Let me start off by saying that I’m such a sucker for these types of books. Give me a book with a Dystopian society and a tortured romance and I likely won’t be able to put it down.
To be honest, this book was nothing special when I really think about it. The writing is a bit immature and I’ve read similar stories. The world-building wasn’t very good (I don’t have a clear idea of this world even after finishing the book and I don’t know where these ruined people came from or how they got their powers – are they human or no?) and the characters could have been more developed.
BUT I was so captivated by the story and the romance and the suspense and action that I really enjoyed this book. I didn’t want to put it down, in fact. It’s definitely not perfect and I can find a lot of reasons why I shouldn’t like it (and I’m sure many people will), but I don’t care because I was completely pulled into it. I will read the sequel as well.
Best Aspect: Captivity
Worst Aspect: Creativity
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About the book
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.