RTW: Worth the Wait

From YA Highway:

Road Trip Wednesday is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway's contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question to write about on our own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody's unique take on the topic.

This week's topic: What was the best book you read in October?

October was a whirlwind of chaos and activities and writing.  I read only three books and one of those was a re-read.  So choosing my best book of October was simple.

Regular readers of this blog will know that I’ve been freaking excited for the release of SAPPHIRE BLUE, sequel to RUBY RED by Kerstin Gier.

I had pre-ordered the nook book and read it the day it came out, October 30.  Could . Not. Put. It. Down.

Jaime and I had exchanged a few tweets and comments of enthusiasm and impatience over the previous week.  Here’s a snippet of an email I sent right after I finished:

“Can I just say my heart has been RIPPED out.  You know how people say they feel ALL the emotions?  That is me, right now, sitting at my desk at work.  I physically feel ALL the emotions.  I can't wait to read it again tonight.  Oh Gideon....”

First of all, I love Gwyneth, the spunky MC who has recently discovered that she carries the family’s time traveling gene.  And I absolutely adore Gideon -- her cool, sophisticated time traveling partner -- and their off-balance relationship.  That boy is full of surprises – and so is Gwyneth, for that matter.  There’s a snotty, perfect cousin, and a loyal bff, and humorous gargoyle.  It’s a quick-paced story with that fascinating time travel element I love so much and a bit of a mystery, too. 

And – oh, that moment when Gwyneth – wait a minute.  I’m not going to say.

And – oh, that moment when my heart was RIPPED from my chest – I had to read that section again and again.

I’ve heard a few people say that they just couldn’t get into RUBY RED, and a few more say that they were so glad they stuck with it.

People! Stick with it! SAPPHIRE BLUE is fantastic.  And I’m dying to know what happens in EMERALD GREEN.  How long do I have to wait?

As you can see, I'm really digging the time travel books lately, although I have to say I was a bit disappointed with TIME BETWEEN US.  I'd love to hear your time travel book recs, please!

What book was your October favorite?


  1. I almost bought RUBY RED the other day... now I will have to go back and do it. Love time travel stories when they're done right. Thanks for the rec!

    1. Hope you like it - I STILL can't stop thinking about those books (except for when I'm thinking about my WiP, of course). :)

  2. Both RUBY RED and SAPPHIRE BLUE showed up in hardback on the same day from two different sources. I think that means I need to get my butt in gear and re-read the former so I can dive into the latter. Wouldn't you agree? :) I'm really looking forward to revisiting that world.

  3. Jaime has told me several times to read Ruby Red. I picked it up from the library, but then for whatever reason didn't have time to read more than a few pages. What I need to do is just buy the darn thing. Might be another good one for the Christmas list I'm thinking. Going to have to specify to my hubby that I want those covers too, seeing as there are different ones. So beautiful!

    1. Aren't they beautiful covers? I bought the paperback of RUBY and am regretting it. I'm asking for the hardcovers for Christmas, too. :)

  4. I haven't read either of these, but I'm adding them to my list!


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