A review by mehek
Ruinsong, by Julia Ember


This book has everything I like in it. A good and interesting magic system, two sapphic and sometimes painfully oblivious MCs, a villain I liked to dislike, and messy/complicated relationships. This book is one that’s about questioning, always, it’s really the heart of it. Questioning other characters, the world, the magic. It’s a good quick read with some strong characters and dark vibes that’ll leave you happy. This isn’t the kind of book that sticks with you for years that has you throwing it in the faces of everyone you meet, but it’s not something you regret having read either- it’s a very good book but not a great one.

Moving to what I didn’t like though and the reason this wasn’t a five star read for me. The ending confused me a little bit. Cadence and Remi are beautiful sapphic ladies but I wanted more out of their relationship- more pining, more time together, just more as a whole. I feel like there were moments that could’ve gone emotionally deeper and just didn’t.

Overall? Although this wouldn’t be my first rec to someone, if you’re on the fence about Ruinsong, I would say to just read it because it’s nice and Remi is a baddie.