Avenged (Ruined, #2)
A war that will fuel her. A bond that will destroy her.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 just because Em and Olivia are out of Lera doesn’t mean they are safe. Their actions over the past year have had consequences, and they are now targets of retaliation. Olivia will 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. Lera may have destroyed the Ruined for decades, but Em knows that Cas is different. And now that he’s 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, she 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.

Avenged (Ruined, #2) Details

TitleAvenged (Ruined, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 2nd, 2017
PublisherHarperTeen
ISBN-139780062396631
Rating
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, Romance

Avenged (Ruined, #2) Review

  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    January 1, 1970
    Olivia turned to see Em walking to her. Olivia could sense humans and Ruined around her, even at great distance. But not Em. Em wasn't human or Ruined. She was the only person in the world who could sneak up on Olivia. Yes, the sisters are back. One of them is going a little bit off their rocker so we shall see where that goes in the final book in the trilogy. AND HOLY CRAP ON A CRACKER! I waited the whole book for someone to kill this evil woman and there were a couple of chances and they didn Olivia turned to see Em walking to her. Olivia could sense humans and Ruined around her, even at great distance. But not Em. Em wasn't human or Ruined. She was the only person in the world who could sneak up on Olivia. Yes, the sisters are back. One of them is going a little bit off their rocker so we shall see where that goes in the final book in the trilogy. AND HOLY CRAP ON A CRACKER! I waited the whole book for someone to kill this evil woman and there were a couple of chances and they didn't!!!!!!!!!!!! What!? Just kill her! I can't even people! Maybe she will become good in the last book. I hope not because I want her taken out. There are a few people in the book that are stupid and evil. They won't see reason and they want to go off the deep end. I think one of them has become a berserker! That's not a bad thing on certain occasions =) Anyway, Cas, Em, Aren and Iria are my favorites. I'm becoming extremely fond of Aren! I hope there are great things coming for him in the final book. Watch, I probably jinxed it and he will get killed!I enjoyed the book a great deal with the exception of yelling at people to kill that one evil woman. Lol. Happy Reading! Mel ♥MY BLOG: Melissa Martin's Reading ListAMAZON: REVIEW
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  • Cait • A Page with a View
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars. If you like castles, princes, magic, battles, and YA fantasy worlds in general then definitely check out this series!So remember how crazy Olivia went at the end of the first book? That girl was just getting started... there is absolutely no reasoning with her now as she storms around tearing out people's hearts for the thrill of it. She makes Emelina co-queen, but doesn't listen to any pleas for peace. The Ruined have been hunted for so long that Olivia's not about to let Cas or pret 3.5 stars. If you like castles, princes, magic, battles, and YA fantasy worlds in general then definitely check out this series!So remember how crazy Olivia went at the end of the first book? That girl was just getting started... there is absolutely no reasoning with her now as she storms around tearing out people's hearts for the thrill of it. She makes Emelina co-queen, but doesn't listen to any pleas for peace. The Ruined have been hunted for so long that Olivia's not about to let Cas or pretty much any other human live.A lot of alliances get shifted as Cas kind of loses his power to Jovita, who wants to attack the Ruined. Cas starts out being ashamed that his father hunted the Ruined and ashamed to be from Lera. He's pretty quick to give up if something gets hard, but then starts to learn how to lead from Em's example.Meanwhile Em is torn between her love for Cas, her duty to her people, and her ties to a sister who's becoming a different type of threat. Then Prince August of Olso shows up with a marriage alliance for Em... and he definitely makes the story interesting (but it's never a love triangle). Cas and Em still had their cute moments, but their relationship wasn't the focus of this book. Aren actually had one of the strongest stories and I really liked his character here!This book felt like a really interesting chess board at times with how all of the characters kept coming together and then rearranging into new groups for sneaky plans, partnerships, or kidnappings. The story kept moving at a decent pace, so I was never bored even if there wasn't a ton happening. I think one of my stars for this book is out of its association with the first... I did like this story but am missing the enthusiasm I had before. The story here is definitely slower than Ruined and doesn't have the same sense of adventure or danger. Basically, this second book is a lot of planning and creating alliances until the last 1/3 picks up. So it wasn't the most intense or emotional read, but the characters & world are still strong! Thank you to the publisher for sending me an ARC.
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  • Alyssa
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars. Really REALLY good sequel. Dang near perfect (even with the cliffhanger/similar ending to Ruined). Maybe I should round up...***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***Avenged by Amy TinteraBook Two of the Ruined seriesPublisher: HarperTeenPublication Date: May 2, 2017Rating: 5 starsSource: eARC from EdelweissSummary (from Goodreads):In the sequel to Ruined, the romance of The Selection and the epic stakes of Red Queen come together in a story of revenge, adventure, and unexpected 4.5 stars. Really REALLY good sequel. Dang near perfect (even with the cliffhanger/similar ending to Ruined). Maybe I should round up...***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***Avenged by Amy TinteraBook Two of the Ruined seriesPublisher: HarperTeenPublication Date: May 2, 2017Rating: 5 starsSource: eARC from EdelweissSummary (from Goodreads):In the sequel to Ruined, the romance of The Selection and the epic stakes of Red Queen come together in a story of revenge, adventure, and unexpected love.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 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.What I Liked:I thought Ruined was great, but Avenged? Probably even better. I really didn't think I would like this book better than Ruined (mostly because I loved Ruined, but also because YA sequels tend to tank). I was pleasantly surprised! This sequel had no trace of sequel slump!Also? Ignore those comparisons (The Selection, Red Queen). Both of those series are not really comparable to this series. And the romance in this series isn't as messy and as confusing as the romances in those two series.Before I begin my review, everyone should check out my emoji review on Twitter! I did one for Ruined in March 2016, and there's my one for Avenged in April 2017. (See my blog review!)This sequel starts not too long after Ruined finished. Olivia and Em are back in Ruina with the Ruined, but it's obviously not home like it used to be. What's more, Olivia as become ruthless and cold, and enjoys killing for fun. Em is a fighter, but she's a politician. Olivia proposes a diarchy, in which Olivia and Em are equal queens of Ruina. Meanwhile, Cas is struggling to keep hold of his kingdom, with his cousin trying to take him out of the picture. He is poisoned and leaves the fortress, only to be found by Em. Olivia and the Ruined