Thursday, October 8, 2009

Ruined by Paula Morris: Review

Title: Ruined
Author: Paula Morris
Publisher: Point
Pages: 315
Rating: 4/5

"When Rebecca Brown goes to New Orleans to stay with her voodoo-obsessed aunt, she finds the beautiful city haunted by the effects of Hurricane Katrina. Rebecca is also startled to discover a haunting of a different kind: near a graveyard one night, amid the Spanish moss and beneath the moonlight, she meets a ghost girl named Lisette, who has been dead for 150 years. Lisette helps Rebecca unearth an ancient mystery in her aunts house, along with some troubling historical truths. Meanwhile, Rebecca must juggle adjusting to her snooty new prep school, developing a serious crush on a handsome boy, and dealing with an elite group of popular girls who may be linked to the ghostly mystery themselves."

My thoughts:

This is a wonderfully written book filled with history and the wonders of New Orleans. It really displays how the state was in the past and present. You get to see how it's changed, and sometimes, how it's just the same.

This is a story about a ghost, Listette, that Rebecca can only see. But that's only what she thinks. As the story and plot continue, it starts getting a tad creepier. And prophecys and such start following. I found that the way Morris wrote captured me in the old and current New Orleans. The only thing I have to say negative would be the whole Roman society mix. I got confused so many times, but then again, it adds to the story.

I loved the characters and thought they were displayed very well. Rebecca is your typical girl from New York. Then she's taken to her Aunt and she's already hating everything about her surroundings. I really liked her character. And Anton! He was sort of mysterious and creepy and just there. I liked how he was incorporated in the story line and plot.

Overall, this is a spooky, mysterious book that will keep you wanting more.

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