Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Review: Ruin by Rachel Van Dyken

Hi all!

All I'm doing is reading lately, so here's another review :D

Title: Ruin 
Release date: 11th of August 2013 
Published by: Rachel Van Dyken 
Reading level: FICTION – JUVENILE: Romance, New Adult 
Pages: 250 in in e-book format 
Source: Bought from Amazon.com for Kindle


I'm not your typical girl. I've been running away from the memories that haunt me for so long that depression has become my only comfort. I was content in the darkness...until Wes Michals offered to be my light. 

I didn't know that time wasn't my ally -- that every second that ticked past was one step closer to the end of something that was beginning to mean the end of myself. He tried to warn me. He promised me all he was able to offer--each moment as it came--but it would never be enough. 

Sometimes when you think it's the end, it's only the beginning. Wes thought he could save me, but in giving me everything, he ruined me. Because after one kiss, one touch, I couldn't--I wouldn't ever be the same. And from that moment on, his heartbeat became my own. 


This was an incredibly charming and heart wrenching and just plain sweet read. You have your broken hero and heroine with a roomful of baggage, secrets and fears. Both have suffered and are living with the consequences of pain and unfairness with as best as they can manage. And with that first adorable yet embarrassing meeting they discover in each other that someone who will chase away all the demons and be the reason for loving life and holding on to it. 

I liked that I didn’t pity the main characters, they were strong and capable and more than able to stand up and continue on without me feeling sorry for them. I didn’t feel sentimental or depressed when reading about their hardships, because they, especially Wes, were inspiring young people who coped and still were able to stay positive and enjoy life. Their relationship didn’t come across as insta love either, which is always a plus, even though, when I think about it, it kind of was. So more bonus points for making it a believable almost-insta love. 

I was impressed by the dialogue, I was afraid it would be simplistic and generic, but it was actually one of my favorite parts of the story. The humor was consistent, the lines were sharp and in character, dialogue was sexy, sad, flirty, hilarious, soothing … whatever the situation demanded, plus, there were some really inspiring quotes and conversations given. 

Why only four stars? While angsty and dramatic and at times cruel, I found the story too teeth rotteningly sugary sweet, and it’s not necessarily something negative, but despite the heavy topics, it seems to me that the sun is always shining, the birds singings and the love between Wes and Kiersten was all powerful and of epic all healing proportions. I DID like that it was portrayed as such (who wants to be depressed when reading), but a part of me was too skeptical and realistic to buy all that I guess. Especially the nurse thing, sweet, but slightly too much for me. 


Kiersten – I liked that she wasn’t a pity party for one, even though, she had all the necessary factors for that. No annoying emo, whiney, crying, self-doubting, self-questioning girl here – she was a sympathetic and believable trauma victim, who managed to stand up in the end. She made a huge effort to come out of her shell, but I’m a little sad that it was a guy who motivated her (not she herself), but the outcome is what matters I guess. 

Wes – He was definitely the star of this book. He was everything a great boyfriend should be without being overly cheesy, controlling or too depressed/taking the situation too lightly. He was plain charming and a true fighter. Though, he should have spent more time on his colleague responsibilities since he claimed them so important (and not only when concerning Kiersten). 

Unpopular opinion alert! Was I the only one who thought Gabe was slightly bordering on creepy? Yes, it’s nice to be interested in the well-being of a person who needs a shoulder of a friend and someone to look out for them, but Gabe was, at least to me, on stalker territory already. They barely knew each other and he was like a mother bear protecting its cub times ten. Well, at least he was humorous and his banter with Lisa and others was entertaining. 


If you want a good heart wrenching bring-your-box-of-tissues read with fluff and sweetness galore (and a hot lovable hunk) then this is the story for you! Quick and simple, yet deep and engaging.

4 stars!



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