Stained by Ella James Review!

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Title: Stained (Stained #1)
Author: Ella James
Release Date: September 14th 2011 
Publisher: Barkley's Books
Source: Sent for review
Rating: ★1/2


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.

My Review:

I really tried to like this book. I really did. I wanted to love it, but alas, I had to many problems with it that I could not. 

Starting off with what Stained is about, we follow the main character, Julia, who's been in the foster care system all her life and for the past few years has found happiness with her current foster family. She comes home to find her home on fire with her family inside and the 'angel of death' (this is the half-demon btw) hovering above her home. She runs away and meets Cayne, a 'mysterious' guy and our story takes off from there.

If you read the paragraph above and found that interesting, well, so do I, but the problem lies when you actually start reading the novel.  

The writing is amateur at best, which is something that can be overlooked if the story is entertaining enough, but since there's no description and the dialogue is stiff, all the characters fall flat. Julia witnessed her home burn down with her family inside, and there is no mourning, no guilt, no sadness at all felt with her. She meets Cayne and all of a sudden everything falls by the wayside except for him.

I never connected to Julia and elements such as her powers that randomly happen with no real background and Cayne and Julia's relationship to one another is shallow and I never understood why Julia was lusting over him when she just went through a traumatic event. 

I could tell that Ella James had a clear vision in mind, but it was like reading an outline of the story instead of an actual novel.  

The positives: The action scenes were surprisingly well done and the pace was good throughout. That's pretty much it.

Have you read Stained? What did you think? 

-Amanda Leon

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