The Ruby Circle

By Richelle Mead.

Genre. YA Fantasy.

Series. Bloodlines (#6)

Synopsis.

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.

Review.

Although I have loved the entire Bloodlines series, I was extremely disappointed with this final novel. I felt like too much happened in this novel that could have been spread out over another book or even mentioned more in previous books. I had to check the cover several times to see if anyone had co-written this novel as it felt more like fan fiction. Although a lot of exciting events take place in this novel and Mead is still able to write amazing plots, it felt like two plots had been smashed together. I think Mead was in a rush to finish this series as she mentioned at the time she was ready to move on from the Moroi world. In general, it is a great book with an enjoyable and happy ending but at the same time, it felt really messy and too much with parts that could have honestly been left out or with less focus. I did enjoy the epilogue that roughly explains what happened to all the characters and what they are doing with their lives. Mead has left the ending open so it is a story she can come back to at a later time, which I really hope she does.

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Silver Shadows

By Richelle Mead.

Genre. YA Fantasy.

Series. Bloodlines (#5)

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. . . .

Review.

How is Richelle Mead able to rip my heart out like this?? I was absolutely broken reading book five, why oh why did she have to rip Adrian and Sydney apart like this? Why make the future look so bleak? But at the same time, this really kicked the series up a notch, we have really reached the pinnacle having the ultimate betrayal of Sydney’s sister. It was really interesting having Mead split the novel between Sydney and Adrian, the only other time she has done this was with Rose and Lissa in VA and that was through a bond, making this split way of storytelling really interesting and fun to read. The last chunk of the book really had me on the edge of my seat, a lot happened in a short amount of time and it was amazing and in a way more exciting than the epic rescue of Rose in the Last Sacrafice. Mead has really challenged the Moroi and Alchemist relationship in this novel and it really does keep the readers engaged and desperate for more. As usual, Mead is able to have a lot happen towards the end of the book then finish the book on a major cliffhanger.

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The Firey Heart

By Richelle Mead.

Genre. YA Fantasy.

Series. Bloodlines (#4)

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.

Reviews.

FINALLY!!!! SYDNEY AND ADRIAN ARE A COUPLE!!!! I have waited for three books for this sexual tension to end and final they have both caved into their feelings. I am fully loving the intimate and sexual scenes between Adrian and Sydney it is amazing, the tension is higher though because it has to be kept a secret from Sydney’s sister. Sydney has a lot going on in this novel, lots of secrets and sneaking around and it just keeps me on my toes throughout the novel, especially with all the near misses they both experience. I love Sydney in this novel, in previous novels shes bit awesome but a little annoying and we as readers know she is keeping her true self-hidden which drives us all crazy. Sydney is finally opening herself up and breaking rules that have kept her from being who she really is, this book is my favourite out of all six as this is probably the happiest our loveable characters have been so far.

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The Indigo Spell

By Richelle Mead.

Genre. YA Fantasy.

Series. Bloodlines (#3)

Synopsis.

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.”
In the aftermath of a forbidden moment that rocked Sydney to her core, she finds herself struggling to draw the line between her Alchemist teachings and what her heart is urging her to do. Then she meets alluring, rebellious Marcus Finch–a former Alchemist who escaped against all odds, and is now on the run. Marcus wants to teach Sydney the secrets he claims the Alchemists are hiding from her. But as he pushes her to rebel against the people who raised her, Sydney finds that breaking free is harder than she thought. There is an old and mysterious magic rooted deeply within her. And as she searches for an evil magic user targeting powerful young witches, she realizes that her only hope is to embrace her magical blood–or else she might be next.

 

Review.

Mead begins jumping into a different aspect of fantasy with book three of the Bloodlines series. We get to see Sydney break more rules which are so exciting and we also get the amazing sexual tension between Adrian and Sydney (YAY). Mead is defiantly slowly exposing a different side to the Alchemist world which we are dying to see uncovered, while also having the witch element and having them as being kind and scientific is a nice change from the standard novels and stories on witches. I love how Mead has exposed Sydney to this side of magic but has kept Sydney’s personality and habits that make her who she truly is. I also think it’s great how Mead has mixed up magic and the Alchemists, it’s a fun aspect especially with how strict and anti-magic the Alchemists are. The path of Sydney Sage has really expanded in this novel and she begins to break down the walls that have surrounded her since we first met her in Blood Promise.

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The Golden Lily

By Richelle Mead.

Genre. YA Fantasy.

Series. Bloodlines (#2)

Synopsis.

Sydney would love to go to college, but instead, she’s been sent into hiding at a posh boarding school in Palm Springs, California – tasked with protecting Moroi princess Jill Dragomir from assassins who want to throw the Moroi court into civil war. Formorly in disgrace, Sydney is now praised for her loyalty and obedience, and held up as the model of an exemplary Alchemist.

