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Ruined by [Tintera, Amy]
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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 everyone 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.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1245 KB
  • Print Length: 373 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0062396609
  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin (27 April 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01ASQ8XI6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #24,279 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Em is a Ruined without magic, considered useless by her people, and inadequate to rule Ruina after her parents. However, she has other talents which come to fore when her parents are murdered, her sister kidnapped and her home burnt to the ground. With the help of a few faithful friends, Em seeks her revenge by infiltrating the enemy’s castle to bring about their destruction. She doesn’t count on feeling anything but hatred for the Prince of Lera, but sometimes things just don’t go to plan.

I read a sneak peek of Ruined at Epic Reads, and then went straight out and bought myself a copy. I was completely intrigued and simply had to read the rest of Em’s story. I was not disappointed. It has magic, royals, action, fantasy, deception and romance. Sure, it had some similar elements to books such as Red Queen, Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and The Selection, but I never get sick of reading this sort of young adult fiction, especially those with a strong female lead. I also really enjoyed the battle and fight scenes. It was good to find a book that didn’t skimp on epic sword battles and bloodshed.

The world in which Em and Cas live seems to be split into four kingdoms, though I was a little confused as to the physical locations of them in relation to eachother. There was a brief description of where they lay, but I could have done with a little map for reference. I like a visual of new worlds, but overall it didn’t matter that much. It was much more important to know that Lera was attempting to conquer everyone else. It also wasn’t clear exactly why the Lera King was so hellbent on destroying all the Ruined.
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Love, love, love this book! So excited to read the sequel! :)
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Amy Tintera has done it again! I couldn't put this book down. It's gripping from start to finish, with an exciting plot and well formed characters who remain true to themselves. Very believable. How long until the sequel comes out?? Thank you Amy! :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars WHY AREN'T MORE PEOPLE TALKING ABOUT THIS?! 5 May 2016
By A Page With A View - Published on Amazon.com
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The description might sound like a lot of other YA fantasy novels, but it's like this perfect mashup of all the best bits so who cares. The pacing absolutely barreled through the plot, yet did a complete job of worldbuilding and never felt like it glossed over anything important. There was seriously not a single page where I was bored... do you know how rare that is?!

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!!!
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Attention YA Fantasy lovers! A Great, New Favorite Read 6 May 2016
By Jayne P. - Published on Amazon.com
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WARNING: This is a series. If you're expecting to sit and read one book and be done with it, this isn't it - that said, READ IT ANYWAY.

**Very slight spoilers ahead**

There's nothing I love more than a high-stakes game with a relationship that starts out with an "I love to hate you, hate to love you" vibe.

War already ravages Em's home and endangers her people, and as the non-magic eldest daughter of Ruina's murdered queen, Em is overlooked and forgotten by the rest of her refugee Ruined, but that doesn't stop her from doing all she can to avenge her parents and kidnapped sister. With the help of two close friends, Em puts her plan for revenge into action at the start of the book; infiltrate the enemy nation of Lera by posing as the Leran prince's betrothed.

What follows is a story of unlikely friendship, a mutual desire to prove worthy, and family loyalty. Em and Cas make for intriguing heroes; she has everything to gain, and he has everything to lose. Em is hotheaded yet analytical, determined to follow through with her plan; Cas is calm and intelligent, yet allows his opinionated parents to dictate much of his life. What starts as a tense and forced companionship between the two eventually shifts into understanding and friendship, which only makes Em's task that much more difficult to follow through, and Cas' eventual loss all the greater.

Filled with interesting characters, decent world building, and a quick-paced plot that captivates and holds attention, I loved Ruined right out of the Amazon box. The action starts immediately in the first chapter, and the subtle suspense and precarious nature of Em's mission continues right up until the end. I wasn't expecting a split-POV read, and when the second chapter switched to Cas' POV, I *was* a bit thrown. However, Cas' voice and personality connected with me right away, and worked as a perfect balance to Em's often survival-oriented mind. The slow, gradual building of Cas and Em's relationship is extremely satisfying, and by the climax of the book, I realized I had yet another OTP (One True Pairing for non-fanpersons).

