Book Review: The Ruby Circle (A Bloodlines Novel)

Posted February 14, 2015 by @Angelized_1st in 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge, Books, Entertainment, Reading Challenges / 6 Comments

Book Review: The Ruby Circle (A Bloodlines Novel)The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines,
Published by Penguin Group USA on February 10th 2015
Genres: Friendship, Love & Romance, Paranormal, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: Hardcover
Source: Purchased
ISBN: 9781595143228
Reading Challenges: 2015 Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge
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four-half-stars

“Being with you is the best thing that's ever happened to me, the one perfect decision I've made in a lifetime of fumbling and poor judgment. I'd go through it all again to be by your side. Never doubt that. Never doubt how I feel about you.” - Adrian 

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.

The Good…:

Author Richelle Mead brings her Bloodlines series, a spin-off of the popular The Vampire Academy series, too a close with The Ruby Circle. The arrival of this book was bittersweet, to be honest. I was excited for a new book, but sad to see the series end. However, Mead reveals in the acknowledgements that fans may not have seen the last of these beloved characters. Hmm…

Of course, the book was full of Sydrian (Sydney & Adrian), and the pair had a few scenes that made me squee in excitement. Many of the loose ends from this series, and one major loose end from VA, got tied up before the conclusion of the novel. Joining Sydrian in this last adventure were some old friends like Rose, Dimitri, Eddie, Lyssa, Neil, and a few others. Their inclusion was a nice reminder of how well this series fits within the Vampire Academy universe. 

I was really happy with the way things ended. Many of the characters’ stories were resolved in a way I was hoping for, and there were a few surprises along the way. I also loved that Sydney and Adrian had so many scenes together, as I was worried from the above synopsis that the pair would spend most of the book apart on different adventures. It was nice to discover I was wrong.

The Bad…:

Though Adrian and Sydney had many great scenes, I wished there were more romantic love scenes. Granted, this is a YA novel, but in previous books there were hotter scenes between these two. Something that would have been nice to have considering this is the final book in this series. I felt a little deprived. LOL! However, I did enjoy all of the romance.

Do I Recommend?

YES! If you are a Bloodlines or VA fan, The Ruby Circle is a must read. You won’t regret it. Except that it’s over.

 

Rating Report
Plot
four-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Pacing
five-stars
Overall: 4.8

About Richelle Mead

Scorpio Richelle Mead is a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of urban fantasy books for both adults and teens. Originally from Michigan, Richelle now lives in Seattle, Washington where she works on her three series full-time. Before becoming a writer, she considered a few different career paths. She received a liberal arts degree from the University of Michigan, an MA in Comparative Religion from Western Michigan University, and a Master in Teaching (Middle & High School English) degree from the University of Washington. In the end, she decided writing was the way for her but believes all of her education prepared her for it.

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6 responses to “Book Review: The Ruby Circle (A Bloodlines Novel)

  1. tickledtk

    The Ruby Circle was a great read, but I think I enjoyed The Fiery Heat and Silver Shadows better. I didn’t care for Bloodlines as much as I did Richelle’s other books, but I give them a lot of credit. I did not like Adrian or Sydney in VA. Seeing them grow through Bloodlines, I now love them. Richelle writes such fantastic characters.

    • I also liked VA more than Bloodlines. When I learned there was going to be a spin-off, I was happy to get more Adrian since I really liked him, but I hated Sydney. Eventually I grew to like her after the first two books. Once they both began to grow up, she became more likable to me.

  2. Lina

    I loved VA, but the Bloodlines series really grew on me. I think it’s because I identify with these characters more than with Rose and Lissa. Still love them though. But there’s a LOT about Sydney that I just felt like “That is SO like me, I get you, girl!!” and I really grew to like her and admire her in this series.

    Although the way she wanted to control Adrian’s use of spirit started to annoy me by the end. I don’t completely agree with Adrian when he said “I don’t need spirit. All I need is Sydney.” It’s kinda like sending the message ‘it’s totally okay to give up something that’s PART OF YOU to be with someone you love’. It wasn’t just like a hobby to him, or a bad habit or something. It was part of him, part of his personality, he was born with it for a reason! I think it was wrong from Sydney to demand such a big sacrifice from Adrian. I think she should should have helped him learn to control it instead of shutting it off completely. With the bad parts gone, the good parts of spirit were also lost, which is a real shame…. But that’s just me.

    I was expecting a better wrap up for the whole magic (as a HP fan, I always want more magic, LOL) and spirit research part, there are still a lot of questions unanswered about this… Let’s hope Richelle Mead DOES give us more insight about that in the future.

    And i agree with you on The Bad part, where was all the romance??? I felt a bit let down too, lol. But I guess the timing wouldn’t have been right. Both Sydney and Adrian went through a lot in the previous book and they had serious issues to deal with in this one, so I forgive the lack of sexyness in this one, lol.

    • @Angelized_1st

      I’m more of a Rose girl, but Sydney grew on me as the series progressed. Her forcing Adrian to give up Spirit was a let down. I get why she did it (i.e. it was making him crazy), but like you said, maybe he could have learned to control it. Besides, I’m not sure if his manic depression really stemmed from using Spirit, or if it just enhanced it. That part was always a little fuzzy for me.

      Mead needs to do another series. I’m hoping it would focus on Lyssa being queen, perhaps, or on Jill and Eddie. Like you said, there are just too many unanswered questions about Spirit and the use of magic. If she did a series on Lyssa, then she could explain more of that, and all the palace intrigue taking place. The whole thing could be a political thriller like The Red Queen or The Winner’s Curse series.

      • Lina

        I would love a Jill/Eddie spinoff. I like Jill much more than Lissa. Maybe a story about Jill living at Court while she finishes her studies and develops a stronger bond with Lissa while showing us this whole Spirit part with Lissa. I think it could be much more interesting from Jill’s POV.
        Uhh and I’d LOVE to read stuff form Eddie’s POV!

        • @Angelized_1st

          Good point! Jill or Eddie would make for more interesting POVs. UGH! I just hope she misses them enough to want to right a spin off. Keep hope alive!

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