But the closer she grows to Jill, Eddie, and especially Adrian, the more she finds herself questioning her age-old Alchemist beliefs, her idea of family, and her sense of what it means to truly belong. Her world becomes even more complicated when magical experiments show Sydney may hold the key to prevent becoming Strigoi – the fiercest vampires, the ones who don’t die. But it’s her fear of being just that – special, magical, powerful – that scares her more than anything. Equally daunting is her new romance with Braydon, a cute, brainy guy who seems to be her match in every way. Yet, as perfect as he seems, Sydney finds herself being drawn to someone else – someone forbidden to her.

When a shocking secret threatens to tear the vampire world apart, Sydney’s loyalties are suddenly tested more than ever before. She wonders how she’s supposed to strike a balance between the principles and dogmas she’s been taught, and what her instincts are now telling her.

Should she trust the Alchemists – or her heart?

Review.

I love how in this novel we are starting to see Sydney change her ways, in the Vampire Academy series and Bloodlines shes pretty uptight with the vampires she is around, but we as readers know them and love them and we want her to know them like we do. I’m so glad that she does not have any other Alchemists in this novel, you think yay finally things are starting to grow but then Mead throws us at the end as usual. I find most second books in a series a bit dry compared to the first one, but Mead is still able to keep her readers on their toes a bit as she starts bringing a lot of different elements into her novel. Again a fantastic novel by Mead and it defiantly sets up some interesting plots and theories for the third book.

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Last Sacrafice

By Richelle Mead.

Genre. YA Fantasy.

Series. Vampire Academy (#6)

Synopsis.

Rose Hathaway has always played by her own rules. She broke the law when she ran away from St. Vladimir’s Academy with her best friend and last surviving Dragomir princess, Lissa. She broke the law when she fell in love with her gorgeous, off-limits instructor, Dimitri. And she dared to defy Queen Tatiana, leader of the Moroi world, risking her life and reputation to protect generations of dhampir guardians to come.

Now the law has finally caught up with Rose – for a crime she didn’t even commit. She’s in prison for the highest offense imaginable: the assassination of a monarch. She’ll need help from both Dimitri and Adrian to find the one living person who can stall her execution and force the Moroi elite to acknowledge a shocking new candidate for the royal throne: Vasilisa Dragomir.

But the clock on Rose’s life is running out. Rose knows in her heart the world of the dead wants her back…and this time she is truly out of second chances. The big question is when your whole life is about saving others, who will save you?

Review.

Book six in Mead’s Vampire Academy series is as usual fantastic! She left us on a major cliffhanger in book five, this final book tells not only an amazing story but it puts the readers through a bit of emotional beating. Mead kept throwing new and exciting information at us, the information we as readers have never been given or things that have briefly been mentioned. I fully fell in love with this final book as it tied up a lot of loose ends for readers while also having the book end in a way that is opened for any future books. This book was actually so hard to write a review about because I am 100% biased on Mead, she is such a wonderful author who wrote a beautiful series about a young girl who grew it to an amazing young woman. This series is one I will always recommend for teenagers as it is such an empowering series about growth, mentally, physically and emotionally. The super badass characters are also a bonus.

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Spirit Bound

By Richelle Mead.

Genre. YA Fantasy.

Series. Vampire Academy (#5)

Synopsis.

After a long and heartbreaking journey to Dimitri’s birthplace in Siberia, Rose Hathaway has finally returned to St. Vladimir’s and to her best friend, Lissa. It is nearly graduation, and the girls can’t wait for their real lives beyond the Academy’s iron gates to begin. But Rose’s heart still aches for Dimitri, and she knows he’s out there, somewhere.

She failed to kill him when she had the chance. And now her worst fears are about to come true. Dimitri has tasted her blood, and now he is hunting her. And this time he won’t rest until Rose joins him… forever.

Review.

Now did this book throw you all or what? I couldn’t get over how well Mead started and ended this book, so much happened in such a small span of time. SO let’s start at the beginning, Rose’s final test at the academy, it was such a small part of the book but I really enjoyed hearing how Rose kicked ass and left the academy as a legend. Next we finally get to see more of the royal court, yes there were small parts of the court introduced in the third and fourth book but this time we get to see a whole lot more and see how the court works day to day, I also loved meeting Adrian’s parents that were something small that just added another element to the story. But the main part that got all our hearts pumping was the re-introduction of Dimitri, it was something we had been waiting for since the end of blood promise and wow did Mead deliver! Mead has again been able to get her novel to a new intensity which literally left me gasping at the final page and counting down the minutes till I could get my hands on book 6.

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