Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A PYN Review of Ruined

A PYN Review of Ruined
Michelle, Guest Reviewer

For the last couple of years, I’ve been reading spiritual and self-help books.  So in an effort to step outside my comfort zone, I’ve decided to read some fiction.  Not just any fiction, but paranormal fiction. 
The first book I was introduced to, was Ruined by Kinley Baker.  It is set in a town of shadow shifters, whose king is missing and presumed dead.  When I started reading the book, I couldn’t put it down.   It proceeds with a series of twists and turns, that left me asking for more and looking find out how the story progressed. 
In reading this book, I found that it spoke to me on different levels, even though it is fictional.  One of the main characters is a Senior Healer who heals the king whenever he is sick or hurt.  But the town and current king believe that she also served as the previous king’s mistress.  On the one hand, she doesn’t like the association, but on the other hand, she knows she wasn’t, so why try to prove them wrong?  It speaks to me, because people will always believe what they want about you, no matter what, so as long as you know what’s in your heart, that’s all that matters.  I identified with the Senior Healer because in one part of the book, the current king is poisoned and in order to heal him, she must take the poison from him into her own body, which almost kills her.  But as caregivers and nurturers, how many times do we do that for our loved ones? 
The author, Kinley Baker did a fantastic job of allowing the story to flow and letting the readers know the back story, so you wouldn’t feel lost.   I truly enjoyed this novel, and look forward to books from her in the future, she definitely has made a new fan out of me. 

1 comment:

  1. Good review! I'm a fan of stories about healers--don't know why, but that character trope has always appealed to me. And it's nice to hear about a heroine who genuinely doesn't care what others say about her and holds to her moral compass, no matter what.

    Might have to check this one out. Thanks for the rec!