I would like to thank Ella James for providing me with an ebook copy of Stained to read and provide an honest review of this book.
Blurb from Goodreads:
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.
This book is riveting from the very start! There is action, adventure, romance, and intrigue that keeps you wanting to read more from beginning to end. The characters are well thought out and developed. The scenes are described in great detail, I felt like I was right there experiencing what the characters were: their fear, their happiness, their sadness.
Julia is the main female character. She is smart and sassy, funny and wise. She knows what she wants, when she wants it. And she's not afraid to go after it. She is running for her life, but constantly finds the exact danger she is trying to avoid. In order to avenge her family and find out why she is one of the "stained" she searches for answers from a host of celestial beings.
One of those "beings" is Cayne. He is one enigmatic boy! He keeps his distance from Julia, yet you can feel the tension that draws them together throughout the entire book. He warns her to stay away, but she just cannot resist. Their connection is undeniable. But Cayne holds secrets even he cannot know, because his memory has been wiped away. He is mysterious and magnetic.
Together they search for Samyaza, a half-demon out to find them both. Each has their own reason to want Samyaza dead, and together they intend to find him. They travel about the country finding solace in different places through different people.
All culminating in a climatic ending where what you thought you knew is nothing compared to what you find out! It's a total cliff hanger, and completely unexpected at that!
All in all this book is well written and certainly has me wanting more. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a bit of the paranormal mixed with action, adventure and romance. I cannot wait to read the sequel.
4 out of 5 stars from me!
(review of free book)