young adult • fantasy • time travel • romance
Gwyneth Shepherd’s sophisticated, beautiful cousin Charlotte has been prepared her entire life for traveling through time. But unexpectedly, it is Gwyneth, who in the middle of class takes a sudden spin to a different era!
Gwyneth must now unearth the mystery of why her mother would lie about her birth date to ward off suspicion about her ability, brush up on her history, and work with Gideon–the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line, and whose presence becomes, in time, less insufferable and more essential. Together, Gwyneth and Gideon journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.
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The Precious Stone Trilogy is a trilogy translated by Andrea Bell from the Edelstein Trilogie by Kerstin Gier that was originally written in German. This story is about Gwen who lived in the world where time travelling is a possible thing since a long time ago that only a few choosen people could do. So far, there had been eleven person who was gifted with the time travelling gene, the twelfth and the last person who was said to have the gift is her cousin, Charlotte.
Charlotte has been prepared everyday in her entire life how to blend in when one day she travelled through time to do the mission as the Ruby. Until one day Gwen found herself travelling in the past. She didn’t know the slightest bit about the past and history since all of the Charlotte’s preparation was a very secretive thing that only people with the gene itself and a few other people could know.
I have a mixed feeling about the characters though. I loved how Gwen‘s character started in the first book. She was this sweet, innocent girl who didn’t know anything about travelling but she must face her own destiny as the Ruby—the one with the travelling gene had this name code related with the precious stones—and learn everything that Charlotte learned entire her life in just a few days. But eventually I don’t feel like her character was growing better through the entire series. In Emerald Green she started to become annoyingly disturbing. I kind of like Gideon‘s character a.k.a the Diamond but not so much. At certain time he was this sweet and loving guy but then out of nowhere, he became cold and a jerk. It happened more than a couple times that I wasn’t really into him that much.
Of all the characters in the series, I really loved Xemerius‘ character. He was really cute and funny, that everytime there was a scene about him it sure will end up as a fun thing to read.
I loved the idea of making a different kind of story about time travelling. It was really original and refreshing. And there were also quite a few plot twist that I didn’t see coming that really spiced up the story.
The entire trilogy was set in a very high speed pace, since the story that happened was kind of in a week or maybe a couple. I didn’t really notice it because all the time travelling thing was really fun and thrilling that it seems like it happened for months. Unfortunately, this time span wasn’t really working that well for the romance. As you know, I’m not really into insta-love, especially the unbelievable insta-love. I know I didn’t particularly like Gideon for being push-pull with Gwen, but I couldn’t blame him since how could their romance believable in that instant? I don’t know, the romance at certain time was sweet but just wasn’t that strong.
As for the ending of Emerald Green, I think it was a bit too simple for the entire chaos that has been going on in all the three books. I was hoping maybe more tricks and actions would involved. But anyway, it still caught me off guard with whom the villain is. I mean, really? Was that even possible?
P.S. The books were also had been made into movie. I enjoyed the english dubbed version of Rubinrot and Safirblau so far. The Smaragdgrün movie has yet to be released.