My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Publication Date: May 3rd 2016
Point of View: 3rd Person & Alternative
Recommended Age: 14+
Genres & Themes: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance, Revenge, Royalty, War Setting, Magic
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.
Mary swung at her again, and Em grabbed her wrist, yanking the arm with the dagger to the sky.
With her other hand, Em drove the sword into the princess’s chest.
It took five pages before I witnessed the heroine kill someone in cold blood.
That’s how long it took for her to awaken my interest.
And so when I read this following passage: No one feared Emelina Flores, the useless daughter of the most powerful queen Ruina had ever known.
But they would.
I believed every written word.
Emelina wants revenge. Her home was destroyed, her parents murdered and her sister taken away. She has absolutely nothing left. Except… for a revenge plan! Her mission is to kill Prince Casimir Gallegos and the rest of his Royal family and strip the enemy’s kingdom of its power and stability.
The king sighed. ‘‘I suppose you could have done worse than Mary.’’
‘‘We should ask the priest to say that at the wedding,’’ Cas said. ‘‘And now we unite Casimir and Mary. They both could have done worse.’’
I like Amy Tintera’s humor, but for such a nasty and intense story, the amount of humor it contains is really too high. It functions in lightening the atmosphere, but the atmosphere isn’t meant to be light and there are even moments where humor doesn’t have any reason to be present.
Emelina is a kickass heroine. She’s fearless, skilled in battle, strong… but human still. She’s not cold-heartened, as I first suspected, or pitiless. She’s the protector. She wants everyone she cares about to be safe, even at the expanse of others. She learned that from her mom, Wenda, the scariest queen that ever existed. I would give anything to never meet her.
Wenda smiled at Em. ‘‘Your sister is going to take that man’s head clean off his body. Would you like to come watch?’’
So, really, except for the unnecessary overuse of humor, I immensely enjoyed the detailed world-building, the structured plot, the strong characters and the wonderful writing style.
This is my first book by this author, but knowing me, I’ll be going straight to a bookstore to buy her Reboot duology ASAP.