Mini Book Review: The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

the ruby circleTitle: The Ruby Circle

Author: Richelle Mead

Series: Bloodlines #6

Genre: Teen Paranormal

Rating: 4/5 stars

The Overview: Their forbidden romance exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing the wrath of both the Alchemists and the Moroi in this electrifying conclusion to Richelle Mead’s 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, she and 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 and alter their lives forever.

The Mini Review:

I want to start out by saying Richelle Mead is my all-time favorite author… Although if you’ve been following for any length of time you probably already know that. I gush about her so much in my reviews that I’m going to make this one a mini review to help tone it down a little. :-)

Considering Silver Shadows was one of the best books I’ve read EVER, The Ruby Circle had a lot to live up to. It was a decent series ender – filled with all the things we love about the VA world – but I couldn’t help but come away thinking it felt a bit rushed (flash forward to the Richelle Mead signing I attended where she stated: with a newborn to deal with, “it’s a miracle this book got published it all,” and it all starts to make sense… I have a tendency to forget that authors are real people with busy lives of their own, which is ironic considering I am an aspiring author). Richelle did mention that she left a few things open because she wanted to give herself room to revisit this world in the future (we can hope). Even slightly rushed, it was still a great book – Sydney had a lot of obstacles to traverse with her magic, the romance was as sweet as ever, and there were a few surprises that practically knocked me out of my chair (you’ll see). As for the series as a whole, I wasn’t convinced I was going to like it at first, but I ended up loving it even more than VA and found Sydney to be the female character I identify most with from any series, so that’s kind of neat. Ooooh and something else cool – the characters visit my hometown at some point in the book – SHOUT OUT!!!! I feel famous. Anyway, if you like YA paranormal and haven’t read this author, you’re missing out on who I consider the best in the genre… just saying.

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11 comments on “Mini Book Review: The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

  1. I feel very similar about The Ruby Circle. Silver Shadows was amazing and the series, as a whole, was entertaining enough. That said, I felt like all of Richelle’s other books are better. But that’s like talking about your least favorite cookie. Just by being a cookie, it’s awesome. Just by being written by Richelle, a books is awesome (I may be a slightly obsessed fan of hers. I’d buy anything she wrote).


    • Haha you really put that beautifully! I love your cookie analogy. :)
      When you say “richelle’s other books” are you talking about her adult series? Because the Succubus is by far my favorite thing from her – I <3 Georgina. :)

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      • Omg succubus is the best thing ever! I have to admit, though, age of X is coming close. It might soon be my favorite of all her series.


      • I do love age of x, but I think Succubus will always have my heart because of the romantic element… Especially since Sam is one of my official book boyfriends. :P
        Concept wise though, age of x wins every time! Although I am majorly intrigued about the new Soundless one. I think the moral of the story is that mead is amazing haha.


      • Age of X hasn’t won yet. Succubus was just amazing. Sam and Carter are two of my favorite book characters. But I have a thing for the character introduced at the very end of the second Age of X book (not sure if you read it yet). Depend on what happens there, X might knock succubus of its throne.

        I like the concept of Soundless, but I love her adult fantasy series so much more. I wish the third age of X had a solid release date.


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