Friday, April 15, 2016

Ruined by Amy Tintera

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've discovered Amy Tintera while reading "Reboot" and I've really enjoyed her writting. So when I've spotted a new series coming from her, I've decided to give it a try.

To be really honest, I was hooked from the start as the story is dark and the heroine, Em, is deadly cool. She is not afraid to defend her opinion, to seek revenge and to kill. :-)
Like also the secondary characters like Aren, Galo and Iria. But I was less fan of the main male personnages. Cas is not strong enough compare to Em and don't seem to react or rebel enough when he has to go against the king atrocities.
As for Damian, he is too nice for his own good.
There is a "Hunger Games" vibes coming from this book and I like, when characters are making me react as well as the plot.

Unfortunatelly at some point, when Em was preparing her escape and the couple was starting to interract more often, the story lost my interest. What has started strong, fast-paced with original aspects was becoming full of déjà vu and a bit boring. It was a bit like too much like in "The Selection" by Kiera Cass. But as the first series of this author has had a great impact, after some time I've come back to the story to finish it.

And I'm happy I've done it as the ending is great. Olivia will make a very scary powerful character that I can't wait to meet in the sequel!

About the author
Amy Tintera is the author of Reboot and Rebel. She has degrees in journalism and film and can usually be found staring into space, dreaming up ways to make her characters run for their lives. She lives in Austin, TX. You can visit her online at

*Arc provided by Edelweiss
I received this book in exchange of a fair and honest review.

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