Ruined by Amy Tintera
Synopsis 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.”
Wow, right? This book caught me off guard. I think the reason for that is because it was recently released so the amount of people who has read it is not that big so I got into this book without reading anything about it and honestly I wasn’t expecting anything at all especially for it to be one of the best books that I’ve read this year.
It’s a YA fantasy book but it’s totally different from all the YA fantasy books that I’ve read. In this book there’s no villain. There are just two sides that caused damage to each other, so you’re living in a constant conflict over which side to pick and I really like that because I’m a bit sick of the “Murderous soulless king who slaughtered everyone”.
The story building is fantastic and the characters are amazing. Everything in this book is explained well in an entertaining gripping way. I seriously couldn’t put this book down and I didn’t feel bored at all while reading this. There’s romance in it which is a bonus for me! The romance in it was slowly building up which somehow made it stronger and more realistic. It wasn’t cheesy or lame at all. The ending of the book though 😱 I NEED THE SECOND BOOK.