Kerstin Gier

Book ReviewEmerald Green

Reviewer's Rating: 
3
Don't you hate a fence sitter, and yet, this is where this book falls, not bad but not great.
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Henry Holt and Company, 2013.

It's a sequel kind of month for me. I have not one, not two, not even three but FOUR sequels on my reading shelf. It will be interesting to see which author has the best follow up - especially when I don't have the time to go back and reread everyone's first novel. Ideally, you gobble up a series like a tasters box of lindt chocolates. Each is unique, each is different but they are all made from the same mold. Your palate remembers the goodness since you are going straight from one to the other. At the end, you can easily say which was your favorite. But if, like this pile of books in front of me, you've left lots of time in between books, a sequel must have a certain pick up from the first book to take you back into that tasters choice, to remind you of everything that has passed for the characters. In the case of Emerald Green, the remembering was a bit painful...

Book ReviewSapphire Blue

Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Henry Holt and Company, 2012

If you've ever had marble squares - a cake like square with chocolate chippits that melt on top and get mixed like marble throughout - we have a debate in our household about whether the square is best with minimal chocolate, or if the thick swirly chocolate parts are the best in the pan. My opinion of Sapphire Blue is a bit like that same debate...

Book ReviewRuby Red: The girl about time

Reviewer's Rating: 
4
I truly enjoyed this book...and yet, it failed to rock my world because (see explanation in review).
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Henry Holt and Company, 2011

Kudos first to this book for helping take my mind off a nasty chest cough all day long. When I wasn't burning up turning pages, I was shivering but this tale was twisty enough to keep me engaged but not so much my cold fogged brain couldn't follow. You gotta admit, that's a tricky balance on a good day! This first book in the Red Ruby trilogy will wet your appetite for the other two (sorry you'll have to wait until 2013 for the final installment, Emerald Green), but I'm not palming a brick at the bookstore window. It's a lighter entertainment rather than...