Mar 25, 2015

Review--The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

The epic conclusion to Richelle Mead's New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series is finally here...

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist, one of a group of humans who dabble in magic and serve to bridge the worlds of humans and vampires. They protect vampire secrets—and human lives.

After their secret romance is exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series. When the life of someone they both love is put on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. Meanwhile, Adrian becomes enmeshed in a puzzle that could hold the key to a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world.

I just finished reading Richelle Mead's conclusion to her epic Bloodlines Series, The Ruby Circle, and I legit had a smile on my face and said, "that was perfect!" And it was!! This was an incredibly amazing read and I absolutely loved its conclusion!! I am sad to say goodbye to this world yet again, but there's still plenty of characters we can get to know, so maybe Richelle isn't completely done with things! Only time will tell...

Things are still pretty tense for Sydney and Adrian. Jill is still missing and they are still hold up in Court staying with Adrian's mother, as the Alchemists are still out to drag Sydney back to be re-educated. But then something happens, Sydney gets a note that leads to a possible clue as to Jill's whereabouts and then she and Eddie are off to follow the clues while Adrian remains behind to keep up appearances. 

Meanwhile, Adrian is approached by Nina who needs his help in getting to talk to her sister Olive, who is also missing. Nina is slowly getting crazy with her spirit abilities and Adrian wants to help her anyway because he feels bad for their situation. And when they get in contact with Olive, Adrian realizes the reason why she ran.

Things are INTENSE in this one!! I didn't truly guess the enemy who was luring Sydney on a wild goose chase, though it was someone from her past. There's been too much time between reading the books and you know how details get lost or forgotten, but I was able to slightly recall said character once they were revealed (and yes, that's kind of a crappy sentence calling one person "they" but it's how I roll when it comes to spoilers! ;) ).

It isn't long before Adrian and Sydney are reunited and working together, which was truly awesome! I did not like the time apart they had in The Fiery Heart, nope, not at all. So the togetherness was very endearing! And once again, I just love seeing Rose and Dimitri again! I still gush over Sydney and Adrian of course, but just seeing familiar faces, and even Lissa and Christian again, always brings a smile to my face! I love seeing our well loved characters again in this spinoff, but yet, still getting a new set of characters to love and gush over!

This was quite the heart-pounding read! There's so much danger for both Sydney and Adrian. The Alchemists are after Sydney and leaving Court was a risky move, and then there's Adrian who is still trying to deal with his own spirit abilities. Plus, he still hears the voice of his dead aunt. Things are just intense! Then the clock starts ticking on when they have to find Jill or lose her forever and that's when the game gets rolling!

Richelle Mead is pure gold! She is the author who brought me back to YA books. I remember my friends online at an old discussion group told me I HAD to read Vampire Academy. This was probably a year or two after it published because I binged the first three books and had that ungodly wait for Blood Promise, and I totally fell in love with the world and characters! This was the kind o f read I NEEDED as a teenager! I just didn't get it until I was like 18 or 19, still a teen I guess, but on the verge on 20. Richelle's books will always hold a special place in my heart and I am pretty much addicted to her work now!

The Ruby Circle brings a nice conclusion to the Bloodlines series. There were some unexpected surprises and some you could happily see coming while reading. I really love how things ended. There's just a nice sense of resolution. Sure, I found myself wondering about one or two things...but it's one of those things where you kind of know what will happen, there's just no confirmation. I can live without that confirmation in this sense! 

If you have yet to enter the world of Vampire Academy, I highly recommend it! It's kind of important to read that series before Bloodlines, not just for spoiler purposes, but it's nice to see how far both Sydney and Adrian have come! After meeting them in the Vampire Academy series, I would have never thought I'd see them where they are now at the end of their series and I am in awe of their growth. They have become such wonderful and re-memorable characters to me, it's seriously like making new friends every time I read these books! There are no words really. Just read both series and prepare for the reads of a lifetime!

Overall Rating 5/5 stars


  1. Oh, how I love Richelle Mead and the Vampire Academy series. I decided not to read the Bloodlines series because I couldn't stand Sydney at all, it's still nice to hear about how it all ended. I love love love your enthusiasm! It's always wonderful to read a review about a book that somebody absolutely adored. <3

    - Jen @ The Bookavid

  2. *Cries. I've had this since it came out and I can't bring myself to read it. I don't want it to end. I plan on rereading the series first before I dive into The Ruby Circle. That way I can drag out my goodbye. Lol! I'm glad it's a worthy ending!

    Pearl @ AsteriskPearl's Book Blog


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