Author: Kerstin Gier
Series: The Precious Stone Trilogy #1
Genres: YA, science-fiction, historical, contemporary
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.
I’d seen this series everywhere and only heard good things. Stupidly I let the ballgown on the cover put me off, what was I thinking?! I tore through this first installment and loved every moment.
The characters are wonderful, each member of Gwyneth’s family has their own personality from aloof Lady Arista to jealous Glenda to devoted mum Grace. I liked that Gwyneth and her friend Lesley acted and sounded like teenagers, not adults. Gwyneth didn’t always react in the perfect way but Lesley was a great support system for her. I loved that she believed her and supported her. I’m so sick of stories where all girls can be is jealous rivals. The only character I disliked was Gideon, the prat, whose personality swings like a pendulum.
In terms of plot, I love the mysteries around Count Saint-Germain, Lucy and Paul, the poem about the twelve time-travellers and the use of the chronograph. I have so many questions! That could be the slight drawback of this novel – it didn’t feel like a complete, self-contained arc just part of a bigger story. But that’s okay – I’ve got Sapphire Blue all ready to go.