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Book Review – The Ruby Circle

Ruby Circle

Title: The Ruby Circle [Bloodlines 6]

Author: Richelle Mead

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural

Length: 348

Rating: 4 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Related Book Series: Vampire Academy

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Description/Synopsis:

THEY WILL BE TESTED

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.

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…

LOVE WILL CONQUER ALL

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Lets not beat around the bush. This book has been out for ages so if you are reading this I think its because you have read it and want to know my opinion. If this is not so though there will be spoilers in this review. Its the last one so I have to talk about everything that happens in the book because I wont get a chance to talk about it in the next one because there isn’t a next one. If you want a non spoilery review here you go: I really loved this book and feel like it was a good enough ending, though not perfect because the book was very rushed. The Vampire Academy series was much better but if you are fans of that I would give this series a go even if it doesn’t have the perfect last book.

I am a bit sad that I felt like I could not end this series off on a 5 star. I really liked this book and I feel satisfied enough with it to let this spin off series finish here, but this book had just one serious flaw that I just could not move past and it prevent the top rating.

It was just too damn short.

With the Vampire Academy series each of the books progressively got bigger and bigger and the final book was just huge. The Bloodlines books didn’t grow in size and I feel this let the story down in this last book because it simply didn’t have enough time/pages to get all the story out without in feeling rushed like this book did. I kind of feel like Mead got to this last book, looked at her notes and the storylines/plots that have come up throughout the series and have not yet concluded and gone “Oh shit” and then just tried to jam them all into the one short book. This made the book feel rushed, have some things end just a little too easily, and leave some bigger questions just left hanging. Neil, Declan, The Alchemists, the cure, how things ended up for Lissa and Jill with Court and the laws they were facing. Could this possibly be because there are more spin offs to come? I suppose will see. I feel as though Mead might want to take a bit of a break first before she dives back in.

Besides that though I really liked the book. I did predict who had taken Jill at the end of the last book, and while I am glad something kind of happened with the whole Jill plotline in the story, I felt the overall series was more about Adrian and Sydney than hiding Jill because she was in danger.

Adrian was a bit of an idiot again in this book, but he gets over it eventually. I can understand why he was so dumb (kind of) and when he was stupidly dumb he suffered for it. I felt bad for him but at least he learnt from it this time. He and Sydney were having some issues in this book but they still had some really cute moments. Sydney took a step back from the badass she gained in the last book, but she is allowed to mellow after all she went through.

I loved all the parts with Declan and I wish that his part in the series hadn’t of been so small. There is so much that can be explored here and I hope that we get more spin offs so that we get some answers. I actually kind of hope that we get more from Rose and Lissa if we get more books because they are both in such different places compared to the first series. Jill and Eddie are pretty good candidates for more perspectives though. We got a fair bit of Rose and Dimitri in this book and I just love it when they make an appearance. Their parts are always good. I am more than a little sad that the world is ending. We don’t know if there will be more I really hope there will be.

I think I will leave this review here because really there was just so much to talk about because the book was so fast paced and action packed. I have already talked about a bit of it, and I don;t want to potentially ruin anyone’s experience with this final book. I recommend this book to anyone who has been reading the series or has read VA. Just know going in that this book really should have been much longer, or some issues should have jut ended in earlier books.  There were many mushy moments and just generally happy parts that made me swell with joy. Anyone who has read it should come and discuss it with me.

 

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Book Review – Silver Shadows

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Title: Silver Shadows [Bloodlines 5]

Author: Richelle Mead

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural

Length: 380

Rating: 5 Star

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Related Book Series: Vampire Academy

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Description/Synopsis:

In The Fiery Heart, Sydney risked everything to follow her gut, walking a dangerous line to keep her feelings hidden from the Alchemists.

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

For Sydney, trapped and surrounded by adversaries, life becomes a daily struggle to hold on to her identity and the memories of those she loves. Meanwhile, Adrian clings to hope in the face of those who tell him Sydney is a lost cause, but the battle proves daunting as old demons and new temptations begin to seize hold of him. . . .

Their worst fears now a chilling reality, Sydney and Adrian face their darkest hour in this heart-pounding fifth instalment in the New York Times best selling Bloodlines series, where all bets are off.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

I feel if you are reading these reviews of this series, you must have either read the books already and want to know how I felt about them, not come into a review about the fifth book to see if you might want to pick up the series. But just encase I am wrong, I will be discussing spoilers throughout this whole review, both relating to things that happened in the book and ones that came before. All I can say id that you should read this series. While I loved VA more than Bloodlines, this book has been my favourite I think so far out of the Bloodlines series and my body feels like its dying because I am sitting here writing this review rather than reading the next book. Move on now for no spoilers.

