Ruby

Written by: Francesca Lia Block, Carmen Staton

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From the beloved author of Necklace of Kisses comes a modern-day fairy tale of a willful and intuitive heroine and a world of shocking realism and transcendent magic.

Francesca Lia Block, this time with co-writer Carmen Staton, introduces readers to Ruby, a Midwestern girl named for the jewel that is believed to ward off evil spirits. Ruby's special gift is a sixth sense that makes her at one with nature and gives her the ability to know her own destiny.

After growing up in an abusive family, Ruby escapes to Los Angeles and learns of her soulmate -- Orion -- a British actor. She travels to England, where she works at a potions and herbs shop, and through a series of coincidental circumstances, ends up nursing Orion back to health without confessing that she has been on a quest to find him all along. But just when she thinks her dream is becoming a reality, Ruby is stopped in her tracks by the violent demons of her past. Only by facing the darkness together can she and Orion finally fulfill their destiny.

As with Necklace of Kisses, Block, here with Staton, breaks the mold. In Ruby, readers will find a story about the power of our minds to overcome the past and ultimately change the course of our lives.
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Ruby Reviews

Caitlin
I really enjoyed this novel. I found it could've been longer; the storyline felt cut short and I wanted more from the relationship between Ruby and Orion. But all in all, it was sad and moving but something that needs to be read. Like I said, I would've liked it even more had the story been longer, but it was still a solid novel. I'm very glad I read it!
Tyrannosaurus regina
This book was so permeated with sadness and pain and melacholy and longing that it made me ache. I didn't entirely know what to make of it, but it was clear what it left me feeling, and the style was lovely and memorable.
Lioba
Fascinating coming-of-age story of a girl haunted by her childhood demons. The way she jumps back and forth in time and place was confusing at first - but the more I read the clearer it became and I ended up loving the writing style!
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Billye
This is an excellent book. I read it in two sittings and I am not usually a fast reader. It is very rich and meaningful on many different levels. My daughter recommended this book to me. It truly touched my soul.
Stephanie
This book is magic. Granted, it takes some dark turns, but the writing is lyrical and the mix of reality and mystical is enchanting. Also, guys. It's written in second-person and I didn't hate it. Not my favorite FLB, but I'll gladly read anything she writes. Twice.
September
I did not enjoy this read. It was so disjointed. Mind you, by design, but you didn't get the chance to know the characters or to become invested in the 'story.' It was almost... almost like reading stream of consciousness. Not my kind of book.
Louann
Another beautiful book written by the amazing FLB.

I lovedddd Ruby.
I can't wait to get all of Francesca's books.. all. I always have to either order them or buy them when I'm in NY. *sigh*
Salina
i hate this book. a collaboration of witch rituals, stalking, and incestual rape. nasty stuff. i hate when people try to make entertainment out of that. anyway, it was at least written pretty well so it was easy to get through. I am going to burn this book.
Reni
Ruby has the markings of a Francesca Lia Block novel, but the addition of Carmen Stanton lessens the effect a bit. The writing is not as musical as other novels, but the story is as dreamy and magical as anything I've read by her.
Heather
I was close to giving this four stars but the constant shift in POV threw me, especially when it shifted within the same section. The inclusion of the occult and magic was great. I liked her relationship with Orion's mother. I do recommend it, just watch out for the POV changes.
Jean
First time Block reader- I liked it OK. The underlying theme of child rape and incest is a real downer- but a reality for too many children. Throwing in a touch of magic was cool. I'll try another of her reads.
Emily
This was hard to get through sometimes, but it got better. I had trouble with understanding the incantations because I don't usually read these kinds of novels, but I really like Francesca Lia Block's work so I gave it a try.
Dora
This is a strange book, but it came up as a read-alike from one of my favorite authors. It's intense and scattered, but once I started it, I read it straight through in about 2 hours. I would refer it to anyone who likes magic mixed into their story, but isn't bothered by stories of abuse.
Vicki
Ruby has a special gift-knowing her own destiny-her family doesn't acknowledge. She pursues who she feels is her life's partner-famous actor Orion-where she actually meets him and helps him to heal after a physical accident and much stress due to his profession.
Venessa
A slim tome I finished in less than twenty-four hours, Ruby is the first person narrator who can see into the future and is seeking to escape her abusive past. An engaging novel with some important insights.
Patricia
FLB takes a turn.... can Ruby find love after a lifetime of disappointment? A fairy tale life but painfully real at the same time.
Heather
I really enjoyed this story a lot. The cross of magic and reality added something to the book that did not make it seem so out of the box. The story was at once haunting and beautifully romantic.
Katie Scherrer
Quick read, though it seemed to just wrap up a bit too quick at the end. This book was written for adults but has loads of teen appeal. More serious than the Weetzie books.
Cindywho
Abused girl turned stalker fairy tale. I still like Block's style, but the subject matter was a bit off this time. (November 19, 2006)
Martha
I totally enjoyed this, but I always enjoy Francesca Lia Block. Only a small portion of this takes in Los Angeles, which is a nice change. I especially enjoyed the quaint English village setting.
Elizabeth
That awkward moment when it takes you FIVE YEARS to realize that Orion Woolf is Orlando Bloom.

