The Ruby Circle by Richelle Mead

This post was originally posted on my WordPress account on March 14, 2015.

 

Hey guys! I’m back with another book.

I’d like to introduce to you the last book of the sequel Bloodlines by Richelle Mead. It’s entitled, “The Ruby Circle.”

I bought this book over Google Play for almost P700. I bought it alongside the short story of Alex by Lauren Oliver. I bought Alex for almost 200 pesos or if I’m not mistaken, it was around P170.

I think it costs around P700 at that time because it was just released in the market. If I remember it correctly, I bought this book on or before the third week of February and according to Richelle Mead’s Wikipedia, The Ruby Circle was scheduled to be released in February 2015 in the U.S.

I find the telecoms’ idea of purchasing items using your postpaid line beneficial because the customer gets to purchase stuff right away. Like in my case, books like these are usually not available in the bookstores right away. Sometimes it takes several months before the books become available in the bookstores here in the Philippines.

I also noticed that bookstores usually sell hardbound copies before the paperback and I guess, it’s one of the reasons why it’s that expensive. Aside from the material and the size, I think it’s also costly in Google Play Store because of these reasons:

1. Either it’s the first edition

Or

2. It is readily available on the same month that it was scheduled to be released.

Or

3. It’s the last installment of the book

Or

4. Something else.

Anyway, it was my first time to buy a book in Google Play using my Smart Postpaid line. It’s like I’m using a credit card where I get to pay for the items on the Play Store through my Smart account instead of paying cash.

And being a self-proclaimed bookworm that I am, I find the perk convenient, worth it and exciting.

I’ve used my Smart account and Google Play account for buying tickets in Candy Crush Saga before. Yep, I don’t ask my friends for tickets. And yep, I still play Candy Crush.

I really felt like I was on cloud nine when I successfully purchased the said books most especially when I realized that it’s not just the additional lives, moves, tickets or paid games that I can purchase.

So, as you noticed this entry is quite far from a book review but I guess this entry can be categorized as a free advertising for the Google Play services and Smart Telecommunciations team-up. Also, I mentioned that this is far from a book review because I’m still unsure whether I’m on Chapter 4 or 5 of The Ruby Circle, but I vaguely remember that I’m on page 83. 🙂

I’ve been slacking on my reading these days and I confess that I’m not as obsessed with this book as the previous books, or even as excited as when I was reading Delirium. I dunno, probably it’s the momentum or the shifting of storylines or whatnot.

You see, Bloodlines is a sequel of The Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead.

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!!

It’s a story of a Moroi and a Dhamphir. A Moroi is a royal family of vampires while a Dhampir is an offspring of a human and a Moroi.

Morois have different capabilities that can be classified to some elements. Some of them are Fire users, Air users, Earth users, and Water users. Adrian and Lisa, both characters in The Vampire Academy and Bloodlines series, are both Spirit users.

Spirit users have the ability to compel people. Compulsion is like hypnotizing someone or controling the person’s mind. Aside from their strong compulsion, some spirit users can walk on someone’s dream and change the setting of the dream. Some can heal animals or people and some can even bring the dead to life, hence the word “ShadowKissed”. However, every use of the Spirit has a negative effect on the Spirit user’s mind. They can become crazy in the long run. Alcohol or medicines can numb the Spirit but because of several plot related reasons, the spirit users can’t stop using it.

Morois are not accustomed to using their gifts to defend themselves that’s why they need the Dhampirs to protect them everyday.

Dhampirs are strong and human-like, however, they are more unique than humans. They usually protect the Morois from the Strigois.

Humans are referred to as feeders, where they offer their bloods voluntarily in exchange for the high that they get from the endorphins that come from the vampire’s saliva. Also, their main villains are called Strigois. Strigois drain their victim’s blood and convert some of their victims to be like them. It’s a little similar with Victoria’s army in Twilight.

The Alchemists was also introduced in The Vampire Academy series. The Alchemists are humans who are dedicated to protect the human world. They conceal the existence of vampires and they actually think that vampires in general are evil. Giving emphasis to religion and moral standards, Sydney Sage takes control in the Bloodlines sequel and Richelle Mead really gave Sydney a different voice or perspective in narrating the Alchemist’s point of view.

Sorry for the spoilers. I really suck at giving summaries so forgive me if you got confused or had a hemorrhage because of my poor narration.

I’m hoping that you could read these books so that you can also share your opinions. 🙂 You can also check the synopsis of these books on Wikipedia. 🙂

The other thing that I liked most about The Vampire Academy is that it’s action-packed. It doesn’t highlight the romance that much. Although Rose, Dimitri and Adrian had a love triangle in the books, still it had a different impact on the story. Well, that’s my opinion.

