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Mostly talking, little action, and a love interest who's a jerk,
Rezension bezieht sich auf: Rubinrot: Liebe geht durch alle Zeiten (1) (Kerstin Gier Fantasy-Romane) (Gebundene Ausgabe)
I was hoping for more from Rubinrot, seeing as it's one of the few works of German SF/F that American publishers have bothered to pick up for distribution. Maybe something that set it apart from the usual YA crowd, that gave it a little more depth--or at least novelty.
No such luck! I should have guessed that what would interest American publishers would be just more of the same--a generic London setting, a quirky teenaged hero who discovers she's the surprise heir to mysterious powers and a secret mission, a love interest who's stunningly handsome but also a dismissive jerk, and a ton of English-speaking pop culture references (not that German media exposure, especially for youth, isn't dominated by English-speaker-created media--and not that German-speakers shouldn't own whatever they consume, English-original or not! But there was only one pop culture reference in the whole book that was new to me; it felt like the setting and the references were picked largely to give the book appeal to an international audience--or to an audience reared on English-language-nation-set novels).
There's not much to be had here that you couldn't get from any number of other YA novels. While the writing *is* lively and easy to read, it doesn't cover for the fact that there's all of two (maybe three, if you squint) action scenes in 350-ish pages. Most of the book is spent in talking or infodumps about the secret society and time-traveling powers.
Maybe this is all preparation for nonstop plot action in the next two books, but I'm 40 pages into Saphirblau, and so far, it's been all talking as well.