don't want Cas with them, so Cas leaves after he recovers. But betrayal follows Em, Olivia, and the Ruined, and an ally turns on them. Cas and Em both want a truce between Lera and Ruina, but everyone must consider the kingdom of Olso, and Cas's homicidal cousin Jovita. It's kill or be killed, but identifying enemies and danger might not be as easy as Cas and Em think.From the start, this book has a tense and yet adventurous tone to it. There is constant action from all ends - with Em/Olivia, with Cas, coming from the warriors, and Olso. I'll admit that the first 10% of the book was a little slow COMPARED to the rest of the book - but none of this book is really slow. I love how the plot is both action and plotting/scheming. Both war and politics.This book is told entirely in third-person, but limited to Em's, Olivia's, Aren's, and Cas's POV. Em and Olivia are both in the same space for the first half of the book (in Ruina), with Aren. Aren is like their second in command - he is an old friend of Em's (no, there is no love triangle there), and the second most powerful Ruined (behind Olivia). Cas, on the other hand, is in the fortress, trying to garner the support of his advisers, who are turning to his cousin Jovita with each passing day. Until, of course, he is poisoned, and flees the fortress.I liked Em a lot in Ruined, and I liked her in this book. She has a strong sense of duty and puts her people first. At first, this irritated me slightly because I thought her sense of duty would come between her and Cas. But then I thought, would I put my happiness aside for my people's safety, if I were queen? Yes, yes I would. And THEN I thought to myself, what if things worked out such that Em wouldn't even have to put her happiness over her people... Anyway, Em has all of my respect. She isn't Ruined like Olivia - she's useless (that's the term for a non-Ruined person of Ruined parentage), and she doesn't have the Ruined's support. But she is incredibly smart and astute, and good with tactics and strategies. She is physically strong and capable (girl can wield a sword!), but she is also intelligently strong. Em impressed me many times in this sequel. I also liked her resolve in terms of her feelings for Cas - she never wavered in her affection of him, not even when she pushed him away (briefly, and for good reason). Em is a strong and kickbutt heroine, but she is also kind and sweet (especially compared to Olivia, who is bloodthirsty and cold).Cas is tied with Em as my favorite character of this series. Of all of the characters, he undergoes the most character development in this book. He struggles to retain hold of his kingship, and when he is poisoned, he pretty much gives up as his loyal guards and friends get him out of the fortress. When Em finds him, he is weak, defeated, and not motivated to go back. By the end of the book, he recovers his spine and plays a pivotal role in the now fully-fledged war. Cas becomes more of a king than he ever had been, at any point yet. Cas is so honorable and reasonable and kind, but he is also intelligent and fierce. He is definitely a man I'd love to have in my life. Olivia is such an interesting character. She is ruthless and deadly, and laughs in the face of death - death brought on by her. She enjoys killing innocents and slowly torturing people, and yes, that is all kinds of messed up. Olivia is an incredibly powerful Ruined, and she knows it. We get to read from her POV throughout the book, and we can see how she thinks and her reasoning for everything. She is a bit insane and very dangerous and unhinged, but she is also a very interesting character.I adored Aren in this book! By the way, he is not in love with Em (and Em isn't in love with him) - their relationship is strictly a long-time platonic friendship. Which, yay! Their friendship is very strong and healthy. Aren grows a lot in this book too, in good and bad ways. He is a good man, and I'm happy about the direction of his character development. I'm also happy to see him develop feelings for a certain lady (again, not Em). Him and his lady are so cute together!Okay, I'll talk about the romance. There is NO love triangle. None. Trust me on this. You'll start to see something that might appear to be a problem for Em, but it is resolved very swiftly and efficiently. There are only feelings involved between Cas and Em. Cas and Em don't share any pagetime in the first 20% of the book, but then they are reunited (when Em finds Cas half-dead from the poison). They are adorable together; they always seem to find their back to each other. This isn't one of those sequels in which the couple spends the entire book apart. Their reunion happens fairly early in the story. Yes, they separate again, but then they reunite again, and again, and again, and basically there were enough Cas/Em scenes and interactions (romantic and non-romantic) to keep me satisfied. Their relationship gets kicked up a notch. It's all Cas and Em (neither have feelings for anyone else and have no intention of not being together). There are other romances (Aren and his lady, for example). I am a fan of those other romance!I already talked about how I liked the story's tense and adventurous tone. The pacing is not slow but not incredibly fast, and it worked for this story. There was constantly action or some wrench in plans, or something like that. I was never bored, and I couldn't seem to read fast enough. What's more, this book's story seemed to build and build until the climax, and even then, the story kept building. Tintera does a really good job of setting up everything for the finale in book three.Totally worth pointing out that this book is full of diverse characters! There is an LGBT couple, and many Ruined are dark-skinned, like Aren. Good on Tintera for including many variations of diverse representation, and in (what I think was) a fairly natural, non-forced way. There is a cliffhanger, unfortunately, and it is somewhat similar to that of Ruined's. Like the ending of Ruined, it isn't horrible and crushing and heartbreaking, but it's a cliffhanger nonetheless. I am so anxious for Em, and for Aren, and Iria, and Cas! Olivia is like a ticking time bomb... I can't wait to see how everything goes down, in book three!What I Did Not Like:Nothing really major to complain about. Of course I would have loved less of a cliffhanger, and more Cas/Em scenes, but I don't mind the cliffhanger too much, and I have a feeling we'll get more Cas/Em scenes in book three.Would I Recommend It:I highly recommend this sequel! It is even better than its predecessor - full of action, scheming, betrayal, and tender romance. So much swoon in this book (Cas/Em swoon, that is). Plus, I really liked how this book is told (Cas/Em/Aren/Olivia third-person POVs). Usually so many POVs would be annoying for me, but I think so many really works for this story, and the author employs this method of storytelling well. Did I mention swoony tender romance and no love triangle? Because, well, yeah. Cas is kingly, book boyfriend material, y'all. Em is queen material. (She is a queen!)Rating:4.5 stars -> rounded up to 5 stars. This is only the third book of 2017 that I've given a 5-star rating (out of 48 books read for the year so far)! I absolutely loved Ruined but I think I loved this one even more, even with a few aspects that I wasn't sure would be resolved or worked out in this book (but they were!). A job really well done by Tintera. If you were hesitant to start this series, I highly recommend you go ahead and pick up Ruined, or make this a top-priority series to binge-read in 2018, when book three publishes!Pre-read:AGGGGHHHH, THE ENDING OF RUINED WAS JUST AGGGHHHH! I'd prefer this series to be a duology, given the ending of Ruined, but right now all that matters is BOOK TWO PLEASE!!!!
