Review: Stained (Stained #1) by Ella James

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Goodreads Synopsis:

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

Julia’s world becomes completely devastated when she finds her home burned down with her foster parents inside. Soon she is on the run and in search for the half-demon she knows is responsible for their deaths. The only person she can rely on is the dark and mysterious (yet gorgeously attractive) Cayne who has his own share of emotional baggage, and is most definitely not human. Though it takes some struggling, Julia convinces Cayne to take her with him in his search for the half-demon he is determined to destroy. Cayne and Julia find themselves traveling across country together facing off scores of enemies and raising up more unanswerable questions as well as some strong feelings for one another.

Action is thrown around right off the bat in Stained, I had so many questions I didn’t know which one I wanted answered first. Julia is definitely gifted in a super extraordinary wat and that makes her a target in this book, and of course the only one who can protect her is Cayne, so that leaves plenty of room for some awesome fight scenes and suspense. Though this is yet another angels/demons book, Ella James throws in her own ingenuity into the plot that had me hooked to the pages. This book kept me on my toes from start to finish. It was a constant adventure, there was never a standstill moment because they were constantly on the run, and just when you think you are beginning to figure things out, another curve ball gets thrown at you.

Multiple POVs are used in Stained, which is both helpful and confusing at some points. It was wonderful to be able to hear from both Julia and Cayne throughout though, especially as feelings were stirred between the two of them. Which brings me to their relationship, though Julia was a little too crybaby at times she stood her ground no matter what. If Cayne was giving her crap and just being flat out frustrating, she would stay there until she fixed the problem. In fact both of them did not give up on one another despite all the obstacles that were in their way. That was one of the things I enjoyed the most about Stained, right when I thought the author was going to throw in some annoying romantic conflict to separate Julia and Cayne, she automatically resolved it. Of course their relationship is far from perfect, but that’s what makes it so entertaining, and worth while. And by the time Stained finished the relationship had evolved into something  beautiful yet tumultuously  powerful!

Since this is only the first book in the Stained series, and there four, I could definitely tell that most of what occurred in book one was build up, so I am super eager to see what’s in store for this series. Hopefully it will be good enough to see through to the end. I most definitely had to buy book two after the way Stained ended. It ends with quite the development, one that is both frustrating and intense to say the least. Not to mention, some interesting characters get introduced, and I’m sensing a love triangle in our midst, but who knows I could be wrong. I would definitely recommend you read Stained, its suspenseful, unique, and romantic. If you enjoy angel paranormal romance, this is the book for you! Review of book two to come!

You can buy Stained for FREE on Amazon here!

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