Thursday, February 19, 2015

Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

Release Date:
February 10, 2015
Source: Purchased


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.(courtesy of Goodreads)


Bye bye Bloodlines! Always sad to see a beloved series end, especially one as long and wonderful as Bloodlines. Was Ruby Circle a worthy end to the series? I think it was.

My favorite book in the series is still probably the first book. Or maybe the second. I loved the focus on the boarding school setting and the tension between Sydney and Adrian. The story has evolved since then and wasn't about school at all. This was a mad dash journey to save Jill that had all sorts of adventures and dangers along the way. Even though I miss the way the series started out, I think the plot did an excellent job of evolving. I basically plotted out the entire series after Book 1, but Richelle did manage to get in a few surprises.

One oddity was some subtle similarities to Breaking Dawn. I feel like Richelle was getting in a private joke. Nothing felt out of place with the plot, but it was obvious enough that I feel like it had to be on purpose.

Sydney and Adrian in Book 6 are very different people than in Book 1. They've grown up. I miss the people that they were early on. They were a lot funnier and quirkier. On the other hand, both characters are better people. Sydney is now open-minded and adaptable. Adrian is more controlled and a lot more mature. They are less caricatures now than they once were, even if I did somewhat enjoy the caricatures more.

It took me quite a while to get into this book. What I really need to do is read the entire series back to back. I did that with Vampire Academy once and it made the series so much more fun. I think I'd be more invested in the story and have an easier time remembering all the characters if there hadn't been months between reading this book and the previous one.

As you'd expect with Book 6, this book was a callback to all the characters in the series. Everyone made at least a brief appearance. I particularly liked how involved Rose and Dmitry were in the story. I like Sydrian better than Rosmitry but it's ideal having all four roaming the country together.

A really good ending to a much loved series. Even though it did take awhile to get hooked, I definitely was glued to the pages for the last 50% of the book. I feel like Sydrian's story is summed up, but I do see several options for another series in the same world. We shall see.

Recommendation: Buy if you're a Bloodlines fan

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  1. Great review:) It is always sad to see a good series end though and this remind me i must get my own copy of the book quickly. Thanks for this amazing review.

    Aparajita @Le' Grande Code

  2. Well, I do feel it was a good ending but I didn't like it. I mean, I would like the way it ended but with more emotion; I feel like it wasn't the "electrifying" conclusion that it said on the summary, I think that something is missing. And there's even more questions, you know, about the whole Declan's situation. That wasn't conclusive at all.

    And I agree with you about Sydrian's developing. I like more how they were in the first two book of the series, but I'm glad that they're more mature and stronger now.

    I don't know, but I just wanted more. For me this book lacks of something, which makes me sad, becasue I love this world so much! :(

    Giova @ Corazones Literarios

  3. I'm glad to hear that this is an acceptable ending to this series! It's one of the books up next and I'm nervous, excited, and scared all at the same time because Sydrian has become my baby ship that I let sail into winds so everyone knows how amazing they are.

  4. I love this series and I did enjoy The Ruby Circle but I kind of missed the fun of the first books too. I am glad I'm not the only one who was reminded just a little of Breaking Dawn (but in a good way) when I was reading this!

    I thought Jill was kind of sidelined in the later books and the description for this one mentions "a shocking secret about spirit magic, a secret that could shake the entire Moroi world" but they never really delved into it very much. Maybe Richelle Mead is saving that for the possible future series she mentions at the end of the book.

    Great review!

  5. Completely unexpected plot twists. I wish this book would have gone on and on. Excellent job Richelle Mead.

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