RELEASE DATE: Aug 2009
FORMAT: ARC, 315 pages
GENRE: Paranormal, Young Adult
When Rebecca Brown goes to New Orleans to stay with her voodoo-obsessed aunt, she finds the beautiful city haunted by the effects of Hurricane Katrina. Rebecca is also startled to discover a haunting of a different kind: near a graveyard one night, amid the Spanish moss and beneath the moonlight, she meets a ghost girl named Lisette, who has been dead for 150 years. Lisette helps Rebecca unearth an ancient mystery in her aunts house, along with some troubling historical truths.
Meanwhile, Rebecca must juggle adjusting to her snooty new prep school, developing a serious crush on a handsome boy, and dealing with an elite group of popular girls who may be linked to the ghostly mystery themselves.
RUINED is marketed as a ghost story and it is a story about a ghost, but it’s not what I expected. It’s not scary, or spooky or spine-tingling. It’s just about a girl who happens to be a ghost. The plot is quite good and we are introduced to Rebecca, who is the only person (or so she thinks) that can see the ghost, Lisette. They form a friendship, but behind it there is a secret which Rebecca slowly unravels and discovers the truth.
Rebecca is a nice girl, but we don’t really get to know her, and it’s the same with all the other characters. We are given glimpses of their personality, but then they just fizzle out and go flat. They are not really developed enough for my liking.
It is a nice easy read, as the writing is fairly simple, but I did find it a little hard going at times, as it is quite slow paced and there isn’t any action in the book to help move the story along. The atmosphere is non-existent, although I did get an essence of New Orleans, but the graveyard, which Rebecca frequently visits isn’t eerie or chilling. I wasn’t riveted by this book, but I did want to find out about Lisette, how she died and how Rebecca was tied up in it all.
During the last few chapters things do pick up when the truth is finally revealed and there is a potential murder and sacrifice. But then, it ends, just as it begins to get interesting.
Overall, this is a nicely written book, but not outstanding. It did keep my interest but didn’t grip me. If you are looking for a scary ghost story, this isn’t the book for you, but if you want an easy read with a mystery twist, then this may be the book you’re looking for.
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