Gwen’s life has been a rollercoaster since she discovered she was the Ruby, the final member of the secret time-traveling Circle of Twelve. In between searching through history for the other time-travelers and asking for a bit of their blood (gross!), she’s been trying to figure out what all the mysteries and prophecies surrounding the Circle really mean.
At least Gwen has plenty of help. Her best friend Lesley follows every lead diligently on the Internet. James the ghost teaches Gwen how to fit in at an eighteenth century party. And Xemerius, the gargoyle demon who has been following Gwen since he caught her kissing Gideon in a church, offers advice on everything. Oh, yes. And of course there is Gideon, the Diamond. One minute he’s very warm indeed; the next he’s freezing cold. Gwen’s not sure what’s going on there, but she’s pretty much destined to find out.
I feel like I can't give an honest review of this because I HATE Gideon. I don't think I've ever hated a love interest this much. I couldn't even tell you why I hate him more than all the other love interests over the years, I just do. I think part of it is because there is SO MUCH "does he like me or not" angst here and it really stresses me out! Seriously, I've ended up having to stop watching certain tv shows because there's so much over the top relationship drama that I get legitimately really stressed out, which pretty much defeats the purpose of watching tv. And this book definitely took me to that point. It's like Gideon is freaking bipolar! Of course half the relationship insecurity is because of things Xemerius (a gargoyle only Gwyneth can see. Or a demon? Or all gargoyles are demons? I've forgotten. ) tells Gwyneth about Gideon. Also the timing. At the end of the book they've known each other a week. A week isn't near enough time for love to send me on a roller coaster of relationship stress!!!
I am probably one of the few people who really likes Gwyneth's character. I feel like most people didn't like her character because she's acting like a silly sixteen year-old. She reminds me so much of Lydia and Emily from Finding Cassie Crazy. She's really funny, and I love her relationship with her best friend Lesley, who sadly didn't get much page time in this book. Which is a shame because she's by far one of my favourite characters. In fact, I actually really love many of the secondary characters here - like Aunt Maggie who is delightfully loopy and outspoken. Unfortunately this book cut time from our secondary characters and focused on Gwyneth, who I really like, Gideon, who I loathe, and Xemerius who I found equally amusing and annoying. Clearly this system isn't working for me. And I thought we were going to get some info on Jack White, who I thought would have made a good grey character since he's so hostile in the beginning. But this wasn't explored either. Basically this book was "Oh Gideon, I love you! Don't you love me too? Oh what a passionate kiss! Wait you don't love me? Oh you're kissing me again. Yay! Just kidding we're totally not at all anything resembling dating, don't worry!" And the cycle goes on.
Another thing that bothered me - why do they suspect her more than any one else of being the traitor in the group? I mean technically any of them could have been the traitor. Why her? I mean she hasn't even DONE anything yet - clearly they don't think her capable of much thought in general, so why are they suspicious of her masterminding a spy mission? This is why I need more information!
I think I would have loved this series more if it had followed Paul and Lucy instead. In fact I thought that in the first book too. I think it would have given us more of the darker feeling I think many of us expected from this series. Don't get me wrong, I actually love the lighter feeling and the fact that Gwyneth holds true to what a 16 year-old is actually like. In fact, if there was no Gideon, I would probably really enjoy this series. Here's what I would have needed to love it: no Gideon, and lots more world building. Because I think the whole concept behind the mystery is fantastic, but the execution is rather flawed. Not enough is explained as to why there are 12 of them, where the prophecies came from, etc. I have so many questions about the world that seem to be explained with a simple "the Count said so" - which since he's censored their information, makes sense. BUT. I think that's an easy way out and I wish more information was given to us. I want to know more about the WORLD and the MYSTERY. NOT. MORE. ROMANCE. NO MORE ROMANCE. IT'S NOT ALLOWED.
I'm going to go read the third book now. Hopefully I like it more than this one! I have good feelings, after all the mystery is finally going to get revealed so that should make me very happy :)