Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Review: The Ruining by Anna Collomore

  • Publisher: Razorbill
  • Publication date: 2/7/2013
  • Source: ARC from Giselle @ Xpresso Reads
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Annie Phillips is thrilled to leave her past behind and begin a shiny new life on Belvedere Island, as a nanny for the picture-perfect Cohen family. In no time at all, she falls in love with the Cohens, especially with Libby, the beautiful young matriarch of the family. Life is better than she ever imagined. She even finds romance with the boy next door.

All too soon cracks appear in Annie's seemingly perfect world. She's blamed for mistakes she doesn't remember making. Her bedroom door comes unhinged, and she feels like she's always being watched. Libby, who once felt like a big sister, is suddenly cold and unforgiving. As she struggles to keep up with the demands of her new life, Annie's fear gives way to frightening hallucinations. Is she tumbling into madness, or is something sinister at play?

The Ruining is a complex ride through first love, chilling manipulation, and the terrifying depths of insanity.

My Thoughts

I love a book that messes with my head so I was super excited to read this one. And a mind F#%& is most definitely what I got out of this!! The characters are awesome and the story is great. With each passing page I found myself doubting my own ideas more and more and wondering what the eff was going on. Wondering if Annie really is crazy, wondering if she really did do the things that she doesn't thing she did. This book constantly had me second guessing and I loved that about it!!

Annie comes from a pretty bad family life, her step dad is a jerk and her mom is an alcoholic. She is more than thrilled that she has found a job in San Fransisco for the seemingly perfect Cohen family as their live in nanny. She quickly settles in and feels happy with her decision, but when things start to get weird with Libby, things start to go downhill. Libby seems to change her moods constantly and is very controlling of Annie. Annie wants to please Libby so she does whatever she says and starts to wonder if she really is messing up and doing things wrong. Her own past starts to haunt her more as Libby gets more and more demanding. being in Annie's head, I really started to wonder if she was really going crazy, but is blanking out on the things she is doing. I really loved her character though, because she is a fighter. Yes, she shows a lot of weakness, but it's believable with what she has been through in her life. The two things that I think kept her from crumbling completely were Zoe and Owen.

Owen is the boy next door and I absolutely adored him. He is nice, sweet, and unbelievably charming. He likes Annie right off the bat and tries as hard as he can to spend time with her around her demanding schedule. He truly cares about Annie, and when most people would have given up, he fights harder to be with her. He truly is a blessing for her and it was him who really kept her from totally losing her s&*#. Well, at least more than she already did. He risked a lot for her even not knowing if she cared about him like he did her and I thought he was fantastic.

I can't even really say much about this without either confusing you to no end, or spoiling something. This is one of those books that you really need to read and experience to understand the awesomeness of it. It will have your head spinning, your brain working overtime, and your heart in your throat. I felt very tense while reading a lot of this book and I was trying to wrap my head around it all. Thinking back to see if there were any clues about something I may have missed, wondering who is doing what, and who is really losing their mind. I had so many theories as to what was going on. I had a few things right, but it still really messed with my head. I was so intrigued and totally into this book from beginning to end. Though the end seemed to wrap up a little too tidy for me, I still thought this was a fantastic book that was just the kind of mind f%#& I love to read!!


29 comments:

  1. I want to read this just because I'm DYING of curiosity! I remember reading another review too and it sounds so crazy and twisty and I NEED to know what's going on!

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    1. Dude, this totally messes with your mind. It was so awesome!!

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  2. Woah. This sounds much more complex than I expected. I love books that can take over my head and my heart in such a way!

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    1. I knew it was going to be a mind f%&^ I just didn't realize how well it was going to do it.

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  3. This sounds so good! After Giselle's review and now yours, I put it on hold at the library!

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  4. Ohh, I love a book that can mess with your mind, haha! xD The romance sounds sweet and I'm glad to hear that you liked the characters. I can't wait to get to this now, great review! :)

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    1. The romance was sweet and it was done well. It didn't take over the story at all. I actually really liked how it was done. It wasn't easy and that made it even more great!

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  5. Oh my goodness. This sounds like a complex story. I think I would like it! LOL Glad you liked it hun!

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    1. It was very complex, but not confusing. It seems like everything is laid right out for you, but you just don't know who the mental case really is, or if it's both of them.

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  6. I love a good mind f%#k, too, Amy. They're I second guess myself, the better. Now I'm totally curious as to what's going on in The Ruining. Great review!

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    1. I think that the desperation that we feel being in Annie's mind is what made it the best. She starts to constantly second guess herself too and question her own sanity.

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  7. I super love a good mindfuck dude! They're my FAV! I'm going to have to check this one out!!!!

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  8. I love books like that. Got turned down for this on Netgalley but I think I will see if my library is ordering it so I can give it a try!
    Great review. And thanks for not spoiling anything :)

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    1. I got turned down on NetGalley too. I think this is a book you would really like. Hopefully your library gets it in. :)

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  9. Ooo, mindf*cks! Wow, this one sounds creepy and great--will definitely have to bump it up the TBR pile. :) Owen sounds like a sweetheart, too. Thanks for the awesome review.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

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  10. Sounds good. Think I'd have to be in the right mood for it, but yeah.

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  11. I love books that mess with your head and cause you to question everything! I'm a sucker for unreliable narrators and mind-bending plots. Now I definitely have to read this. Wonderful review!

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  12. I’m so glad you enjoyed this one! I love the concept behind it and the way Annie’s unstable narration makes the reader doubt what’s true and what’s actually happening. This totally sounds like my sort of book, and I can’t wait to get my hands on it!

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  13. Sounds awesome! Psychological thrillers always catch me.

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  14. Oooooh great review!! This sounds like something I'd totally love! All the more intrigued to check it out now :)

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  15. I used to read books that were mostly mystery or Psychological thrillers, but I became exhausted with them, but this sounds like a good leap back into them. Sounds great!

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  16. Amy, I'm getting ready to read this one right now actually and your review has me even more excited!! I love books that mess with my mind!! :D Those are the best. I love how you describe Owen, too. Great review!!

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  17. DUDE I don't know if you know this, but I get confused SO easily it's like my brain WANTS me to run in circles!

    But I've also seen fantastic things about this book and I'll definitely have to check it out! The romance sounds really sweet and like a much-needed break from all of the intense mind f*cking! I'm so glad you loved it Amy! Amazing review!

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  18. Wow this book did seem to screw with a reader's mind! I am not the biggest fan of that but my sister would love it! She is planning on reading it next so thats awesome!

    - Juhina @ Maji Bookshelf

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  19. Great review! I have had my eye on this book for a while because the cover really stood out to me. Your review is the first I have read though and I definitely want to pick this book up now. I love books that mess with my head.

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  20. I love this cover and the story sounds creepy! My book has a different cover :(
    Glad that you liked this book! Looking forward to it.

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  21. OMG, this sounds PERFECT for me. I absolutely love books that fuck with my minds, and I've been looking for a good one since Lucid (you have read Lucid, right? RIGHT?), and this one sounds perfect! I absolutely can't wait to start it. I hope the 'unstable-narrator' trick is better in here than it was in Mind Games! ;) And I'm also really happy to hear about this Owen character. I love sweet love interests, and he sounds perfect as well. Great review, Amy!

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