Published by HarperCollins on May 3rd 2016
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.
I can’t decide if I’m kicking myself for waiting so long to read this one or I’m glad that I waited until I had a copy of the next book! I really liked this one but oh my stars I need more now! I already know I’ll be chomping at the bit for book three after reading Avenged!
Ruined by Amy Tintera was the perfect fantasy read for the mood I was in. It had many aspects I knew and loved, kept me engaged, and didn’t get into crazy deep world building. Don’t get me wrong… I love crazy deep world building as well. But, sometimes I just want a fast paced, action packed fantasy!
I feel like I’ve said this a lot lately but I love an enemies to lovers type story. Ruined is certainly that! I mean, Em marries a person she wants to kill. And not just him, his whole family! I don’t think you can get much further from love than that!
Of course things are never as black and white as they might seem. I loved seeing the ways Em and Casimir began to know one another and how this changed Em. All of the lies and misunderstandings kept me on edge as I wondered if they could ever really trust one another.
I really enjoyed Ruined. I will certainly be keeping up with this series. Also, it’s a great place to start if you’re new to fantasy.