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  • Candace Robinson
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVE this series!! Cas + Em! My new favorites Aren + Iria. The action is awesome!! Olivia is insane! But I kind of loved some of her lines. The humor is some of the best aspects of this series. So freaking good, and now to wait another year... *sigh* Full review on my blog https://literarydust.wordpress.com/20...
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  • Maggie
    January 1, 1970
    Everyone ran from her now. People whispered her name, as that man had. They said it with fear.It was what she had always wanted.It did not feel good as she had expected. This review contains spoilers from the previous book.This was so boring and I have been left upset and disappointed with the book, myself, and Amy. Nothing really happened until the end. It's pretty common for a book to have a boring beginning, middle, and intense ending. To be honest, personally, I hate those books. I love i Everyone ran from her now. People whispered her name, as that man had. They said it with fear.It was what she had always wanted.It did not feel good as she had expected. This review contains spoilers from the previous book.This was so boring and I have been left upset and disappointed with the book, myself, and Amy. Nothing really happened until the end. It's pretty common for a book to have a boring beginning, middle, and intense ending. To be honest, personally, I hate those books. I love it when books start off slow but give you hints that it will get fast, that the plot will be fully developed in the right way, and that the characters that are useless and annoying change in such great ways that you end up falling in love with them. In Avenged, the characters were useless, boring, and the plot was a mess? Honestly, I don't even think the description of this book accurately fits the actual story. I remember finishing Ruined and despite me not completely loving it, I still enjoyed many parts of it, especially Em and Casimir's character. I love their development with each other and by themselves and I loved how they actually found a way to be together. I was actually excited to read more about them in this book. Although I did, that wasn't everything I wanted, and it wasn't everything I expected. Luckily, there isn't a love triangle in Amy's books. Luckily, she isn't one of those writers that decide to tease and make their readers suffer at times because of love triangles *cough Sarah J. Maas cough.* I even tried getting an advanced reader copy from Harperteen but because I don't have a bookblog in any way (youtube, wordpress, tumblr blogging), they declined it. Now, I really don't even care for the next book. I heard this was gonna be a duology first but then it turned out to become a trilogy and I'm not even that hyped up for it. Avenged was one of my most anticipated releases for 2017, and seeing that Ruined got some pretty good reviews of my friends and seeing they were excited for this one, I got a lot more excited.To start off, the characters. Em was such a great and pretty fierce heroine in Ruined, but she's so different in Avenged. Instead of her being fierce, it's her sister, Olivia. Remember Olivia? She got kidnapped and Em basically had to disguise herself as the wife of Casimir, the prince, and pretend to be in love with him and do all these marriage stuff until he found out and until she killed almost everyone and was able to free Olivia. Now, Olivia is the fierce girl? To be honest, Olivia got on my nerves so many fucking times.She didn't take Em's place, but the whole story revolved around her instead. The story switched point of views in 3rd person but every time it was her pov, I really couldn't stand it. She wanted all the Ruined together and get their kingdom back but it felt like she didn't want to rule it with Em but instead just by herself. She got on my nerves when she acted really tough, and although she is tough and killed people, I still hated her for that. Sometimes it felt like there was no reason for her to kill all these people. She didn't allow others to talk and give reasons, but I guess that's just Olivia. Secondly, Em. Not gonna lie, Em wasn't fierce at all. She was pretty damn badass in the first book and even fell in love with Cas while he fell in love with her as well, but this whole story felt like a love story with her and Cas. Everything about her was about her and Cas. "I'm gonna kill you if you hurt Cas." "How is Cas?" "Cas is my everything." Everything was about Cas for her even when it came to the battles happening, to the conflict, to the plans. And now, Cas. Even when I didn't like the 2 main characters, the side characters, and Cas, he was my favorite out of all? He wasn't different like the description says. Honestly, I don't see what's different about him? He wasn't made to be king in my opinion and he didn't ask for his father to be killed by the girl he fell in love with. I think he just needed time to think about everything and process it all. He didn't have it, which I felt bad for, and I just felt bad for him because they didn't trust him completely with anything involving ruling and being the King. Out of everyone, he was the most appealing character, the character that actually tried and gave time to himself to think about everything instead of not caring and just saying "kill all the Ruined" when he knew that would've been a bad idea. Amy Tintera's character development and world-building was just dull on this one. What I hated the most out of everything was how she didn't give any information of the previous book. I enjoy sequels and trilogies and series that give a little brief summary or some kind of information of the previous book/s so the reader can remember what he or she is reading and basically remember what is happening. There was some in this one, but there wasn't enough. I wish she gave a brief little summary of Avenged because all in all, I was hella lost and completely forgot what happened in Ruined until later on. Like I said, she gave some details, and that helped me remember, but it wasn't enough. I wish she gave more information of the side characters including the main characters like Aren, Iria, Olivia, and hell even Marco and Jovita. There were some times where previous characters, dead or alive, were mentioned and brought back some memories, but there were never moments where those characters stories were mentioned or anything about them, not even in the previous book. Her writing was easy to follow, but it was also boring. It was the typical YA fantasy writing and I got bored a lot. The romance in this was obviously about Em and Cas and they were great together. Honestly, no matter how much I hated Em for just being around Cas and caring about Cas the whole time, I loved them together. Their scenes aren't gross in any way but instead, they're cute and their relationship is taken in a slow and perfect manner. They developed some character together and moments of them together in any way. I don't care what it is and if it's in the end, I just think they're cute together.There is really nothing else to say. The plot was something I really didn't follow because I didn't even know what it was and where it was heading. First, we see Em and Olivia helping each other, then they reunite with Cas and other friends, then Em and Cas are making out and wishing they could be together forever, then Olivia is being a little bitch to Aren and making many things worse when she thought she was making them better, then we see the "whole squad" beating their enemies and getting involved in war as if it was nothing and suddenly, the end is near and they're all gathered up and are telling each other "Ruined don't betray each other even if it just happened" and "we're all in this together" (*highschool musical plays*) and suddenly it's the end. Em trusts her sister. Aren is with them. Cas is who knows where. Olivia says she has a plan. Iria is part of them now as well.The end.
