Review: Ruin by Rachel Van Dyken

Posted on Tuesday, August 20, 2013 10:12 PM

By Rachel Van Dyken

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

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“Wherever I am, whatever I'm doing, alive or dead, young or old, my heart will always be with yours. Every beat you feel against your fingertips..." His fingers tapped against my chest, once, twice. "... is me calling out to you. It's you returning the call. It's us talking, communicating, bonding, sharing, Living -- Kiersten, it's us living.”

Kiersten hasn't had an easy life, but neither had Weston. Struggling to make it another day, they both just try to LIVE.That is, until they meet each other.

Running "into" Weston Michals on the day of registration, little does Kiersten know that her life is about to change forever! Kiersten isn't prepared for Wes 's appearance in her life. Weston, on the other hand, is determined to fight for what he's feeling and show her what life is really about. And so he does...

But what Kiersten doesn't know yet, is that their time together is has a limit!!!

“Time was the most precious thing in the world to me, and I’d just given her all of it. Because I was falling for her. Because I cared for her. Because I wanted to give her something to remember me by, even if it would eventually fade like its namesake. Time… what an absolute horror-inducing word”

Ruin is a story about a lost girl and a boy who makes it his goal to bring her back from the dark...

Ruin is the type of book that will ruin you and, at the same time, heal you (if that's possible!).

When I began reading this book, I didn't quite know what to expect. I loved the author's ability to convey emotion to us by the very first page. In the beginning, I loathed every feeling I got as I was reading the book, because I thought I new the end, but fortunately I couldn't be more wrong (Thank God I was!!!).

Luckily, Ruin has dual POVs, Kiersten and Weston's respectively. If it wasn't for this switch, it would be too late before we learned the secret Weston's been hiding. Thanks to the dual POVs, though, we knew from the start that something is wrong. But by the time we find out, it's too late as we're soooooo emotionally connected to him.

I admired and loved Weston, because no matter of what's going on in his life, he was adamant to make it through for all those people who loved him but for the woman he came to love as well.

“I prayed over and over again that God would spare me, not because I cared that much about my own life -- but because I cared about hers.”

As far as the secondary characters are concerned, I think that, to say I loved them, would be an understatement. First and foremost, Kiersten's roommate was a total "psycho" but she was wonderful and of course there was Gabe, her roommate's cousin. I L-O-V-E-D Gabe. He was so protective towards her, he was like a brother to her, he "mothered" her, he looked after her and did everything to protect her!!!

Ruin torn me apart and then made me pick up all my pieces. It's impossible for one to cry soooooo much while reading a book, but in the end it was absofuckinglutely worth it! I hope that there will be a sequel with Gabe's story. I can't wait!!!!

Highly Recommended!!!

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.
Sofia T.
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  1. LOVE IT! Thank you so much for the review ;)

    1. Well, thank you for writing the book!!! :)

  2. Will there be a sequel?

    1. I'm not sure about a sequel but here's what the author said about Gabe:


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