Hollow Tours Presents: Stained



 Title:  Stained
Author: Ella James
Format:  Ebook 
 Publisher:  Barkley's Books
Rating:  5 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.   -Goodreads




Here, yet again, it stands to reason that where there is great story telling there is authoress Ella James.
This tale is nothing like the sweet "be still my heart" love readers were served in "Before You Go".  "Stained" is an action packed, mile a minute thrill read, filled with demons, fights, wings, angst, mystery, suspense...and maybe...just a little...ROMANCE.

What  Are You?
Julia is a girl who loses it all on the night that her house burns down at the hands of a mysterious demon that she sees moments before she is forced to flee her burning home; leaving her dead foster parents and all that she has known behind to start a life as...

Flash forward.   Julia...abandoned pecan factory...death demon...hot guy...a fight...hot guy almost dies...and Julia heals him.
 That right, she heals him.  So we the readers are left with the same question for both Julia and the hottie that falls through the roof of the afore mentioned pecan factory, who we later come to know as Cayne.
Who are you?

So Now What?
She saves him from his injuries and he saves her from Sam. Oh yeah, did I not tell you that Mr. Death's name is Sam, and that he is not only hunting Julia, but is also locked in a to-the-death battle with Cayne?
It seems that Cayne and Sam are playing a dangerous game of cat and mouse and Julia is the shiny cat toy with feathers that neither can resist.
This is where the real fun begins.  While on the hunt for Sam readers get to see the sights of Memphis, find out that Cayne is a half demon with missing memories, learn about Julia and her mysterious birthmark, fight more demons and...I would love to tell you but you're just going to have to read it.

Not Your Average Angel
Cayne is not your average angel, and this is not the hot angel + cute girl = show me your wings and I'll love you forever.  This story is a battle from start to finish.  Julia and Cayne are both battling for sanity, truth, love, and their lives.
This is an intelligent read full of characters that are not always perfect, but who are able to think on their feet.  The story plays out before the reader like a flawlessly conducted symphony.  Every scene, player, line, and setting doing its part to make the experience of "Stained" the masterpiece that it is.

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2 comments:

jennifer zuna said...

Great review! Will definitely be checking this one out!

El said...

Thanks for another thoughtful review. :) I'd love to see what you think of my new one, HERE. It's not really like Stained or BYG. Kind of in between? I'd say it's more romantic than Stained but with more plot than BYG... If you want to review it, I can send you a copy. And I have Stolen, the second in the Stained series, coming out March 10. I'm giving out a few advance copies in exchange for day-of-release reviews if you're interested.

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