Meet Ruby. She's your average (somewhat dorky) ice-cream eating, garden-loving teenager, who is constantly being annoyed by her little brother, is best friends with possibly the only Goth kid in town and, oh yeah...she sees fairies. After Nick Martino (possibly the hottest guy she's ever known) finally asks her out, she can barely manage a two-word sentence when a bizarre incident strikes their lakeside town. Stumbling bare-foot through some interesting dates, will she ever find love? And what does Ruby do when more strange events continue to occur? Will she keep her gift of Fairy Sight a secret? As an ancient myth unfolds and new mystic fairy tales come to life, Ruby and her menagerie of friends tackle some extraordinary circumstances with her very ordinary abilities in this modern day fairy tale. See what legends come to life in Ruby Blue, a young adult fantasy fiction novel and the first installment of the Ruby Blue series.
©2012 Julie Cassar (P)2016 Julie Cassar
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This is the first book in a fantastic YA fantasy series. I loved it!
Ruby Blue is a fantastic character. I really liked her. Ruby is seventeen years old, though she comes across as younger. She is a typical teen, a little angst-y, with an addiction to Converse shoes and ice-cream, but her ability to see fairies is what sets her apart. Her fairy friends are Anya and Brennan; they have been friends since Ruby was five.
I originally read and reviewed this book in 2012. When I heard that it had been made into an audiobook in April this year, I became excited and decided to download it to see if it was as good as I remembered. It was. The audiobook is narrated by Mysti Jording, who did an excellent job in giving Ruby and the other characters a voice. She has a young, pleasant voice that suited the tone of the story.
I became hooked into the story once more. I had forgotten how much I had enjoyed meeting Anya, Brennan and Jeremy for the first time. The story takes the reader on an adventure full of action and danger, with drama and romance aplenty in this book, as well as splashes of humour that kept me giggling. I must admit that by listening to the story, I was able to sit back and relax, though still feel a part of it. Ruby Blue is a magical fantasy complete with a rogue dragon and fizz popping fairies. The story ended all too soon for me and I am now looking forward to listening to the second book, Deja Blue once it becomes available in audiobook format too.
Julie Cassar is one of my favourite authors, and I will read any of her books in the future. Her characters are very lifelike and virtually leap off the page. I also love her fast paced writing style, which seems to flow effortlessly from scene to scene.
I HIGHLY recommend this book (and series) to teens aged 15 up and adults who love YA romances or fantasy genres. However, some adults may find this book too young for them. - Lynn Worton
"The voice of this book makes you believe you are there"
This is a great book. It is a book that you can read and listen to and then let your kids listen to as well. It brings out your imagination and has you wondering if you could have ever run into some fairy folk and not known about it.
I would highly recommend getting this audio book, it is a book that you will want to read more than once.
"Take me to Kansas!!!"
I LOVE this book!!! In truth, I've read it before. Loved it and once it became available on Audible I bought it instantly.
You know that first bite into insanely good chocolate cake?? Maybe it's a little warm and has a scoop of vanilla ice cream on top too. Well, that's what this book is like! It hooks you. It is so perfect and you won't be able to stop with just one bite! (Thankfully you don't have to with her follow up books Deja Blue, Sky Blue, Forever Blue and finally the companion book to Forever Blue, Forever Kansas.) It will have you putting on your favorite pair of converse and going on this amazing journey with Ruby....not to mention the fairies, dragons, and many more Fae friends, faster than a soda-pop can fizz! ;) So how can you not get this?? You can't... trust me. You want to add it to your collection of books that will never get dust on them because they are too loved!!!
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