Ruined (Ruined #1) by Amy Tintera
My Rating: 3.75 out of 5 stars
A revenge that will consume her. A love that will ruin her.
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.
3.75 stars. There was a lot I really loved about this book, namely Em and her two best friends and their relationship, the setting, though I would've loved to know a bit more about this world. I did really like Cas and Iria, as well. I did feel that Cas was quick to forgive Em for a certain thing that happened, or maybe not forgive, but look past maybe too easily. I felt that would be really hard to do, regardless of his growing feelings for her.
Overall, I really did enjoy this story and will continue with the series, but my biggest complaint, which I hope is addressed in the next book, is the magic system. It was not explained very well, or at all, really. Some people have magic. That's pretty much the extent of what I know from the first book. We got some examples of what certain people with magic could do, but I really need to know more!
Format: Kindle eARC provided by Edelweiss