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*Review* Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier May 26, 2014

***As always mild spoilers may follow***

Rating: 3 stars
Pub date: 30 October 2012
Publisher: Henry Holt, Macmillan
Genre: YoungAdult, Romance, Historical Fiction, Science Fiction
Format: audiobook, via library
Status: Book two of the Ruby Red series

Summary:

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.

 

My thoughts:

Sapphire Blue picks where Ruby Red left off which ended with a big cliffhanger (BOO! I HATE cliffhangers!) This book doesn’t suffer from book two syndrome straight out. I feel that Sapphire Blue and Ruby Red are on similar lines of decency. Again, I wasn’t blown away, but interested enough to see what happens next.

I’m uncertain over Gwen in Sapphire Blue. She seems to regress in maturity a bit. She becomes suspicious over everything. Some suspicion is good with not knowing what the purpose of gaining the blood of the circle will do, but there is such a thing as too much and she crosses that line by MILES.

Gideon still leaves the jury out. Being hot and cold all the time got really annoying. Flirting with Charlotte while his feelings weren’t clear is just low.

I still really didn’t care for Charlotte. She’s a mean girl to the extreme. I really don’t think she has any redeeming qualities.

I loved the addition of Xemerius. It makes me sad that more characters can’t interact with him because I think it would make it better. His quips are pretty great though and quips aren’t always meant to be heard.

The pace really seemed to slow. Maybe it was where I couldn’t read at my own pace since I was reading strictly by audiobook. I don’t feel like any questions from Ruby Red were answered. I actually think I have even more unanswered questions and a new suspicious theory. Again, I feel like something could’ve been lost in translation. I still really didn’t like the narrator. I may have missed something if I spaced a bit, but I doubt it.

Flipping between how beautiful Gideon is and how Gwen and Lesley are searching for answers (which only led to more questions for me) became vexing. I could’ve gone without the boy obsession. He treats her like crap and she goes all doe eyed. I hope there’s less of that in book 3. Possibly will happen with that ending. Still not a great read, but now that I’m 2/3 through the series, I might as well finish since I do have the audiobook already checked out.

About the author:

Kerstin Gier is the bestselling author of the Ruby Red trilogy, as well as several popular novels for adults.

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Top Ten Tuesday #38: Books I Almost Put Down May 13, 2014

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Each week, the girls over at The Broke and the Bookish think up a fun theme for the week and participating bloggers around the net join in. The theme for this week is:

Top Ten Books I Almost Put Down

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by JK Rowling. Let’s face it. When I got this book, I wasn’t big into reading for me and I wanted to give up after the first chapter. Thankfully, my Gran wouldn’t let me! 

Frozen by Melissa de la Cruz. I just wasn’t as into this book as I have been with her other books. /: My love of her kept me in til the end though!

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier Honestly, I wish I had given up on this book. It kept getting worse with each book. I kinda feel cheated cause I stayed in til the end. 

Allegiant by Veronica Roth. I wish I hadn’t even read this one, but I did. Ugh. 

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge I stuck it out even though I had to take a break. It wasn’t all that I was hoping it would be, but it was decent. 

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown That moment when you realise your favourite series is nothing but a formulaic book. I’ll still read the Robert Langdon series though. It kinda sucks that it’s a bit predictable now. 

The Host by Stephenie Meyer I actually did put this one down. I bought it the day it released, read about 100 pages and put it down. I was still hoping for a bit of Twilight style and this was so much better that it threw me off and I couldn’t handle it. When I did come back to it a year later I couldn’t put it down!

Beautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl Ugh…. this book made the South look sooooo bad. The movie made it worse. I was so disappointed.

After the End by Amy Plum This book. I just can’t even. I was expecting brilliance. I got disappointment and predictability. /:

The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory Oh, this book. Definitely my least favourite of The Cousin’s War series. I stuck it out til the end though.

Crossed by Ally Condie This was another that I had to take a step away from and read something else and come back to it. I finished it though!