While romance is certainly a part of this book (I'd be lying if I said romance wasn't a factor in my decision to read it *hopeless romantic alert*), it's far from being the main focus. A greater focus is on the friendships between the characters - Aren and Damian are two Ruined who have stuck by Em through the war and the running, and stood by her with support when she devises what the other Ruined would call a doomed plan, if they knew of it at all. The Prince Casimir's friendship with guard Galo is both fun and serious, a brotherly relationship full of complete trust and respect, made more real by the good-natured teasing between the two. Both Em's and Cas' friends play an important role in shaping their development throughout this first installment, and I foresee their even greater importance in future books.

I would suggest RUINED to everyone who's a fan of fantasy and YA, but particularly to those in love with the series of Sarah J. Maas' THRONE OF GLASS, Victoria Aveyard's RED QUEEN, Sara Raasch's SNOW LIKE ASHES, Sara B. Larson's DEFY, and Kristen Cashore's GRACELING and FIRE. High stakes, intrigue, magic, and precarious "Romeo and Juliet"-esque romance (minus the hasty nature) spins RUINED into a well-woven YA fantasy, and cements its place on my Top Shelf of favorite books to re-read.

FIVE out of FIVE stars, + bonus star for the adorable friendships, including the one that grows between Cas and Em.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun YA fantasy 8 April 2017
By Alex Prekeges - Published on Amazon.com
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When I picked up Ruined I was expecting at most a mildly enjoyable young adult fantasy. The story wasn’t the most original story I’ve ever read and there were some typical YA tropes, but Ruined definitely exceeded my expectations. It was fast-paced, and just so much fun. It’s not often I am eager to immediately start reading the next book in the series, but with Ruined I was on Amazon as soon as I finished the last page. I was disappointed to see it isn’t released until May! Anyway, I absolutely recommend Ruined– especially if you are looking for an exciting, fast-paced YA fantasy to get you out of your reading slump.

The synopsis for this book is almost like the prologue. You are thrown into the middle of the action from page one, with Em brutally killing Princess Mary in order to take her place to infiltrate the kingdom of Lera. Emelina Flores’ kingdom of Ruina has been ravaged by war, leaving its people broken and scattered. Em’s sister, Olivia, is also being help captive somewhere in Lera- and Em intends to rescue her.

We also learn that many people of Ruina have special abilities, which is partly why they are so hated. I’m a sucker for any kind of book with magical abilities, so I thoroughly enjoying learning what each of the characters could do. Em, however does not have any apparent abilities. She is very skilled with a sword and I appreciated seeing such a badass female main character.

Em desperately wants to avenge her people, but when she gets to know her betrothed, Prince Casimir, she doesn’t see a harsh, unyielding king. She sees a future with peace. So, yes, this can be considered a typical trope with the “special female main character falls in love with the enemy,” but guys, it was good! I loved the alternating points of view, and laughed at some of the misconceptions they had about each other as their relationship developed. It was all very cute :). Cas and Em were great together and I am looking forward to see their fate in the next book.

I was also pleasantly surprised at how violent this book was. Tintera certainly didn’t shy away from hurting and even killing some important characters. It makes me even more excited to read the next book because anything could happen! Overall, Ruined is an extremely enjoyable story filled with great action, handsome princes, magical abilities and a girl who wants nothing more than to avenge her kingdom. I definitely recommend!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Heads will roll... 19 April 2017
By Pageturner - Published on Amazon.com
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“Ruined,” a non-stop action ride, involving fighting, magic and romance. This novel contains little downtime constantly hopping from one action sequence to the next, with an occasional separation of this for some romantic scenes. A great novel for someone looking for a fast paced book that is easily consumed.

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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Young Adult book 20 January 2017
By U291832 - Published on Amazon.com
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Loved it - which is funny because this book has gotten such mixed reviews, I had held off on reading it. I'm glad I took a chance, it was a good read for those of us who like young adult dystopia but also like a good romance novel. I found this story perfect for someone like me, I don't need a ton of world building and don't really relish gratuitous violence - this story found the happy medium. Em is a Ruined, a people who are being systematically killed by the kingdom of Lera. So she goes undercover as the Lera prince's intended, they end up marrying, but this does not stop Em's plan to destroy the Lera kingdom. Of course things don't go smoothly and Em ends up falling in love with the Prince, Cass. I like how he also falls for her and even when he finds out about her betrayal, and tries hard to not love her, still can't do it.
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.

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