The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead | Audiobook Review

Why Did I Listen To This Book?

Reader friends, I have listened to almost the entire Bloodlines by Richelle Mead series on audiobook. It stands to reason that I would happily finish up the series via audio. ALSO! I was lucky enough to be offered a review copy of the audiobook, so of course I immediately jumped on the opportunity. Who wouldn’t in my place? Friends — if you think vampires are stupid and overdone, I think that maybe you need to start off with the Vampire Academy books, read your way through them, start up the Bloodlines books, and then rejoin me over here with this review of The Ruby Circle, last in Richelle Mead’s spinoff series. And what a bang up job of an ending. It’s really crackerjack — to the point that I am inspired to use old school slang when describing my love of this series and its finale.

What’s The Story Here?

Abandon all ye who enter who hate spoilers because I am about to spoil the previous books in the Bloodlines series. The Ruby Circle opens up where the last book Silver Shadows left off. Adrian and Sydney are now married — out of love, but also so they can still be together and for Sydney’s immunity. The two are hiding out from the Alchemists at the Moroi court under Queen Lissa Dragomir’s protection. That protection is not a forever guarantee though, seeing as how Lissa’s throne is not a guarantee. You see, her sister Jill is missing which is a very bad thing when it comes to Moroi royalty rules. You need to have more than one person in your family to be able to participate at the royal court. Anyways, Adrian and Sydney are going stir crazy. The majority of their relationship has been action packed and full of adventure – so to sit at home with Adrian’s mom – instead of being off to find and rescue Jill chafes. When Ms. Terwilliger (LOVE HER ALWAYS) shows up with a package that only Sydney can open, the race against time is on and Sydney must face down a rogue witch as well as some other things in her search for Jill.

MEANWHILE! There’s this big huge life changing secret that Adrian stumbles upon, well, Adrian and Sydney that kind of changes the game and is applicable to Dmitri and Rose who make cameo appearances and are still my favorite ship of all time. Anyways, this secret blew my mind. That’s all I can say.

Suffice to say – we get to see all of our favorite characters and how they have ended up. We get to see magic. We have strigoi encounters. Marcus Finch makes an appearance. Sydney’s siblings show up. We meet Dmitri’s dad and get to explore a new family connection. There’s spirit use. Really this book is overall awesome as can be. Actually, awesome as expected — it is a book by Richelle Mead, after all.

What Kind Of Job Does This Book Do Wrapping Up The Series?

Obviously it does a perfect job wrapping the books up. Maybe I am a fan girl and you can take that straight to the bank, but for serious. I loved how this book ended. I loved that we got to pretty much know Sydney and Adrian’s fate. By the way, the things they end up doing like once the storm is weathered and that’s not a spoiler, you guys aren’t idiots so you know the storm will be weathered, are perfect. Their future careers are perfect. I liked that we kind of get closure with this series and if there’s another spin off, I know I personally will be excited for it. If not, well I am satisfied with how The Ruby Circle ended.

How Is The Romance?

ALL OF THE KISSING! Also grown up times, but they are totally of the fade to black variety from what I remember and also keep being interrupted. The Ruby Circle totally fulfilled my Sydney Adrian ship. I mean, obviously they end up together, they got together kind of early in the series. However, what I think some authors have issues with is sustaining a relationship or romance without throwing in some arbitrary issues. The Ruby Circle proves that just because the two have a firmly established romance and relationship does not mean they have to be boring. It does not mean that there needs to be some manufactured drama inserted. Mead does a wonderful job bring in the swoonworthy scenes without sacrificing the storyline or characterization. This is the sort of romance that I love reading about.

Who Should Listen To This Book?

At this stage in the game the people who honestly should be listening to The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead are people who have read the previous books in the series, otherwise you might not know or get what is going on.

As for the series in general:

  • Vampire Academy fans
  • Richelle Mead acolytes
  • People who like slow burns and opposites attract romance
  • People who like dramatic books with great world building
  • Anyone in need of a fast paced, action oriented read

How Is The Narration?

Emily Shaffer and Alden Ford reprise their narration roles for the final Bloodlines book. Alternating chapters as Sydney and Adrian, the two continue to pull the narration off. I loved listening to this series. It’s the type of audiobook production where I do not feel my attention wandering all over the place, but where I actually care about what’s going on and listen closely. This is an audiobook that goes in the foreground of your cleaning and tasks as you listen and not the background.

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Goodbye series, I will deeply miss you. Guess I will have to sit here pining for Soundless, the first in Mead’s new series out in November 2015. SUCH a long wait though. Still, I will look back on the Bloodlines series with fondness and be glad at the ending I got with The Ruby Circle.

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  1. This reminds me how far back I am in this world of Mead’s. I haven’t even finished the VA series, and I loved the first books. I have no excuse for treating the books with such disrespect, I am sure the books are crying now, just gathering dust sitting there in my shelves. Needless to say perhaps, but I had to skim your review a bit, as I was afraid of spoilers.

    I did not know that Mead had planned a new-in-a-series coming out this year. Bouncing over to Goodreads to check it out. Happy weekend, April 🙂
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  2. I’m sad this series is over but I agree that it ended well. I remember when I found out about the spin off and I wasn’t sure what to expect but ended up being blown away by it. I think I may like this series more than Vampire Academy though I’ll have to reread them to find out 🙂

    I’ll have to check out the audio versions sometime too. Thanks for the recommendation and the review! I hope this isn’t the last we see of these characters.
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    • I remember that same feeling — I had some trepidation about the spin off. Personally, I liked Vampire Academy better but that’s because I am such a Rose stan.

      The audio version is fantastic! Definitely worth re-reading in that form.

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