The plot of this book was so full on. It pretty much was action packed from the moment we enter. Poor Sydney was stuck in a hole with no lights and gas going into it to make her pass out and making it impossible for Adrian to get to her. Then when she gets out three months later she is all happy because she wont be getting gassed and could get in contact with Adrian, but then she finds out that the gas is still happening. After doing some pretty dodgy things that could get her busted she gets rid of the gas in her room and then of course bloody Adrian chooses that time to have a complete and total bloody meltdown and go on weeks long drinking spree where he doesn’t even bother looking for her! I was so mad, just so so mad. Damn it Adrian, you were so bloody weak then. She bloody needed you and you went off to indulge in your own self pitty. Poor Sydney doesn’t end up getting sprung until over half way through the book, and by that time she has been tortured a great deal.

That first spirit dream they have together nearly made me cry it was so touching. I also loved the entire prison break scene. I had been waiting for it for so bloody long and it was everything I wanted. I really loved that comment from Eddie about how he was getting deja vu of when he and Rose broke that guy out of prison, because this book it pretty damn similar to that one.

I was so annoyed with the whole beginning Court scene when Adrian was talking to Lissa and Rose about saving Sydney. I can kind of understand why Lissa wasn’t on board but Rose should have been. But then Adrian should have just bloody told people he loved her and Rose wouldn’t have listened to Lissa and just gone and got shit done. Book wouldn’t have been half as long.

Oh my gosh, Sydney. Since she seems to have passed on the hat of stupidity to Adrian for the first half of the book, she has become the biggest bad ass ever. I didn’t really like Sydney so much when we first started off with the series and as we went on I liked her more and more. She went through so so so in that bloody place yet she has mostly kept it together. She has also turned into just a crazy magic person. I mean, she has to be one of the strongest witches out there in this universe I think. Ms T. would be so proud! I was a little bit worried about her state of mind at the end of the book though when she was threatening to burn a bunch of Alchemists to death so that bitch Sheridan would stop pointing a gun at Adrian’s head. I did love it when she was screaming “Test Me!” though.

I am also a bit worried about Adrian. He also went super bad ass in the second half of the book using some super cool spirit powers to get shit done. He also didn’t really have mood swings with it either which was great, but the downfall is his bloody dead Aunts voice in his head. I have always thought there was something going on there since she popped up in the story, but at some point she actually makes kind of threats to Adrian himself and it pretty much confirmed my suspicions that there is more to her than meets the eye. Something funky with spirit or something is happening here and I look forward to seeing what exactly is going on with this voice in Adrian’s head.

The Alchemists pretty much have to die. I don’t have any other option. They are just so wrong and the declared war at the end of the book and I don’t really see a way fixing this unless they redo their whole system on how they live in the world. I don’t know if I want Zoe to die though. Part of me really wants all the Sage sisters to come together because Carly was awesome and Sydney has hope for Zoe despite the fact that she is the reason Sydney got tortured.

I was iffy about Nina the entire time. Just so stupid Adrian. At first I was annoyed about Adrian’s mother being there too but then at the end when she stands up to her husband and chooses Adrian over him despite the fact Adrian is married to Sydney warmed my heart. Still don’t like her though. That wedding was probably one of the sweetest scenes in the book however. When Adrian sold and pulled apart his Aunt’s cufflinks to create and pay for Sydney’s engagement ring and their wedding bands I was so happy. I was also pretty much bursting with happiness when they are back at Court and Rose and Dimitri are walking them to their room and Rose is pretty much dying because she wants to ask so many questions about them being together and married but she can’t because its not the time and she has to settle with making a comment about Sydney’s not very wedding looking shoes she has on under her dress. So good.

Then Rose has to come back later with news that Jill was missing. I know Jill is the whole reason this story is happening but I paid no attention to her the entire book because I was so focussed on Adrian and Sydney. Not at any point did I worry about her safety. Not even when that random blonde girl showed up to Adrian’s house looking for him and Sydney. I guessed straight away that this was probably Alicia from Indigo Spell, but I thought she was a threat to them not Jill. Of course we don’t know for sure yet that this blonde girl was Alicia and that she took Jill, but the fact that Angeline described her disappearance as magic makes me think it is. It could have also been the Alchemists starting their war with the Moroi though.

This was such a good ending to the book because it opens up a whole story where Lissa and Rose and everybody else have to be involved. If people knew Jill was missing there is no way to prove that she is alive or dead and Lissa could loose her Throne! Surely we are going to get tones of Rose action at least as she helps people track down Jill before anyone finds and the vote to make it so that Lissa can be queen without Jill passes. I am so excited for this I have issues breathing when I think about it. If it doesn’t happen I may cry.

I think with that I have to end it because this is a really long review. There is still so much to talk about though so if you have read them book I would love to know your thoughts and your favourite and least favourite parts so we can discuss all things that are this book and what to expect in Ruby Circle! You can win a copy of this book and Ruby Circle if you follow the two links to the rafflecopter giveaways.

