Title – Ruined
Series – Ruined #1
Author – Amy Tintera
How I Got It – From the publisher
Pages – 355 pages
Publication Date – May 1st 2016 by Allen & Unwin
ISBN – 9781760290641
My Rating – ★★★★/5
Emelina has nothing. Her home in Ruina has been destroyed, her parents were killed and her sister has been kidnapped. Em is a useless ruined – she has no magic at all – but she’s determined to get her revenge.
Her plan is simple, she’s going to infiltrate her enemy’s kingdom by posing as the crown prince’s betrothed. Em will lead an ambush, kill the king and everyone he cares about, including his son.
But the more Em gets to know the prince, the more she starts to question her mission. With her life and family on the line, falling in love could be Em’s deadliest mistake.
I received a copy of Ruined from Allen and Unwin New Zealand to review.
I went into this without knowing much about it. I’d read the synopsis months ago but I hardly ever remember them when I pick up the book to read. I think I was hooked within the first two or three chapters. I loved the story and some of the characters, not all of them were very likable people. The world building was really good too.
I didn’t really get the hate between Em’s people and Cass’s. I think they bought a lot of it on themselves, the royals I mean. Not that killing innocent people is acceptable because of what they ‘might do’ in the future. But at the same time I can’t blame Cass’s father of being scared of what the Ruined could do with their magic when all the rumors about them torturing people and teaching their children how to use their magic through torture so was horrible and really disturbing. But that doesn’t give him the right to wipe out a whole kingdom. I don’t think all the Ruined were doing that. Clearly, Em’s mother and sister weren’t exactly the innocent party here either. I just didn’t like any of them. Even Cass’s mother was a horrible person.
The whole situation kept reminding me of the chicken and the egg question, which came first. Because without some of the Ruined using their magic for torture and kill I don’t think some of the other kingdoms would have untied against them. Or would they have always been wary of people with magic even of they didn’t use it for evil? I don’t know. But neither kingdom did the right thing in my opinion.
I really liked Em and Cass and I liked how different they were from their parents. Especially Cass. Both his parents came across with only one purpose, to rid the world of every Ruined. But Cass had different ideas, not that they were listened to. Em’s father wasn’t mentioned a lot so I couldn’t really form an opinion of him but I didn’t like her mother or her sister, Olivia. I am not looking forward to finding out what Olivia’s next move will be because it won’t be a good one.
I wanted to see Em and Cass together and united to make their kingdoms or whatever a better place. Clearly it can’t be that easy because I think there are two more books to come so Ruined couldn’t have a happy ending, it had to end with a twist so people would want to read the next book and I definitely do. I can’t wait to see what’s next for Em and Cass.
*Thank you Allen and Unwin New Zealand for sending me a copy to review*
If you’ve read Ruined leave me a comment and let me know what you thought.