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The three duel, but Paul is badly injured in his arm, and Gideon suddenly shows up, saving Paul, but not the documents about the family trees.

Before Paul disappears, he urges Gideon, who truly does love Gwen, to read the secret documents and keep the circle from being closed in order to keep Gwen from dying.

After the events of Sapphire Blue, Gwenyth explains her heartbreak to Lesley, who sympathizes with her, but also gently reminds her that she has a mission to do.

With the help of Raphael, the coordinates that were left after decoding the numbers found in Lord Montrose's copy of The Green Rider point to Gwenyth's house being where the treasure is most likely hiding.

Xemerius confirms this after going throughout the house and discovering that there was a chest between the walls behind the painting of one of Gwenyth's ancestors.

Nick wakes up and notices Gwen talking to Xemerius about the hidden treasure, and agrees to help out. The two go down to remove the painting, only to be caught by Mr.

Bernard, who explains that a chisel and hammer was needed to break through the bricks, as he was the one who hid the treasure on behalf of her grandfather, and agrees to do it that evening, when Lady Arista and Glenda will be gone.

At school, Cynthia invites Lesley, Charlotte, and Gwen to her party, though all her guests are forced to wear green, and Lesley dismisses Raphael's attempts to help out more with the mysteries, though Gwen correctly guesses that Lesley likes Raphael.

After school, Gideon meets up with Gwyneth at the Temple and offer to stay friends with her, to which she refuses and storms away.

After elapsing back to , she meets her grandfather, Lucas, again, and the two try to work out what he hid in the chest behind the bricks. Eventually, Lucas figures out that it is the first chronograph, and Gwyneth realizes that with it, she can travel back in time whenever she wants, though with a certain limit, and Lucas brings her to the Dragon Hall and explains to her how to work the chronograph, and uses the chronograph to have Gwyneth travel even further back in time to visit Lady Tilney, who was expecting her.

Lady Tilney gives her a knitted pig, which Gwyneth later gives to her sister, but does not give her any advice or warnings, much to Gwyneth's dismay.

After traveling back to the present, Gideon finds her again and tries to patch things over, but Gwyneth still refuses and heads home.

After dinner, Mr. Bernard starts to hammer through the bricks, while Charlotte is kept busy playing Scrabble with Maddy.

The chest is brought out, and the key, which Gwyneth found after elapsing a few days earlier before she met Lucas the first time, is the same one that Gwyneth had given to Lesley.

Upon opening the chest, the first chronograph is found, which is given to Gwyneth. That same night, Gwyneth elapses to meet Lucas in the past again, and though he is now married to Arista and they have had Harry, he still does not have much information about Lucy and Paul.

The two agree to meet again much closer to Gwyneth's birth date, when he is Grandmaster of the Lodge, and when he has more time to collect information about Lucy and Paul.

After returning to the present, she is caught by Charlotte, who demands to know what she is carrying, but after Mr. Bernard intercepts before she can forcefully find out, Charlotte vows to find out what Gwyneth is up to.

Gwyneth makes sure the chronograph is hidden inside a wall she tore down at the back of her closet, stuffed inside a stuffed animal crocodile, before she falls asleep.

The next day, Charlotte is announced to be sick, though Gwyneth suspects she faked her illness to search her room, but later on in the day, Gwyneth pretends that she has caught the cold as well to avoid going to the ball that was to be held that day.

At the Temple, the meeting with the Count at the ball is postponed, and Gwyneth elapses, then is sent home. That same night, she elapses again, though is nearly caught by Glenda and Charles who at the time, was living in her room.

She meets with her grandfather who gives her the book Anna Karenina, though the middle of the book is all the information he is able to collect since the last time she visited him and the first and last page are the genuine text.

After going back to the present, she is intercepted by Charlotte again, who claims that she is closer to finding out what Gwyneth is hiding.

The next morning, while Gwyneth is "resting" from her fake cold, Mr. Marley, and another man named Mr. Brewer, after a tip from Charlotte, come into Gwyneth's room and discover the chest the chronograph was hidden in, creating quite a mess and a ruckus, though after they leave, Gwyneth assures Maddy that the chronograph was moved and the only thing they would find in the chest was her school atlas and a collection of Jane Austen novels.