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    How did I forget how much I was enjoying this series after reading Ruined? There are too many fantasy books that replicate each other, but this one is constantly surprising me. I will find myself thinking "Okay...so when the characters get to X, obviously this will happen" and then something will happen that I did not see coming preventing whatever I thought was inevitable from ever happening.I may have enjoyed Avenged more than it's predecessor. Now here comes the problem with reviewing seque How did I forget how much I was enjoying this series after reading Ruined? There are too many fantasy books that replicate each other, but this one is constantly surprising me. I will find myself thinking "Okay...so when the characters get to X, obviously this will happen" and then something will happen that I did not see coming preventing whatever I thought was inevitable from ever happening.I may have enjoyed Avenged more than it's predecessor. Now here comes the problem with reviewing sequels. I never want to give away too much of the plot, nor do I want to spoil the first book for those just learning about the series for the first time. This is a series where each book (at least so far) has had a solid ending to the story presented within the book while also leaving things open to where you need to see where the story goes next. And let me tell you..I am in NEED of the third and final book of this series. I am so curious which of the kingdoms will get what they are after because it is clear that not everyone can end up happy. And there is this one relationship that I care about above any of the others. The danger it was put in has me nervous as hell. There is a lot I dying to know actually. Too bad we have to wait until next summer :(Filled with action, politics, bloody battles, magic, and twists-galore. The romance is still present, though a bit more in the background with all the other craziness at the forefront.One of the fun things about Avenged is the addition of two other POVs we didn't get in the first book. It was originally just Cas and Em, but now we also get Aren and (view spoiler)[Olivia (hide spoiler)](spoiler from first book only). I really loved Aren's story in this book. He became a much bigger character, where he was almost forgettable in the first book. I dare you not to love him. Plus that other POV is everything I wanted from that character. Dark and angry and crazy. It's perfect. Oh and Em and Cas are still sweet. They aren't physically together as much, but they have their moments and are always on the other's mind.The story definitely begins the way I was hoping it would. It picks up where Ruined left off. I easily was thrown back into this world. The writing is strong with a fast-moving plot. I had a hard time putting the book down. The one thing making it possible was knowing the sooner I finish the book, the longer I'll have to wait for the conclusion.If you enjoy YA fantasy series filled with revenge, this is a great series for you to read! No second book syndrome here. It is every bit as exciting as book one.
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  • C.G. Drews
    January 1, 1970
    Despite the cover being blue and Em looking 500% different than she did on the front of Ruined...This glorious sequel had NO sequel blues and contained ONLY FANTASTICNESS. I'm so pleased! It reminded me how much I adore this author's style, with the incredibly dry humour and sharp dialogue and characters who will break your heart. Literally tho. This book is super bloody. (But not gory.) Please fall in love at a distance or you're likely to lose your head.Also I'll admit I didn't have time to re Despite the cover being blue and Em looking 500% different than she did on the front of Ruined...This glorious sequel had NO sequel blues and contained ONLY FANTASTICNESS. I'm so pleased! It reminded me how much I adore this author's style, with the incredibly dry humour and sharp dialogue and characters who will break your heart. Literally tho. This book is super bloody. (But not gory.) Please fall in love at a distance or you're likely to lose your head.Also I'll admit I didn't have time to re-read book 1....and it was fine! I just faceplanted back into the world most gloriously (the world was glorious, that is, my faceplant...less so) and there was no disconnect at all. Proof of glorious writing when you get sucked back in with no qualms.The plot of this one is very very different to the first. There's a lot more meetings and politics, which I admit I wasn't such a fan of. But it keeps those concise and balances it with epic (and engaging!) action scenes and basically the Ruined being incredibly badass and terrifying. Olivia and Em are being co-queens and do you know how exciting that is?!??!? THAT IS SO EXCITING. I CAN'T EVEN. I've never read a book with two lethal, epic, badass sister queens. I officially want 900 more. And Olivia is pretty keen on murdering everyone because Why Not™. So there's plenty of blood and murder and limbs being ripped off and Olivia being chill about it which is, quite frankly, disturbing. Everyone is disturbed. And while I really really really like dark fantasy and this was an altogether murderous sequel, it didn't feel super dark or gory or anything. And the stakes were high, but they didn't really worry me? I kind of feel like all the favourite characters get cushioned a bit much. But I am also a horrible horrible person so pls excuse me.BRIEF FLAILS OVER THE CHARACTERS:These characters ALL are narrators too, by the way.• Em: Oh I love her so much! She is SO wry and sarcastic and diplomatic and sensible. While Olivia is like bathing in the blood of her foes, Em is like "ok but could we talk to them first". Communication levels with Em are A+ WHICH IS SO REFRESHING TO READ.• Cas: MY DARLING CAS CHILD. He gets smacked about a lot in this book and he is a sweet precious cinnamon scone. I love reading about sweet boys and lovely kings and Cas is BOTH and he is glorious. And so dryly sardonic too. Someone poisons Cas. Cas's reaction: "But at least the soup tasted really nice." #BlessHim• Olivia: yep she's scary. But I loved how the story showed a venerable side to her too, and she did have some honour. Like one time Em said "don't kill Cas" and Olivia didn't! MIRACLES! But otherwise she. is. a. psychopath. She kills and she likes it and she's such bad news but YAS I LOVE READING ABOUT HER. • Aren: I was dubious about him having a narrating POV because why sir. But turns out I love Aren. He is super powerful and yet has a lot of PTSD meltdowns and he was so well written and realistically done that I just <3 <3 <3Oh and brief SHRIEK over Cas' guards, Mateo and Galo, who are ADORABLE and I ship them and also I love how they protect Cas like he is their cinnamon child. This news just in: Cas is everyone's cinnamon child.Also Violet was a new addition to the story and she is capable, smart, and lovely.Also Cas' cousin Jovita is evil and I would like to fry her into soup.I absolutely LOVED how it's dialogue centric too! And the dialogue is crisp and often witty. It's pretty modern humour too, which I adored, even if it didn't feel totally time-frame-appropriate BUT LIKE WHO CARES. I LOVE THESE JOKES. And the pacing was really fabulous too, because it focused on the dialogue so much. There is a lot of walking/travelling which I find dull, but at least we didn't spend years wandering in a swamp or anything. I never felt the need to nap. Which is a miracle because napping is my favourite. Second only to cake and stabbing.The ship? So much shipping. Cas and Em are a little dysfunctional, ya know, with their people murdering each other and all that. #MinorDetails But THEY'RE STILL SO CUTE and I want them to work out and dryly sass each other into a happy marriage or death or whatever.If Olivia doesn't MURDER EVERYONE FIRST.ALL IN ALL: This was a fabulous, engaging and thrilling sequel with a sidedish of psychotic lollipops. Obviously the best combination. It wasn't quite as good as the first book, for me, but I have really nothing to complain about because I LOVED IT STILL SO MUCH. And soft sweet Cas and wry capable deadly Em are my favourites.George looked from Em to August. "Well, that's typical.""I --""We sent you to marry one of the Flores sisters , and instead you bring us one as your prisoner," George interrupted. "What'd she do? Insult your hair?"Em snorted. August glared at her.
