[eARC Review] Ruined by Jus Acardo

Friday, January 10, 2014

Title: Ruined
Author: Jus Accardo
Series: The Eternal Balance #1
Genre: New Adult Paranormal
Format: ebook, 325 pages
Release Date: December 30th 2013
Publisher: Entangled Embrace
Source: eARC received from Publisher in exchange for an honest review

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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.

Paranormal New Adult is not a genre that I generally read. I don't really know why. It might be because I love YA paranormal so much that I do not want to mix the genres. But when I read the synopsis for Ruined I knew I had to read it. It sounded amazing and sexy, and i was not disappointed.

What I think i loved most about this book was the narration. We got two characters POV, Samantha and Jax. And both of these characters were amazing to read because they were both dealing with feelings they knew they should not hvae, yet have no control over them.

Jax is part demon, Samantha  is the one person he cannot shake from his past. He loves her despite the fact that being near her rips him apart inside. The paid he feels when he is near her is excruciating yet he does it anyway. I will warn that this book is very much a romance. I loved that about this book but I know many don't. Although the paranormal aspect of this book is amazing and the world is well crafted, the intentions of both main characters are done for love. And I will add that this book is SEXY, and there were some scenes...woooo. Let me just say I was fanning myself after ;)

I will say that the mystery in this book was very well done. The bad guy was kept a secret until it was revealed and I am not one to be surprised but I have to say that I was. There are not many books that can keep in the dark but this one did and I am glad it did, because I do not know if I would have enjoyed the book as much if I had figured it out.

Ruined took me by surprise and made me realize that I love Paranormal New Adult and I should not shy away from this genre any more. And I thank Entangled Embrace for making me realize this!

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