Monday, July 28, 2014

Review: Ruin (Ruin #1) by Rachel Van Dyken

Ruin (Ruin, #1) Title: Ruin
Series: Ruin, #1
Author: Rachel Van Dyken
Category: Contemporary Romance
Genre: New Adult
Rating: DNF (33%)
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.

My Review:
I rarely encounter books that I just can’t finish. I don’t know what it is, but I’m pretty good at determining if I’ll enjoy a book or not. Kind of like a sixth sense about books. However, once in a while I do see a book that I feel like I would enjoy, but end up not really liking it or not being able to finish it. And Ruin was, unfortunately, a book I thought I would enjoy but ended up not.

I just couldn't get into this one. For me, personally, the pacing was a bit too rushed and that made it feel a bit unnatural in the way of character development and interactions. Along with a few other factors, I just couldn't get into this one; it just wasn't my kind of read.

It felt more like a surface read. I couldn’t connect to the characters emotionally and I couldn’t feel for their unfortunate situations. 

The movement of the storyline felt too rushed; along with the character and plot development as well. The interaction between the two main characters didn’t feel very natural because they were interacting way too familiar with each other way too soon.  That made their relationship, to me, feel unnatural. And I couldn’t enjoy it.

The detail was also very simple, in my opinion – I’m a detail oriented reader. I wanted more thoughts, emotions, more detail into the characters’ movements, and scenic detail as well. I love deep, thought out details.  I do enjoy fast, simple romances from time to time, but this one just didn’t catch my attention or pull me in. And, sadly, I just had to put it down.

I do feel like the odd man out because it seems like so many have really enjoyed this one, but it happens. I do encourage those who are interested in reading the book to give it a try! You might end up loving it! 


  1. Don't feel bad about it, sometimes it happens to all of us. I really hope your next read will be better and that you'll love it, Magen!

  2. Sorry to hear that this one wasn't deep enough in the detail world. Hope your next read is more of what you expect and hope for.

  3. I know what you mean Magen. I have read another of Rachel's books before and found it hard to get into. It was a little unbelievable. But I have heard this is a good one that I need to try. Maybe one day!

    Naomi @ Nomi’s Paranormal Palace

  4. So I almost picked this one up at the signing on Saturday but then I passed. I'm really glad I did because you and I always seem to agree so this probably wouldn't be a book for me either. Thanks for the honest review.

  5. Oh no! I'm sorry, Magen -- it just stinks when that happens, and it is bound to happen to every reader from time to time. I've had this one for a while, but haven't had the time to start it. I'll be interested to see if I'm able to connect with these characters or if, like you, it'll end up on the DNF list. Thank you for the wonderful and honest review. *hugs*


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