BOOK REVIEW | THE RUBY CIRCLE BY RICHELE MEAD

April 5, 2016


"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. Don't miss their unforgettable final chapter..." - Goodreads

Overall Thoughts
I have mixed feelings about this one. It wasn't great and it wasn't bad. It was just okay. I felt as if the series started going downhill when Adrian's POV was introduced. I felt as if this entire book was more about Adrian than Sydney.

I feel as if the main plot for this entire series was thrown under the bush with all the arising sub plots. And when it came time to resolve the original plot, it was done in a way that left me wanting more.

Character wise, Sydney was not recognizable in this book. I prefer the Sydney we saw in the first three books. She was more interesting back then and less annoying. Adrian is not a strong character in this book. Sydney has him wrapped around her finger and he can't even think for himself. He acts like a baby and every time he talked, I wanted to shove a pacifier in his mouth. The relationship between Adrian and Sydney didn't even feel real anymore. They went from being lovers to being mother and son in one book. What happened to them?

I know I've raved about Bloodlines and how I prefer in over Vampire Academy but this final book just didn't do it for me.


RATING: 2 OUT OF 5 STARS

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Sydney and Adrian. More like mother and son. I didn't feel any romance between the two. I didn't get excited when they were together. Adrian has an obsession with Sydney and can't breathe without her. Sydney just needs to snap her fingers and Adrian will bow down to his knees. I don't think he needed to stop using spirit. I think Sydney needed to stop complaining and help him control it instead of trying to control him. Spirit is a part of Adrian and for Sydney to take that away from him was ridiculous.

Alicia taking Jill was no surprise. What was a surprise was that she gave her over to the Warriors of Light. What was the point of that?? Alicia was introduced to me as a strong villain and I thought Sydney and the others would have a hard time getting through her, but no. It literally only took 2 seconds to defeat Alicia. Sydney and the others overcame their obstacles a little too easily.

One of the few parts in this book that caught my eye was the scenario with Olive. The scene where she dies is the only part of the book where I couldn't put the book down. Her dying added some depth to the plot.

Angeline was barely mentioned and she never appeared again. I was really getting used to her character being around so it was a little upsetting that she didn't make a final appearance.

The epilogue was another let down. Sydney is 19 years old, married, and is taking care of a child that doesn't even belong to her. Adrian is a preschool art teacher. Both live in northern Maine with Eddie and Adrian's mother. I'm sorry, but I feel that Adrian and Sydney should be touring Europe or whatever they had planned before things went haywire. Instead, their stuck living a mediocre lifestyle caring for a baby who shouldn't even be here. Neil ran away. What a great dad. His reasons weren't good enough for me, sorry. I feel like alot of parts in this last chapter were forced and didn't feel natural for the characters.

This video sums up my feels perfectly: https://youtu.be/j85uw26I7eM?list=LLnGzXUtiJZFzIHUglyOAo_w

Thank you for reading!
xo, kathlyn

2 comments

  1. It sucks when a series goes downhill. And I absolutely hate cheese ending, like come on?!

    -Leta | The Nerdy Me

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