Ruined

Amy Tintera

Book - 2016

"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 by infiltrating the enemy's kingdom, posing as the crown prince's betrothed"--

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Published
New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers [2016]
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
355 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN
9780062396600
0062396609
Main Author
Amy Tintera (author)
Review by Booklist Reviews

"No one feared Emelina Flores," the first chapter of this series opener claims. "But they would." Magic-less Ruined girl Em seeks vengeance on the people and the kingdom that killed her entire family. Masquerading as Princess Mary of Vallos, she intends to pose as Prince Casimir's betrothed, insinuating herself into his life in neighboring Lera. Eventually, she plans to ambush the royal family, killing them in an attempt to achieve the peace her mother promised her. Both she and Cas are unwilling to be betrothed to a stranger or used as pawns in this game of alliances, and neither expects the romance that blooms between them. Em is further caught between sides when her closest friend and longtime love is captured and tortured by the king. Tintera tosses readers directly into the action. Em, constantly on the lookout for ways to kill and escape whatever situation she's in, is a fascinating heroine, and that alone will make readers eager for the sequel. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Booklist Reviews

In this eagerly awaited sequel to Ruined (2016), Emelina Flores is running from the treacherous nation of Lera, where her long-lost sister has just killed the queen. Em has wanted all her life to be feared by her enemies, but now that she is, she finds it's not what she'd imagined. Olivia, Em's older sister and the rightful queen of Ruina, must try to rule her people her way, after a year's imprisonment and many failed escape attempts. And Em's love Casimir, now the king of Lera, is left with the aftermath of the Flores sisters' actions: a kingdom filled with death, disaster, and distrust. Each teen has their own troubles, both personal and royal, and the war between them could be the most epic so far. Chapters alternate between Em, Cas, and Olivia, giving a full picture of the chaos that reigns in the four kingdoms. Each character is well developed, and the ending is left open for a planned third book, which readers will surely devour. Grades 9-12. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

Gr 8 Up—Unlike most other people from Ruina, Emelina Flores has no magical abilities. After her parents, the king and queen, are murdered and her younger sister is kidnapped, Em must rely on her cunning and skill with a sword to exact revenge against the royal family of Lera and rescue her sister. She quickly dispatches Princess Mary of neighboring Vallos and takes her place as the bride of Prince Casimir in order to infiltrate the castle. But unlike his genocidal father, Cas is kind, and Em is unexpectedly attracted to him. When an army of warriors from the kingdom of Olso attacks, per Em's plan, she has to struggle with her new affection for her husband as she continues her quest to destroy Lera. Em is a resilient and likable heroine with a wry sense of humor, a knack for self-preservation, and the fighting prowess to match. Cas is a sympathetic character who is a skilled fighter with a sense of duty to his family and country. Secondary characters are more narrowly focused on defending their respective kingdoms and don't display much depth. Told in the alternating points of view of Em and Cas, the book features action, palace intrigue, romance, and a large spattering of blood and gore. Just when it appears possible that love might conquer hate, there is a twist at the book's end guaranteeing a sequel that will likely be even more violent. VERDICT This book will appeal to fans of female-powered battle-filled epic fantasy.—Martha Simpson, Stratford Library Association, CT [Page 173]. (c) Copyright 2016 Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by School Library Journal Reviews

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 Copyright 2017 School Library Journal.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"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 by infiltrating the enemy's kingdom, posing as the crown prince's betrothed"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

With her home ravaged by war, her parents dead, and her sister a prisoner, Emelina Flores, who is determined to get revenge, poses as the crown prince's betrothed.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Plotting to infiltrate the kingdom of a corrupt ruler who ordered the genocide of her people and murdered her family, Em finds her plans challenged by her growing feelings for the king's son. By the author of Reboot. Simultaneous eBook. 75,000 first printing.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

New York Times bestseller Amy Tintera’s YA fantasy trilogy blends the romance of Kiera Cass’s Selection series and the epic stakes of Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen in a story of revenge, adventure, and unexpected love.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 everything 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.

Review by Publisher Summary 5

New York Times bestseller Amy Tintera's YA fantasy trilogy blends the romance of Kiera Cass's Selection series and the epic stakes of Victoria Aveyard's Red Queen in a story of revenge, adventure, and unexpected love.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 everything 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.