The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead Review: A Perfect Goodbye

February 25, 2015 by Jeann @ Happy Indulgence | 3 stars, Books, Reviews

The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead Review: A Perfect GoodbyeThe Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead
Series: Bloodlines #6
Published by Penguin Australia on February 10, 2015
Source: Publisher
Genres: Paranormal, Paranormal Romance, Young Adult
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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.

Contains spoilers for the previous books in the series. 

What a fun ending to the Bloodlines series! It was a wonderfully fitting ending for our favourite vampire/alchemist couple and the cast of our beloved moroi and dhampir characters.

I’m so proud of how far Sydney and Adrian have come since the very beginning. Sydney has opened up so much to the vampire community and has an awesome command of magic at her fingertips. Adrian continues to battle against the lure of spirit and Queen Tatiana in his head and balanced out his mood swings. The love they have for each other burns bright, keeps them going and strengthens the wonderful people they have become over the course of the series, and The Ruby Circle further highlights that. I kind of expected more romance though, especially after The Fiery Heart, but there was a lot happening throughout the book.

“My wife, ladies and gentlemen. Beauty, brains, and now brawn.” – Adrian

The whole book is underpinned by two major plot arcs – their journey to find Jill following her capture at the end of Silver Shadows, as well as Olive who is preventing herself from being tracked by her spirit using sister Nina. Rose and Dimitri are will heavily feature in the book, but it was refreshing to see Adrian and Sydney holding on their own and kick ass, instead of leaving it up to the dhampirs to find Jill and Olive. I did feel both of these quests were resolved a little too quickly and conveniently though, especially Jill’s capture! It pretty much gets blown over in the last 50 pages and they were in and out.

There were some incredible twists I didn’t see coming – deaths, revelations and an epic finale for the group. I was really satisfied with the epilogue, which didn’t leave any unanswered questions (except for a certain couple) and was the perfect ending for Sydrian.

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

Although this is the last we’ll see of the Vampire Academy cast for a while, I’m kind of relieved it’s over because there wasn’t any further the characters could go. The Sydney we met in Bloodlines was uptight, close-minded and snobby and she’s gone through immense character development since she started getting to know Adrian. Adrian has settled his moody, spirit induced self into someone who is well balanced, can stand on his own and who has found his match. I found like they were cemented as these strong characters by the 3rd or 4th book though.


While The Ruby Circle was a fun and entertaining romp for Sydney, Adrian and the rest of the cast, I felt the finale was kind of lackluster with a quick resolution. The ending was satisfying and bittersweet, as we’re left to wonder about the fate of the young characters. Although I was skeptical about picking this series up at the start, I’m glad I did because it offered a brilliant follow-up to Vampire Academy. Another job well done to Richelle Mead and I can’t wait to see what’s next!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5


Thank you to Penguin Australia for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review! 

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35 responses to “The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead Review: A Perfect Goodbye

  1. readerswonderland

    Gotta love that character development. I'm now two books behind in this spin-off but I'm glad it had a satisfying, yet maybe not spectacular, conclusion. I was so hesitant to pick up Bloodlines at first, too! I'm glad Mead decide to do more with Adrian though. Nice review!
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    • Yeah, it seemed to be resolved so quickly and I felt like nothing much happened except for some real twists.

    • I know, I think we all wanted more 🙁 the banter was well and it was a HEA, but did we need a whole book about it? Ah well.

  2. danielleisbusyreading

    Great review, lady! I agree – the best thing about this series has been the growth of the MCs and the romance. They have come SUCH a long way, separately and together. It's so beautiful. <3 They are one of my favorite book couples and I will miss them dearly.

    • I know, it was definitely bittersweet but a bit meh all the same! I would like to read about Jill or maybe Eddie, but I think it's done it's run lol.

  3. While I loved the way it ended, I'm so with you Jeann! It was too lacklustre for my taste! But then again, we have been doing this for like 6 books so what else was I expecting hahaha Lovely review, Jeann! x

  4. Braine-Talk Supe

    So the series is finished? No other spin-off? I'm still on VA-4 (lol), loved it and loving that the spin-off is just as good if not better. Hard to say goodbye!

  5. I gave up on this series after The Fiery Heart. I heard so many good things about Silver Shadows and I did have every intention to pick it up but after having it spoiled for me (someone posted a picture of a certain scene on instagram and it gave away huge details ROMANCE wise) *shakes head* I'm still not over it, I decided to just not continue reading this series. In the end, i'm happy you did enjoy your experience with the bloodlines series,even if this one was a bit lackluster.
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  6. cristinasbookreviews

    I only skimmed this review because I do want to read this series…the only I've read from her is the Vampire Academy which I absolutely loved. There is always one book in a series that's blah, you know? Anyway….fabulous review my friend!
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  7. Faye M.

    Wow, this series has gone A REALLY, REALLY long way! I still need to read the Vampire Academy series, so I can't dive into this one yet, although I am terribly tempted to because this series sounds far more interesting than the original one. I do wish it ended far more spectacularly, though. Wouldn't it be grand if a book finished with a bang? But hey, better a satisfactory one than one that sucked 😛
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    • I know right, 12 installments that's absolutely impressive! I think you could pick up Bloodlines without reading VA actually! Yeah, it was satisfactory, not WOW.

  8. I still haven't finished the VA series, but did start this series regardless and it just didn't hold my interest sadly. It sounds like it might have run out of steam a little, judging by your review Jeann. Maybe one book too many? I'm really excited to see her try something new away from the VA and BL family, she's an awesome author, but these just weren't my thing. So glad you enjoyed it for the most part though, fantastic review <3
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    • Yeah, I was a bit bored at the start and then it got awesome in the middle of the series, and did kind of run out of steam a bit later. I think it was 2 books too many lol, but it should be awesome seeing what she comes up with next. Thanks Kelly!

  9. Phew! At least it's nice to know when I DO get around to it – because my good friend is apparently unreliable and untrustworthy SIMPLY because she's a fanatic of Richelle Mead (and therefore thinks all of her books are brilliant) – I won't be walking into a hot mess. Fab review, Jeann! ^_^
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    • I know, the family one was like WOOOW I did not expect that at all! That changes everything lol! Yeah, I do feel like it's done it's time for now.

  10. karawrites15

    Lovely review! I just got my hands on a copy of this today–and I'm super, super excited to see how it all ends up. 🙂 I'm also glad that Mead is taking a break from the VA / Bloodlines world; even though she might not be leaving it forever, it gives readers a chance to see what else she can do with YA. Really looking forward to Soundless.
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