Review: The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

The last chapter of the Bloodlines series doesn’t need introduction.

If you found this post looking for a review of The Ruby Circle, you pretty much know everything you need to know about plot and characters. If you found this post looking for some new Richelle Mead reading, oh hi, hello there. We are new friends, but I suggest you leave everything you are doing right now and go get book #1 in the Bloodlines series. It’s alright if you leave right now in your sweatpants, I would be okay with you don’t finishing that cup of coffee.

Alrighty now,  let’s proceed to the review.

But first, I want to make something really clear: I have loved Richelle Mead since she brought to the world Vampire Academy. And honestly, that love only grew stronger when she gave us Adrian and Sydney spin off, Bloodlines. These books will always – always – be special for me and I am sure I will re-read them in the not so far future. Bloodlines gave me Adrian Ivashkov. And yes, he had me at the he of hello, and I am aware I might not be the only member of that club. But if there’s something I love as much as I love Adrian’s character, that’s Sydney’s. These 2 are the definition of character development. And the feels. I just love them both, separately and together as the OTP of that Mead’s vampires Universe.

However, I can’t help but feeling something close to disappointment after reading this last installment, The Ruby Circle. It’s not that I didn’t enjoy it, but I was definitely expecting more. I was hoping for that same pull I felt with the previous 5 books. Could it be because Sydney and Adrian were already together? The struggling was kind of over at this point to be honest. Should have Richelle Mead waited until the very last book to bring this OTP together once and for all? I don’t know if that would have make it better, but I do know I missed something. Something else. I – we – waited a long time to wrap these series and what’s even more important, to wrap this world… And sadly, I don’t feel completely satisfied.

A part from missing that something else, my unconditional love for the series and for Sydrian in paticular is and always be there. Ah well, I can’t believe I picked up Vampire Academy out of boredom and just to read something. *Highs five to herself*

Rating the Bibliotheque: 3/5

The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

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Review: The Premonition series by Amy A. Bartol

Go big or go home, right?

Exactly, then, my first review ever will be not for a single book but a book series: The Premonition series by Amy A. Bartol.

Let me correct that, Mrs Amy A. Bartol has not yet released the last and fifth book of the series – Iniquity – and there’s more: the release date has been postponed several times since the previous and fourth book came out back in 2012. So, if you are not good at handling cliffhangers, please do not even bother. Yes, that’s also a note to my future self.

The Premonition series consists on five four books:

Inescapable

Intuition

Indebted

Incendiary

Iniquity (WIP)

*Update: Iniquity, book #5 in the series was released in 2015

First things first, the story starts with our heroine, Evie, who is starting her freshman year of college away from home. Her mother died when she was a baby and her father was never in the picture, so, for Evie home is her uncle Jim. A part of having really creepy nightmares and a couple of strange things happening to her, the first days of her new life are going okay… until she meets him. Reed. Handsome, too serious and definitely mysterious but the guy also has something against Evie from the first second he sees her and he even tries to make her leave school.

At the same time, we get introduced to Russell, a very charming football star, who Evie feels she has known forever. And also, there’s the geeky sidekick Freddie, who becomes a good friend and gives her the stability that she is lacking.

… Feelings start developing, Reed knows something that he’s not telling, Russell gets more and more charming, and, of course,  even weirder things start happening to Evie.

I don’t want to spoil the whole series to anyone, but yes, I am going to let this out: this stinks of love triangle. To be honest, at the beginning my mind went full on “oh, not this again”. I kept reading, of course, and let me tell you that I have no regrets whatsoever. The love story between soon protective Reed and Evie becomes epic – OTP level. But don’t feel bad for Russell yet, he will make you fall for him with every page you turn with his charm and will leave you giggling like a teenager in front of your crush.

When we get thrown into the mixture more characters, like the bad-boy and sort of antagonist Brennus, who I loathed and loved at the same time, it really gets more complicated to close the book and keep alive your social life. By the time you get introduced to Xavier, and oh, his story will touch you so deep that your social life will be absolutely forgotten.

I really grew to love each and every of the characters in the story, I loved them alone and I loved them together. They broke my heart at times and they left me cracking about something the next minute.

Of course, I didn’t love everything, I am a human and it’s in my nature to complain. I didn’t enjoy that the author wrote the dialogs for certain characters with certain accents as character trait phonetically “ya know wha’ I’m sayin y’all?“. And that is even worse if we are talking about a main characters. In addition to that, I didn’t exactly love that the bearable love triangle turns into a freaking pentagon. But please, don’t picture it like a massive twilight situation with five people. It is not like that. It’s actually well written.

So, ratings for these books are quite divided, in my opinion it is a very good series. Last but not least, my overall rating for the series is 4 out 5 stars. I might have enjoyed a little less the second book, Intuition, but I believe it’s worth giving this series a try and see if the story stays with you.

Rating: 4/5

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