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  • may ❀
    January 1, 1970
    Full review posted! Sorry, how about NO.This entire book felt like a fricken FILLER. WHAT WAS THE POINT OF THIS BOOK IM STILL TRYING TO FIGURE THIS OUT WHILE I WIPE AWAY MY TEARS OF DISAPPOINTMENT If I had chosen this book for a school book report, I would have failed bc I cannot highlight WHAT THE HECK THE PLOT WAS. *steps up to the mic very calmly with a straight face* AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAThis was basically me everytime Olivia/Aren/Em/Cas/August spokeGuys, I literally tried so hard Full review posted! Sorry, how about NO.This entire book felt like a fricken FILLER. WHAT WAS THE POINT OF THIS BOOK IM STILL TRYING TO FIGURE THIS OUT WHILE I WIPE AWAY MY TEARS OF DISAPPOINTMENT If I had chosen this book for a school book report, I would have failed bc I cannot highlight WHAT THE HECK THE PLOT WAS. *steps up to the mic very calmly with a straight face* AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAThis was basically me everytime Olivia/Aren/Em/Cas/August spokeGuys, I literally tried so hard to love this book bc I wanted to finish the series and while book one was just you average, everyday fantasy book that was enjoyable but not spectacular, this was like your lower-than-average-fantasy-book-ft.-royals-and-special-snowflakesHonestly man, I loved Cas in book 1. He’s was a little cutie who needed to be protected and loved and in this book I was totally okay with him drinking lukewarm tea for the entirety of his life (if you never faced the treachery and abuse that is lukewarm tea, I don’t want to talk to you ever again)Everything was just SO boring and overdone and repetitive and again, THERE WAS A MISSING PLOT BC WE JUST SEEMED TO BE WALKING AROUND IN CIRCLES AND DOING NOTHING ALL DAY BUT PICKING OUT NAILS. Also the writing. It was so ??? MODERN ??? IMMATURE ?? like they could be having their conversations via instant messaging and it would fit better there than it would as dialogue in the book. All the characters make really terrible decisions and while theyre at “war” with each other, they’re actually harbouring each other in guest houses and having kissy kissy moments together. Like please that’s not how war works. And for a book without much of a purpose, it sure is huge. Its basically filled with lame banter and characters walking around in circles and while I have to admit IT IS FAST PACED, there’s nothing remotely interesting (in my humble opinion) to keep me on boardAnd that’s why I decided to jump ship.See ya next time, y’all. Everyone ran from her now. People whispered her name, as that man had. They said it with fear.It was what she had always wanted.It did not feel good as she had expected.1.5 stars!!~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~i found book 1 mildly enjoyable and so the pressure is on book 2, you better ~*~WOW~*~ me or else im outta here 💁
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  • Nasom
    January 1, 1970
    Lol i went to check my friends’ reviews on this and the top 3 are 1 and 2 stars 😩. I’m glad i didn’t check before reading lol. That would have been bad for morale. Anyways, from my rating, you can tell that i really enjoyed it. There’s just something about this series that satisfies me. RTC
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  • ambsreads
    January 1, 1970
    EDIT 30/05/17: oops. One word to describe this book? B O R I N GSince I'm so behind on reviews I'm just going to give you my thoughts in bullet point format;- the intensity and greatness that was book one was non existent - second book syndrome- olivia is crazy don't even try and tell me she isn't- aren was boring and gave me major Chaol vibes and that isn't good - who the fuck were these other characters - i skimmed a lot- can't even tell you the ending- lots of filler stuff - weird dialogue - EDIT 30/05/17: oops. One word to describe this book? B O R I N GSince I'm so behind on reviews I'm just going to give you my thoughts in bullet point format;- the intensity and greatness that was book one was non existent - second book syndrome- olivia is crazy don't even try and tell me she isn't- aren was boring and gave me major Chaol vibes and that isn't good - who the fuck were these other characters - i skimmed a lot- can't even tell you the ending- lots of filler stuff - weird dialogue - scenes that made me go ?????? - seriously why did no one stab Olivia - Cas was great - Em sucked tbh - I really don't know what happened in the last like five chapters so i'll need someone to tell me what did (caitlin or maggie pls help a girl out) - i wanna smooch Cas still - but he was dumb- like majorly dumb - like someone stab him dumb- i just wanted to stab a lot of these characters - I liked violet - violet was probably the best character - what even was the plot - too much - honestly - i'm disappointed - i wanted more To summarise, this book had hardcore second book syndrome and suffered from not enough important events happening. It's all clearly leading to the final book, but in this particular book it was weakly executed. I found myself doing anything BUT read.
