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Blurb (from Goodreads):
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 rating: 3 of 5 stars
“I believe you knew my father?” Em said. “You killed him and left his head on a stick for me to find.”
This was a YA fantasy story set in a fantasy world.
Em was a strong character, and it took real guts to do what she did. Infiltrating enemy territory, marrying their crown prince? Yikes! Not to mention that she also had the fate of a nation on her shoulders.
“She would save her sister, and kill the man who had taken her and murderer their mother.”
The storyline in this was about Em pretending to be another princess and marrying Prince Casimir, all in an effort to rescue her sister who was held prisoner in an effort to try and salvage what was left of her kingdom. We also got a little bit of romance, although there wasn’t as much romance in this as I was expecting.
“She slipped her hand into his, and when he laced their fingers together, her entire traitor body flushed.”
The ending to this was a bit of a cliff-hanger!
6 out of 10