The Ruby Circle – book review

The Ruby Circle

The Ruby Circle is the final and unforgettable book in the Bloodlines series, written by Richelle Mead.

Sydney Sage is an Alchemist – a human who’s purpose is to protect vampire secrets and human lives. With their forbidden romance exposed, Sydney and Adrian find themselves facing terrible forces from both the Alchemists and the Moroi.

With the life of someone they love on the line, Sydney risks everything to hunt down a deadly former nemesis. She and Adrian find themselves tangled 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…

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I still can’t believe this series is over. After six amazing books, and before that, another six fantastic books from the Vampire Academy series, I can’t help but feel a twinge of sadness when I think about how I’ve finally finished reading about these people I’ve grown to love. But that doesn’t mean I feel any less happy about how this series turned out and I will always have great memories from reading these books. Well, most of those memories will be me either crying my eyes out or screaming at the pages, but all the same. Great memories. And I definitely won’t be forgetting this book any time soon.

While I loved the plot and found this book incredibly grabbing, I wished I had more time with Sydney and Adrian together. My favourite parts of this series was the times where Sydney and Adrian were having their conversations or some of their sweet moments, and I felt like I didn’t have as much of that in this book that I would have liked. Nevertheless, I adored every minute I spent reading this book and I literally couldn’t put this book down. I’m not even kidding about that. I finished this book in less than a day because I refused to put it down, whether that was during classes, walking to places or even eating. Yes, it was one of those books.

I found it very easy to pick up this book, even though it had been about a year since I read the previous book in the series, Silver Shadows. Richelle Mead does a really great job of making these book flow really smoothly. I felt like I could easily remember what went on in all the other books in the series without any effort, which is something that is hard to do with some series.

There was only one thing that I felt could have been improved with this book. I felt like the ending was a tiny bit rushed. I don’t really know what I was expecting with the ending and don’t get me wrong, I’m really happy with the way things worked out, I just would have liked the ending drawn out a little more so I could just spend those last few moments with the characters I hold so dearly.

One of my favourite characters of all time is Adrian. He’s definitely one of my book boyfriends. As much as I loved Dimitri in Vampire Academy, I just loved Adrian so much more. He was flawed and complicated and sweet and completely devoted to Sydney. We’re all so lucky to have had so much time with Adrian, but I still wish I could have more time with him. Sydney was another character I’ve loved going on a journey with thought this series. I feel like both of these characters have grown so much from the beginning of Bloodlines up until now. Both Sydney and Adrian have become so fearless in so many ways and I’ve loved watching their personalities develop throughout this series.

I’m hesitant to say much more, because there’s not much you can really say with books like these – the sixth book in the series of a spin off of another series. Just know that I loved this book so much and I’m really looking forward to reading the things Richelle writes next. I’d give The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead a score of 9.5 out of 10. If any of you have read this book or are contemplating reading it, I’d love to know! I definitely recommend this series!

Silver Shadows – book review

Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead

Silver Shadows is the fifth mind-blowing instalment in the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead.

In the aftermath of the event that ripped their world apart, Sydney and Adrian struggle to pick up the pieces and find their way back to each other. But they have to survive first.

Trapped and isolated from everyone she knows, Sydney’s life becomes a daily struggle to hold onto who she is and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian desperately clings to the hope that Sydney can be found again, but the battle becomes daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize control of him. As their worst fears suddenly a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian must face their darkest hour yet…

