DNF Review for Ruined By Amy Tintera

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

DNFed at half way point.

Summary:
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?

Review of Rebel by Amy Tintera

Rebel (Reboot, #2)Rebel (Reboot #2)
By: Amy Tintera
Release Date: May 13th 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Electronic ARC

An electronic copy was provided to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

This is the second of a duology. You can read my review for Reboot, here.

My Rating:
star

Summary:
After coming back from death as Reboots and being trained by HARC as soldiers, Wren and Callum have finally escaped north, where they hope to find a life of freedom. But when they arrive at the Reboot Reservation, it isn’t what they expected. Under the rule of a bloodthirsty leader, Micah, the Reboots are about to wage an all-out war on the humans. Although Wren’s instincts are telling her to set off into the wilderness on their own and leave the battle far behind, Callum is unwilling to let his human family be murdered. When Micah commits the ultimate betrayal, the choice is made for them. But Micah has also made a fatal mistake . . . he’s underestimated Wren and Callum.

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Review of Reboot by Amy Tintera

RebootReboot
By: Amy Tintera
Release Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: HarperTeen

My Rating:
star

I read Reboot with Scott Reads It, go check out his blog. You can read his review here.

Summary (via Goodreads):
Five years ago, Wren Connolly was shot three times in the chest. After 178 minutes she came back as a Reboot: stronger, faster, able to heal, and less emotional. The longer Reboots are dead, the less human they are when they return. Wren 178 is the deadliest Reboot in the Republic of Texas. Now seventeen years old, she serves as a soldier for HARC (Human Advancement and Repopulation Corporation).

Wren’s favorite part of the job is training new Reboots, but her latest newbie is the worst she’s ever seen. As a 22, Callum Reyes is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he’s always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet there’s something about him she can’t ignore. When Callum refuses to follow an order, Wren is given one last chance to get him in line—or she’ll have to eliminate him. Wren has never disobeyed before and knows if she does, she’ll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.

The perfect soldier is done taking orders.

The Story:
Reboot is an original concept, pulling inspiration from the American zombie narrative but adding such an unique twist I’m not entirely sure zombie would be the right category. I loved the concept of the amount of time one is dead determining how much of their human emotions they possess.

I was impressed with the world creation and depth and found it was easy for me to imagine and visualize. Tintera created a story that moved smoothly that had a lot of action through out. The story did slow down about midway but picked up again to a nice pace near the end to a great conclusion that has me very eager for the next book.

The Characters:
Wren and Callum are a great mix of opposites attracting and having wonderful dialog. Wren was dead for 178 minutes causing her to hold very little of her human attributes. She is a well oiled killing machine until Callum, who was dead for a short 22 minutes, shows up. I almost wished Wren was colder even after meeting Callum and I have to admit I was disappointed at how easily she thawed in his presence. But, this was just a small qualm that did not detract from my overall enjoyment in any way.

Tintera wrote Callum with such a realistic sense of humor and he seemed incredibly real to me. Each character had a very distinct and unique personality. This goes for the secondary characters as well. Attention was given to their interactions with each other and our main characters which helped to create a vivid world.

Final Thoughts:
I really enjoyed Reboot because of the creative concept and great character dynamics. I will certainly read the next in the series and anything Amy Tintera releases.

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