Apr 17, 2012

Stained by Ella James

Book Description:

After a fire destroys seventeen-year-old Julia’s home and kills her foster parents, she chases the half-demon responsible across the country and back, determined to avenge her family and discover why a host of celestial baddies want her dead. With Julia is enigmatic hottie - Cayne, who has his own score to settle with the half-demon, and who might be just as dangerous as the creature he and Julia hunt.

Christina's Book Review

First off, I have to say that I enjoyed reading this book!
We start off with Julia coming home to find her house burned down and her "parents" dead. Not wanting to go back into the "system" Julia decides to let everyone believe she is dead along with her parents and turns back on the life she had. While taking shelter in an abandoned warehouse something happens that will change her life forever. The change comes in the format of a Death look alike half demon and Cayne, who happens to literally drop into Julia's warehouse. After healing Cayne with her "special" abilities she notices that the half demon is the one who killed her "parents" and forces Cayne to take her along with him. Along their journey we meet some great secondary characters but you don't get attached to them because they are only a stop on their journey.
As the story progresses we get to learn a little more about the mysterious and totally aloof Cayne as well as learn what Julia is. NO matter how aloof and closed off Cayne is Julia pushes him to open up some and doesn't put up with his crap. What i liked about Julia was her vehemence in getting Cayne to open up and not putting up with his rudeness. I enjoyed their stubbornness and enjoyed watching Cayne finally open up to her. Their relationship was not rushed and was not an insta-love instead it was developed of a need to know from Julia and a bond over wanting to destroy the one person that destroyed both of their lives.
The only reason this got 4 stars was because at times the story seemed to lag a little and because when finally Cayne and Julia to admit their feelings for each other they are separated. :-( But I will be reading Stolen and hoping that we get more Cayne and Julia.

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