon aforementioned smoking hot guy he is one tough person to figure out At times I almost feel Mi karma y yo like he s actually bipolar and hiding it very well or he s actually bipolar and doesn t know it yet so he isn t taking any medication for it Because seriously one minute the room s all steamy with romantic tension in the air and the next he becomes colder than a vampireocked in a refrigerator His relationship with Gwen was just starting to be kindled at the end of book 1 and almost as uickly as it began it progressed to the point where they were acting Everything Happens for a Reason: And Other Lies I've Loved like they ve been together forever All I have to say is that the romance in this book is very confusing because I can t tell when Gwen and Gideon are secretly thinking up evil ways to kill each other or secretly thinking up romantic ways to surprise each other But the relationship is a hot and hilarious one don t worry it s not all that bad They re polar opposites of each other and that always makes for interesting interactions For example when Gwen attends a party with Gideon and happens to consume too many sparkly drinks and when said boy watches said girl at said party drink too many said sparkly drinks It s justyou have to read the book to fully understand it s wonderful contentAll I have to say is this book was a breath taking ride and completely worth the read I wished the romance progressed a bit slower but hey in a trilogy it s pretty hard to make things go slow right Speaking of trilogy s this series is supposed to have three booksmeaning I need those three books to feel satisfied and contentwhy don t I have the Emerald Green in my hands yet fuming Really enjoyed the book but I have so many uestions Just posted my full book discussion So excited for book 3 ArghhIike this series I do WIth a few complaints My biggest complaint is that it is a series instead of a single book Not much happened it the first and frankly not a whole The Prime Minister of Paradise lot happens in the second I got SO in all caps tired of no one telling Gwen anything Eventually some things are revealed Ish But you shouldn t have to read 2 books in the series to start getting answers Yes Il read the next As ong as my complaints are duly noted. Ught 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 Am unabridged recording 8 hours 57 minut. By it There is a ot that could have been done with it but instead all that is The Sisters of Sinai left is one hormonal scene fraught with tears and the breaking of hearts after antherI hope the final installment in the series will prove to be a delightful tye in to everything butI don t have high hopes We can only pray that it won t descendower than falling on the couch SpoilersI didn t really ike this it irritated the hell out of me The heroine Gwen could have been a decent character had it not been for the ghastly romance and the vile ove interest the douche dick Gideon Every time Gwen was near Gideon or thought about him which was most of the time I ost respect for her She was weak pathetic and desperate He treated her ike utter shit and the dumb bitch Dark Passage let him she would be mad and upset when he actedike bastard but as soon as she saw him again she would forgive and forget and American Military History and the Evolution of Western Warfare let him treat herike shit again This just says it all I couldn t help glancing at Gideon and thinking something crazy along the Delivering Your Mail: A Book About Mail Carriers (Community Workers) lines of if he d only smile just once now I d forgive him everything Dumb bitchAnyway onto Gideon he was a bastard He thought he was better than Gwen he talked down to her he was hot and cold with her he actedike she was evul he The Vanishing Man: In Pursuit of Velazquez lied to her and he manipulated her He was a fucker The declaration ofove at the end was beyond ridiculous since 1 They d only known each other a week 2 Gideon didn t trust Gwen once in that week 3 Gideon spent most of his time flirting and coming onto other girls one of them being Gwen s own cousin It was fucking ridiculousThe story Easy Breezy Miracle line could have been mildly interesting if Gwen hadn t been so focused on her patheticove ife Seriously I can barely remember the time travel plot because all Gwen cared about was her wuv ifeI m not sure if I Get Fast!: A Complete Guide to Gaining Speed Wherever You Ride ll read the next book this one was a disappointment Sapphire Blue picks up right after Ruby Red it s been a few days since Gwen Shephard discovered that she not her cousin Charlotte inherited the time travel gene that manifests in one girl of each generation in their family The Montrose Shephard family have assumed till now that Charlotte was the one with the power and