Summary: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, 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. But with her life—and her family—on the line, love could be Em’s deadliest mistake.
Ruined is a strong start to what is sure to be an amazing trilogy. Tintera manages to have just the right balance of action, romance, and revenge to keep you glued to the pages.
For the past year, Em has been planning and preparing for the moment when she can get her revenge against the man who murdered her parents and kidnapped her sister. Now, she’s finally ready to put her plan into action. Her plan is simple: she will sneak into the enemy’s palace by impersonating the Prince’s wife, and then she will kill the royal family.
Em is an extremely strong and capable protagonist. She knows what she wants, and she knows how to get it. She is equal parts determined and fierce, yet she has a soft side underneath her strong exterior. She’s the type of heroine you can’t help but root for.
Em’s plan goes wonderfully, except for one unexpected element: she finds herself falling in love with the Prince, Casimir. The romance between Em and Casimir is absolutely wonderful. There is no instalove – everything is slowburn and wonderfully written.
If anything, I would have liked just a little more development on the topic of the Ruined – dangerous people with magical powers. There isn’t any backstory as to why the Ruined are so feared by society, or where their powers come from, and I would preferred if that was explained just a touch more.