Ruined by Amy Tintera
Release date: May 3rd, 2016
Genre: Young adult, fantasy, romance
A revenge that will consume her. A love that will ruin her.
Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war. She lacks the powers of her fellow Ruined. Worst of all, she witnessed her parents’ brutal murders and watched helplessly as her sister, Olivia, was kidnapped.
But because Em has nothing, she has nothing to lose. Driven by a blind desire for revenge, Em sets off on a dangerous journey to the enemy kingdom of Lera. Somewhere within Lera’s borders, Em hopes to find Olivia. But in order to find her, Em must infiltrate the royal family.
In a brilliant, elaborate plan of deception and murder, Em marries Prince Casimir, next in line to take Lera’s throne. If anyone in Lera discovers Em is not Casimir’s true betrothed, Em will be executed on the spot. But it’s the only way to salvage Em’s kingdom and what is left of her family.
Em is determined to succeed, but the closer she gets to the prince, the more she questions her mission. Em’s rage-filled heart begins to soften. But with her life—and her family—on the line, love could be Em’s deadliest mistake.
I avoided reading this book for the better part of a year because I heard a lot of mixed things about it. So, I put it off and boy was I wrong to do so! I was so totally missing out! This book was AWESOME! Like I hugged my Kindle when finished reading it awesome. Yeah, I looked like a crazy person and was doing it at an airport but who cares? This book made me unbelievably happy. It had everything I love: slow burning romance, epic fight scenes, kickass women warriors, magic…SO MANY GREAT THINGS! It’s definitely a book that you NEED to read…like now, right NOW!
To be honest, the description for Ruined doesn’t really distinguish it from other YA fantasy book. Nor does its lacklustre cover artwork which is kind of a mixture of Xena meets generic photo editing background. But don’t let that turn you away! This book was fast paced and its story beyond what the synopsis states.
The story takes places in a world where magical people called the Ruined are being hunted down and killed. They have been forced out of their kingdom and are now launching a resistance against their conquerers. Em, the rightful heir to the throne of Ruina (the kingdom of the Ruined) plans to destroy her enemies from within by assuming the identity of another and marrying the crown prince of Lera. My favourite part of this world was the fact that women and men are pretty much equal. Women are warriors and highly trained in the art of sword fighting. Em was totally about kicking butt but she also got to wear pretty dresses and go to balls. It’s like the best of both worlds! You could be feminine but also strong and deadly.
One of the best parts of the book was the romance. I’m such a sucker for the slower burning romances where the characters hate each other at the beginning, but slowly start develop feelings for one another. UGH! Em and Cas were just so darn adorable together. It makes my heart burst! She’s all full of vengeance and proving that she’s worth something and he’s all shy and wanting to do better. It’s like hot and cold, night and day. They are a perfect balance for each other. When stuff really starts to get real my heart just scattered. These two go through so much drama and it hurt. I’ve become so invested in them that I just NEED to read the sequel.
I really enjoyed the ending. Yes, there’s going to be another book and there was a slight cliffhanger, but when I finished I still felt completely satisfied. This series isn’t about shock and awe. I can’t wait for the sequel because the world, the characters…EVERYTHING was just so good. I want to say more but spoilers are totally bad and I don’t want to ruin anything. SO JUST READ IT!
So, if you are looking for an incredibly fun, entertaining and fast paced fantasy story, this is the book for you! I’m seriously kicking myself for waiting so long to pick it up. What was I thinking?!?!
Amy Tintera is the NYT Bestselling author of the REBOOT duology and the RUINED trilogy, both of which feature lots of action and kissing. Her books are published by HarperCollins in the US and have been translated into 15+ languages around the world. Her next book, AVENGED (Ruined #2), will be published on May 2, 2017.