Design – ? Rating – 5/5
I really like this cover. It’s dramatic and exciting while being similar enough to the Ruby Red cover that you can tell they go together. The only strange thing is that the girl is wearing the same dress as in the 1st cover, just in blue now. My favorite thing is the background because it looks so chaotic, as if Gwen’s going to be pulled into a crazy time vortex.
Sapphire Blue starts off with a bang, right where Ruby Red left off – with Gwen and Gideon kissing in a church. Things get complicated fast, with Gwen gaining a gargoyle friend only she can see, Gideon going back and forth between treating Gwen like he likes her and like her hates her, and Gwen scrambling to find out as much as she can about what’s going on so she can figure out who’s good and who’s evil. Not to mention she and Gideon having to travel back in time for regular meetings with a sinister count. Gwen has to figure out what side Gideon’s on, what side Paul and Lucy are on, and most importantly, what side she’s on.
- Gwen – Gwen continues to be independent with a strong stubborn streak. When Gideon, her partner in crime and protector during time travel adventures, starts running hot and cold in his interactions with Gwen, she doesn’t mope. Gwen gets mad that now there’s another person hiding something from her, even though she’s being put in dangerous situations where knowledge would keep her safe. I love how Gwen reacts to all of the crazy things happening in her life, which is mainly by taking things in to her own hands despite the dangers of doing so.
- Xemerius – Xemerius is a gargoyle that only Gwen can see. He insists that he’s a demon and follows Gwen around constantly, pestering her with questions about time travel and begging her to get him a cat. Xemerius’ snarky comments about Gideon and other people in Gwen’s life are great comedic relief. He’s also a useful ally to Gwen since he can go through walls and is invisible to most people. Xemerius is a sort of running commentary – the things Gwen’s thinking but can’t say out loud.
- plot – So often, YA books fall flat when they’re the 2nd book of a trilogy. This book does not disappoint like those. Instead, everything gets more intense, more complicated, and even more dangerous. With the little bit of knowledge that Gwen’s gathered about the rules of time traveling, she starts traveling on her own in order to find out more about Paul and Lucy, mysterious things she’s seen in the past already, and about the prophecy and what will happen when the chronograph is complete. Gwen tries to learn more so she can rely on herself in the past instead of Gideon, especially since she finds him hard to read. The raised stakes surrounding the prophecy and the creepy count make it difficult for Gwen to know who she can trust.
- Gideon – I really like the complexities of Gideon’s allegiance. His family is deeply entangled in all of this time travel business, keeping all of the secrets to themselves. Gideon has been growing up preparing for time travel with Charlotte, but he’s completely unprepared for Gwen and suddenly he’s stuck with her, protecting her because she knows nothing about what she’s in for. While Gwen’s in the dark, Gideon’s sort of in the same situation, except with the added complication of the people who are possibly manipulating he and Gwen are his family. Gideon doesn’t know whether to trust his family, his own intuition, or Gwen’s growing suspicions about the prophecy, Lucy and Paul’s motives, and the events of the future.
- confusing – When I say that Sapphire Blue starts off with a bang, I really mean it. There’s no recap of what’s happened in Ruby Red, and this resulted in me giving up and starting with Ruby Red again. This entire trilogy moves quite quickly. I believe that Ruby Red covered about a week of Gwen’s life. So, while I really love these books, I would recommend that you read them back to back, or very close together while you remember what’s happened.
And pestering me with homework too, in a situation like this, was really too much! Someone ought just to write the school a note. ‘Since Gwyneth is away on important time-travel missions these days, she must be excused homework in future.’ – pg. 38
I could take it for granted that I’d broken some of his rules since then – although it had to be admitted that I didn’t know what they were, which made me feel rather defiant. If no one could be bothered to explain any of these rules to me, or the reasons for them, they couldn’t really be surprised if I didn’t keep them. – pg. 251
Acquired: bought (ebook)