- Series: Ruined (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: HarperTeen (May 3, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062396609
- ISBN-13: 978-0062396600
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 145 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #308,283 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gr 8 Up—Unlike most other people from Ruina, Emelina Flores has no magical abilities. After her parents, the king and queen, are murdered and her younger sister is kidnapped, Em must rely on her cunning and skill with a sword to exact revenge against the royal family of Lera and rescue her sister. She quickly dispatches Princess Mary of neighboring Vallos and takes her place as the bride of Prince Casimir in order to infiltrate the castle. But unlike his genocidal father, Cas is kind, and Em is unexpectedly attracted to him. When an army of warriors from the kingdom of Olso attacks, per Em's plan, she has to struggle with her new affection for her husband as she continues her quest to destroy Lera. Em is a resilient and likable heroine with a wry sense of humor, a knack for self-preservation, and the fighting prowess to match. Cas is a sympathetic character who is a skilled fighter with a sense of duty to his family and country. Secondary characters are more narrowly focused on defending their respective kingdoms and don't display much depth. Told in the alternating points of view of Em and Cas, the book features action, palace intrigue, romance, and a large spattering of blood and gore. Just when it appears possible that love might conquer hate, there is a twist at the book's end guaranteeing a sequel that will likely be even more violent. VERDICT This book will appeal to fans of female-powered battle-filled epic fantasy.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
“Amy Tintera’s Ruined is so packed with action, intrigue, and romance, I was holding on for dear life until the very last page!” (Kiera Cass, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of The Selection)
“A taut, riveting adventure full of magic, murder, and heart-stopping romance. I burned through this book!” (Michelle Krys author of Hexed)
“With a vibrant and intriguing world and conflicted characters you’ll love, Ruined is the perfect blend of fantasy, adventure and romance. I read it in one sitting!” (NEW YORK TIMES bestseller Amie Kaufman)
“Em is a fascinating heroine, and that alone will make readers eager for the sequel.” (Booklist)
“Tintera’s mix of violence and vengeance with a star-crossed-lovers story offers an olive-skinned heroine and only slightly lighter-skinned hero, abundant angst, and plentiful cinematic action sequences.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Em is a resilient and likable heroine with a wry sense of humor, a knack for self-preservation, and the fighting prowess to match. This book will appeal to fans of female-powered battle-filled epic fantasy.” (School Library Journal)
Praise for REBOOT: “Fast paced and thrilling…I devoured this book!” (Veronica Rossi, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of UNDER THE NEVER SKY)
Praise for REBOOT: “A riveting premise, a romance with substance, and the urgent narrative voice lend [REBOOT] a burst of fresh energy.” (Publishers Weekly)
Praise for REBOOT: “Compulsively readable…Superb concepts and plotting will hook readers from the start.” (Kirkus Reviews)
Praise for REBOOT: “A fascinating premise, delivered in gory and glorious cinematic detail—and with a healthy dose of romance…The quick pace, familiar yet altered setting, and strong humanitarian message will draw Hunger Games fans.” (Booklist)
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So basically Prince Casimir and Emelina are caught in the middle in a pretty messy web of loyalties, ethical debates over the actions of their parents, and their eventual feelings for each other. (Let's take a moment to appreciate the slow burn romance that works). I loved how there really is no villain and nothing is black/white. Everyone's done something to hurt the other side, so the conflicts keeps escalating in the name of revenge and self-preservation. It’s not super deep or anything -- it's just nice to find a more believable YA fantasy plot that isn't overly simplistic.
I genuinely LOVED all of the characters and the alternating POVs between Cas & Em. I like when authors let you get a solid sense of a character through their actions, observations, and what they deem to be choices instead of just describing them with cliche adjectives (or worse, leaving them as an empty shell to spout dialogue). For such a fast plot, the characters are impressively complex, flawed, diverse, and grow so much throughout just a few chapters. And I realllllly appreciated that Em isn't some "Chosen One" princess with the magic her sister has, yet doesn't let herself be defined by being ordinary either — she just does what she can with what she has.
Also, I super love how men and women are equal in this book without either of their identities stemming from the presence and strength (or lack thereof) of the other. Too many authors try to make their YA heroines "strong" by having them be rude to men or by emphasizing the absence of a man in the women's achievements (which is still defining women through men). All of the characters here are strong in their own right. (And I'm also tired of seeing gratuitous rape scenes & the absence of LGBTQ characters in some fantasy novels for the sake of "historical accuracy"). In this story, Olso has female warriors, Lera’s general is a woman, a prominent character is gay, and none of it's touted as a big deal. So that's a smaller detail in execution, but I thought it was really well done.
Thank you to the publisher for sending me a review copy!!!
The story moves at a quick clip, people are killed (it wasn't sugar coated) and the only bad news, it is book one of a series, so now I must wait till 2017 for book 2, urgh!
I agree there were some editing mistakes, that I even found, so hopefully the editors will do a better job for book two.
Highly recommend for older teens (there is mention of sex in the book) and adults like me (see description above), I finished the book in three days.
Em, a Ruined warrior seeking vengeance for the death of her family and the whereabouts of her sister, marries Prince Casmir under the identity of his betrothed Mary. Prince Casmir, the son of the King who slayed her family. Em hopes that by marrying Casmir, she can exact her revenge and bring the house of Lera down around her.
This novel defied my expectations. Since it is part of a series I believed that Em’s identity would be revealed at the end and the novel would leave on cliffhanger where Casmir has to hunt her down for this betrayal. I was worried about his happening because it felt predictable and resembled many other series I have read where someone dons a fake identity. Surprisingly this didn’t happen and it made it an even better novel for it. It allowed Cas and Em to work through there issues with each other and reveal their personalities making the sequel “Avenged” a read I am looking forward to.
A violent and bloody novel you will be swept away by the vast amount of fight scenes and the kickass action heroine known as Em.
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of everything in it. The characterizations are very believable, the story line is intriguing, and it is the first of a trilogy so there is plenty...Read more