BOOK ONE IN THE BESTSELLING STAINED SERIES:
Seventeen-year-old Julia is finally living the good life. She’s traded a hard cot in a Memphis orphanage for her very own room in a perfect little house, on a perfect little street, with a perfect set of parents who picked her to be their daughter.
But Julia is hiding a secret – and one fall night, she returns home from a friend’s house to find that her secret has found her. Her ‘forever home’ is ashes. Her parents are dead. And, in the sky above the flames, a winged creature hunts her.
The Nephilim King, Samyaza, has taken everything from Cayne. After struggling in the darkness for years to piece together his shattered life, Cayne is finally ready to confront his past and avenge the loss of everything he loved. He tracks Samyaza to a Memphis warehouse, where he winds up flat on his back, in the healing hands of a beautiful, dark-haired girl he doesn’t need to know.
Unbeknownst to either of them, they are already bound. Cayne’s past holds the answers to Julia’s future. But what will pose the greatest threat to her? The bounty placed on her head by the leaders of two Celestial realms, or giving her heart to a man who is bound, by birth, to break it?
– STAINED BOOKS TWO AND THREE LISTED IN AMAZON’S TOP 100 YA EBOOKS OF 2012.
-NAMED ONE OF THE TOP 10 YA ROMANCE BOOKS OF 2011.
-WINNER OF THE FLAMINGNET TOP CHOICE AWARD.
-CAYNE NAMED ONE OF THE TOP 10 BEST BOOK BOYFRIENDS OF 2011.
-FEATURED ON NUMEROUS AMAZON BESTSELLER LISTS.
-FIRST IN A COMPLETED SERIES OF FOUR (INCLUDING STOLEN, CHOSEN, AND EXALTED).
Review by Jessica
Julia is an orphan who has had a difficult childhood. Not just because she was raised in the system and only recently found a real family that love her as parents should, but also because she is… different. Julia doesn’t know how or why, but she has always been able to sense peoples auras and is able to heal others somehow. So when a terrifying angel of death murders her parents, she is understandably miffed (<-understatement).
Once again finding herself orphaned, Julia decides to run rather than suffer through another group home. It is while sleeping in an abandoned warehouse one night that she bumps into Cayne. Well, actually he falls through the ceiling of her warehouse while battling the same angel of death who murdered her family. Julia learns from Cayne that the angel of death is actually a half deamon named Samyaza who has stolen something very important from Cayne. The two form a tenuous bond (they hate each other) and decide to go after Samyaza together (she forces him to take her with him).
One of the things I LOVED about this book was the relationship between Cayne and Julia. It is hilarious. They are both very sarcastic people and their back and forth banter is really entertaining. I also enjoyed the fact that their relationship seemed to grow organically and wasn’t “insta-love.” The pacing was really great and the plot was amazing. It is definitely original and I cannot wait to read the next book because…?!?!?! Anyway, I really loved this story and I would definitely recommend it. 4.5 books!
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I’m a Denver, Colorado author who writes teen and adult romance. I am happily married to a man who knows how to wield a red pen, and together we are raising two young children who will probably grow up believing everyone’s parents go to war over the placement of a comma. My books have been listed on numerous Amazon bestseller lists, including the Amazon Top 100 and the Amazon Movers & Shakers List; two were listed among Amazon’s Top 100 Young Adult Ebooks of 2012. To find out more about my projects and win prizes and swag, find me on Facebook at facebook.com/ellajamesauthorpage. Questions or comments? Tweet me at author_ellaj or e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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