 

Hello May, Goodbye April! May 1, 2014

Is it really already May? I mean, for real? This year is going by way too quickly. I got a lot of work done this month and I’m proud of it. I hope I can continue staying so far ahead. I’m scheduled through the end of June on reviews, so I’m ready for the few trips we may be taking. The more work I get accomplished, the happier I am that I took the plunge into the review world. I’ve always struggled with reviews, but in the almost year I’ve been doing this, I’ve learned that there is no RIGHT way to do it. Hopefully someone that sees this is feeling the way I have and this helps them! Be YOU.

Books I read in April (in order of completion)

The Constant Princess  by Philippa Gregory 

After the End by Amy Plum

Richard III by Annette Carson

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier 

The Falconer by Elizabeth May 

Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier 

Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols

Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols 

Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier

My Not So Super Sweet Life by Rachel Harris

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Love Story by Jennifer Echols

Books with the kiddos: (I mostly kept track!)

Good Night Tennessee by Adam Gamble

D is for Duck Calls by Kay Robertson

Three Little Dinosaurs by Charles Fuge

Doc McStuffins A Knight in Sticky Armor by Andrea Posner-Sanchez 

That’s Not My Fairy by Fiona Watt

Pinkaclicious The Pinkerrific Playdate by Victoria Kann

Spot Loves His Grandma by Eric Hill

Spot Loves His Mommy by Eric Hill

Cleo on the Move by Stella Blackstone

All the Ways I Love You by Dorothea DePrisco

Emergency! by Margaret Mayo

Thomas’ 123 Book by Wilbert Awdry

Even Fire Fighters Go to the Potty by Wendy Wax

Pete the Cat Big Easter Adventure by James Dean

Pete the Cat Play Ball! by James Dean

Pete the Cat Pete’s Big Lunch by James Dean

Pete the Cat Pete at the Beach by James Dean

Pete the Cat Too Cool For School by James Dean

Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses by James Dean

Coming up in May
Hubby’s military class

Biggest Flirts Blog Tour

The Mortal Instruments Series finale

One of my new features that I didn’t get started in April!

Goals for May
Work on commenting and visiting other blogs

Read more with the kiddos

Stay ahead of schedule 

May releases I’m excited for:

The Falconer by Elizabeth May 

The Art of Lainey by Paula Stokes 

City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare 

Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols 

May TBR:
As You Turn Away by Molli Moran

Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry 

Mind Games by Kiersten White

Taken by Erin Bowman

 

Challenge Update:

I’m involved with four challenges officially.

Edelweiss & Netgalley challenge: 9/25 (After the End, Richard III, The Falconer, Biggest Flirts)

TBR Pile challenge: 25/11-20 {I can and most likely WILL be increasing my level on this. I’m also not including ARCs in this unless I complete them after the book is released} (The Constant Princess, Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue, Emerald Green, Dirty Little Secret, Delirium, Love Story, My Not So Super Sweet Life)

Series challenge: 9/4-6 {I can and most likely will increase my level on this as well} (Ruby Red, My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century)

Real” Book challenge: 15/21-30 (Ruby Red, Dirty Little Secret, Delirium)

How was your April? What’s up for May?

 

Please Be Kind, Rewind: 20-26 April 2014 April 26, 2014

I’m a killing it with reading lately! (: I have reviews scheduled all the way through the middle of June now. I’m starting to work on plans for my 1 year blogoversary. It’s so nice to be ahead of the game right now. It gives me time to work on the blog as needed and to spend quality time with my kiddos. My family still is and always will be my number one priority. I’m just glad that I’m able to share my love of books with them and it not be a detriment to our relationship. It’s great when we get in the car that Punk asks for books. He’ll listen to just about anything, but Pete the Cat is his favourite. (: 

Completed:

Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols. 5 stars.

Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier (audiobook) 1 star.

My Not So Super Sweet Life by Rachel Harris. 4 stars.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver (paperback & audiobook) 4 stars




Currently Reading:

The Everything Mother Goose Book by June Rifkin (yes, we’re still working on it!)

Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone by JK Rowling (audiobook)

Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver (audiobook)

Love Story by Jennifer Echols

 

 


Read to the Kiddos:

Even Fire Fighters Go to thePotty  by Wendy Wax

Pete the Cat Big Easter Adventureby James Dean

Pete the Cat Play Ball by James Dean

Pete the Cat Pete’s Big Lunch by James Dean

Pete the Cat Pete at the Beach by James Dean

Pete the Cat Too Cool For School by James Dean

Pete the Cat and His Magic Sunglasses by James Dean



New to my shelf:

Dirty Little Secret by Jennifer Echols (Thanks, Jennifer!) 