I can’t even begin to express how much I loved reading this book. Everything about it was perfect. I love this series so much. I’m proud to say that I love it even more than the Vampire Academy series, which was also stunning. But one of my favourite couples in all of book-history are the main characters in this series – Sydney and Adrian. Another thing I really love about this series is the plot. It just really draws you in and I’ve never been bored in one of these books. Lots of things are always going on, but at the same time, the books never seem overcrowded. The pacing is always perfect, as with this book. After finishing The Fiery Heart when it was released last year, I’ve had to wait almost 365 days until I found out what happens in the next instalment. The Fiery Heart left us on such a massive cliff-hanger that I’m surprised I managed to not die of impatience! But I must admit, Silver Shadows was well worth the wait. I was again drawn in from the very beginning and my attention was held for the entirety of the book. It was absolutely spectacular. I adored every second of reading it.
To say this book was emotional would be a complete understatement. This definitely isn’t a light and easy read. It’s really emotional. We have Adrian’s self-destructive phase and Sydney being tortured and this was really hard to read about because I love both these characters so much. I constantly feared for these characters. They meant so much to me in this series and I knew I would be absolutely devastated if anything colossal happened to them. But these characters went through so much in this book. I’m so proud of how Sydney and Adrian handled everything. Especially Sydney. Her determination and courage really got her through the toughest of situations. She was so brave and willing to help anyone in any way she could. I loved reading the chapters alternating between Sydney and Adrian’s point of views. In the beginning, I always wanted to be reading from Sydney’s point of view because there seemed to be such bigger things at risk for her. However, I loved reading from both of their point of views once I got properly into the different lives they were living.
I’m so unbelievably happy with how this book turned out. I loved everything about it. Again, the characters were brilliant and shining. The writing was absolutely amazing. I could feel everything that was going on so clearly and I really felt like I was there. I cannot believe the ending though, and I’m already counting down the days until the next book is released! I’d give Silver Shadows by Richelle Mead a score of 10 out of 10. If you haven’t read this book or this series, I highly recommend it!

The Golden Lily – book review

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The Golden Lily is the second amazing book in the Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead.

Sydney Sage has always dreamt of going to collage and having a normal life. But Sydney’s life is far from normal. Being an Alchemist, Sydney’s job is to protect the secrecy of the vampire world from humans. Now, Sydney is in a private human school in Palm Springs posing the sister of the Moroi Princess, Jill Dragomir. Jill’s life is in danger from vampire assassins who want to overthrow the Moroi government and therefore create civil war.

Surprisingly, Sydney finds herself growing closer to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian. But this goes against everything the Alchemists have ever told her: to not trust or befriend evil, unnatural creatures of the night. But the more time Sydney spends with those vampires, the more she begins to question the Alchemists and their beliefs.

To make matters even more difficult, one of Sydney’s teachers is making Sydney wield magic, which is in every way wrong to Sydney. But could it be for Sydney’s own good? Will the time come when her friends can’t defend her and she’ll need to take matters into her own hands? Equally overwhelming is her new romance with Brayden. Brayden is a cute, brainy guy who seems to match Sydney in every way.  Yet, as perfect as Brayden seems, Sydney finds herself falling for someone else. Someone forbidden… So should Sydney trust the Alchemists, or her heart?

I absolutely, positively loved reading The Golden Lily. I after reading the first two books in the series, I feel so much more connected to the characters than I did after just reading the first book. Like with Bloodlines, I loved reading about Sydney Sage. Sydney is just such a likeable character. She’s intelligent, logical, classy, funny at times and just utterly brilliant. I think those things about her make her a really great character. I liked learning more about her and watching her beliefs about the Alchemists and the vampires’ change throughout the book. I especially loved seeing her and Adrian connect with each other. At the beginning of this series, I thought that Adrian and Sydney were complete opposites and couldn’t be together. Now I feel like they would be great together because they both help each other and are always there for one another. And Adrian. Wow. I completely love Adrian. Adrian understands Sydney the way that no one else does. I know that no matter what happens, he’ll always be there for Sydney. Seriously. They are destined to be together. I wish Sydney would just let go of all her worries and stress about what the Alchemists would do to her and just be with Adrian! That would make her and Adrian just so happy! But I guess I can understand why she wouldn’t want to risk it with the Alchemists. I really can’t wait to see what happens in the next book! I loved reading The Golden Lily be Richelle Mead and I’d give it a score of 9 out of 10. If you haven’t read this series or the Vampire Academy series, reading them is a must!