Review: The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead
It's been a whirlwind of new releases in several of the Wenches' favorite series, and the final installment in Richelle Mead's fantastic Bloodlines series fell right in the middle of that whirlwind. I picked that baby up just as soon as I could get my hands on it, although I was a little sad that it was time to let go of Sydrian. Their story has been so wonderful, as I told you about here and here, that I wasn't sure I was ready to let go. But I finally opened the book and discovered how Richelle Mead wrapped up one of my best finds of last year.
Do I still recommend this series, now that it's concluded, or is it better left at the bottom of your TBR? Click through to find out if The Ruby Circle gave our intrepid couple an ending they deserved.
Here's the thing: this is a YA series. This is only my second YA series since breaking my boycott, so I don't have a lot to compare it to, but I won't compare it the amazing adult UF\PNR series that I adore. That's just not fair. The series, for me, is a five star series, primarily because of Sydrian. They are spectacular, with some perfect scenes, and beautiful lines. I love them together, and I love them individually which is not all that common. That said, for me The Ruby Circle is the weakest of the series. I still thoroughly enjoyed it, but it can't compare to earlier books in the series.
|Sydrian are spectacular.|
(From The Saucy Wenches FB page.)
Overall, I still adore this series and would highly recommend, but I would preface that recommendation with the understanding that Fiery Heart is the high point of the series, with Silver Shadows close behind. The Ruby Circle is a solid conclusion, but lacks the emotion and adventure of the prior two books. I did, however, love Sydney and Adrian working together to rescue Jill and to solve the "problem" that popped up. Adrian's snark and Sydney's brilliance were still in abundance, and the epilogue tied a lovely bow on a great series.