Sunday, January 5, 2014

Book review of Ruined (The Eternal Balance #1) by Jus Accardo



Synopsis:

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.

Review:

I must start this review with the fact that I love Jus Accardo's Denazen series. It's one of my favorite YA series. When I heard she was releasing a New Adult Paranormal, I was over the moon!


I liked a lot of things about this book but I feel like there should have been a prequel novella. You're basically thrown into this established relationship, which is okay but I just never got the opportunity to connect with the characters as much as I would have liked to. Also, sometimes you would be in a scene and all if a sudden you're thrown into another scene. They're in the police station then suddenly in the next sentence they're in a diner and I'm here like *whiplash*. Maybe it's just the way those scenes were written, I think they could have been linked a bit more gracefully.

I really loved the world building and I adored Jax! Samantha... grew on me after the second half of the book, sort of (again, I really believe this book could have been AMAZING with a prequel!). Around the halfway point is when the book mostly picks up. I was teetering between 3 and 4 stars so I decided to go with a 3.5. Sometimes I would think, ok this is really picking up now! Then it would shoot right back to 3-star-land. There were just so many loose ends that I felt were unnecessary. I'm trying to put my finger on why this book fell short for me. I could have possibly had really high expectations that it just didn't meet.

It didn't flow as good as the Denazen series and it was mostly predictable, I literally knew in the first 25% of the book what the major plot was. It felt sort of choppy and smashed together. I almost wanted to DNF it but I love this author so much that I continued to read. 

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