Ruined, by Amy Tintera | Book Review #163

A revenge that will consume her. A love that will ruin her.26074185

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. 


Ruined has multiple points of view, which was nice, considering what goes on in this story. I also love the fact that right at the beginning, there’s action, and in that first scene is a princess killing someone. I find that when a Princess has killed someone -especially out of revenge- I tend to enjoy that characters point of view that much more.

With action in the beginning, there’s always a chance that the rest of the book will fall flat. I’ve read a few books that were like that, but not in Ruined! In Ruined there seems to be a ton of action. Which I love love love.

Even though I enjoyed Ruined, I found some things in this book to be quite predictable. Aside from that little tidbit the book was really great. Some predictions, or rather, what I wanted to happen, didn’t actually happen and that’s such a bummer because if I what I wanted to happen came to fruition that’d have been totally awesome.

There’s a romantic element to this book; which was somewhat surprising. The romance is almost there’s a forbidden fruit thing going on; which I loved reading.

The book ended in a way that I, 100%, didn’t expect it too, and there’s almost hint of a plot twist, but ultimately there wasn’t one. If you wanted to read Ruined and just leave the story at that you definitely could. You could totally leave Ruined as a stand alone. I don’t think I will, I’m excited for the next book to be honest.

I ended up giving Ruined 3 of 5 stars on Goodreads.

Have you read Ruined yet; what did you think of the book? If you haven’t, do you think you will?

Happy Reading!
Adele

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