Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier
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, 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.
Gwen must continue to make regularly scheduled trips back to the past for certain lengths of time, otherwise she’ll be forced back at any random time in any random point in history. This dependency on the secret society of time travelers means she and Gideon will never truly be free to live their own lives. But when Gwen is sent back to a secure room for her regularly scheduled trip back in time, she meets her own grandfather as a young man – and discovers a way for the two of them to communicate and share information. And when has doubts about her cousin’s supposed traitorous activities, her grandfather may be the only one she can talk to about it.
The romance and teen angst is built up a bit more in this installment. Gwen is an emotional girl, and every move Gideon makes affects her mood. But thankfully, she slowly begins to stand up for herself when others treat her badly. I hope her character continues to grow throughout the third book as well. Despite Gwen being such a pushover, she is still easy to like and engage with – while her cousin Charlotte and her mother are easy to hate. Sapphire Blue has the feel of a drama rather than time travel adventure. Yet as secrets gradually unfold, the suspense builds to a surprising ending that left me wanting more.