My Not So Super Sweet Life by Rachel Harris (Thanks, Rachel!)


From the library:
audiobooks, lots of them! (:

 

Please Be Kind, Rewind: 13 – 19 April 2014 April 19, 2014

Wow. Another great week! (: I knocked out three books, two of which were ARCs! (: Two of them were great, and the other wasn’t the best. Now I’m at a loss on what I want to read next, haha. I have reviews lined up all the way through the middle of June now. I’m super happy with that. Now, maybe, if I have a hit the wall moment like I did in January, it won’t completely kill my momentum. I’m really enjoying not worrying about any kind of schedule as far as reading. I also went through my eARCs this week and culled the ones I’m not interested in anymore or attempted and they weren’t as great as I was hoping. That helped A LOT. I don’t feel as stressed per se. I wasn’t stressed, but I was just worried about disappointing people for not reading ALL THE BOOKS. Now, I’m not and I’m much happier and knocking through books quicker. I have more giveaways coming up soon, so if you didn’t win the signed copy of Incarnate, never fear! (:

Completed:
The Falconer by Elizabeth May (ARC) 5 stars.

Biggest Flirts by Jennifer Echols (ARC) 5 stars

Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier (audiobook)3 stars.




Currently Reading:

The Everything Mother Goose Book by June Rifkin (yes, we’re still working on it!)

Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone by JK Rowling (audiobook)

Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier (audiobook)

 

 


Read to the Kiddos:

Breathe by Scott Magoon

Pinkalicious The Pinkerrific Playdate  by Victoria Kann

Spot Loves His Grandma by Eric Hill

Spot Loves His Mommy by Eric Hill

Cleo on the Move by Stella Blackstone

All the Ways I Love You by Dorothea DePrisco

Emergency! by Margaret Mayo

Thomas’ 123 Book by Wilbert Awdry


New to my shelf:

Breathe by Scott Magoon (Many thanks to Scott and SimonKids!)

Dark Metropolis by Jaclyn Dolamore (Thanks Hyperion Teens!)


From the library:
Army Wives: The Unwritten Code of Military Marriage by Tanya Biank

Undaunted by Tanya Biank

 

Please Be Kind, Rewind: 6 – 12 April 2014 April 12, 2014

I got a lot of work done this week and it was great. I love listening to audiobooks while I work so that’s why I’ve been loading the iPod up lately. It helps me knock out books that have been published and are on my TBR pile and leaves down time for ARCs. (: The kiddos and I are very happy that springtime has finally arrived. We’ve had the windows open all day the past few days and have gone outside to enjoy the sunshine. I surprised them by pulling out their water table the other day. They had a blast! I foresee a lot of reading outside while they play this summer! I’m looking forward to actually enjoying summer for the first time in the last few years. Newborn, pregnant, and then newborn the last three summers!  Maybe we’ll even be adventurous and try to walk to the library this year. MAYBE. haha. Hope your week’s been great! (:

Completed:
After the End (ARC) by Amy Plum

Ruby Red by Kerstin Gier (paperback and audiobook)



Currently Reading:

The Everything Mother Goose Book by June Rifkin (yes, we’re still working on it!)

Harry Potter and the Philospher’s Stone by JK Rowling (audiobook)

The Falconer by Elizabeth May (ARC)


Read to the Kiddos:

Good Night Tennessee by Adam Gamble

D is for Duck Calls (eARC) by Kay Robertson

Three Little Dinosaurs by Charles Fuge

That’s Not My Fairy by Fiona Watt

Doc McStuffins A Knight in Sticky Armour by Andrea Posner-Sanchez


New to my shelf:


From the library:

The Constant Princess by Philippa Gregory (audiobook) 

The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory (audiobook)

The Help by Kathryn Stockett (audiobook)

Ruby Red, Sapphire Blue, Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier (audiobooks)

Cress by Marissa Meyer (audiobook)

Delirium by Lauren Oliver (audiobook)

The Elite by Kiera Cass (audiobook)

A bunch of other audiobooks. Our online library selection is great!

 

 
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