Though Mr. Marley, who later comes to collect Gwyneth to go to the Temple to elapse, is apologetic about the matter, Mr. Whitman is suspicious.

While elapsing, Gideon goes along with her, also wondering why Charlotte suspected her of having the chronograph, though Gwyneth lies and says it was used as a card table for Texas hold 'em.

Gideon later reveals he has gotten Elaine Burghley's blood, and that he has suspicions about the Count's motives. He then asks Gwyneth if she was willing to let someone die if there were a cure for all the diseases of mankind.

Gwyneth answers that even one human life seems too. The next day, Gwyneth is over her cold, and she is prepared to meet the Count again at the ball held by Lord and Lady Pympoole-Bothame, the parents of James, at her school, though in the past, it was their house, and it is revealed that Charlotte has lost more of her credibility, after stealing Lesley's backpack, calling the Lodge numerous times and searching Gwyneth's room, but still not finding the chronograph.

While being led by Mr. George to elapse, he reveals the reason they must go to the ball is to lure Lord Alastair, as well as the traitor among the Guardians, so it can be accurately recorded in the Annals.

After elapsing to the ball, Gideon tells the Count that he got Lady Tilney's blood, and he then leads Gwyneth to dance.

During the dance, Lady Lavinia dances with Gideon while Gwyneth meets up with James and urges him to meet her at Hyde Park to talk about his horse Hector.

After running away from Gideon's reprimanding about attracting attention, she meets a drunken Rakoczy who tries to get her to drink something strong, but is thwarted by Gideon.

Gwyneth runs away again to an empty room, and Gideon follows her, trying to assure her that he has no feelings for Lady Lavinia.

While arguing, Gwyneth discovers her past self staring at them from her third uncontrolled time travel, and kisses Gideon as a distraction.

After her younger self leaves, Lord Alastair, Lord Alcott, and Lady Lavinia corner them in the room where it is revealed that Lord Alcott is the traitor among the Guardians, and Lord Alastair paid a good amount of money to both Alcott and Lavinia to help in his plans.

Lavinia managed to take away Gideon's concealed gun, and the two are left defenseless. Lavinia is sent away and Alcott and Alastair fight Gideon and Gwyneth.

Although Gideon manages to pin Alastair's arm to the wall with a saber and Gwyneth kills Alcott, Alastair manages to run his sword through Gwyneth.

After a brief sensation of becoming a ghost, Gwyneth finds herself back in the present, and aside from a scratch, she is unharmed.

She is sent home, but Gideon shows up during supper asking to see Gwyneth, and the two go up to her room, where Gideon expresses his relief to find her alive, and reveals that, according to the papers given to him by Paul, she is technically immortal, which is how she survived the attack, and that in order to get the philosopher's stone, the secret of the chronograph that will cure mankind's diseases, someone has to die, which is Gwyneth.

Lesley later shows up, and after deciding Gideon no longer needs to be excluded, explains how Lucas, Lucy, and Paul found out that the Count intends to get the philosopher's stone and make himself immortal.

However, Gwyneth must take her own life to have the prophesies come true, and to allow the Count to become immortal, and she is supposed to do it because of Gideon.

The next day, when Gwyneth is taken back to elapse, along with her mother who was also invited, she accidentally overhears the Inner Circle's interrogation of her mother.

After tracking down the midwife who supposedly delivered Gwyneth, it is revealed that Lucy was the one who gave birth to Gwyneth, and Grace gave the midwife a large sum of money to record the wrong date on the birth certificate and to say that Grace was the one who gave birth.

Lucy and Paul were forced to leave Gwyneth behind, and Grace and Nicholas raised her as one of their own. After hearing the shocking news, Gwyneth and Gideon escape to the chronograph room and elapse, despite Gideon needing to finish out Operation Black Tourmaline and Sapphire.

After traveling back to the present, Gideon is taken away to meet with the Inner Circle while Gwyneth and her mother clear matters up.

After meeting with Madame Rossini to gather green costumes for Cynthia's party that night, and some clothing from , Gwyneth takes Gideon to the roof where she hid the chronograph, knowing Charlotte is afraid of heights.

Gideon has his blood read into the chronograph, and with the circle now complete, the philosopher's stone is revealed, and Gideon hides the salt-like substance.

