Emerald Green is the last book in the Ruby Red Trilogy by Kerstin Gier.  I started this series last year.  I had just finished the Legend series by Marie Lu and was looking for another series to read when I found this one.  It’s about a young girl named, Gwyneth Shepard, who has inherited a particular gene that allows her to travel through time using a machine called a Chronograph.  She is unprepared for the power as she spent most of her life believing that her cousin was the one who had inherited it.  Her cousin had been raised studying history, defensive techniques, dance steps from time periods long passed, fashion, and etiquette rules all so that when her power blossomed, she would be ready to fulfill the prophecy about the time travelers.  So as you can imagine, Gwyneth was very surprised and severely unprepared for her role as the twelfth and last time traveller to be born.  Each time traveler is named after a precious gem and Gwyneth is the Ruby, but she has another power that the others don’t, the power to see ghosts.

In the first two books, Gwyneth has had a crash course in everything her cousin had a years to learn. The pressure is immense and add to that, the growing feelings Gwen is having for her time-traveling partner, Gideon, it isn’t a surprise that the missions they are sent on don’t always go according to plan.  The missions are supposed to help them complete the Chronograph so that it will give up the secret hidden inside.  No one knows for sure what’s in there, but is is suspected that the secret is a cure to many of the major diseases affecting humankind leading us to the final book in this series.

Book Synopsis: Gwen has a destiny to fulfill, but no one will tell her what it is.  She’s only recently learned that she is the Ruby, the final member of the time-traveling Circle of Twelve, and since then nothing has been going right.  She suspects the founder of the Circle, Count Saint-Germain, is up to something nefarious, but nobody believes her.  And she’s just learned that her charming time-traveling partner, Gideon, has probably been using her all along.

Will Gwen finally uncover the secrets of the Circle and learn her own fate?

Gwen’s heart is broken.  She feels betrayed by the one person she trusted, her partner in time, Gideon.  She has to try and get her feelings under control, so that she can sort through all the information she has gathered to solve the mystery of the Chronograph and how to keep it out of the hands of the Count, who she is sure is the bad guy in the big equation.  She has to keeps secrets and break rules, but a long the way, she finds a group of people and ghosts to help her put it all together.  Pieces of the puzzle begin clicking into place and it becomes a race to see whose destiny will be fulfilled, Gwen’s or the Count’s. Throw in a few unforeseen twists and you have the makings of a great ending to a series.  I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this story.  There were times when it seemed a little cheesy, but then there would another twist in the tale and I was sucked back in.  Plus there is Zemerius, a gargoyle demon only Gwen can see.  Zemerius is my favorite character in this series because he is hilarious and brings levity to the craziness that has become Gwen’s life.  I recommend this series if you are looking for a little light reading.

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