Thursday, July 25, 2019

My Thoughts: Ruined by Amy Tintera
(Ruined #1)
by Amy Tintera
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Publication Date: May 3rd 2016
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: 355
ISBN: 9780062396600
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: Edelweiss Review Copy / Own

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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. (Goodreads)

I originally read Ruined by Amy Tintera back in 2016, but for some reason I never reviewed the book or continued the series, even though I totally meant to do so. I’ve recently been on a mission to read, (and/or finish), all of the book series that I am behind on, and the Ruined series was high on my list to read this year. I definitely enjoyed reading this book again, and I’m super excited to continue with the rest of the series!

As I mentioned above, I read Ruined way back in 2016 when it was first released, and remember really loving the story when I read it. That being said, having read the book so long ago, and having read hundreds of books since then, I didn’t remember much about the storyline. I was more than happy to start the series over from the beginning, and I’m thrilled that once I started reading the book again, everything that I had forgotten from the first time I read it came flooding back. (Don’t you love it when that happens?!)

There are a lot of things that I really like about this book. It has a great group of characters, including Emelina, the main character, who is an awesome heroine, and also Prince Casimir, who is adorable in a sheltered, naïve kind of way. It was interesting to watch their relationship grow over the course of the book. And while they were definitely my favorites in the book, there are also some pretty awesome secondary characters as well.

Another thing that I liked from the book was the storyline. It’s a fantasy that includes kingdoms and special powers and kings and queens, and it all wraps up into quite an addictive story. I’m super excited to finally get the second (and third) book in my hands so I can continue the storyline and see what’s going to happen next. (And I’m definitely kicking myself for not having continued this series sooner!)

Overall; Ruined is the first book in what should prove to be an awesome series by Amy Tintera! I wish I had read/finished this series sooner, but I’m excited to finally be reading it now, and better late than never, right? If you enjoy a good fantasy, definitely look into this series!

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