Book Review: The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

Posted on 03/17/2015 in Book Review / 2 Comments

Book Review: The Ruby Circle by Richelle MeadThe Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead
Published by Razorbill on February 10, 2015
Genres: Paranormal Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 348
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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The epic conclusion to Richelle Mead's New York Times bestselling Bloodlines series is finally here...\r\n\r\nSydney 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.\r\n\r\nAfter 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.

Well, here it is…the final (for now) installment of the Bloodlines series. And to really go out with a bang, we get some crossover action with some familiar faces from Vampire Academy! I have enjoyed the Bloodlines series as a whole, and thought this was a fitting conclusion for the story. It wasn’t the ending I expected, but I did start to see it coming about halfway through the book. I still enjoyed getting there, though, and my only complaint would be that some parts felt too rushed, and then some of the loose ends tied up a little too neatly. I think with a few more pages, several scenes could’ve packed a lot more of an emotional punch.

“I told you before, we’re the center,” she said. “And the center will hold.”

Sydney has grown so much throughout this series, and I’ve really enjoyed seeing her come into her own and not only gain self-confidence and awareness, but to really become a force to be reckoned with.  She has really come full circle; she has faced her fears and embraced the person that she is, even though it’s completely different from who she thought she would be (and isn’t that true for so many of us?). I really liked the appearances from several of the VA characters, I thought that was a nice touch for the fans who have read both series (which is probably most of us!).  And there are some good action scenes, one involving a pretty awesome battle with a multi-headed, acid-spitting demon – what’s not to like about that?! The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead brings an ending to two series that I have been invested in for several years. Despite the awful VA movie that was made, and despite the laughably bad covers that have graced the last few Bloodlines books, both of these series have been a guilty pleasure for me. They are books that I could easily enjoy re-reading, and would recommend to any fan of supernatural YA fiction. The author has said that she thinks she will re-visit this world at some point, and I truly hope that she does. I think there is a lot of story left to tell for these characters, especially considering some of the revelations made in this book. I would love to see a whole new series, combining characters from these two or introducing all new ones. For now, though, I look forward to reading Richelle Mead’s next novel, which sounds completely different from anything else she has done, but completely intriguing.

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Jessica’s addiction to books began at age 4, going on weekly trips to the library with her mom. After being a young fan of Sweet Valley High and The Baby-Sitters Club, she discovered the thrill of reading a book that made her want to leave the light on and check under the bed. Her all-time favorite author is Stephen King, but she will read just about anything! Jessica never leaves home without her e-reader, and considers it the best gift she ever received. Her other hobbies include running and going to Disney World as often as possible.


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