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Ruined by Paula Morris

November 12th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books

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Source: Reviewed for Sacramento Book Review

Heard about this book from And Another Book Read

Availability: Now available in stores

I give this 4 out of 5 stars

In the middle of her sophomore year of high school Rebecca’s father suddenly has to leave on an extended business trip and sends her to live with an aunt in New Orleans.  As soon as she steps foot in Temple Mead Academy she knows she has entered a whole new world.  Rebecca quickly learns this town is strictly divided among blood lines making it difficult for her to fit in.  One night while lost in the local cemetery, Rebecca meets a ghost, Lisette, who she comes to regard as her one true friend in town.   Little does she realize the sinister history that ties the two of them together.

This was a riveting read that I could not put down.  At times it was predictable but this book nicely ties together a ghost story with some commentary about life in New Orleans after hurricane Katrina and the divisions that still remain among the different ethnicities that comprise the city.

Lisette’s story is a sad one and yet not all that surprising for the time she lived in.  She supposedly died of the yellow fever back in 1853.  She eventually tells Rebecca that she was actually murdered and the act was covered up.  Lisette explains to Rebecca that normally she knows why only certain people can see her but she is not sure about Rebecca.  This mystery is the first clue that maybe there is something more that may tie Rebecca to New Orleans than she thought.  As mentioned above some things were easy to predict but one thing that certainly kept me guessing was what part Lisette would play in the very end.  Was she truly Rebecca’s friend or was this part of an elaborate ploy to gain revenge for her murder?

There were a couple of points I did find disconcerting.  Later in the book Rebecca is asked to participate in a parade that is normally only available to the elite families in town.  After spending most of the book being disgusted with all the fuss over these elite families I was surprised at how excited and determined she was to participate in the parade.  After how cruel these people have been to Rebecca I know I would have been suspicious of the offer.   Yes she blindly goes along and is excited over being in this parade despite the prejudice she has faced from the very people who invite her to join in.  Other than that this was a thoroughly enjoyable read.

Posted in 4 Star Books, Books, Paranormal, Young Adult

8 Responses

  1. Parajunkee

    This is on my TBR pile. Just haven’t had the time to get to it. It definitely sounds interesting – I’m always a little trepidations about reading novels about my city. But the author is a local, so it makes me even more excited. Thanks for the review.

  2. Elie (Ellz Readz)

    I won this in September and just received it last week. It is on my stack. I am glad to hear that you enjoyed it. Thanks for the review.

  3. Jamye

    Love the cover! I’m tempted to read it just because it takes place in New Orleans, but the story sounds great too.

  4. Sheila DeChantal

    The cover calls to me…..

  5. dsuzuki

    Parajunkee and Elie-I hope you like it.
    Jamye & Sheila-yes, I liked the cover too.

  6. Kay

    Glad you enjoyed this. I have it on my TBR pile, and I’m looking more forward to reading it every time I see a good review of it! Plus, that cover is pretty.

  7. suziqoregon

    I liked this one too. Parts were predictable, parts weren’t. Lisette intrigued me a lot. I loved the history of the New Orleans area.

  8. Serena (Savvy Verse & Wit)

    seems this book is getting a mixture of reviews.

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