The two go to the church, change into their clothes, and elapse to meet Lady Tilney, Lucy and Paul, where they try to come up with a plan to keep the circle on the second chronograph from being closed, now that they know the truth, and they figure that the Count is somehow pulling strings from the past to get the Guardians to do his bidding.

Later on, after returning to the present, they meet Lesley and Raphael at the party, where they find their classmates in a drunken manner after the punch is spiked with vodka, and Charlotte, also drunk, is singing karaoke and revealing all she knows about Count Saint-Germain and the time travelers.

Gideon gets her home while Lesley, Raphael, and Gwyneth go back to Gideon's apartment to come up with a plan for finding out how to keep the circle from being closed on the second chronograph, and the possibility that the Count is still living in the present, disguised as someone else.

The next day, Lesley, Gideon, Raphael, and Gwyneth travel to the subway tracks, and Gideon and Gwyneth elapse to try and stop the younger Gideon from delivering the letter about Operation Black Tourmaline and Sapphire.

They run into Gideon's younger self and knock him out, and Dr. Harrison appears, assuring them that he won't deliver the letter under instructions from Lady Tilney.

They elapse back to the present, then go back to the past and meet James at Hyde Park where Gideon gives him the smallpox vaccine. They elapse back to the present, they go to the Temple to elapse and meet the Count.

Gwyneth stays behind to talk with the Count while Gideon is sent back to carry out the operation. However, Gwyneth is poisoned by Rakoczy, and after traveling back to the present, it is revealed that Mr.

Whitman is Count Saint-Germain, but under cosmetic surgery. After Gwyneth was born, the Count began to age, as he was the one previously immortal, and in order to successfully become immortal again with the philosopher's stone, Gwyneth had to take her own life over love.

Lucas came close to discovering the truth, which was why Marley senior had to poison him, and Lucy and Paul, who also discovered the truth, had to hide with the chronograph in Whitman held the Guardians at gunpoint and locked them in the chronograph room after the circle closed on the second chronograph, and plans to kill Gideon once he elapses back to the present in order to force Gwyneth to take her life.

Gideon comes back and Mr. Whitman shoots him, and Gwyneth is about to take her life when Dr. White, who was injured earlier by Mr.

Whitman, hits him before falling back down again. Gideon gets up, unharmed, and reveals that after the circle closed, he took the philosopher's stone to , instead of to the Count, where Lucy and Paul dissolved it in water and he drank it, making him immortal, and able to live forever with Gwenyth.

In the epilogue, Lucy and Paul, now part of the Secret Service, are expecting another baby, and have both taken Gwenyth new names as Mr.

Gwyneth Gwendolyn in the original Sophie Elizabeth Shepherd is the year-old protagonist of the series. She is the daughter of Grace and Nicolas Shepherd, born on 7 October , though in the third book, Emerald Green, it was revealed that her real parents are Lucy and Paul.

She grows up believing her birthday was on 8 October instead, leading her to think she was not the one to have inherited her family's time travel gene.

Though, as she later finds out, she did inherit the time travel gene over her cousin Charlotte, and is the last of twelve time travelers, known as the Ruby.

She is physically different than the rest of the Montroses having straight dark hair and blue eyes. Gwyneth is said to be very clumsy, always accidentally dipping the tie of her school uniform in her lunch and tripping over her own feet.

Her father, Nicolas, died of leukemia when she was seven years old and her grandfather died when she was She has two younger siblings, Nick and Caroline, and her best friend is Lesley Hay.

She is immortal and has the ability to interact with ghosts and gargoyles. Gideon is a member of the current male time traveler, the eleventh in the circle, also known as the Diamond or Lion.

He was born in and is 19 years old. He has a flat in London, but has lived with his uncle Falk de Villiers since he was eleven years old.

His father is dead and his mother has moved to france with her new boyfriend Monsieur Bertelin along with her other younger son Raphael.

Gideon attended a boarding school in Greenwich, where he was captain of the school's polo team and is now studying medicine at the University of London.

Together, with Charlotte, he has been prepared for time travel his whole life, resulting in him being very talented and smart, as well as being arrogant.

Underestimating Gwyneth leads him to behave disrespectfully towards her at first, as he thinks she is not good enough for time travel.

However, as he believed that Gwyneth is suitable for time travel, he tried to make Gwyneth fall in love with him to make her predictable. But, as the series progresses Gideon warms up to Gwyneth substantially and eventually falls in love with her himself.

