STAINED (Stained #1) by Ella James
Publication Date: Sept. 2011 (amazon.com)
Source: Mark My Words Publicity
Format: Digital galley
Rating: 4 stars
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.
Ella James has done it again! She completely amazes me with her unique ability to suck readers in and enthrall them completely. Stained has been out for awhile now and I have no idea why I haven’t picked it up until now. This book is so unique. I haven’t read a storyline quite like this one and that’s where Ella’s awesomeness comes in at. Every story she gives us is different from anything out at the time. She is seriously one of my favorite authors.
The storyline is filled with drama and suspense. It’s woven throughout the entire novel, from front to back. I was on the edge of my seat for most of the entire book! I swear, Ella knows how to give a girl a heart attack, that’s for sure! With Julia becoming homeless due to a mysterious creature-thing burning her home to the ground and killing the only people who have ever really loved her she’s left depending on Cayne, a creature himself, for help. Cayne has secrets of his own and even some he doesn’t realize he has. He’s mysterious and that only adds to my curiosity of him. Both characters are likable and I love how Julia seems to have inner strength she didn’t even know she had. Even in times she wanted to give up or run, she didn’t. She held her ground.
The best thing about the characters was the wordplay between Julia and Cayne. The sarcasm was flowing freely between both of them and the conversations were very creative on Ella’s part. Julia and Cayne are stubborn individuals with snarky personalities and because of this they butted heads often. Even so, they are pretty perfect for one another.
The pace for the overall book was on point. I liked how their relationship built up over time. At first they couldn’t stand one another for various reasons. (Mostly because she wouldn’t stop asking questions and Cayne wouldn’t answer said questions) <<—this is where the extremely brilliant banter came in at. lol But as the book progressed, so did their mutual respect and like for one another. As a reader, this completely makes or breaks a book. It made this book for Ella!
Overall, I loved this book. It has mystery, drama, suspense, and a little bit of romance mixed in. It kept me on edge. I laughed, I teared up, and at times I wanted to slap someone. Ella keeps exceeding my expectations for her over and over again and I am amazed every time an Ella James book ends up on my e-reader because I know I’m in for one exciting ride!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ella James is a Colorado author who writes teen and adult romance. She is happily married to a man who knows how to wield a red pen, and together they are raising a feisty two-year-old who will probably grow up believing everyone’s parents go to war over the placement of a comma.
Ella’s books have been listed on numerous Amazon bestseller lists, including the Movers & Shakesrs list and the Amazon Top 100; two were listed among Amazon’s Top 100 Young Adult Ebooks of 2012.