Author: Amy Tintera
Publisher/Year: Harper Collins 5/2/17
Length: 416 Pages
Series: Ruined #2
Emelina Flores has come home to Ruina. After rescuing her sister, Olivia, from imprisonment in rival kingdom Lera, Em and Olivia together vow to rebuild Ruina to its former glory.
But their fight has only begun. Olivia is determined to destroy everyone who acts against Ruina. Em isn’t as sure. Ever since Em posed as Prince Casimir’s betrothed in Lera, she’s started to see another side to this war. And now that Cas has taken the throne, Em believes a truce is within reach. But Olivia suspects that Em’s romantic feelings for Cas are just coloring her judgement.
Em is determined to bring peace to her home. But when winning the war could mean betraying her family, Em faces an impossible choice between loyalty and love. Em must stay one step ahead of her enemies—and her blood—before she’s the next victim in this battle for sovereignty.
I was so happy to jump right into Avenged after reading Ruined, and now i’m bummed because Allied doesn’t come out for a bit. NO FAIR! there’s so much greatness going on in this story that there’s really too much time for me to have to wait.
Where we left off in the first book was that Em was able to locate her sister Olivia and free her and then all hell broke loose. We don’t know who’s going to survive at this point, how Ruina will survive v. Olso and Lera and even against Vallos – and well the alliances that we thought were in places are showing frays at the edges.
I don’t know about anyone else who read the first book, but i loved the development of the relationship, friendship and potential romance between Em and Cas. there’s something great that could be there but now that they are on opposing sides, it’s real a big question of what will happen. There are others who are introduced in this second book that makes us wonder if they are fated to be together.
Consider Violet, she’s the daughter of the southern governor and upon her father’s death, she’s put into that role. We also know that she was an original choice for Cas’s wife, so there’s tension there. She’s clearly got an affection for Cas after their journey is rough and we see there is something coming from Cas as well.
Then there’s August, the youngest son of the King of Olso who seems to have intentions towards Em. He’s proposed marriage and it’s something that she’s considering.
While all those are interesting and good things, there’s the fact that Olivia is a force that cannot be reckoned with. Her Ruined power is so strong and potent that no one stands a chance against her. She’s got so much hatred towards the world and has no regret of killing people that you know that no good can come of it.
This second book, the bridge so to speak is a great one filled with anxiety, war and romance. I think that it’s always hard to find the linking points between the first and last stories since you want to keep momentum going. Our author Ms Tintera does a really nice job of keeping us interested because there are so many characters that are now pulled into the forefront that you see so much more depth than before. We’re left wondering who truly are allies and who are in it for the immediate gains instead of long term.
I’m on the edge of my seat wondering what will happen to Em and Cas, what will happen to Aren, Violet, Iria, and even Olivia. IT seems like it’s almost impossible to stop this train of commotion that’s going on but i hope that we get to see some happy endings. Enjoy!