Impossible to forget, the Ruined series has a perfect mix of passion and action.” — Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
“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.” —
“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.” —
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.” —
Em is a fascinating heroine, and that alone will make readers eager for the sequel.
A taut, riveting adventure full of magic, murder, and heart-stopping romance. I burned through this book!
Michelle Krys author of Hexed
Amy Tintera’s RUINED is so packed with action, intrigue, and romance, I was holding on for dear life until the very last page!
Praise for REBOOT: “Fast paced and thrilling…I devoured this book!
Impossible to forget, the Ruined series has a perfect mix of passion and action.
Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)
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
Praise for REBOOT: “A fascinating premise, delivered in gory and glorious cinematic detailand with a healthy dose of romance…The quick pace, familiar yet altered setting, and strong humanitarian message will draw Hunger Games fans.
Gr 8 Up—While rescuing her sister from imprisonment in Lera, battle-skilled Emelina Flores gained a reputation for revenge. But her ruthlessness pales in comparison to that of Olivia, whose telepathic killing power leaves a trail of dead bodies behind them as the survivors of Ruina return home. The two rule together as queens, and Em hopes that Casimir, now king of Lera after the deaths of his parents, will keep his promise to leave them alone. But his cousin, Jovita, who thinks Cas is weak because of his romantic connection to Em, defies him and attacks Ruina, with disastrous results. Adding to this power struggle is Prince August from Olso, who offers the services of his warriors to protect Ruina if Em agrees to marry him and join their kingdoms. While Em and Cas want only peace, that seems unlikely to happen when hot-headed Olivia, Jovita, and August each vie for dominance. Em again proves to be a strong, conflicted character, but the wry sense of humor she displayed in the first book is sorely lacking here. Cas and some of the supporting cast are sympathetic, and another forbidden romance propels the narrative. However, pure hate and the desire for revenge make other characters seem one-dimensional. Graphic descriptions of exploding heads and other carnage caused by Olivia as she rages out of control become tiresome after a while. Still, there is enough adventure, intrigue, and passion to advance the plot and fuel interest in the next volume. VERDICT Fans of Ruined will want to read this installment.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT
Kingdoms and heirs continue to clash in this political fantasy sequel to Ruined (2016).In the previous volume, Emelina Flores, formerly "useless" princess of Ruina, freed her sister Olivia, toppled a king and queen, and helped the Olso invade Lera, but these victories fade quickly under continuous violence. Sharing regency with Olivia, Em looks for refuge for the surviving Ruined even as magic-wielding, murderous Olivia seeks revenge. Meanwhile, Casimir Gallegos, now an orphan and king of Lera, struggles to preserve his kingdom while fending off his usurping cousin, Jovita. Em and Casimir's marriage was false, but their love remains, and other characters also long for intimacy despite the graphic bloodshed. All characters suffer for the sins of their parents and a legacy of racism—here, due to magic rather than skin color, as Em is olive-skinned, some of the magic-wielding Ruined are dark-skinned, and some Lerans are also olive-skinned brunettes. Constant skirmishes stymie reconciliation. With multiple narrators and abrupt transitions, plot progress is slow and scenes are sometimes related repetitively. Modern colloquialisms and clichés ("smiley face," "holding pattern," "positive spin") clash with the faux-medieval, geographically ambiguous setting. Similarly, the steam-powered machines of the Olso conflict with the otherwise feudal political maneuvering of Lera and Ruina. Treachery and tentative romances but no resolution; best for fervent fans of the first one. (Fantasy. 14-adult)