Gwyneth, Nick, and Caroline's mother. Like all Montroses, she has curly red hair and blue eyes. Her behavior is often very mysterious and she knows more than she lets on.

She also helped Lucy and Paul escape with the stolen chronograph by letting them stay several months at her house in Durham, where she had lived with her husband and children until the death of her husband.

Gwyneth's cousin and Glenda's daughter, who was believed to have inherited the time travel gene initially, and so has been prepared for her role her whole life.

She is very talented at everything she does and is described as exceptionally beautiful and charming. She is also very arrogant due to the high praise for her abilities since she was young.

She holds a grudge against Gwyneth for taking all of the attention away from her and talks Gwyneth down every chance she gets.

She is also in love with Gideon. Also known as Leslie in German and in some translations, Libby. Gwyneth's best friend, who also attends St.

Lennox High School. She has freckles and blonde hair and is the only one outside of Gwyneth's family who knows about the time travel secret.

At first, she helps Gwyneth find out the mystery, gathering information from the internet and books. She is very smart and helpful, and encourages Gwyneth.

She lives with her parents and her dog Bertie in an apartment in North Kensington. Gideon's uncle and Grand Master of the Lodge. He is described as looking like a wolf, having amber eyes and dark hair streaked with the white of old age.

He had been in a relationship with Grace when they were younger and still holds a small grudge against her for choosing Nicolas over him.

He seems to still have feelings for her. Lucy is the daughter of Gwyneth's uncle Harry. She ran away from home when she was 17 after falling in love with her time travel partner, Paul de Villiers when together they uncovered the mystery as to what happens when the blood of all twelve time-travelers are fed to the chronograph.

Wanting to prevent this at all costs, they escaped to the year with one of the chronographs. Because of this, they will never be able to return to their own time and are stuck in the past forever.

Lucy is 18 years old and is the tenth in the circle, also known as the Sapphire or the Lynx. She has red hair and blue eyes like all the Montrose and is very petite.

In the third book, Emerald Green , Gwyneth finds out that Lucy is her mother. Falk's younger brother and the ninth in the circle, he is the Black Tourmaline gem or the Wolf.

Together with Lucy, whom he had fallen in love with, he stole the chronograph and escaped to the past, never being able to return again.

Like his brother, he has dark hair and amber eyes. Born in , he is the founder of the Lodge and was the first time traveler to invent the chronograph, allowing him, and future time travelers, to prevent uncontrolled time jumps.

He is the fifth in the circle, and is known as the Emerald or the Eagle. He seems to have telekinetic abilities and is able to read minds.

Otherwise, go with Learn to Program 2nd Edition. This is a great introduction to Ruby for beginner programmers. It lays down solid foundations for the language, while also nicely introducing the whole Ruby ecosystem.

The author, Peter Cooper, is a well-known figure in the Ruby community, and in this Ruby book, he clearly demonstrates his ability to teach and communicate with newcomers.

This third edition was released relatively recently it covers Ruby 2. Programming Ruby 1. It has also the advantage of being newer and therefore slightly more current.

Otherwise, go with Programming Ruby. The following list of Ruby books is aimed at programmers who already know Ruby. These intermediate to advanced Ruby books are all excellent follow-ups to the books listed in the previous section.

As the title implies, this book will make you a well-grounded Rubyist who produces idiomatic code and understands the why behind the how.

More experienced developers in other languages might even consider starting with this book instead of the ones in the previous section.

The Ruby Way is about learning how to deal with a variety of programming tasks in an idiomatic manner. This book is about learning to code the Ruby Way.

The first edition of this Ruby book is where David Heinemeier Hansson, creator of Rails, learned most of what he knows about meta-programming and Ruby.

If you want to fully grasp object-oriented programming in Ruby, this book will certainly help. It remains a great primer on the topic of OOP in Ruby.

You can now pre-order the 2nd edition , which is coming out in August Updated to Ruby 2, this second edition of the Ruby Cookbook is an invaluable tome that should have a sweet spot on your desktop.

It provides more than pages of idiomatic Ruby code recipes for common, highly interesting tasks. If you learn by doing, this book alone will be able to give you a great deal of insight into Ruby.

