My Book Review: Ruin by Rachel Van Dyken



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.



*breathe!* Okay, where do I begin?

I love this book SO much it had me weeping so hard and laughed like an idiot. The story was very touching and every lines that characters said really warms my heart. It is raw. It is beautiful.

Wes is like a living, walking sex. With his heart-stopping smile and striking god..


“One…” He held up his finger. “I’m a bit insulted that you think I’d have to break into a girl’s room to get in. Believe me. I knock, they open, I walk in. It’s as simple as that.”


Oh, Wes.. *sigh*… I just love everything about it. It’s beautiful. Hands down.

~Here’s some of my favorite quotes from the book~

“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.”


“I can tell you have a good heart…” I sighed, opening the door to the outside.” … because the minute I met you, I wanted to fight for it.”


“I’m going to make it so hard for you to forget this first kiss that you don’t want anyone else kissing you ever again. When the guy you fall in love with kisses you — it better put this kiss to shame — if it doesn’t, then he isn’t the right guy. Because I’m going to do a damn good job, and I want the guy that earns you, that takes that heart of yours and holds it in the palm of his hands… I want that guy to be able to make you feel things I’ll just be tapping into. Do you understand, Kiersten?”


“And then the lamb tempts the wolf.” Wes said in a low tone.

“And Wolf rises above temptation.” I sang.

“Wolf loves temptation.”

“Wolf needs to watch the movie.”

“Lamb needs to stop talking before wolf silences her with his teeth.”