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  • Caitlin
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 STARS (for now)! I'm not sure whether I want to round up or down so I'll decide that later. So, I was sitting in my bed on Friday morning and I was scrolling through Instagram when I saw that my local dymocks had early stock in. I instantly screamed and ended up rushing to my store (I was the first in the door at 8:30am and I checked my book out by 8:33am). The lady at the shop was basically as excited as I was and we fangirled about how many good books are coming out - it was great.Anyways, 4.5 STARS (for now)! I'm not sure whether I want to round up or down so I'll decide that later. So, I was sitting in my bed on Friday morning and I was scrolling through Instagram when I saw that my local dymocks had early stock in. I instantly screamed and ended up rushing to my store (I was the first in the door at 8:30am and I checked my book out by 8:33am). The lady at the shop was basically as excited as I was and we fangirled about how many good books are coming out - it was great.Anyways, this book was AWESOME. I loved Ruined so I had pretty high hopes for this and it was honestly just as good. Honestly, I'm only docking 0.5 stars since it wasn't ACOWAR and I can't seem to think about any book that isn't ACOWAR. THIS BOOK WAS JUST AS GOOD AS THE FIRST ONE HOLY SHITTTT EVERYTHINGS GOING TO SHITTTTTT. I can't imagine waiting a whole year for the next book. My god, this book was great. OLIVIA IS MENTAL OH MY GOD SOMEONE PLEASE KILL HER. If you thought she was wild before, YOU ARE IN FOR AN INTENSE RIDE. She honestly cannot be reasoned with and she's absolutely lost her damn mind. I went from loving her being crazy to going WHAT THE FUCK OLIVIA GO DIEEEEE. I think she needs to die honestly but maybe she can finally settle down eventually????Cas and Em are A+ as always. I love them both just as much as before and OMG THEY GOT INTERRUPTED BY A GOD DAMN WAR AND I SCREAMED AT THE BOOK WHEN THAT HAPPENED. Anyways, they didn't exactly cross paths as much in this book since they both have their own crazy dramas going on but I loved them so much.AREN AND IRIA STOLE MY HEART!!! I have so many feels. I loved Aren so so much in the first book and he got even better. I just love him as a character and the fact that he has such raw emotions in this book broke my heart. I love when people get so caught up in these crazy wars that they forget wtf they're doing and then they think about it and go shit. Iria was such an amazing character and I was 50/50 on my feels about her before but now I'm so sold on her. I loved them. Such a great pair and they're so shippable THE ENDING WASN'T EVEN THAT BAD BUT I'M STILL ANNOYED ABOUT HAVING TO WAIT A YEAR FOR THE NEXT ONE
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  • Sana
    January 1, 1970
    really fucking boring, oops
  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) “Everyone ran from her now. People whispered her name, as that man had. They said it with fear.It was what she had always wanted.It did not feel as good as she had expected.” This was a YA fantasy sequel which was possibly better than the first book in the series.Em was once again a strong character in this book, and she really showed how clever she was too. Olivia on the other hand was just crazy, going (I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.) “Everyone ran from her now. People whispered her name, as that man had. They said it with fear.It was what she had always wanted.It did not feel as good as she had expected.” This was a YA fantasy sequel which was possibly better than the first book in the series.Em was once again a strong character in this book, and she really showed how clever she was too. Olivia on the other hand was just crazy, going around killing indiscriminately, and I felt really sorry for Em that after going to such lengths to save her sister she had to deal with that kind of behaviour.The storyline in this was about Olivia going on a bit of a rampage after being freed, killing anyone who got in her way, and anyway who was just trying to get out of her way, and basically wanting to get revenge for what had been done to her people. Em on the other hand wanted to keep her promise to Cas that the Ruined wouldn’t attack Lera, and also wanted to live in peace with the neighbouring kingdoms, something that Olivia really wasn’t interested in. I did love the action in this book though, and the constant twists made for a really good story. I also liked the way the romance developed, even if we did get a couple of extra people thrown in to mess things up, and Cas and Em are just so sweet together!The ending to this really left things up in the air again, and I really can’t wait for book 3 to see what Em is planning next.8 out of 10
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  • Alaina Meserole
    January 1, 1970
    THANKS FOR THE BUDDY READ ANDREAAnd OMG, I'm still in love with this series. Olivia still scares me shitless. I love Em's friendship with Aren. I will forever ship Em with Cas. I'm still secretly plotting Olivia and August's death for the next book and I also pray that it happens. I won't apologize either.Okay, so the chemistry between Em and Cas is beyond amazing! I love them so freaking much. I feel bad for her because of how bloodthirsty Olivia is throughout the book because she's batshit cra THANKS FOR THE BUDDY READ ANDREAAnd OMG, I'm still in love with this series. Olivia still scares me shitless. I love Em's friendship with Aren. I will forever ship Em with Cas. I'm still secretly plotting Olivia and August's death for the next book and I also pray that it happens. I won't apologize either.Okay, so the chemistry between Em and Cas is beyond amazing! I love them so freaking much. I feel bad for her because of how bloodthirsty Olivia is throughout the book because she's batshit crazy. Then there's Aren and I absolutely loved him with Iria. Again, I loved so many people in this book and still hated the same people too, like: Olivia, August, and Jovita.FUCKING JOVITA - she ruins so much shit in this book. I don't even want to talk about that conniving bitch right now. Her and Olivia would probably be really good friends because of their psychotic abilities and shit.. but in this book they are enemies.Overall, I still loved this book and the point of views. I loved getting to know more about certain characters and loving them more. I also really liked hating the same characters too. Waiting for the next book to show up in my hands because I just want so many things to happen in that book. I need a happy ending for my ship, I really need it to sail guys, and I also really want certain people to die. I WANT SO MUCH!________________________________________________________I'm 100% shook people.I can't accept that type of ending.I can't accept that amy is freaking breaking my heart by not letting my ships be together.Get ready for a shit ton of spoilers people:(view spoiler)[Okay, so I'm pretty sure Avenged fucking ruined me people. Like why did I get glimpses of beautiful relationships and loves and then have it not happen officially. WHY?!? I wanted and needed Cas and Em to be together forever and ever. HELL even they wanted it for each other but no.. it didn't happen. I want them to be together in the next book - please don't torture me. Speaking of couples, I also really want Aren and Iria together. Make it happen.Then there are the crazy people who I hated: Olivia, Jovita, and August.Olivia is super annoying throughout this book and basically just wants to kill everyone. She goes bat shit crazy is so many situations and it kind of scared me. Then there's Jovita who I just hate so fucking much. I just wanted her to die. Oh, and let's not forget August - WHO IS CREEPY AS FUCK. God, I hated him so fucking much and I'm not even sad that he died. He deserved it.I practically consumed this book within an hour and I'm not regretting it all. I will most definitely reread this series again. I seriously can't wait for the next book - I need it now. I need my ships to be together. I need people to die. I need a lot more. (hide spoiler)]And now I feel like I'm in a book coma or having a book hangover because I have no idea how I will recuperate from this book.
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  • Damaris (GoodChoiceReading)
    January 1, 1970
    Yesss!! AVENGED is just as good as the first! Of course it ends with a bang! Now what the heck do I do while I wait for book 3???? Argh! Why can't authors have magic and release books back to back? Lol! AVENGED did not disappoint! Huge 5 stars from me!
