Sapphire Blue by Kerstin Gier – 4.5/5 stars
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. There was never a dull moment. I particularly love the relationship between Gwen and Gideon. It is a really general thing that in sequels, relationships start to see a few arguments and some rocky times. Gier managed to make their problems not corny, but legit and curious.
I could sympathize with Gwen and her feelings toward Gideon. Nothing is worse than a guy who shows you affection in private and then among others, you are told that you need to take a step back because you are overly obvious and the other person appears cold to you. I understood Gwen’s frustrations. I have heard other reviews stating that she fell in love too quickly and sounded like a little girl in love. I completely disagree. Being the type of person myself who falls rather quickly, I could relate to a lot of Gwen’s thoughts and concerns.
I am surprised that this story takes place over such a short time frame. Most books that happen this quickly can’t pull off the proper world building or the relationships between characters. Gier manages to do this flawlessly. I love the fashion designer, Gwen’s snobby aunt, the dialogue between Gwen and the Count. It was very well constructed. And I can’t wait to see where the plotting goes because there are still a few loose ends from Ruby Red and this one.
The epilogue was exciting and cemented my interest in finishing the series.
The only reason it loses a star (and technically half a star because GoodReads doesn’t have a half star feature) is because I enjoyed it ever so slightly less than the first one. Which isn’t even the fault of the author. I just liked the excitement of everything being new to Gwen in book one. I was getting introduced to the world of time travel just as she was, which made the whole thing just slightly more intriguing.