Saturday, December 24, 2011
Book Review: Stained
Today's review is on Stained by Ella James
Stained is the first book that I have read by James. It hooked me right at the very beginning, but then got a little slow only to jack back up to excitement up to the very end. At just under 200 pages, it was a nice one day read.
Returning from a neighbors house, seventeen-year-old Julia; who has been in and out of foster homes all of her life, finds her own engulfed in flames. The bodies of her current foster parents still inside, and the "Angel of Death" stoking the flames.
To avoid being placed in a group home yet again she decides to flee. Never again will she return to school or see her friends. That's par for the course for "freaks" like her though. Taking refuge in an abandoned warehouse, she cuts her hair short and tries to sleep.
She awakes to the sound of something on the roof. Suddenly a handsome guy falls through. He's injured and she knows she can heal him. While she tries, the "Angel of Death" comes crashing down too. Tall, dark, brooding, and handsome jumps up and continues fighting until "Death" turns and fly's away.
Julia then questions Mr. Handsome; Cayne, about what has happened but get's nowhere. Neither does he however when he asks what she is. Added to the drama is the fact that Cayne has lost his memories. He only knows that he wants to kill Samyaza; the "Angel of Death", and now so does Julia.
The two then embark on a journey packed with life and death danger around every corner. Not only are Samyaza's men looking for them, but the rest of the Stained are as well. And while Samyaza's men will kill them both, the Stained only want to kill Cayne.
Along the journey Julia and Cayne find that they not only need each other, they love each other.
A unique twist on the whole Nephilim/Demon paranormal scene, I really liked reading Stained and look forward to reading the next installment. There were just a few editing mistakes in the copy that I was given and as my readers know, I have to mark my rating accordingly.
3 of 5 stars