Review: The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

The Ruby Circle Publisher: Razorbill

Release Date: 02/10/2015

Series: Bloodlines series #6

Pages: 348

I started reading the Vampire Academy series in high school--you know, when the a good part of the world had a vampire obsession--and the Vampire Academy series really became my introduction to reading books for fun. So, I was really excited when Richelle Mead decided to continue her magical story with the spin-off series, Bloodlines. The Ruby Circle is the sixth and final book of the Bloodlines series, which means that finishing it was like closing the door on my young adulthood.

The novel certainly gave me all the feels--happiness, frustration, anxiety, sadness, happiness, and then frustration again. You may be thinking, "Hold the phone, Bridget! You finished the final book and it left you feeling frustrated?!" I know, not the greatest endorsement, right? But trust me, The Ruby Circle was a very satisfying read. It was what Richelle Mead said in the acknowledgments that left me with a big, fat WTF?! She said, "Thanks for sticking with me, and even though we're pausing for now--don't worry. I don't think we've seen the last of these guys."  NO, NO, NO! I mean, I totally love these characters, but can't we just let them be? Their story ended so perfectly, can't it just be done? Now, I'm going to be anxiously waiting to hear about their comeback because I just can't leave a story unfinished.

Okay, that's the end of my rant, and now we can move on to what really matters: Sydrian. At the start of the novel, Sydney and Adrian are going through a bit of a rough patch. They are essentially trapped in the royal palace because it is the only place they are protected from the Alchemists, and being trapped isn't exactly a great way to start off married life! Luckily for us, it doesn't take long for Sydney and Adrian to break out of there and get the gang back together. After all, they have a mission to do, which is to save Jill. Let's just say that, in order to save Jill, Eddie and Sydney infiltrate the Warriors and it's pretty badass.

Although, what's really great about this book is the inclusion of Rose and Dimitri. Yeah, it's true they would show up in one scene or a phone call in the previous books, but The Ruby Circle really bows down to the fans by giving them what they want: Rose and Dimitri and Sydney and Adrian sitting at a table having dinner together. They're friends! And Rose and Dimitri find out some life-changing news in this book--your hearts are just going to burst.

There is definitely a happily ever after for each our friends in the series *clears throat and mumbles Eddie*. Well, Neil doesn't exactly have the happiest of endings (my heart breaks for him), but Mead definitely leaves us with hope that it will one day work out for Neil! Maybe that's where the statement in the acknowledgments is stemming from. I guess we will see...

If you haven't read either of the series, I highly recommend them! Richelle Mead has created a realistic world with many new races, and it's so much fun to visit it time and time again.