Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Early Review - Sapphire Blue (Edelstein Trilogy, Book 2) by Kerstin Gier (4/5 stars)

Reading Level: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal
Size: 368 pages
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co
Release Date: October 30, 2012
ISBN: 978-0805092660
Stand Alone or Series: 2nd book in the Edelstein series
Source: ARC from Amazon Vine
Rating: 4/5 stars

This is the second book in the Edelstein Trilogy by Gier. The third book is scheduled for a 2013 release. I got a copy of this book to review through the Amazon Vine program. It was a wonderful read; Gwen learns more about her time traveling gene and we get to learn more about the Guardians as a whole.

Gwen is trying to figure out all this time-traveling stuff and unravel some of the secrets behind the Circle of Twelve. Her partner in time-travel is the very hot and cold Gideon. Will Gwen be able to balance her school, time traveling, and social life without getting killed by the mystery surrounding the Circle of Twelve?

I love Gwen as a character, she is very down to earth. Gwen is trying her best to learn everything she needs to learn to blend into historical settings, but she is constantly being compared to Charlotte (her cousin who already had 15+ years of time traveling training). Gwen takes a pretty good attitude towards everything and I enjoyed reading about her.

Gideon drove me nuts, if I were Gwen I would have smacked him numerous times. He is so hot and cold about Gwen, that I was never really sure where their relationship was going. A lot of page space is given to the back and forths of their “relationship”. This isn’t all bad because these scenes are very well done.

The mystery unravels in a very deliberate way and I enjoyed the way new tidbits of information were slowly dealt out to the reader. I shared in Gwen’s frustration of not knowing what was going on. The way the mystery is slowly being unraveled is absolutely engrossing and makes for a super engaging read.

My only complaint is that I wish we had seen more time travel in the story. In most of the time travel scenes Gwen is going to a cellar to do homework; it would have been awesome to see Gwen in some more scenes that take place out in historical public areas.

The ending is a bit frustrating as well. It ends on a total cliffhanger and pretty much nothing is resolved. There is so much going on in the book that I am curious to see how everything will be resolved in the third (and final) book, Emerald Green.

Overall a great continuation of this series. Gwen is still struggling with her place in this secret time traveling society, but she is making headway and is determined to do her part. The scenes between Gwen and Gideon are very well done but a bit frustrating. I would have liked to see more time travel scenes. Still the way the mystery is slowly unraveling makes for an absolutely engaging story. Recommended to fans of time travel stories and YA stories in general.

This book goes towards the following reading challenges:
- 150+ Books Reading Challenge

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