DNF Review for Ruined By Amy Tintera

By: Amy Tintera
Release Date: May 3, 2016
Publisher: HarperTeen
Format: Print ARC
Source: Publisher

DNFed at half way point.

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.

My Thoughts:
I really enjoyed Reboot by Tintera and I was so excited to see her venture into the fantasy realm with Ruined. I didn’t know what to expect but happily dove right into reading this book. I noticed pretty quickly that this might not be for me but I really wanted to love it so I continued to the half-way point. I finally just decided that I’d stop there and maybe come back to it at a later point according to how other reviews are.

I felt that for the most part the writing felt simplistic which stood between my connection with the characters and storyline. I felt virtually nothing for any of the characters. I wanted to be at the edge of my seat. I wanted to feel the chemistry between characters but alas, I did not. I didn’t feel a whole lot of anything.

The world was interesting though I didn’t feel I got a lot about it but I’m positive it’ll be further explained as this book continued as well as the series. I think my biggest problem with this book was that it didn’t feel much different from many books I’ve read before. The plot wasn’t all that original- girl hides identity to avenge the murder of her family. Girl is set to marry Prince and he’s not nearly as bad as she expected and she even might have feelings for him. There’s nothing wrong with these plot points and honestly they can be twisted and reshaped to create a unique storyline. I really wished the writing or characters could have grabbed me and kept me invested.

Have you read Ruined yet? If so, did you enjoy it and should I go back and finish it?


  1. says

    I think it’s for similar reasons that I haven’t felt any great urgency in wanting to read RUINED. Like, I’ve added it on my TBR shelf on Goodreads, but it’s still not a book that I consider a must-read. There are so many fantasy books out right now that some are becoming to feel so familiar, which is why I have such a great appreciation for books like The Wrath and the Dawn and Rebel of the Sands, both of which explored new cultures and mythology. And I totally get that it’s hard to love a book if you don’t feel connected to the characters. I’m often the same way! Thanks for the review.

    • says

      I totally agree. So many of the YA fantasy fall into the typical tropes and yeah, it gets old after you’ve read a few. I sooo agree that Wrath and Dawn was so unique and wonderful. Have you read Star Touched Queen? I imagine you’ll like that one too.

  2. says

    Sorry you didn’t care for this one! I kind of want to read this one, but it does sound like something that has been done before. I don’t know I may still give it a shot at some point. Who knows. Thanks for the review! 🙂

    • says

      That cover is so BEAUTIFUL. I adore the cover and so wish I’d liked the story more. I think a good amount of readers will enjoy it but for me, it was a bit meh. I did enjoy Reboot! Thank you for stopping by!

  3. says

    Oh, it’s a shame you didn’t like this 🙁 this has been high on my TBR (although, I agree, from the sound of the synopsis, it does sound very similar to other books!)
    Great review 🙂

  4. says

    I’m a bit sad that you had to DNF it, but I also totally understand it, lol. I gave it three stars, but I think I’m thinking of it as a two star in my head o.O I just don’t mind forgetting about it at all, lol. So I’m sadly not ordering a hardcover of it :\ Sad face. But yeah. I totally get why you weren’t able to finish it. Just, not the best. Which was depressing. Sigh. Anyway. Lovely DNF review sweet girl 😀 Thank you for sharing. <3 I also need to be better at DNFing books that I don't love, lol.

  5. Sarah Cone says

    I’m sorry you didn’t connect to the characters & story and ended up DNFing it.
    Per your review, I’ll think I’ll pass on this one. I hope you love the next book you read!! 🙂

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