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.
When I picked up Ruined I was expecting at most a mildly enjoyable young adult fantasy. The story wasn’t the most original story I’ve ever read and there were some typical YA tropes, but Ruined definitely exceeded my expectations. It was fast-paced, and just so much fun. It’s not often I am eager to immediately start reading the next book in the series, but with Ruined I was on Amazon as soon as I finished the last page. I was disappointed to see it isn’t released until May! Anyway, I absolutely recommend Ruined– especially if you are looking for an exciting, fast-paced YA fantasy to get you out of your reading slump.
The synopsis for this book is almost like the prologue. You are thrown into the middle of the action from page one, with Em brutally killing Princess Mary in order to take her place to infiltrate the kingdom of Lera. Emelina Flores’ kingdom of Ruina has been ravaged by war, leaving its people broken and scattered. Em’s sister, Olivia, is also being help captive somewhere in Lera- and Em intends to rescue her.
We also learn that many people of Ruina have special abilities, which is partly why they are so hated. I’m a sucker for any kind of book with magical abilities, so I thoroughly enjoying learning what each of the characters could do. Em, however does not have any apparent abilities. She is very skilled with a sword and I appreciated seeing such a badass female main character.
Em desperately wants to avenge her people, but when she gets to know her betrothed, Prince Casimir, she doesn’t see a harsh, unyielding king. She sees a future with peace. So, yes, this can be considered a typical trope with the “special female main character falls in love with the enemy,” but guys, it was good! I loved the alternating points of view, and laughed at some of the misconceptions they had about each other as their relationship developed. It was all very cute :). Cas and Em were great together and I am looking forward to see their fate in the next book.
I was also pleasantly surprised at how violent this book was. Tintera certainly didn’t shy away from hurting and even killing some important characters. It makes me even more excited to read the next book because anything could happen! Overall, Ruined is an extremely enjoyable story filled with great action, handsome princes, magical abilities and a girl who wants nothing more than to avenge her kingdom. I definitely recommend!