Ruined (Ruined Series #1)

Ruined (Ruined Series #1)

by Amy Tintera

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ISBN-13: 9780062396617
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Series: Amy Tintera's Ruined Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 88,293
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: HL690L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Amy Tintera is the author of Ruined as well as the duology Reboot and Rebel. She has degrees in journalism and film and can usually be found staring into space, dreaming up ways to make her characters run for their lives. She lives in Austin, Texas. You can visit her online at www.amytintera.com.

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Ruined 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
StephanieTiner More than 1 year ago
Emilina Flores, powerless princess of Ruina, has lost everything she holds dear. Her parents were both murdered, her baby sister Olivia kidnapped, and her country torn apart by war. Her lack of Ruined power has lead her enemies to believe she is not a threat, but they couldn’t be more wrong. Determined to rescue her sister, Em has devised a plan to infiltrate the enemy castle by taking the place of Prince Casimir’s intended bride. She plans to discover where her sister Olivia is being held, and help to ensure an attack against the kingdom of Lera, but if she is discovered, it will mean her execution. Once her plan is put into motion, Em finds herself married to Prince Casimir of Lera, the next in line to the Lera throne, and the son of the man who murdered her mother. The marriage between Prince Casimir and Princess Mary had been arranged by the king of Lera, to ensure that the orphaned princess’s lands became his own. Once Em takes her place and marries Prince Casimir, she finds that he is not anything like his father and over time she grows to care for her husband. What will he do when he discovers that she is not who she says she is and will Prince Casimir help her find her sister and save her people or will she find herself another victim of his vicious father? Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer. Em Flores is a well-constructed character, driven by her anger and her love for her sister. She has suffered at the hands of others and has transformed her pain into pure hatred and a desire for revenge. Her unchecked need for revenge has made her numb to the actions of herself and others in their mission. However, the realization that Prince Casimir is not the evil young man that she had envisioned, opens her mind to the horrors committed on both sides of the war and allow her to truly see who she has become. The story line is fast paced, combining riveting action, compelling arguments, heartbreaking confessions, and touching, clean, romance. The passion, hurt, and anger are realistic and come through to the reader, helping them to connect to the characters and their situations. The circumstances and some of the more minor characters come across as two dimensional, however, their involvement with the main characters is limited to a few points of interest and are not completely unrealistic, despite their lack of depth. The main characters, and the secondary characters, exhibit depth and strength, and growth of character throughout the story. All of the main and secondary characters exhibit growth and have multiple faucets, both good and bad, to their personality. This was a wonderful read, which I enjoyed and I hope to read the second installment before too much time has elapsed. I would recommend this book to fans of “The Throne of Glass” by Sarah J. Maas and “The Orphan Queen” by Jodi Meadows. I borrowed a copy of this book from my local library and have permission from the publishers to use the cover artwork image featured above. stephanietiner.weebly.com
Amy_Jo More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy the trope of the protagonist being in hiding amongst their enemies. This is book has a diverse cast of characters. I enjoyed it, but none of the characters really endeared themselves to me and I didn't fall into the world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it! It's fast paced with a great blend of romance, revenge, suspense and action.
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Maggie Brister More than 1 year ago
Honestly, I'd have to say this book was 100% written for me, so it was probably the best book I've read since The Seven Realms series. Fast-paced and action-filled, this book had me gripped from the beginning to the end. It was very quick, with no too much embellishment - which I am a fan of. The romance was written incredibly well, to the point that I was squealing and squirming on my bed. The fact that I have to wait to read the next book in the series is horrible. The characters in this book - even being as action based as it was - were very fleshed out. I really feel like I know the deep hearts of the book's main characters. Emelina is a strong-willed yet complex character, and I'm happy to say I actually really love our heroine! Casimir is swoon worthy the whole time, and I find myself screaming his name randomly in my life because I love him so much. The other characters - the king, queen, Aren, Damien, Olivia - are all characters I hope Amy decides to dive into even more in the books to come. Seriously, this book is incredible. I recommend it for anyone who loves romance, fantasy, and arranged marriages.
Falln2books More than 1 year ago
