Monday, January 27, 2014

Review: Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier

Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier
Rating: 3.75 stars
Source: Library
Buy the Book: Amazon
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."

Review: **minor spoilers to the first two books in the series are below.**
Emerald Green is the conclusion to the Ruby Red Trilogy, and while it was just as fun and lighthearted as the previous two, it didn't quite wrap up all the loose ends. 

There were still many things to enjoy, though.  Gwen is as carefree and spunky as ever.  She's not really a rebel, but she has just enough disregard for the rules to make her fun to read about.  Gideon's brother Raphael is a great new character, and I wished he had more page time.  Ximerius has some fabulous lines that will leave you in stitches.  I loved the scenes with Gwen's grandfather.  This book has a much faster pace than the previous two, and left me very reluctant to put it down at the end of the night.  

My major complaint with Sapphire Blue (book 2 in the series) was that not very much of significance happened.  This book had the opposite problem: too much happened, and not enough time was given to digest the implications of each event.  There were revelations and surprises (really, I was genuinely surprised a few times) that made me gasp with shock and glee, and I was excited to see how each new revelation would add to Gwen's story.  But rather than building on the story, each revelation was sprung forth in a "Ta-da!" manner, and then was mostly ignored in favor of Gwen/Gideon swoon time.

I was really looking forward to Gwen having a conversation with Dr. White, and giving him some sort of closure about his son.  I also wanted Gwen and Charlotte to have an honest conversation that may not conclude with them liking each other, but would help them understand each other a little better.  I also wanted Gwen to resolve Lucas' murder.  (I guess it's implied that she does, but we never get closure.)  I was hoping for Lady Arista to show some emotion besides rigidness.  None of these scenes were directly relevant to the main plot, so I guess I understand why they aren't there.  Still, it would have been nice, and would have make the story a little less thin, if you know what I mean.

I am happy to have read something not originally written in English.  (This series was originally written in German.)  It's nice to break out of the mold now and then.  Especially if it means finding a series that makes you laugh as hard as this one did.  

I wished for a tad more fulfilling ending, but still very much enjoyed my experience reading this series.  While it didn't quite leave me satisfied, the book was still a fun and fitting end to this series.  It didn't change me or make me think very hard, but it left me feeling content, cheerful, and enchanted with the vast worlds contained in even very simple books.  

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