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Book Review – The Fiery Heart

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Title: The Fiery Heart [Bloodlines 4]

Author: Richelle Mead

Genre: Young Adult, Supernatural

Length: 420

Rating: 4.5 Star rounded down to 4

Book Series Reviews: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

Related Book Series: Vampire Academy

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Description/Synopsis:

In The Indigo Spell, Sydney was torn between the Alchemist way of life and what her heart and gut were telling her to do. And in one breathtaking moment that Richelle Mead fans will never forget, she made a decision that shocked even her. . . .

But the struggle isn’t over for Sydney. As she navigates the aftermath of her life-changing decision, she still finds herself pulled in too many directions at once. Her sister Zoe has arrived, and while Sydney longs to grow closer to her, there’s still so much she must keep secret. Working with Marcus has changed the way she views the Alchemists, and Sydney must tread a careful path as she harnesses her profound magical ability to undermine the way of life she was raised to defend. Consumed by passion and vengeance, Sydney struggles to keep her secret life under wraps as the threat of exposure — and re-education — looms larger than ever.

Review – MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS

Im sorry to those of my readers who were interested in a non spoiler filled review, but I cannot give you that this day. I need to talk about these events in detail. All you need to know if you don’t want to be spoilt is that it was better than the last book to me, and that I suggest you have the next book handy when you finish because you are not going to want to wait to read it. Now either go forth and read the book and come back or read on for spoilers.

I really don’t even know where to start with this book, it just have so many things that need to be spoken about and I know I am not going to be able to put them all into this review without it going on for ages.

First off, YAY ADRIAN POINT OF VIEW! I don’t think I need to remind you guys that I just love Adrian and it was really great to be able to see from his point of view. He goes through so much character growth in the series in general but in this one he goes in leaps and bounds. He stops drinking, smoking, and even starts taking mood suppressors all because of his love for Sydney and that’s what she wanted. She gives up coffee for him too (pretty much), which is a really big deal because coffee is basically her blood, but Adrian just went so far because of his love. While I loved how sweet he was and I loved the change of getting a view into the inner workings of his mind, it seemed to me that everytime that anything romantic was happening it was from his point of view, and I would have liked to get some of that from Sydney’s as well.

I really liked the idea that Adrian had about perhaps the magic Moroi have chooses the Moroi rather than something they just come into when they mature.

Now Sydney. Sydney was very un-Sydney in this book I wanted to reach in and pretty much slap some sense into her. Yes you are in love and you get to be happy but you don’t get to be so stupid when so many bad things can happen to you. I knew from the start that Zoe was going to be no good, and I new that damn phone and the second Angeline started on about those bloody cupcakes in the cafeteria that they would be their bloody undoing. And for someone who was so focussed on not letting Zoe catch on, she was really bad at making her think things were normal. She blew her off pretty much every second of everyday and thought it was fine because she was supposedly doing school work, but it was made clear that none of the other Alchemists thought it was something to worry about. So so so dumb. Why does everyone have to take a turn in the hat of stupidity?

I am so surprised that pretty much no one worked out they were together, I mean Eddie at least should have worked it out quicker. I am also so surprised that they didn’t tell people they could tell. I was pretty much yelling at the book going “JUST BLOODY TELL THEM!” It would have solved so many issues. I mean, what the hell was Rose going to do if they told her? Nothing that’s what. Eddie found out in the end and he took it in his stride just like I knew he would,as would a lot of people. The only person really that shouldn’t know was Zoe and Sydney just completely blew that. I hated her so much, specially the scene when they go out with their father and she tries dobbing on Sydney.

Did anyone else pretty much feel like they were waiting for something horrible to happen the entire book? Because I sure did. When they crashed their car I was sure Strigoi where going to come get them, and then they were in the hotel (which was just an awesome bit of the book, finally a chance for them to relax and be together). Also, the second I got Adrian’s point of view I knew something was going to happen to Sydney. Thats what happened in Allegiant, Four’s POV got thrown in because stuff goes down with Tris and point of view other than hers needed to be happening for the book to still work. So the entire time I was like the Alchemists are going to get her, the Alchemists are going to get her. Then they did. Poor poor Sydney. I wonder how this whole captured thing will effect the court deal.

I think one of my favourite parts in the book was when they took a trip to Court. It had great effects after some bad stuff for them to develop their relationship. I loved the night when they slept in the same bed and hugged all night long. I also really like where the tattoos are going in the book. Using tattoos with restored Strigoi blood fused with spirit to use as a vaccine when they work out how to mass produce it, and using other tattoos to stop the Alchemist from being able to put brain wash people with their tattoos. I am very interested in seeing where that goes.

I think I should probably stop here because this review could just keep going on and on. In summery, this book was great, go forth and read it. I have actually started the next one already, but after 120 pages I was getting really frustrated (in the book is really suspenseful kind of way) and had to put it down. Stay tuned for the next book!

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