Thursday, October 17, 2013

RUINED: A NOVEL by Paula Morris

"Welcome to New Orleans: 
City of voodoo and beauty. 
Of hauntings and hurricanes.

Rebecca couldn't feel more out of place in New Orleans. She's staying in a creepy house with her aunt, who reads tarot cards. And at her snooty prep school, a pack of filthy-rich girls treat Rebecca like she's invisible. Only gorgeous, unavailable Anton Grey gives Rebecca the time of day, but she wonders if he's got a hidden agenda. Then one night, in Lafayette Cemetery, Rebecca makes a friend: sweet mysterious Lisette. There's just one catch.
     Lisette is a ghost.
     A ghost with a deep, dark secret, and a serious score to settle.
     As Rebecca is drawn into a web of curses and cryptic sustoms, she uncovers the startling truths about her own history. Will Rebecca be able to right the wrongs of the past, or has everything been ruined beyond repair?" (from the back of Ruined, a Novel by Paula Morris).

Out of the hundreds of novels I have read, this is the only one I have been able to read twice in one week. I almost got to three times before the week ended.There has been no other book like this, though a few that have come close. Morris weaves such interesting characters with so much depth and reality, that sometimes you forget that this book is fiction.The plot is strong and well done, with twists I never saw coming (and that says something).

Even though it has been about two years since I read this book, I still remember almost every detail. From the first words, you're captured as Morris' alluring voice drags you under the water like a siren might to a sailor. And when she finally lets you up to breath, you only want to dive down once more. Luckily, with her other two novels, Unbroken: A Ruined Novel and Dark Souls, you can. Or, like me, you can just read it again.

The characters in this book are strong and well developed, all having secrets and lives that you uncover one by one. From Lisette, the ghost herself, to even little Ashley, someone who was Rebecca's friend at some point. Also, unlike what seems to be a great number of books popping out along store isles today, this book isn't cliche, and the characters aren't perfect people. There is diversity like none other. You have your queen bee, the new girl, and the Mr. (Not So) Perfect, but you also have the half-crazed pyromaniac, and said pyro's little sister.

I would give this book about a nine and a half out of ten stars, the second highest rating I've ever given. The first going to Ray Bradbury's Dandelion Wine. So seeing that, you really know that, at least to me, this book is amazing. I definitely recommend it to anyone! Guys and girls alike. Any age over about eleven.

Rating wise, I'd give it about PG. Light cussing here and there is the only reason, but no more than two or three times. And it just takes more thought, being teen fiction and all.

Check out this book, like right now!!!