Emerald Green by Kerstin Gier Review

Emerald green bookSo it’s the third and final book of the series and…I couldn’t stop freaking out when I got my hands on it. I’ve been a massive fan of this series for a while and to be able to finally finish it was so exhilarating…yet to also be quite honest…a tad bit disappointing. I don’t quite know what it is about this series…I mean the writing is honestly nothing extremely special and the plot can do with a bit of tweaking but I guess it’s just the characters. I love Gideon and Gwen as characters so I really wanted to find out what happened to both of them and whether the circle ended up being closed.

For those of you who haven’t read it yet or want to know what this book is about here is the summary:

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-German, is up to something nefarious, but nobody will believe her. And she’s just learned that her charming time-traveling partner, Gideon, has probably been using her all along.
This stunning conclusion picks up where Sapphire Blue left off, reaching new heights of intrigue and romance as Gwen finally uncovers the secrets of the time-traveling society and learns her fate.

So unless you want to be covered in spoilers please don’t proceed to read further so as to not ruin the experience for yourself!

Now…Emerald Green was quite…disappointing. I’d been building up suspense and anticipation for this book since I living in a country where it’s quite hard to get ahold of this series and therefore have to order it online and now I’ve actually read it…I just..hmm there were many things I didn’t like and some I really liked.

  1. First thing that I’d have to say I didn’t like was the overdramatic fight between Gwen and Gideon. Also the fact they’re supposedly “in love” after having known each other for…what 3 weeks? I mean in general I just found that this series in particular would have been nice over the time period of…I dunno 3 years maybe? So that they can gradually get to know each other and strengthen their feelings and their understanding of time travelling.
  2. The immortality plotline. I mean…what? I would have found the concept of Gwen being unable to die while in time travel quite interesting to read about but to be immortal? Does that mean that they just don’t grow older or does that mean that she did something to trigger it? I felt like there were many blank holes in this plotline and Gier really needed to develop it further. Also Gideon taking the immortal powder thing is just so…I dunno cliche I mean okay now he’s immortal too? I don’t quite know how else to think about it.
  3. Lesley’s overdramatic thing with Raphael was also annoying because it was obvious she was just trying to find reasons not to be with him and just…I don’t know I liked their relationship but I found it quite undeveloped at times as well.
  4. Charlotte is honestly the most overly cliche character in this book and I would have liked to have seen some affection towards Gwen or her family members because all she did was whine and complain and I honestly didn’t like the way Gideon would keep flirting with her and then just ditch her and you could tell how hurt she was when she started singing in the party.
  5. The ending was overly rushed and the writing slacked and a lot of holes were left in the story and I didn’t really understand what was happening and it just seemed like a really cheesy movie ending.

Don’t get me wrong there were things I really liked about this book such as”

  1. The scene where Gwen is stabbed by Alistar(?)’s sword was so beautifully done. I could feel the shock and the suspense and almost the feeling of the sword going through my own chest. It was written so vividly and the pace was perfect and I could feel Gideon’s pain as well. I freaked out when I read that scene trying to think of possibilities of what could possibly happen now the main character is dead. (I did have a suspicion maybe it would be an Allegiant turn of events with the point of view switching to Gideon but nope…I was wrong)
  2. I enjoyed the part where we found out who Gwen’s parents really are. Lucy and Paul were quite likable characters and I kind of suspected that they played a bigger role in Gwen’s life and the scene between Gwen and her “Mum” was also quite a touching one.
  3. Charlottes drunk scene was quite enjoyable to read about ^^
  4. I enjoyed a lot of events from previous books being retold from other perspectives such as the scene where Gideon gets knocked out and the other scene where Gwen first travels and sees herself making out with Gideon. It was quite well done.
  5. Xemerius has always been a favorite character of mine and though I found him quite annoying in this book and skipped his parts at times I always will have a soft spot for him

In general my thoughts are that this was a potentially good series that started off with a really strong first book and an okay-ish second book but was sort of destroyed by the third book. I’m not saying it was completely horrible and that I hated it because I didn’t, I quite enjoyed it. It’s just if you didn’t like the first book then you will 100% not like the 2nd or the 3rd and I was just immensely disappointed by what Gier could have developed this into.

Characters: 6 points
Plot: 5 points
Language/Style: 6 points
Originality: 6 points

Leaving this book with a score of 23 out of 40 points which is quite possibly the lowest I’ve marked a book since I started reviewing :/ I’m just hoping I’m not the only one who feels like this because I searched around for some reviews and quite a lot of them were quite moderately happy with Gier’s third and final book of the trilogy so maybe I just need to keep searching to make sure it’s not just me being a complete weirdo ^^

Favorite part: “Maybe I really am dead this time was the first thought to cross my mind when I came back to my senses. But I hadn’t really imagined angels as naked little boys wearing nothing except rolls of excess fat and silly grins, like the specimens playing their harps above me here.”



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