sapphirebluecoveerReviewed by Krystal Larson

Sapphire Blue is the second book in the Ruby Red trilogy. The first book captivated my attention and I couldn’t put it down. When I started Sapphire Blue I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next! Gwen thinks she has her time traveling gene all figured out and is trying to balance life with a grumpy gargoyle, school, hot-and-cold cute guy, and time traveling. The plot is infused with humor and suspense. There is an underlying intensity that persists throughout the book. Gwen needs to go back in time to collect blood samples of her ancestors. It’s a gross job, but it has to be done.

Sapphire Blue is one of the most detailed books I’ve read in a long time. Not so detailed where you say “Okay, I get it. The room is nice. Let’s get on with the story…” but detailed in describing characters and their actions. I loved Gwen! She’s a kick-butt character. In the story she’s looked down upon because her family member is better at time traveling, but that doesn’t get her down. She picks herself up and says “I can do this”. Her character is the epitome of a strong female lead. She is brave, strong, funny, and intelligent. She doesn’t need to depend on a guy to accomplish her goals. She’s also strong with the hot-and-cold lover boy. Even though he infuriates her, she still keeps her head held high.

Speaking of lover boy, I didn’t really like how his character played out. I’ve seen other reviews that enjoyed this romance aspect of the book, but I didn’t really like how he’s really nice and caring one moment, then completely cold and uncaring the next. It gave me whiplash and every time they fought I rolled my eyes. I’m not into that kind of thing. I know other people who are, but it’s not for me.

The pace of the book was fast but not in a bad way. Skipping pages wasn’t an option with this book which says a lot because I usually do it. The author writes very evenly and cleanly. The plot and scenes are laid out and it is easy to picture the characters acting out their roles. The ending was definitely a cliff-hanger and I’ll grab the third in the series once I’m able!

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Krystal is a young college student who loves meeting new authors and finding great books! Her favorite place to read is the Botanic Gardens.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Henry Holt & Co. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.