trained her since infancy accordingly But it s really been Gwen all along and she is utterly unprepared There s a sinister conspiracy that spans the centuries about to close in on its goal in the present day The survival of the two time travelling families and possibly the world because of course is in the hands of Gwen and Gideon her male euivalent from the de Villiersine Unfortunately for the rest of the poor souls embroiled in this Gideon is a oose cannon who might be aligned with his Circle s enemies and Gwen is both infatuated with Gideon and rather slow on the uptake in general He might undermine them and if he does she will be of no use in stopping himContent Advisory Violence Gideon gets knocked on the head by an unseen unknown assailant in the present day He claims he was following Gwen around a streetcorner when this occurred and he blames her for uring him into an ambush She has no idea what he s talking about and is highly distraught by the accusationGideon also gets in a sword fight not shown in the eighteenth century and shows up splattered with someone else s blood Sex A ot innuendo than was in book one Gideon Gwen
"SPEND SEVERAL MINUTES SMOOCHING ON A "several minutes smooching on a when they re supposed be doing their homework and Xemerius thinks they went a ot further than they actually did A creepy old man momentarily molests Gwen and a few other young women at a party in the eighteenth century Also in attendance at this party is a worldly young widow dying to sink her claws into Gideon Gwen assumes that he and Lady Lavinia have been intimate in the past although Gideon says some things that make that seem unlikelyGwen mentions that she is one of only four girls in her grade not on birth control I can relate Gwen This is a kind of stupid joke because many girls are prescribed birth control for purely medical reasons but it is a reflection of how many sixteen year old girls think She feels that she s in no danger of becoming sexually active and is both relieved and embarrassed by this again very relatable Language One or two uses of sh and hell Substance Abuse Gwen tells us about a sleepover party where she and her school friends broke into the host s parents vodka This exciting incident culminated with our heroine warbling High School Musical not dated at all cough songs into a hairbrush and commanding that her host s father join her when he came to investigate the noise C mon baldy get those hips swinging This mortifying experience has made her wary of the happy juice But she unwittingly drinks punch aced with alcohol at an eighteenth century soiree and is a giggling mess for the rest of the evening eventually gracing the company with a stirring rendition of Memories from Cats two hundred years before that song was written Why not just play air guitar Nightmare Fuel In St Germane s ibrary Gwen finds a creepy old tome about famous demons summoned by bad magicians throughout history She pauses at a particularly gruesome illustration and the demon portrayed therein materializes in front of her It boasts and tries to frighten her but she refuses to be cowed She just snarks at it and calmly reads on trapping it once again between the pages In present day London Gwen is also followed about by a The Go-Between little gargoyle demon calling himself Xemerius Heooks and acts ike a talking cat with horns and is not meant to be a frightening creature but I m not sure if he can be trustedConclusionsKerstin Gier s Precious Stone trilogy has so far been a sugar rush The characters don t trilogy has so far been a sugar rush The characters don t a whole ot of depth the plot is impossible to follow and the world building is not necessarily consistent Evil sorcerers and demons are present in this book despite never having been mentioned in the first The scene with the fiend in St Germane s ibrary in particular is in ine with Jonathan Stroud s wonderful Bartimaeus trilogy than anything in Ruby Red It s unclear how the ghosts Gwen sees tie in with anything in past or presentThat said I The Prodigal Prophet: Jonah and the Mystery of God's Mercy like how Gwen claims that she s awkward and dorky and is in fact awkward and dorky She falls down She gets sick Sheaughs at the wrong things She struggles to focus in class She gives herself pep talks in the bathroom mirror When she s scared she calms herself down by singing and dancing to ABBA songs and sometimes other people see her do this Plenty Eries and prophecies surrounding the Circle really meanAt Deal Maker (Mixed Messages Book 2) (English Edition) least Gwen has plenty of help Her best friend Lesley follows everyead diligently on the Internet James the ghost teaches Gwen how to fit in at an 18th century party And Xemerius the gargoyle demon who has been following Gwen since he ca.