*I read this in April 2017 and reviewed it five minutes after I finished it because I needed to talk about it. I read it as an arc. As always, this is my honest opinion.
You can find my review of Ruined here. Obviously, Ruined spoilers below.
Yes, hello, hi, I am dead. This book exceeded my expectations. I didn’t think it was possible for it to meet my ridiculously high expectations, let alone surpass them.
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, but 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 judgment.
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.
HOLY COW. This book had me turning pages as fast as I could simply because I needed to know what happened next. This story took so many turns I hadn’t expected, and honestly, I’m dying a little knowing I have to wait another year for the third book.
Everything about this book was spectacular. The dialogue, holy cow, the dialogue. I should probably start saying that I’m a sucker for witty, well-written dialogue because dang, the comebacks these characters throw made me want to highlight every time they spoke.
The main cast of characters has fleshed out more and I’m loving the direction the story took them. Obviously, I freaking adore Cas and every scene he’s in, but I love seeing his faults as well. Em has grown so much and it’s nice to see her progress with the story. The stronger focus on Aren was absolutely wonderful, because I hadn’t realized just how much I loved him.
The new characters, in which I’m including Olivia, were great. They were a nice addition to the story, and didn’t feel overwhelming. There are several narratives and even with the addition of new characters, it’s easy to follow.
This is a solid sequel to an amazing novel. If you enjoyed Ruined, you will definitely love this one, too. It will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end, where you will wish it were already next year, and you were reading book three.