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review 2016-06-23 18:33
Ruined Book Review
Ruined by Amy Tintera (2016-05-03) - Amy Tintera

2.5/5 Stars


I am really unimpressed with this one and its a very popular new YA book. I thought there was very little dialogue, a lot of action which bored me. Along with that I kept wondering if I missed a book before this one even though its the first in a series. Next to no background story with Em and Cas. 


Emilina Flores has had everything taken from her in the lands of Ruined. She makes it her mission to infiltrate the castle and kill those who murdered her family. Starting with Mary. Em can now disguise herself to get to Cas and his family. What she doesn't expect is to find out that Cas isn't exactly what she expected. 


Even after reading the book I feel like I really don't know either character. I would have loved to read the scene of the taking over Em's family. That could have been some great in depth character building. 


With all the hype I can't help but feel some disappointment. I don't think I'll be reading the next one. Mediocre at best. 

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review 2016-06-18 17:56
Undead Teenagers in Texas: Reboot | Review
Reboot - Amy Tintera,Khristine Hvam,HarperAudio

A YA SciFi Dystopia that defied my first impression


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 17 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 - Callum Reyes - is the worst she's ever seen. As a 22, Callum is practically human. His reflexes are too slow, he's always asking questions, and his ever-present smile is freaking her out. Yet, he's still her newbie. 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 that if she does, she'll be eliminated, too. But she has also never felt as alive as she does around Callum.


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Source: I purchased this book myself from Downpour.com



Reboot by Amy Tintera, read by Khristine Hvam, published by HarperAudio (2013) / Length: 8 hrs 42 min



This is Book #1 of the Reboot duology. Book #2, Rebel, is already out and also available on audio.



The first time I read this book, I liked it OK but didn't plan to buy it (I had borrowed a Kindle copy from the library). However, I just kept thinking about it. So, I decided to borrow the audio version. I liked it even more this time, and ended up decided it was something I would re-listen to (my criteria for purchase).


I'm not 100% sure why it stuck with me. Wren is a great protagonist, despite being the currently typical "physically kickbutt and emotionally stunted" heroine. And I like that she is actually fine being where and what she is. Callum isn't your typical YA hero, which is nice; and he's got guts and convictions.


I am tagging this with Diversity, since Callum is Hispanic (although it is never a plot point) and Wren has disfiguring scars.


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review 2016-05-22 00:33
Serious Cover love with this one...
Ruined - Amy Tintera

Book Title:  Ruined

Author:  Amy Tintera

Narration:  Emily Rankin

Series:  Ruined #1

Genre:  Young Adult, Fantasy

Source:  Audiobook (Library)


☆My Pick for Book Theme Song: Sorry by Buckcherry  (yeah, that's the same band that does Crazy Bitch) --Sorry, I killed your real betrothed and pretended to be her…



Ratings Breakdown


Plot:  4/5

Characters:  4.2/5

The Feels:  3.8/5

Theme:  4.2/5

Flow:  5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  4.5/5

Originality:  4/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration: 3.5/5

Ending:  4.5/5  Cliffhanger:  to be continued


Will I continue this series?  yes


Overall Rating:  4/5 Stars


My Thoughts


This would have been so much better with two narrators.  Both a male and female for the two main character POV's. It was really difficult to distinguish between them with just the one.  


The story itself started out agonizingly slow for me, but then 2/3's of the way in; things started picking up.  The action is ratcheted up, and the very, very end was, well…let's just say; it looks like things could be way more interesting in the next book.


While, I didn’t like this as much as her Reboot Duology, I'm more than willing to see where she takes Emelina and Casimir (love that name) and of course, Olivia.  Yeah...Olivia, can't wait to see what she does next.


Sex Factor:  Kept well within the pg-13 range.

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review 2016-05-12 04:02
Ruined - Amy Tintera

Holy every expletive in the book. It's like The Throne of Glass and The Selection had a baby that allows a peek into heaven.

PHENOMENAL new break through in the fantasy genre. 


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review 2016-05-09 01:29
Ruined by Amy Tintera has ruined me for other YA fantasy
Ruined - Amy Tintera

First of all, yes, this is one of those ‘pseudo-fantasy-lite’ novels where the kickass assassin/princess gets to wear pretty dresses and falls in love with the prince


Do not dismiss it because it’s more Twilight/Disney Princess (written for girls where girls star as the hero I might add) than Lord of the Rings, or Harry Potter (written for boys and starring oh yeah BOYS).
DO NOT DISMISS IT as an assassin book where no one suffers or is murdered or the heroine doesn’t get her revenge.
Do not dismiss it as a book where the heroine is passive and gives up on her goals to be with said hot prince.
Do not dismiss it as a book where the royalty survive just because they’re royalty.
Do not dismiss it as a book where the author helicopters their characters out of peril.
Do not dismiss it as a book where the princess is too consumed by her looks. I mean fuck, are we not allowed to admire ourselves when we’re wearing pretty dresses now? You should have seen me last night for my 9 year anniversary demanding my husband actually take photos of me, all because I was wearing my prettiest dress.

None of these things are true.

There is so much fighting and battle and blood and ruthlessness in this book, and so much death.
Sweet, glorious death.

Em commits her first on-page murder in the opening chapter, and you know she’s killed before. She’s a ruthless badass consumed with her goals of finding her kidnapped sister and stopping the murder of her people, the Ruined, for no reason other than they have magical abilities and can be dangerous. Think X-Men vs mundane humans for an alternative comparison. I loved her from her very first moment. Being a Ruined with no magic, wow, she was so convinced she was ‘useless’ but she proved to everyone that she’s just as capable of running a kingdom as the proper heir, her younger sister. Oh man, I just keep thinking if Celaena Sardothian thought she was a dangerous badass she’s got NOTHING on Em, who does actually murder people on page and doesn’t go around boasting about it.

Cas is sweet, a gentle and kind ruler deep down, who learns to think for himself and comes to conclusions perhaps others might not agree with. He is open-minded and willing to change what he’s been raised to believe in. I really adored him, there’s really nothing better than a genuine nice guy. I’m adding him to my very short list of book boyfriends.

The writing engaged me from the very first page. I loved the descriptions and the world building and every character development left me keen for more. The pacing was flawless, leaving me keen to turn every page and gasping at the revelations revealed.

The only downside? I wish I’d had a map. Maybe there is one in the hardcover version, which I am totally buying. I don’t normally continue on with series, I’m more than willing to give the first book a go, but this book has thrillified me to the point that I want a hardcover version. I’ll be pre-ordering the second book too, and I don’t even do pre-orders.

Six freaking stars, I loved it so much and it’s one of my favourites for 2016.


I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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