So Sapphire Blue takes off not a day, or a month, but a second (for us anyway and for the people feeling the time travel) after Gideon de Villiers out of nowhere kissed Gwyneth Shepherd after Lucy and Paul, the thieves of the first original chronograph, came in on a meeting with Margaret Tilney to try to collect her blood; a meeting which was supposed to be secret. Now it's back to training, and a lot more training, not just with Charlotte and her caretakers, all of which except Madame Rossini are so mean, them being murdered can be justified, but with Gideon as well. One second, he's in love with her, the next he treats her like a driver who ran over his dog. Now the Alliance has to make arrangements for a very important meeting back in the 18th century, Gwenyth has a brand new ghost - er, demon, if you can call him that - friend named Xemerius who is playful, quite helpful, and majorly annoying, but Gwen is the first girl to see him in quite some time.
The first Ruby Red was fearless, charismatic, funny, expert on history + time travel concepts, understanding of how readers can forget certain weird details easily, and conniving. You also know something I hate in real life? Recruit training. I've never filled out a resumé for one before, but I've read enough books and seen enough movies to know that the world works around the highest qualified at whatever the job is. But what about when someone wins by default and there's no time for proper training but the people are surprised? The movie The Internship had that which was one of it's great qualities. Ruby Red had this too. Sapphire Blue sort of rewinds on this fact, I'm afraid. I'm also afraid that I think Sapphire Blue falls into the same trap that The Game trilogy did; it juggles too many plot elements, like training, romance, mystery, seeing your grandfather again, that even though a lot of these elements are more than fine on their own, they don't work well together. I kind of missed out on the ghost James, wishing he had a bigger point in the book. There's also the plot about the Green Rider that I learned of in the first book that's postponed too much.
I admit, and I'm actually proud to, that the book does have a ton of very good qualities, such as this one character Lucas Montrose with a big relatable heart around him; that part of the book will make you want to cuddle up and hug your pet. Plus, I didn't talk about this with you in my Back to the Future reviews, but maybe I should've: You know how Marty McFly plays Johnny B. Good? Well, something similar happens in this book, and maybe these were actually composed by time travellers who liked the song when they heard it, and played them because it emphasized their moods. Maybe the skateboard was invented because of the troubles of the McFly family. Plus, the ending is genius and I will go and read Emerald Green; after I'm done with the book I have.
I will warn you; if you have already read Ruby Red (heh, tongue twister...no, not really) then you know this series has enormously long chapters but they're easy to flip through. Sapphire Blue has even longer chapters, but this time I wanted to keep reading more out of annoyance than excitement.
Kirsten Gier still has a charm with her words and long chapters, but even a fun new demonic character and a thought provoking side story of Lucas Montrose can't cover up the unevenness of it's one-crisis plot. It sort of feels a little too preludic, as if this meant to be a cycle of books rather than a trilogy.