Ruined (#1 of 2) by Paula Morris
Published Year: 2009
Genre: YA Paranormal
Subtitle: No Thank You
"Rebecca couldn't feel more out of place in New Orleans, where she comes to spend the year while her dad is traveling. She's staying in a creepy old house with her Aunt Claudia, who reads Tarot cards for a living. And at the snooty prep school, a pack of filthy-rich girls treat Rebecca like she's invisible. Only gorgeous, unavailable Anton Grey seems to give Rebecca the time of day, but she wonders if he's got a hidden agenda. Then one night, in Lafayette Cemetery, Rebecca makes a friend. Sweet, mysterious Lisette is eager to talk to Rebecca, and to show her the nooks and crannies of the city."
I was so looking forward to this book. Partly because I was unable to find it for so long and being unwilling to pay full price on Amazon, I decided to wait until fate deigned to give me this book. So, when I ran across it at my local secondhand bookstore, I thanked fate and promptly purchased it. The blurb on the back was great. The prologue was eerie, and dark, and excellent. I was so excited. And then.... I started reading.
Rebecca, the main character, is forced to move to New Orleans and she has the typical problems with this: new school, loner, clique system, etc. etc. I should have know when I realized she was only 15 that this book was not going to be what I had hoped it would be.
I found Rebecca incredibly annoying. She would go from the hipster hating-the-system, all self righteous about how it could never be this way in New York, to desperately wanting to fit in and conforming along with everything.
The whole relationship between Rebecca and Anton was weird and stilted. There was no real substance to it (really either character at all, if I'm being honest) and I didn't care a whit either way whether they ended up happily together or not (which is so unlike me, I'm all about my ships).
To be completely honest, the only redeeming part of this book was Lisette. Her backstory was the most intriguing (unfortunately there was still some major holes in it, so that's just sad). I also enjoyed PM's portrayal of ghosts in the book. Really, that was the only thing I truly enjoyed about this book, no strings attached.
Overall, it was too immature with underdeveloped characters, relationships and plot. But apparently she's written a sequel. So if you enjoyed it, then you may be interested in that. I, however, will not be picking it up.
1 out of 5 stars.