Emelina Flores has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been ravaged by war; her parents were killed and her sister was kidnapped. Even though Em is only a useless Ruined—completely lacking any magic—she is determined to get revenge.
Her plan is simple: She will infiltrate the enemy’s kingdom, posing as the crown prince’s betrothed. She will lead an ambush. She will kill the king and everything he holds dear, including his son.
The closer Em gets to the prince, though, the more she questions her mission. Her rage-filled heart begins to soften. But with her life—and her family—on the line, love could be Em’s deadliest mistake.
I didn't quite know what to expect when I started reading Ruined by Amy Tintera. I was intrigued by the book's synopsis and was hoping to enjoy it but the outcome far exceeded any expectations I had.
My first impression while reading this book?
My last feeling as I finished reading this book?
No, no, no ~ I have to read more!
Ruined is full of adventure, non-stop action and is based in a dystopian, fantasy setting. The story is told through alternating perspectives of Em and Cas, the main characters.
Action packed? Yes! The story's action starts in the first chapter and doesn't really end as this is book 1 in a series.
The characters? Realistic and well developed allowing them to spring off the page and bloom in my imagination.
Setting? Ms. Tintera created a world that made me feel as if it was real and one I was a part of. Excellent world building!
The plot kept me on the edge of seat and I was not bored at all during any part of this story!
I enjoyed this book and didn't have any real big dislikes other than ... it ended too soon ~ way too soon!
The one very small thing I would possibly change? I would have preferred a bit less descriptive effects of one of the fight scenes. Still, the author presented those scenes tastefully and I will admit it added to the overall flavor of the story.
Needless to say, I can't wait to read book 2 in this series!
Thank you to HarperTeen and Edelweiss for the gift of this book in exchange for an honest review.