Series: Bloodlines #6
Published by Penguin, Razorbill on February 10th 2015
Genres: paranormal, romance, romantic suspense, 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.
So here we are. At the end.
I feel like a close friend is moving away. It’s not a death, because I can revisit this friend (or friends, actually, if you want to count my love of the numerous cast of characters for their variety of personalities) anytime I want. But it’s still heartbreaking to think of it as THE END.
I mean, what about all of the years we’ve been through? The laughs? The tears? Adventures and romance? The crazy one-liners?
I’m talking about both sets here, not just Bloodlines. I know and understand that Bloodlines was a spin-off to the Vampire Academy series, but it was still a part of the world. With the cast of characters engaging with each other throughout. So either way we are looking at the ending to an entire set when we discuss The Ruby Circle. But is it really the ending? I’m not going to go through a bunch of spoilers, but there’s speculation after how things left off that Mead may have left things the way she did to have a future to re-open the VA world again. Did this thrill me? Maybe not as much as I’d thought it would. There comes a time when we all have to accept an end to things, otherwise it feels too overdone or forced. Of course, this is only my personal opinion. And my observation. There also hasn’t been any confirmation—only speculation after readers shared their thoughts on the ending as well. Like I said, I’m just going to be cryptic and not go into spoilers. Haha.
There’s a deeper issue in this final installment also. Mead had our favorite characters facing some pretty horrible discriminations amongst their own kinds. I felt a deep sympathy, and empathy, for them. So many emotions. I wanted more of that and more information, really, about where they all stood on these issues. I think their ‘political’ system at times in the VA world was fascinating.
The Ruby Circle was where a lot of things wrapped up. A huge twist happened that took even me by surprise. I mean, I had to set down the book and take a step back from absolute shock.
What I liked most was that where Last Sacrifice (the ‘last’ book in the Vampire Academy set) failed to deliver for many readers as an ending, The Ruby Circle seemed to make up for it. There were some minor flaws (characters having conflicts resolve a little too easily at times, etc.), and if I were to be overly critical to some areas, I might have had larger issues.
There’s really just a lot I could go on and on about, but it would require me to get into spoiler territory. There’s a lot of feelings left and I just don’t know what else to say. 🙁
However, I don’t think I’ve cried harder since HP ended until I finished reading the last page of The Ruby Circle. The VA characters and these books have been with me since I picked up YA again a decade ago.
They are truly something special to me. This was a hard goodbye, but definitely not forever since I know I’ll be rereading them over and over again.