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Published by HarperTeen on May 3, 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance, Science Fiction, Teen, Young Adult
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Amy Tintera’s new YA fantasy trilogy blends the romance of Kiera Cass’s Selection series and the epic stakes of Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen in a story of revenge, adventure, and unexpected love.
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.
Ruined by Amy Tintera is the first of a new YA fantasy trilogy. It features a kickass female bent on avenging her family and rescuing her little sister from a neighboring country they are at war with. Since she does not have the magic that runs in her family, Em has been taught to fight. She decides her best change at success is to pretend to be the Prince’s fiancé and infiltrate the royal family. But long standing grudges cannot compete with the heart and Em may have a different path to follow.
I enjoyed the plot of Ruined. A girl who has been indoctrinated by her mother to hate and taught that she is not good enough as she is not magical, sets out to slaughter her enemies and instead finds that what she had been taught may not be 100% correct. Amy Tintera’s writing was sharp and she was able to meld magic, hate and some genuinely funny moments together. The pacing had a few weak spots as some scenes went very fast and seemed to skip over what I wanted to delve deeper into. This did not detract from the enjoyable whole though. The world built had some issues as well. Tintera’s placed you right into the middle of the action and while I enjoyed it, there was no buildup or learning period. There was a nice emotional tug to the story. Emelina is doing what she has been taught since birth and her learning about others created an emotional bond that was very prevalent. The characters were unique and each one had a distinct personality. A few characters on the periphery seemed forced or not necessary, but that did not lessen the whole of the experience.
Ruined by Amy Tintera was an interesting take on a YA fantasy tale. It was an engaging read that I enjoyed from start to finish. I did have a few moments of confusion in the beginning as the world was built during the action, not before, but that did not lessen my enjoyment as a whole. I eagerly await books two and three in this trilogy.
Favorite lines – Love would have been easy, another easy lie in a long line of lies. Love would be easy to dismiss. But kind, reasonable, thoughtful couldn’t be brushed off. They wriggled in and made themselves at home and breathed air in between the ache in his chest.
Biggest cliché – I am built to fight, not to feel.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2016 New Release Challenge
- Mount TBR Reading Challenge
- Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
- The Goodreads Challenge