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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...
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...
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  • 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.

About the Author-

  • Amy Tintera is the author of Ruined as well as the duology Reboot and Rebel. She has degrees in journalism and film and can usually be found staring into space, dreaming up ways to make her characters run for their lives. She lives in Austin, Texas. You can visit her online at www.amytintera.com.

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  • School Library Journal

    April 1, 2016

    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

    Copyright 2016 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Kirkus

    February 1, 2016
    An undercover operation goes awry in this series-opening political fantasy. Despite a rising death toll, royal families of four kingdoms continue to plot one another's demise through martial, marital, and sometimes magical means. Eager to stop the extermination of the magic-wielding Ruined of Ruina and find her kidnapped younger sister, Olivia, the chosen Ruined heir, Emelina Flores kills Princess Mary Anselo of Vallos, assumes her identity, and weds Prince Casimir Gallegos of Lera. "Useless" Em lacks bone-crunching, viscera-splattering Ruined powers but continually plans how to kill people, using household decorations if necessary. She is aiming to extract information on Olivia's location before killing Casimir and his family and letting the warriors of Olso attack, but budding romance stays her hand...and provides most of the plot. Em and Cas share the narrative as well as a history of overbearing, bloodthirsty parents--Em's mother's method for keeping the peace was "to kill everyone who threatened it"--and their gradual courtship is marked by endless misunderstandings and opportunistic slaughter. Tintera's mix of violence and vengeance with a star-crossed-lovers story offers an olive-skinned heroine and only slightly lighter-skinned hero, abundant angst, and plentiful cinematic action sequences, if few sympathetic or developed secondary characters. Readers expecting resolution must wait for the sequels. Standard fantasy and warfare featuring a lethal leading lady. (Fantasy. 14-18)

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  • Kiera Cass, #1 NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of The Selection "Amy Tintera's Ruined is so packed with action, intrigue, and romance, I was holding on for dear life until the very last page!"
  • Michelle Krys author of Hexed "A taut, riveting adventure full of magic, murder, and heart-stopping romance. I burned through this book!"
  • NEW YORK TIMES bestseller Amie Kaufman With a vibrant and intriguing world and conflicted characters you'll love, Ruined is the perfect blend of fantasy, adventure and romance. I read it in one sitting!
  • Kirkus Reviews Tintera's mix of violence and vengeance with a star-crossed-lovers story offers an olive-skinned heroine and only slightly lighter-skinned hero, abundant angst, and plentiful cinematic action sequences.
  • School Library Journal Em is a resilient and likable heroine with a wry sense of humor, a knack for self-preservation, and the fighting prowess to match. This book will appeal to fans of female-powered battle-filled epic fantasy.
  • Veronica Rossi, NEW YORK TIMES bestselling author of UNDER THE NEVER SKY Praise for REBOOT: "Fast paced and thrilling...I devoured this book!"
  • Publishers Weekly Praise for REBOOT: "A riveting premise, a romance with substance, and the urgent narrative voice lend [REBOOT] a burst of fresh energy."
  • Kirkus Reviews Praise for REBOOT: "Compulsively readable...Superb concepts and plotting will hook readers from the start."

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