In YA Book Reviews on August 8, 2013 at 2:39 am


by Paula Morris

Ghost Story/Mystery/@ 2009/ 309 pages*

Additional Details:

There is a sequel to this book – Unbroken: A Ruined Novel by Paula Morris (published February, 2013)

Publisher Blurb (from the Backcover of Ruined):

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 the 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, among the oak trees in Lafayette Cemetery, Rebecca makes a friend. Sweet, mysterious Lisette is eager to show Rebecca the nooks and crannies of New Orleans. There’s just one catch. Lisette is a ghost.

My Thoughts:

Ruined, simply put, is a very enjoyable ghost/mystery/romance story that will give you a good appreciation for the city and history of New Orleans . The book has a strong character in Rebecca, who seems to have a good sense of herself and doesn’t need acceptance by the in-crowd. Lisette is also an interesting character who has quite a story to tell. For the most part, though, this book is less about the characters and more about the plot and the setting. You couldn’t pick a better location for a ghost story than New Orleans. That definitely influenced my enjoyment of the book. I thought the author did a stellar job giving rich details about the city today, its famous Garden District, French Quarter, and plantations, as well as its history and traditions. There was an especially good scene in the book where Lisette is walking Rebecca through New Orleans, and they come across ghosts with their unique stories, intermingled with real living people just going about their regular day.

You could probably find fault with the plot on a few minor points that just didn’t add up, but, overall, it is a good read.

My Rating: 4/5 stars

In My Opinion: This book is appropriate for and of interest to 7th graders and older. There is a minimum of violence and no objectionable language or explicit sexual scenes.

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