Each recipe is thoroughly explained and will always be at hand, ready to help you out if you are stuck with a given problem.

Published in , this is the only book in the list that genuinely uses an outdated version of Ruby.

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This book is a tad outdated with the most recent coverage being Ruby v1. For a clear guide that explains all the confusing points of Ruby I have to suggest this for anyone, especially non-technical people.

The Well-Grounded Rubyist is an interesting book since it covers a lot of ground for both newbies and more intermediate coders.

Early chapters explain the Ruby syntax in a clear manner that should help you keep up with lessons as they move forward. This also means the book can be tougher for newcomers who have never used a programming language in their life.

But the level of detail is exquisite which make this valuable for anyone willing to work through the guide.

Understanding a new programming language often takes the right kind of teacher. Early chapters explain the principles of object-oriented programming and how Ruby should work.

Think of this book like a tour through the Ruby landscape. For a super cheap and pretty short intro to the Ruby language this book is a nice choice without denting your credit card.

Learn Ruby in 24 Hours or Less by Robert Dwight is one of the newest books in this list and also one of the shortest. It totals pages with chapters on various fundamentals of programming like classes, objects, loops, and inheritance.

This is fully up to date with the newest version of Ruby 2. Because the book is so short it really only works to whet your appetite into this language.

Intro To Ruby Programming is very clean and straightforward. Each chapter introduces a new topic along with plenty of examples and clear explanations of the code.

Currently in its 4th edition this massive resource is just what the beginning programmer needs by their side while venturing into the wild world of Ruby.

If you have any serious interest in Ruby for web development then this book is an excellent place to start. Practical Object-Oriented Design in Ruby takes you through the process of an object-oriented workflow.

Each chapter helps to further your knowledge of objects, classes, and code organization to make your code readable and optimized.

Complete beginners can benefit a lot from these lessons along with more semi-experienced coders who want to touch up their OOP knowledge.

Thankfully this page guide is an excellent starting point and the lessons are more than practical. It does help if you already have experience building Ruby apps so I consider this more as an intermediate-level book.

Here is yet another book aimed at intermediate devs and I think this one can bring a semi-decent programmer to the top of their game.

Effective Ruby: 48 Specific Ways to Write Better Ruby assumes you already know a decent amount about Ruby, but you may not know how to properly organize your code.

Published in , this is the only book in the list that genuinely uses an outdated version of Ruby. Testing and refactoring are key practices within the Ruby community and this book does an excellent job of explaining both the how and why.

This book will make you a better programmer, not just a better Ruby programmer. The title says it all.

This recently released book will help you understand performance pitfalls and how to squeeze every last bit of speed, from an otherwise somewhat slow language.

One of the most powerful features in Ruby is its metaprogramming prowess. This book will tell you how and show you how powerful and flexible Ruby can really be.

The best and most advanced book on the market to really understand the internals of Ruby. At some point, you really owe yourself to peek behind the curtain.

Some people prefer to learn by taking courses instead of reading books. I have two to recommend. They are particularly useful if you intend to take their excellent Rails course as well.

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Shelves: read , from-publisher. How do I give this book five stars? It rips your soul out of your body with it's strong, dark presence.

You beg to be released from the grips of this story. This one ain't farting rainbow unicorns, boys and girls.

Ephram Jennings met young Ruby when she and her cousin happen upon him fishing in the local pond.

They take him with them to meet with the local voodoo woman Ma Tante. This sets the tone for the book and the author brings alive the scene and scared the crap outta me.

She sees that Ruby How do I give this book five stars? She sees that Ruby has "haints" attached to her and lost souls are following her around.

Ma Tante reached out and grabbed Ruby's right hand. She turned over her palm and pointed. Lord child you ain't nothing but a doorway. How many haints you count at your heels?

Who left Ruby as an infant. Ruby's life. I don't even know where to begin. You would think escaping the small town life of Liberty would have changed things for her.

Those haints that follow her never let up. Ruby carried the quarter close to her, then opened her palm. The word "Liberty" hung like a banner over the White man's head, which made it easy for Ruby to know whom it was promised to.

Both word and coin. With God's trust and blessing. Ruby does return to Liberty after receiving news from a family member that they need her.

Once there she is used by the men in town and shunned by the so called religious women. Then Ephram remembers that girl he fell in love with when they were children and sets out to take her some of his sister Celia's cake.

