Stained by Ella James

Publication Date: September 14th, 2011
Barkley’s Books
Format: Kindle Edition
RATING: 3 out of 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.

Well, this book kinda played with me a little bit. Part of it had me oohing and aaahhing with how well written it was. The characters were fleshed out well and the plot flows in a pace that will not have you stumbling or tripping all over yourself because it was way too fast for your liking. In fact, I was ready to toot its horn on Twitter and to anyone who’d pay attention to me. Let’s just say that it went downhill when they finally succumbed to their attraction. What the hell happened? As soon as their initial wariness of each other wore off, the dialogues and interactions became juvenile (tickle fight? really?).


Anyway, Stained is a story about Julia; a teen who’d been bounced around in the foster system for most of her young life. But luck was on her side when she finally found parents who were genuinely caring. Of course, as soon she let her guard down, the perfect family she’d come to know was yanked away from her – by a house fire that killed the people she’d come to love. Unable to deal with the reality that she’s about to go back into the system, she ran away and found herself squatting in a decrepit warehouse. Alone, scared and full of grief, she was ready to accept what fate has thrown her way. Even a man falling from the sky and almost onto her lap, followed by a literal demon of her dreams.

But really, here’s what you needed to know:

CAYNE is a Nephilim.
JULIA is a Stained – a hybrid of something that wasn’t really cleared up in this book. It’s part of the quest that they seek; to know what she really is and why Samyaza (demon) was after her.

Cayne’s kind is hunting Julia’s kind and vice versa. She doesn’t understand why, other than the inclination that it has something to do with the fact that she can see people’s aura and she has a healing touch. Their lives intersect when Cayne fell from the sky while he was battling Samyaza. Unable to resist the call, Julia heals Cayne and decides that following him around would be better than living the life of a hobo. Besides, he knew the demon that she saw in a vision before her house, her life went up in flames. But Cayne is not too forthcoming with answers and is determined to settle his score with Sam. There were too many things that happened after that; and I feel I’m running the risk of talking too much as it is. History of Nephilim was told, car chases, and kickassery ensued.

But here’s what I thought about the book.

I’m giving it a middle of the five rating just because I enjoyed most of it. It was action-packed and is every bit as unique from all the angel books I’ve ever read. The chemistry of the characters was fantastic…until the kissing and snogging ruined it all. Gah. I have to give props to the author for building up such sweet anticipation for the fruition of the romance. Truthfully, I was getting impatient just because it took too long.

The vision of the seer was convoluted; I had a hard time following it. The author left a lot of the story elements unfinished to the point that it annoyed me and at the same time, it’s what made me download the rest of the books.

But listen, I really enjoyed it regardless of my problems. There was a point when I really couldn’t stand reading any more angel books and Ella James just revived my love for it.

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