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With the romance of The Selection and the epic stakes of Red Queen, Amy Tintera's New York Times-bestselling Ruined trilogy continues with the thrilling young adult fantasy Avenged.

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.

Publisher: New York : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780062396631
Characteristics: 407 pages ;,22 cm


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May 07, 2018

I really really like this book. I thought Olivia would be a sweet little girl when you met her in the first book. But, no, she is a killing machine. That was what really shock me.

Jun 16, 2017

Avenged is a story that revolves around kings and queens who are struggling for power, peace and love. Being the sequel to Ruined, many of the characters in Avenged are the same, though there are new characters introduced. I particularly enjoyed the character development of Aren and Olivia throughout the course of the novel. It is definitely interesting to see how Olivia and Emelina’s conflicting ideas affect their relationship and the ones around them. At one point, the novel does get a bit tiring to read as the characters always seem to be travelling from one place to another. Nonetheless, the story is well-paced.
Another important part of this novel is its magic. Magic plays a great role developing the action and violence that occurs in the story.
Although I prefer reading stories written from first-person perspective, I felt that Tintera has been extremely effective in telling this story through third-person point-of-view.
Overall, Avenged will be an enjoyable-read to those have an interest in YA fantasies.
A great installment to Ruined.
Rating 4.5/5
- @VirtueofReading of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Avenged didn’t meet the standards of the first book in the series, but it definitely wasn’t a horrible book. Unlike Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins, this wasn’t the case of a sequel improving upon a first book. My main problem with this book was the brutal harshness and unrealistic portrayal of Olivia, Emelina’s sister. Her rash desire to kill was not intelligently executed as Lada from And I Darken, rather abundantly infuriating. Alongside her sister and fellow Ruined, Emelina’s home Ruina is not what anyone expected. Forced to live in miner cabins, it is almost a relief when the Olso prince August arrives with aid and a marriage proposal. Meanwhile King Casimir struggled to pull his kingdom together, and is instead banished to a room while his cousin acts as queen. When he is poisoned, however, he sets off with his trusted guards only to come across Emelina, and set every emotion back into turmoil. A fair novel and definitely had me finishing it in one sitting! Rating 3.5/5
- @jewelreader of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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Sep 17, 2017

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