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  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed this reread so much and I really needed it! I can't wait to read Allied in the next week.Em and Cas are such strong characters and I loved seeing what happened after everything blew up in their faces. Cas has to learn to fight for what he wants since everything he ever wanted was handed to him on a silver platter. Em struggles to learn just how far she'll go for Olivia's bloodthirsty revenge. Avenged introduces two new perspectives into the narrative: Aren and Olivia. While Olivia's ch I enjoyed this reread so much and I really needed it! I can't wait to read Allied in the next week.Em and Cas are such strong characters and I loved seeing what happened after everything blew up in their faces. Cas has to learn to fight for what he wants since everything he ever wanted was handed to him on a silver platter. Em struggles to learn just how far she'll go for Olivia's bloodthirsty revenge. Avenged introduces two new perspectives into the narrative: Aren and Olivia. While Olivia's chapters are few, the picture they create is astounding. Olivia is a very complicated character and has probably been driven mad by her power. What she wants is pretty straight forward, but the way she goes about getting it is questionable in its morals/ethics. Honestly, she's quite a scary character. Do I like her? I'm not sure, but I know I like Em a hell of a lot more. I really enjoyed getting to know Aren. He was a predominant presence in Ruined, but now we really get to know him and what his powers can do. When Olivia teaches him about detaching, his struggle with it is realistic and raw. I love him more for what he goes through in this book. I don't think this book suffers from middle book syndrome. Yes there is a part that's slower than the rest of it, but there are so many things constantly going on that it doesn't make it boring at all. So many new struggles are introduced into this and the way things have been left is going to make it very hard for Ruina to solve its problems. ____________________________________________________________This was a great sequel to the crazy book that was Ruined. There were more problems introduced in this novel and a lot of them are closer to Em/Cas than they might've first thought. I really enjoyed the multiple perspectives in this story, except for Olivia. I think her ruined power is driving her crazy. As the book goes on, the girl just gets crazier! Also, she acts like a child not a queen. I wonder if/how peace will ever be achieved between Ruina and the other nations...
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  • Vi (the Vi3tBabe)
    January 1, 1970
    It's not often the sequel is just as amazing, if not better than the first. Tintera pleasantly surprised me with Ruined, the first book in the series, and she wowed me yet again with Avenged. I simply could not stop reading this book. I fell even harder for Cas and Em. Their moments together were tense, steamy, and entirely not enough. I wanted more!!!!In this book, everything is laid out. Betrayals happen, a LOT of lives were lost, and every minute of it was pure awesomeness. I was pretty skept It's not often the sequel is just as amazing, if not better than the first. Tintera pleasantly surprised me with Ruined, the first book in the series, and she wowed me yet again with Avenged. I simply could not stop reading this book. I fell even harder for Cas and Em. Their moments together were tense, steamy, and entirely not enough. I wanted more!!!!In this book, everything is laid out. Betrayals happen, a LOT of lives were lost, and every minute of it was pure awesomeness. I was pretty skeptical of the relationship between Olivia and Em and just how strong their sisterhood is. There were moments that surprised me and showed me just how much Olivia cared for Em. I knew Em already from the first book and her love for her sister is evident, but Olivia was a ticking time bomb, and I just didn't know how much she loved Em. In the end though, things progressed as expected and while their relationship is tense and rocky at best, I could see the love. Also, let me point out that Olivia is pretty badass. Whew! You have to watch out for that girl.The plot gets so twisted and develops a lot more in this book. It was great. I swear, there wasn't anything that I didn't like about this book, except for maybe more Cas and Em time. There's a lot of action, but also a lot of politics and plotting. I liked seeing how things played out, who betrays who, and who ends up on top. As for Cas and Em, there's just something about them. I loved their relationship right from the start and you can't help but root for them. I'm also going to mention that I really liked Aren's story in this book and I can't stand Jovita.Ugh, seriously, I am dying for the third book and that's definitely going to be one of my most highly anticipated books next year. This book draws you in right from the start and you won't want to put this book down. This series is quickly becoming one of my favorites and I'm tempted to try out some other books from Amy as well.
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  • Suzanne
    January 1, 1970
    Really good installment! I hate to just say this but I really wanted Em to kill her sister. As bad as that sounds lolLooking forward to book three next year! I was nervous because of some of the reviews on this series but honestly I have really enjoyed it so far. They are quick and entertaining books.
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  • Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
    January 1, 1970
    Once again Tintera takes us on a brutal, bloody, devious ride in this breathtaking sequel to Ruined. Em and friends are on the run after having finally revealing all their secrets and getting revenge for those that harmed them in the past but if they think their adventure is over then they are so wrong.We once again see how corrupt Em's world and those in it have become and at the very heart of that corruption, lies those that Em thought she could trust and love.This was such an unexpected ride. Once again Tintera takes us on a brutal, bloody, devious ride in this breathtaking sequel to Ruined. Em and friends are on the run after having finally revealing all their secrets and getting revenge for those that harmed them in the past but if they think their adventure is over then they are so wrong.We once again see how corrupt Em's world and those in it have become and at the very heart of that corruption, lies those that Em thought she could trust and love.This was such an unexpected ride. Truly there is so much deception and deceit around every corner, in all kingdoms. It is hard to know who to trust, who you can count on, and who is your friend and worst of all in Em's case, even who to love. This was a thrilling heart pounding ride and while I thought this series was going to be a duology for some reason, it turns out there is yet another book out there and I couldn't be more excited about it. This truly is a series that will keep you on the edge of your seat and rapidly turning the pages.*ARC copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*
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  • mith
    January 1, 1970
    3.5. Marginally better than the first but I was bored a lot throughout, so yikes. The writing is still weird for me--some of it seems so colloquial, which is out of place for this sort of fantasy setting. I wasn't a fan of it--the writing, in general, seemed underdeveloped and boring. In any case, this was definitely fast-paced, despite my lag to finish it. I also liked Em more in this novel! She truly shined--shone? Is that the right term?--in this sequel and it was great seeing her as queen, a 3.5. Marginally better than the first but I was bored a lot throughout, so yikes. The writing is still weird for me--some of it seems so colloquial, which is out of place for this sort of fantasy setting. I wasn't a fan of it--the writing, in general, seemed underdeveloped and boring. In any case, this was definitely fast-paced, despite my lag to finish it. I also liked Em more in this novel! She truly shined--shone? Is that the right term?--in this sequel and it was great seeing her as queen, as someone who would fight for her people. Reading about the Ruined following and trusting her was amazing. Then there was Olivia. For a lack of a better term, Olivia was just bat shit crazy. I didn't like her character at ALL. She was wild, and not in a good way. I honestly didn't understand her obsession with killing everything in her way. Yeah, okay, it makes things easier in the present? But in the long shot? Nope. Reading her parts made me grimace. The romance, to my surprise, was sweet. It was the thing that bothered me most about Ruined--I was tired of seeing princesses going for revenge falling for the enemy. I still am. But that isn't the story arc anymore so Cas and Em were really adorable together. I was also hoping to see something with Iria and Aren, but was disappointed in that regard. Hmm. A lot of things happened in this book but since it took me nearly a month to finish, not much stands out to me anymore. This series, really, isn't anything too special. If you liked book one, I think you'll like this one as well. It wasn't a bad sequel--definitely a super boring one or one that's just a placeholder, for lack of a better term, between book one and book three. Sooo, yeah, 3 and a half stars. Kinda curious where the final book is going to take Em and her allies. ----THE TITLE DOESNT START WITH AN R AND I FEEL MORE THAN WEIRD—I FEEL BETRAYED----I'm gonna feel a bit weird if the title of this book doesn't begin with an R....
