2016 · 3 Stars · Book Reviews · Fantasy · Young Adult

Ruined │ Amy Tintera

Book Cover - Ruined 3 stars



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 should have paid closer attention to the blurb on the book. I was really hoping there was going to be more action than there was. The book focused a lot more on the whole “I shouldn’t like/love you, but I do… But I shouldn’t…”

While I was reading this book I felt like I was reading something I had before. It felt pretty recycled to me.

The world building was pretty limited. We learn very little about the four different kingdoms and why everyone hates the Ruined so much. You learn late into the story about how the Ruined were pretty much lording over the humans a few generations back, but other than that the information was pretty limited. I hope in the next book we can learn about the kingdoms a little more, and the history behind the Ruined.


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