Celia is up for "Church Mother" and once Ephram takes up with the devil woman she sees it as her righteous duty to help him see the error of his ways.

Along with the townspeople. It wasn't just the exhibition of sin that Celia Jennings had painted so beautifully during testimony that morning, it was the pure, unadulterated, juicy, unholy spectacle of the thing.

The scarecrow crazy whore of Liberty had taken up with the township's mule of a deacon. It was the best piece of gossip the town had had to chew on in twenty-three years.

There's a line in the book that Ephram says to Ruby: If you can bear to have lived it, I can at least bear to listen. It's not going to be a book that everyone loves.

It features inhuman cruelty, rape, incest, false religion and just pure evil. Through it all though the author's voice rings true.

Five standing ovation stars. I received a copy of this book from blogging for books in exchange for an honest review. View all 68 comments.

Recommended to Jessica by: I won an advance reader copy from the publisher. My personal rule has long been to only rate and review books I enjoyed reading.

Not every book is for every person. A book I dislike may be a book you love. To each his or her own. This book was not at all what the jacket or summary described, and I feel that a strong warning to potential readers is necessary.

There were some things I loved about it. The book contains beaut My personal rule has long been to only rate and review books I enjoyed reading.

The book contains beautiful, lyrical writing, and the author does an amazing job of pulling the reader into the time and place by showing, never telling.

The opening line grabbed me and the first few chapters held on to me, captivated me. The two main characters are well-developed, complex, deeply flawed, yet likable.

The premise of the story, as described in the summary, is exactly what I love in a book -- gritty, thought-provoking, unflinching, and containing "the promise of the redemptive power of love" in the face of brutal hardship.

Yet, the book is not as advertised. While the summary hints at "dark" acts, that is by no means enough warning for what lies within the pages of RUBY.

This book contains many lengthy, detailed, graphic, scenes of incest, rape, murder, prostitution and other violence against children and adults of both sexes as well as Black Magic sacrifices involving animals.

So many. Too many. Some of these scenes may have been necessary to fully convey the brutality the main characters suffered throughout their lives, so the reader can understand why they've made the choices they have, why they behave the way they do.

But that was clear after three or four scenes. It's no exaggeration to say every chapter contained at least one scene sometimes more that turned my stomach.

The book is sensationalistic, gratuitous and disturbing from beginning to end. I did feel invested in the characters and wanted to know how the book ended, hoping for some shred of redemption or hope, as the summary promised.

It was not worth satisfying my curiosity. And that makes me sad, truly, because I know how much time and effort goes into writing a book, and it's clear the author is an extremely talented writer and storyteller.

This book could have been SO much more, if only an editor would have had the insight and courage to say, that's enough. View all 84 comments.

Shelves: audiobooks , fiction , afro-american , fav-authors , the-psyche. As I read this book, high school football at Sayreville was shut down because of hazing and sexual allegations: deviant acts that caused widespread shock.

I won't disclose them here because as I researched the specific incidents, I was sickened; however, should you choose to search beyond the mainstream banter, you could find answers.

After the incident, school officials shut down the program not only because of the lewd acts which thankfully, someone had the gall to stand up against a group of As I read this book, high school football at Sayreville was shut down because of hazing and sexual allegations: deviant acts that caused widespread shock.

After the incident, school officials shut down the program not only because of the lewd acts which thankfully, someone had the gall to stand up against a group of people with the indecency to utter things like: it was just hazing, so what?

There is also an appalling YouTube video of parents who, despite the news, were in a town hall meeting, screaming at school officials because they dared shut down an athletic program that could produce financial results for their children.

Let's get to how this relates to Ruby, shall we? What do you call a town that chooses to look the other way or even participate as children are sexually brutalized and trafficked?

What do you call a white married man, who chooses to stay put, as white sheriffs gang rape and mutilate his black lover?

Does it sound illogical, or logical, when you learn that money is at the heart of all of it? Perhaps this is the most important question: what do you think happens to people who see such things and choose to keep silent; how are their psychological lives affected by this?

These last questions seem to form the core of this brutally truthful, Southern gothic novel, which delves into the present and past psychological entanglement of the people once intertwined with the gruesome.

