If you’ve been following me and my blog for a while, I’m sure you’ll know that the Orphan Queen duology by Jodi Meadows is like my all time favourite duology. I absolutely love the story of a princess who infiltrates the enemy kingdom for revenge. When I found Ruined, I was immediately excited, I mean, a princess infiltrating an enemy kingdom?! Yes please! Some of you might think this trope (can I call this a trope..?) is boring or cliché, but Ruined was a surprising and really great book!
“Kind, reasonable, thoughtful. It wasn’t ‘love’ or an admission of wild, passionate feelings, but he realized he liked her three words more. ‘Love’ would have been easy, another easy lie in a long line of lies. ‘Love’ would be easy to dismiss.”
The first few chapters of Ruined weren’t the best. I was so incredibly annoyed by the fact that the names Em and Cas were repeated constantly. At one point I was about ready to start counting how many times their names were written down, only to throw the book to the other side of the room once I’d finished counting. But I’m so glad I didn’t.
So yeah, that’s one annoying thing about Ruined. Thankfully, the story is really, really great! Like I said before, I loved the Orphan Queen duology by Jodi Meadows, and Ruined reminds me of it a lot. In a good way! I love the whole “princesses infiltrating enemy kingdoms for revenge” plot. I didn’t really have any expectations when I started reading Ruined. I just let it come at me and it was so surprising!
Ruined felt real. Emalina is a great, real character. She not perfect, she hates the royal family she’s with, she doesn’t want anything to do with prince and most importantly, she’s far from perfect. I mean, she has this whole plan, but there’s holes in it. It’s not like something bad happens and she has an easy solution. She knows when she has to make sacrifices, no matter how hard it is. I loved how she worried about having to have sex with Cas because they married (I mean, does any author ever mention that kind of stuff if it’s not necessary?) I love how she was acting as if she was the sweet and fragile princess Mary, while totally not being sweet and fragile. She’s a badass warrior chick and anything but fragile. She doesn’t even try to hide it!
Although at first I struggled with the story a bit, I’m so happy I continued! In the end, I finished it in only two days. I cannot wait to read Avenged, the second book in the trilogy! If you’re in to reveng-y princesses like I am, I definitely recommend this one.
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.
What do you guys think of books with princess getting revenge on their enemy kingdoms? Is it a cliché by now? Or should there be more books like this?
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