Review: Ruined by Paula Morris

Ruined: A Novel
Paula Morris




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Why Picked:
Saw it at the library and found out the author is originally from NZ.
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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. And at the snooty prep school, the 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. There’s just one catch: Lisette is a ghost.   A ghost with a deep, dark secret, and a serious score to settle.   As Rebecca learns more from her ghost friend – and as she slowly learns to trust Anton Grey-she also uncovers startling truths about her own history. Will Rebecca be able to right the wrongs of the past, or has everything been ruined beyond repair?
Another in the seemingly ending parade of young adult paranormal.  Like Shiver, this one too is fine.  Parts of the plot and world were interesting but over all I was just not wowed by the story. How ghosts behave in this story, fabulous.  Believable heroine, check. On the flip side, heroines need to be a bit unbelievable in that they need to be more proactive.  Rebecca seems to generally drift through the story more than the ghost who seems to have a purpose. The ending is a bit over the top which goes against the storytelling up till that point.  But maybe that is a statement on New Orleans, the setting for this story.  New Orleans is very laid back and southern slow until Mardi Gras when it becomes frantic and frenzied.  That, for me was how the storytelling here played out.  Slow and languid for most of it and frantic and frenzied for the climax.