Just like any Southern gothic, this novel is grotesque and disturbing, its traces of hoodoo haunting, and yet it is lyrically and structurally gorgeous.

How this author weaves back and forth between back story in a seemingly easy manner, is just stunning. I leave out one star not because of the devastating darkness, but because of the repetition of a couple of too detailed and too descriptive dark scenes that leaves you wondering, before handing the book to another adult, whether you should include a brief disclaimer.

There were a couple of moments when I found myself thinking, less would have been more i. Ruby Bell is a character you don't forget, a Dorothy Dandridge lookalike who flees her town and gets to experience the New York literati scene, until she gets news of a friend's death and she decides to return to the south, just as the March on Washington begins.

Her downward spiral, and the evolution of years of trauma on her soul, leaves you heartbroken: Ruby blinked. In that instant she saw what he saw She finds love in the saddened and hopeful, Ephram Jennings, who sees her like no one else does, and finds solace with her that he hasn't found in all his life.

Yet Ruby doesn't trust love. Her distrust of humans is so palpable, that it is no wonder she escapes the hurt by finding solace in living things that can't harm her.

There is a moment when Bond goes into Ruby's child-mind, when she flashes back to a horrific childhood scene, and yet smoothes the impact with grace and poetics: Then Ruby searched the dark of her own body and found a hiding place thick in the branches of the china berry.

It held her safe, the leaves full, always green, the sky all stars and crickets…she saw her hand turned to bark; broken mahogany ridges.

Her torso melted into the trunk and her toes lay safe underground. They sky shook over her head, but Ruby was now the tree.

She stood there safe and waited for the storm to pass. I was enthralled by Cynthia Bond's lyricism and her regal performance via Random House's audio on Audible.

She kept me in a trance that made it impossible to stop listening, even as tears were evident in her voice, even as her intonations ebbed and flowed with the scenes.

I was transfixed. I found an interview she did after writing this book, where she mentioned hurting and needing an outlet to write I'm paraphrasing here , so imagine the hurt she was able to pour into this novel that took years to write.

It was over pages but trimmed down to three books, she said. I can't stress how much I'm anticipating the next one because once I started this book, I sensed I was in the presence of a great writer.

Reviewers say her work is reminiscent of Toni Morrison's. Well, if you've read Morrison's Paradise, perhaps you remember that the town was called Ruby, named after a woman mistreated.

Ruby seems to be semi-symbolic. I think it's safe to say that literary fiction can rest assured that Bond will be one of those authors who continues showcasing African American southern voices.

View all 45 comments. This story will take you to the depths of sadness and despair and raise you up with glimmers of hope and love.

The story takes place in Liberty, Texas. An ironic name, given there is anything but, unless you are a man. It's a town where black magic is embedded in the soil and where evil works its way through the town's men.

Ruby is a daughter of the community - her only parent having passed when she was 6. This is her story. Although a difficult read, Bond's writing is superb and the story lived and breathed for me.

View all 24 comments. Feb 11, Angela M rated it really liked it. The writing is elegant in so many places.

Her acres of legs carrying her , arms swaying like a loose screen. Her eyes the ink of sky, just before the storm. More than anything Ephram wanted to talk to her and tell her things he'd kept locked in the storehouse of his soul.

He wanted to talk to her about the way Rupert Shankle's melons split on t The writing is elegant in so many places. He wanted to talk to her about the way Rupert Shankle's melons split on the vine and how honeysuckle blossoms tasted light sunlight.

He wanted to tell her that he had seen a part of the night sky resting in her eyes and that he knew it because it lived in him as well.

He wanted to tell her about the knot about his heart and how he needed her to help to loose the binding. I was gut punched when I read of the unbearable violence and abuse.

The brutality is gruesome in so many parts and it is sad throughout. It's filled with voodoo, haints ghosts I guess , and supernatural elements that were hard for me to grasp , yet these things seemed naturally part of the story.

But still hard for me to understand what happened in the pine trees by the fire and the horrible abuse throughout. I'm not one to shy away from a tough read and I didn't give this one up but it just was so uncomfortable to read that I almost did.

In a conversation with the author at the end of the book, Bond says , "My own history of abuse informed this novel, as well.

As a victim of human trafficking as a child, these stories and images filled my chest with horror, rage, and fear until I picked up a Pen and placed it upon the blank page.

