Stained (Stained #1)
by Ella James
Seventeen-year-old Julia is finally living the good life. She’s traded a hard cot in a Memphis orphanage for her very own room in a perfect little house, on a perfect little street, with a perfect set of parents who picked her to be their daughter.
But Julia is hiding a secret – and one fall night, she returns home from a friend’s house to find that her secret has found her. Her ‘forever home’ is ashes. Her parents are dead. And, in the sky above the flames, a winged creature hunts her.
The Nephilim King, Samyaza, has taken everything from Cayne. After struggling in the darkness for years to piece together his shattered life, Cayne is finally ready to confront his past and avenge the loss of everything he loved. He tracks Samyaza to a Memphis warehouse, where he winds up flat on his back, in the healing hands of a beautiful, dark-haired girl he doesn’t need to know.
Unbeknownst to either of them, they are already bound. Cayne’s past holds the answers to Julia’s future. But what will pose the greatest threat to her? The bounty placed on her head by the leaders of two Celestial realms, or giving her heart to a man who is bound, by birth, to break it?
A love story among angels. I know, that’s quite the usual trope lately, but surprisingly, STAINED has got a lot of promise. The characters are quite enjoyable, especially the gorgeous Nephilim Cayne. True, he’s amnesiac, but his determination to get back his memories and bring down the Angel of Darkness Samyaza was an admirable trait. No wonder the Stained One, Julia was drawn to him. And yes, I was kinda drawn to him too.
I liked that action started right from the start and didn’t disappoint as the story progressed. After only a few lines, I jumped into this book and the plot got intriguing and quite interesting. Although I thought Julia was a weakling, at the latter part of the story, I found myself liking her. She was kind of “clingy” character, but I guess, given her young age, I thought it was okay. At least she was acting her age. Cayne, on the other hand, albeit, needed a crash-course on driving, but also fun to be with once you get to know him.
Stained isn’t fast paced, but it was really enjoyable until the end… oh wait! There’s no END yet! The book ended rather abruptly, as to be expected, and it’s great. Cayne’s life was at stake and I have this need to know what happens next.