Hello gorgeous people and welcome to Reading with ABC's blog tour stop of Jus Accardo's Ruined. This blog tour is presented by Rockstar Book Tours.
Author: Jus Accardo
Pub. Date: December 30, 2013
Publisher: Entangled Embrace
Hell is looking for a way to break loose…
Jax lost the genetic lottery. Descended from Cain, the world's first murderer, he's plagued by a curse that demands violence in exchange for his happiness. He left everything behind, including the girl he loved, but thriving on the pain of others is lonely… And it's killing him.
After a series of heartbreaking losses, Samantha put rubber to pavement and headed for college as fast as her clunker could carry her. But she can't outrun her problems. When an attack at school drives her back home, she's thrown into the path of a past—and a guy—she's been trying to forget.
Sam strains Jax's control over his darkness, but running isn't an option this time. Someone—or, something—followed her home from school: a ruthless monster with a twisted plan centuries in the making. Forced together to survive, and fighting an attraction that could destroy them both, Jax and Sam must stop a killer bent on revenge.
The premise of Ruined is very different. From the synopsis you have a very good idea of what the story is about. I just can’t imagine the pain of always living with another being inside that is always hungry for pain and fear.
Poor Jax, my heart broke for him. He tried so hard to be good, knowing all the time that a demon lived inside of him. It must be a terrifying feeling of helplessness. However, he is strong, loyal, with a big sense of responsibility and a healthy dose of ‘I don’t care’. Of course, it always helps that he's hot, sexy and strong.
I’m not sure what to think of Samantha. She is definitely Jax’s match and partner in crime. She is stubborn, strong, and tries her best to be fearless. I admire that she was able to accept Jax because I don’t think I would be able to. Jax and Sam’s relationship is really complicated and I suspect that it will become more so.
Chase is supposed to be the good twin brother, but I just didn’t like him from the beginning. He was way too happy to torture his brother and he was an expert at letting others take the blame for everything he did. Overall, the characterization is good, I really sympathized with Jax and his predicament.
The plot is good and some of the twists and turns are unexpected, but I have to confess on having my strong suspicions from the beginning. The demon world building is based on common believes and well fleshed out. This is obviously the first book in a series and the ending left a lot to be desired. The writing is really good and the hotness level was way up there :)
This book was different from my usual YA reads. Not bad by all means, just different and definitely more for NA and adult readers.
I will definitely read the next book in the series, I need to know what happens with Jax and Sam next (a loophole please!)
About the Author
JUS ACCARDO spent her childhood reading and learning to cook. Determined to follow in her grandfather’s footsteps as a chef, she applied and was accepted to the Culinary Institute of America. At the last minute, she realized her path lay with fiction, not food, and passed on the spot to pursue writing. Jus is the bestselling author the popular Denazen series from Entangled publishing and is currently working on the first book in a new adult series due out summer 2013. A native New Yorker, she lives in the middle of nowhere with her husband, three dogs, and sometimes guard bear, Oswald.
1 $25 Amazon Gift Card and a signed RUINED Poster US Only
3 eBooks of RUINED International
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