Writing Ruby became my salvation. I was relieved it was over but glad that I stuck with it. Waiting for the next one.

View all 22 comments. I received an advanced reader's copy from the publisher in return for an honest review. The small town of Liberty, Texas, offers its residents anything but liberty.

People find themselves bound by secrets, both theirs and those of others. It's a place where God's word is in everyone's mouth, but it's the devil who rules their hearts--and he roams the woods at night.

With hypocritical righteousness and dark intentions, the town turns as a whole on Ruby Bell. The beautiful and spirited Ruby is a mo I received an advanced reader's copy from the publisher in return for an honest review.

The beautiful and spirited Ruby is a modern day Eve whose beauty lures in both men and women, while putting her own soul in peril.

When Ruby attempts to escape the darkness of Liberty, it's not long before her past draws her back into the town's clutches. After her return to Liberty from New York City, Ruby's confrontation with the past draws her into madness.

She becomes a wild thing, existing on the fringes of society, used by men to satisfy their lust and shunned by the women. Ephram Jennings, a quiet, patient man who still sees Ruby's hidden value, sets about saving her soul with the gift of an Angel Food cake and, in this simple gesture, takes on the prejudices of an entire town.

Through Ephram's patient ministrations, we learn of the personal demons that haunt Ruby and of the tangled web of lies and violence that ultimately connect everyone in Liberty.

While the narrative can seem somewhat disjointed and sudden revelations about characters can at first seem incongruous with what we already know of them, the reader can be assured that these seemingly disparate threads will ultimately be drawn together into a coherent portrait of a community destroying itself from the inside out.

Using poetic language and brutal, unrelenting scenes of physical and sexual violence, Ruby makes the intra-racial racism within an early 20th century black community tangible and reveals the dangers that come with spiritually cannibalizing one of its own.

There are certainly overtones of Zora Neale Hurston and Toni Morrison here, but Cynthia Bond is never guilty of cheap imitation and tells a story that is uniquely her own.

Particularly inventive is the use of a supernatural element to explain how the desire for or claiming of "white power" within the black community transfers hate and prejudice to those who were once its targets.

This is not an easy book to read and those with a low tolerance for rape, pedophilia, and graphic sexual scenes need not apply.

While I sometimes found the frequency of these scenes a bit over the top "Please, just give me one, ONE character who had a healthy, wholesome childhood," I mentally begged , it's made bearable as the novel ends with the possibility of hope and redemption.

Cross posted at This Insignificant Cinder View all 14 comments. Full disclosure: book abandoned at page 62 [out of pages]. Sometimes when a story tries too hard to impress it ends up the exact opposite of what the author intends: mediocre.

Such is the case with Ruby. Already in the first 62 pages it's clear author Cynthia Bond was overly ambitious, with the result being over-description and melodramatic characters.

Told partially in flashback form, this is the story of Ephram and Ruby, who first meet under an unusual circumstance as young adolescents.

From this scene alone, it's clear Bond's characterization skills need honing; where main characters Ephram and Ruby are lifeless, the others in these opening pages are stereotypes.

Most notable of these is a frightening old Creole woman with yellow eyes who's dedicated her life to sinister Voodoo enchantments.

An overly long scene involving her and these children is so over-the-top it would be laughable This blunder could perhaps be forgiven if the main characters were richly drawn and intriguing, but alas.

The titular Ruby is a mere shadow in these pages, barely speaking--yet Ephram becomes instantly besotted with her and carries a torch for her right into the book's present day.

As the story shifts from the flashback to the present, adult Ephram is shown to be a sluggish, bland, bumbling type whose attempt at wooing Ruby involves bringing her angel food cake.

Possibly Ephram is one main reason Ruby does not grip from the start. He's simply not at all compelling, yet Bond opened the story with a focus on him.

The only way Ruby succeeds in these opening pages is in its description, and it really only succeeds this way in part. Bond crafted a nice image here: She made it in that pocket of time before dawn, when the aging night gathered its dark skirts and paused in the stillness.

She made it with twelve eggs, still warm and flecked with feathers. She washed them and cracked them, one at a time, holding each golden yolk in her palm as the whites slid and dropped through her open fingers.

At other times, though, her plot gets crushed under the weight of over-description. It's as if she wanted very badly to prove herself as a writer.

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