I guess, it’s not as pocketbook-ish like Twilight and I can say that I spent some of my monthly salaries for the paperback and hardbound copies of these book a few years ago. It has also influenced me to try reading other young adult books and I loved it!

This is the main reason why I feel angsty or I tend to retaliate when people question the trend of Dystopian and Vampire themed series / books. I love reading Young Adult books that much that’s why I find reading other genres’ out of my comfort zone.

I’m not the type who always reads John Grisham, Paulo Coelho, John Green, Nicholas Sparks, etc. I tried to read it but I was not as intrigued as the YA books that I’ve read. I guess, this defines my personality and I’m happy to tell you that I’m trying to get back on track. Although, not through paper but e-books, still I was able to enjoy the books without any hassle. 🙂

The Fault In Our Stars by John Green (Movie)

I’m never a sucker for melodramatic movies. I guess it was just not my kind of thing. I don’t like to cry when I’m watching a movie. I don’t. I don’t want to because I know that I can especially when my hormones trigger my emotions.

I don’t like to think about cancer or anything that has to do with someone dying because of a disease may it be about a girl, a boy, a man or a woman, or whoever. I just don’t like watching people die even if it’s just for entertainment.

I guess I haven’t told anyone about how I feel towards death. No matter how much I dislike it, I think it is inevitable. It is inevitable because of many reasons. This topic is one of the common topics in my free talking classes. This isn’t just a topic but it’s also a reality. People die and everybody needs to go. Only time can tell when, but everyone has their own time.

When my aunt/ mom died, a part of who I am and a part of what I believe in were shattered, lost and died. The thought of having someone you thought would never leave, leaves unexpectedly and without any goodbyes. That’s how tragic life is. Death will just take control and when it’s there, different ways to cope won’t be enough for you to accept that the person who has mold you when you were younger, won’t be there to guide you until the end.

It really makes me feel uncomfortable to think about death, sickness and loss. Grieving is another thing. I don’t think I’d ever get over losing someone who has been one of the most significant people in my life.

It is one of the hardest thing that a person can experience. One that you won’t just get over in time.


This movie review was originally posted on my Tumblr account on September 1, 2014.

The Fault In Our Stars is a novel by John Green. It was adapted to a movie in 2014. It is also known as Hello Hazel! in South Korea.

According to Wikipedia, The Fault in Our Stars is a 2014 American romantic drama film directed by Josh Boone, based on the novel of the same name by John Green. The film stars Shailene Woodley, Ansel Elgort, and Nat Wolff, with Laura Dern, Sam Trammell, and Willem Dafoe playing supporting roles. Woodley plays Hazel Grace Lancaster, a sixteen-year-old cancer patient who is forced by her parents to attend a support group, where she subsequently meets and falls in love with Augustus Waters, another cancer patient, played by Elgort.

I joined the bandwagon on the last day of August. I watched it around 11 P.M, while writing about it on my status: Since it’s the last day of August, I am going to watch it. I am going to watch The Fault In Our Stars the movie.

What I was thinking at that time was the name of the male character in the novel which also became a popular book character on Tumblr. Writing about watching the movie on the last day of August, I thought that it was pretty smart and cool of me to play with the male character’s name, Augustus Waters. This fictional character was posted and reblogged by fans and bandwagoners alike. It was a craze. A trend. A mania.

They said it was a tearjerker. I guess, it is what is expected. It talks about the struggles of people with terminal illnesses. Although, I’m not that much of a faint-hearted,  I can say that I can handle heartbreaking scenes but what really bothers me is that I am more afraid of the scientific terms that I will come across in the book or in the movie.

I haven’t read the book. And I guess I would have understand most of the story if I have read it.

So that was TFIOS…

…okay?
Okay.

So it was depressing. [SPOILER ALERT!] Augustus died.

I didn’t pay much attention because I was multi-tasking. At the same time, I don’t want to fall in love with the story yet because I am rereading Hush, Hush by Becka Fitzpatrick.

Curiosity got the best of me when I Googled the actors. It was because of Ansel Elgort’s legs. I am gullible like that and I want to know if it’s real or fake. Apparently, it’s fake. Haha! They got me.

I also remembered what my bf told me about the actors. I forgot which one was from the movie, Divergent. I was dumbfounded when I learned that both lead actors were from Divergent and were brother and sisters there. Whoa!

Okay, I can’t say that I’m joining the bandwagon. But I guess that’s where it’s taking me. First, GOT and Teenwolf. Then my bf and I cried and sniffed when we watched Miracle in Cell No. 7. Then this. I kinda enjoyed it because I was able to understand it even if I just watched it alone. I didn’t cry but it was a good movie. However, I guess it’s safe to say that I’m not yet a fan.