Review: Ruined by Amy Tintera

Monday, April 18, 2016
Why I chose this book:
I have been in a bit of a book rut lately. It’s a problem. So I decided that I would check out Ruined by Amy Tintera. I heard that her Reboot series is great, and when I saw that she tried her hand at fantasy, I knew it was going to be a must read for the new year.

Ruined by Amy Tintera
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: May 3rd, 2016
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
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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)

My Bookish Thoughts:
This book is not going to completely blow you out of the water. It’s not going to be your forever favorite, but it is a good book. At first I thought I was really going to hate it, but as I continued, I grew to like the dynamic of the royal family and all the interconnected relations that were going on. It was intriguing.

I will say that the romance was a bit stilted in a way. It wasn’t something I was swooning for, but it was okay. I could see people not enjoying this book because the romance didn’t quite click, and that’s understandable.

I really liked the prince’s character. He was the all around good guy. I think I may have just read the bad rough and tumble guys way too much lately, but Casimir was a kind person and a genuinely kind person. I think that’s why I liked it. And Em’s character was the perfect antithesis to his. It made it an interesting dynamic.

Final Thoughts:
I know that this review sounds a bit fluffy or full of shit, but I thought this was a decent book. I probably would recommend it for someone who is trying to rebound from an excellent book (*cough* like a Sarah J. Maas book *cough*). So I personally think it’s worth checking out!

I gave this book 3.5 stars.

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