I'd read mixed reviews about Ruined, so I was pleasantly surprised when I really enjoyed it. Both Em and Cas are easy to sympathize with. I really enjoyed getting to know them and watching them grow over the course of the book. The plot was fast-paced and full of suspense. The world-building was fantastic, and the writing was well-done. There were quite a few passages that really grabbed me. This book definitely stands out in the YA fantasy genre. Em was a very angry character, for good reason. She was easy to sympathize with, even though her anger was sometimes a bit much. I could still relate to her, even though I thankfully haven't lived through what she did. As she evolved over the course of the novel, she became even easier to relate to, and I ended up liking her a lot. Cas was kind of gullible and self-absorbed at first, but he also grew throughout the novel and became quite likable. He had a good heart, and he was a really good hero. Both he and Em were flawed, but they were also very resilient. I'm looking forward to seeing more of both of them in the upcoming books. The side characters also stood out, though they weren't around enough for me to really get to know them. Galo seemed like a loyal friend, and Iria was also intriguing. I had mixed feelings about Aren, but he was also interesting, if also mysterious. None of the characters felt like filler. They each had their own personality. The novel started out quickly with action and suspense and did not slow down until the very last page. I flew through the pages and couldn't wait to see what happened next. There were some twists and turns, though there weren't any real big surprises. This book was still full of emotion and tension, though, which kept me reading. I really loved the writing. Some of Tintera's passages were absolutely beautiful. The world-building was clear and made sense. It wasn't overly described, but the author gave us a good understanding of how things worked. The only thing I didn't like about this book was that it ended on a cliffhanger. That's what made me give it a B instead of an A. I really hate cliffhangers, and this one was a doozy. Overall, I'd recommend this to people who are looking for something a bit different in fantasy books. It's just different enough to hold your interest while still holding onto the best parts of the genre. I can't wait for the next installment.
Laura_at_125Pages More than 1 year ago
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. I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** Ruined by Amy Tintera Book One of the Ruined series Publisher: HarperTeen Publication Date: May 3, 2016 Rating: 4 stars Source: eARC from Edelweiss Summary (from Goodreads): 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. What I Liked: Ah! I don't even know where to start with this one. I keep going back and forth between five stars and four stars (I generally round down if I'm indecisive). Ruined was excellent! I was not expecting to like this book as much as I did. The story was fast-paced and engaging, and I was so thoroughly invested that I kept trying to read what clearly wasn't there, upon finishing! Em's parents are dead, her sister kidnapped, her country of Ruina destroyed. As the daughter of the king and queen and the rightful heir of the throne, Em wants revenge, and she wants her sister back. Em has always felt "useless", as she isn't one of the Ruined (she has no power, whereas the Ruined have incredible power). Her plan: kill Princess Mary of Vallos, marry Mary's fiance (the crown prince of Lera, which is Ruina's enemy), and destroy Lera from within, all the while rescuing Olivia. But Em doesn't expect to fall for Prince Casimir ("Cas"), and their mutual feelings for each other will throw everything out of balance for Em. When the time comes to strike, what will Em choose? This type of story is nothing new - in which a protagonist infiltrates the enemy kingdom in order to win their trust, but ends up falling in love with the crown prince/royalty. But I love the execution! Tintera did a great job of making this type of story into something fresh and unique. Immediately, as soon as the story started, I could tell how bloodthirsty Em is. And throughout the story, the bloodthirstiness is maintained. You can tell in how she thinks, acts, and feels, just how much of a survivor she is. She's not Ruined - she has no supernatural abilities - but she is beyond tough and strong and can take care of herself. She is intelligent, calculating, and did I already mention bloodthirsty? She is very skilled with weapons and kills easily, though not without remorse or regret. I like this change of pace in YA heroines: rarely do we get to see some REALLY bloodthirsty women... Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
ruthsic More than 1 year ago
I went into this book thinking it was dystopia (well, just look at the cover!), thanks to Goodreads category system, but realized soon enough it was a fantasy novel. And nope, I wasn't even disappointed by this fact - because for a simple sounding plot the blurb presents, the author threw in quite some surprises. Em is considered useless in her kingdom because she doesn't have magic, and though she is the eldest child she is being passed over for queenship for another. But she isn't disheartened - she is out to save her younger sister (who is meant to be the queen) from enemy territory and avenge her parents' murder. The start is a bit like Red Queen, with her impersonating a princess, and being married off to a prince who is a stranger to her. As the story progresses, Cas (not Castiel, but Casimir), her husband and she start falling in love with each other. She feels rotten about her subterfuge and the fact that she is assisting in an assassination attempt, but she considers loyalty to her people first. There has been a lot of bad blood between the magic-wielders (called Ruined) and the humans, both sides equally at blame for it. She herself, when arriving at the palace, analyzes every room as to which thing to use first to kill someone. She is brave, and kind and snarky and headstrong, while Cas is gentle, empathetic, understanding and kind - they make a good pair. When the truth comes out, well, things go south and anything after that was unpredictable. I was very much interested in the world itself but sadly not much details were provided about the Ruined and the different kinds of magic they wielded. I am hoping future books will enhance the world-building and enrich the story further, but this first book was a good start to the series.