It's so obvious now I hate myself.
*Simone
This was as moving as witch baby! Sad but sweet.
Chris
I picked it up thinking I hadn't read it but realizing I already had. But enjoyed even a second read through and I'm not one who often reads books more than once.
Shanna
Very beautiful writing, just like all of Block's work. Another that I read years ago, but not as strong as her classic stories.
Aurora Sparrow
I loved this story. We all wish we could draw magic to ourselves.
idiomatic
THE BOOK THAT MADE FRANCESCA LIA BLOCK FORGET HOW TO WRITE
Missie Kay
In Which Stalking Kind Of Doesn't Matter?

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shannon
blah blah abusive childhood blah blah witchcraft blah blah wonderment blah blah fantasy boy. whatever. readable, but really regurgitating past stuff. i wonder why that offends me so?
Debs
A thinly veiled Orlando Bloom mary-sue. If you only read one FLB book, don’t make it this one. It gets to the point where it’s just ludicrous.
Adrienne
I love FLB but this book wasn't my favorite. FLB can only discuss sexual abuse and magical realism in so many ways.
Karen
A haunting book. I'm still emotionally affected!
Martina
More forced than her other books, feels a little stale, but it has that magic that Block always brings to anything (magic of language not literal magic, though it has that too, gag). B+
Jeremae
i liked this book better than 'I Was A Teenage Fairy', but only marginally. it was still hella confusing and left me bewildered.
Dematra
Not the best FLB book I've read but not the worst either. It had plots in the book I usually like to read, but it didn't hold my attention.
Missy
Really lovely book. Scary, sad, sweet, magical, funny - all the things I've come to expect of Francesca Lia Block's novels.
Jen
This was a quick read. I enjoyed the way the harshness of life was juxtaposed upon a world filled with fantasy and fairy tale elements.
Ella
Beautiful and brutal. Imaginative and painful.
Gianna
Not what i expected, but really excellent--and a little creepy in parts.
Angie
Very strange book but I liked it. It was all about magic and spells and how a girl that had a rotten start goes after everything she wishes for.
Angie
wow! i could understand this book and keep up with the flashbacks! it was an excellent story! a woman coming into her own independent adulthood with a strength she didn't realize was there.
Jess
I've never read anything by this author before. The story was kind of sweet, and the storytelling itself was nice. An unusual method of telling, and I enjoyed the book.
Bridgett
I liked this book but found it very difficult to read about Ruby's abusive childhood.
Stephanie A.
I have no idea what was going on for most of the book, but as always, the writing style was lovely. I personally enjoyed picturing the love interest as Orlando Bloom.
Lucia
Hated it, this book is disgusting and shallow
Genevieve
Typical Block but a bit darker and more adult.
Cherie
A Not as brilliant as Block's other books, but still, quite a lovely and fantastical story filled with potions, spells, etc. Lovely.
Elena
The ending was a little abrupt, but overall a really great piece of YA fiction. I was nervous about the collaboration, but I think they really pulled it off.
Amy
Idea of book was good. Book was ok. Ending, couldn't find it. (ended like there was a second book coming)
Nicole
I loved the way it was written as I do with these novels but I would have liked a bit more development. There's no part where she gets over what happened to her.
Laurel
I got this book out of the library because of the title...BORING!! I read about half of it and then realized I was just wasting my time...its just plain bad.
Yaa
The F!@#? I was so confused when reading this... not a pleasant feeling.
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