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  • Tabby
    January 1, 1970
  • Megan Olguin
    January 1, 1970
    As with most sequels, I can not say anything without risking spoilers.. But I can say this. This book does not suffer from second one book syndrome at all. This was an incredibly strong and exciting sequel.
  • Rissa
    January 1, 1970
    This is one of the best second books I've read in a very long time! It did not have second book syndrome, it was amazing and i cant wait for the next book!
  • Jaime Arkin
    January 1, 1970
    Omg I need book 3 and Olivia can suck it!!
  • Sophie
    January 1, 1970
    I need book 3 asap!
  • Stacy
    January 1, 1970
    I guess I'll settle on my initial 3.5 star rating, although I think I'll round it down. I have been doing this (rounding 0.5 stars down instead of up) occasionally. I decided if I don't have enough to say to write a full review, then it's probably not a 4-star book. What can I (briefly) say? The character development was okay, and the plot was decent. It lacked some of the excitement and moved at a slower pace than book 1, though. The main thrill was Olivia's unpredictability, which I am curious I guess I'll settle on my initial 3.5 star rating, although I think I'll round it down. I have been doing this (rounding 0.5 stars down instead of up) occasionally. I decided if I don't have enough to say to write a full review, then it's probably not a 4-star book. What can I (briefly) say? The character development was okay, and the plot was decent. It lacked some of the excitement and moved at a slower pace than book 1, though. The main thrill was Olivia's unpredictability, which I am curious to see play out in the series finale. Cas has some unlikely characteristics which make him interesting and endearing. Em is as reliable and level-headed as ever. I like the pair and how they compliment each other. Even though this book was a 'like it' instead of a 'love it' book for me, I will read the next installment to see how Tintera wraps this series up. Will Olivia finally totally lose it? Perhaps. Will Cas and Em get a happy ending? I'll be surprised if they don't!
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  • Emily Paschke
    January 1, 1970
    I feel like Em's sister Olivia is a psychopath. Oh wait, she is.
  • Ishmeen
    January 1, 1970
    I LOVE THIS SERIES SO MUCH Y’ALL ITS BADASS AF 👏🏻
  • Mary H
    January 1, 1970
    HO-LY SHE-IT I AM SHOOK. Ruined ends on some pretty big moments, and Avenged just keeps it going. Em is such a cool MC. What I like about her is that she is the anti-special one. Her sister Olivia is this world's superpowered The One, but with it, she's basically sacrificed any empathy and possibly her sanity, and she's basically a murderous psychopath with a major superiority complex. Em, in contrast, is the level-headed one with a plan. She reminds me of Lia from The Remnant Chronicles. Em use HO-LY SHE-IT I AM SHOOK. Ruined ends on some pretty big moments, and Avenged just keeps it going. Em is such a cool MC. What I like about her is that she is the anti-special one. Her sister Olivia is this world's superpowered The One, but with it, she's basically sacrificed any empathy and possibly her sanity, and she's basically a murderous psychopath with a major superiority complex. Em, in contrast, is the level-headed one with a plan. She reminds me of Lia from The Remnant Chronicles. Em uses her head to get... well, ahead, and is super good playing the political game. She's decently strong physically and can fight, but she's not The Best Fighter Of All Time. No, she's a teenage girl with skills that came from several years of training and hard work. These two sisters as foils is everything. Saving a sibling is a super common YA trope, but Avenged really explores whether rescuing the sibling was a good thing.Avenged is super interesting with the political mind-f*ckery going on, although at some point, I just want to be like, "okay, guys. Yes, YOUR PARENTS murdered HER family, and SHE murdered that OTHER GIRL's family, and that OTHER GIRL murdered your MOM, but then that OTHER DUDE murdered your DAD because your DAD murdered THAT ONE GUY so you're all just going to have to get over it." The web of deceit and treachery is VAST with this cast. These four kingdoms just can not be happy without murder, which is interesting, but come on. At some point, literally everyone is going to be dead because they can't stop searching for vengeance. The title is super apt because this book is exploring at what point avenging a loved one or your kingdom is too high a price to pay. But watching the behind-the-scenes and having people learn to step up and be good leaders is pretty cool. I still really like the world. It's got an interesting feel to it. 1. I do wish that there were a map because the positioning of the kingdoms is confusing to me so seeing it would make so much sense. 2. Avenged takes place super shortly after Ruined so I didn't understand how it was super hot in Ruined, but really really cold in Avenged? Like, I get that Lera has some jungle, and Ruina is in this barren wasteland, but if they're close enough that these people can walk to the other kingdoms in a matter of days, not weeks, the temperature differences shouldn't be QUITE that drastic.I love all the relationships in this series. Not only do we have foil sisters suddenly in the weirdest diarchy of all time and suuuuuper swoony romance (seriously, Cas and Em kissing is just my favorite), but we have platonic friends, a new out-of-nowhere-but-I-dig-it cross-kingdom romance, political intrigue, a fun group of royal bros, and the Ruined suddenly respecting the hell out of Em for her ability to lead them. ABOUT DANG TIME. Avenged is a really solid sequel, and honestly, I have zero idea how I'm going to survive until book 3.
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  • Yusra ✨
    January 1, 1970
    AREN AND IRIA OHMYGOD I CANT EVEN DEAL WITH THIS ANYMORE I LOVE U ARENliterally. I only love AREN and Iria. That’s it. goodbye to Em, Cas, and Olivia. The only reason I want the 3rd book is FOR MY BABIES
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