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Ruined A gripping YA supernatural novel set in New Orleans Twilight with a ghostly twist Rebecca couldn t feel out of place in New Orleans where she comes to spend the year while her dad is traveling She s

  • Title: Ruined
  • Author: Paula Morris
  • ISBN: 9780545042154
  • Page: 487
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A gripping YA supernatural novel set in New Orleans Twilight with a ghostly twist.Rebecca couldn t feel 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 Claudia, who reads Tarot cards for a living And at the snooty prep school, a pack of filthy rich girls treat Rebecca like sA gripping YA supernatural novel set in New Orleans Twilight with a ghostly twist.Rebecca couldn t feel 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 Claudia, who reads Tarot cards for a living And at the snooty prep school, a pack of 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.

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    About Author

    1. Paula Morris says:
      Paula Morris, a novelist and short story writer of English and Maori descent, was born in New Zealand For almost a decade she worked in the record business in London and New York She now lives in New Orleans, where she teaches creative writing at Tulane University.Paula s first novel, Queen of Beauty, won best first work of fiction at the 2003 Montana New Zealand Book Awards Hibiscus Coast, a literary thriller set in Auckland and Shanghai, was published in 2005 and has been optioned for film Her third novel, Trendy But Casual, was published by Penguin New Zealand in 2005.Paula s first short story collection, Forbidden Cities 2008 was a regional finalist in the 2009 Commonwealth Writers Prize.Ruined, her first YA novel, was published by in 2009.

    Comment 652 on “Ruined

    1. CarolynStorer says:
      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 [...]

    2. NikkiPeterson says:
      Rebecca s Dad has to go to Japan for six months and is going to have to go and stay with her Aunt Claudia As if leaving New York isn t bad enough, she also has to start prep school All of the girls are pretty snotty and have a high opinion of themselves, being from the richest familys in New Orleans One night Rebecca hears voices and sees several of the girls she goes to school with along with some boys from boys prep school She decides to sneak out of the house and see what they are doing in th [...]

    3. Emilianna says:
      Well it was an interesting one I loved it from start to finish and it was an interesting look at today s society levels.At first I was a bit irritated that the South was painted in such a mean way, when Southerners are usually quite nice people Then again I ve never met the high society Southerners like Helena Bowman so I can t know if its that bad or not But I got over it really quick and loved the way Morris depicts ghosts in this story All the characters where rich and believable and it alway [...]

    4. Cillian says:
      Even better this time around This is one of the reasons why I love rereading it also has a downside I always fear when I start a reread what if I don t love it as much as I did the first time Or even worse what if I m indifferent to it what if I can t even fathom why I shelved it as dear most dear books I m so glad I own the sequel And I m in New Orleans heaven right now rereading Ruined, the sequel, and The Casquette Girls Nothing beats New Orleans as a setting.Nothing.

    5. Rianne~ says:
      this was a poorly written story that obviously needed to be revised, with hardly any good character It was like they were all literally ghosts, no emotions whatsoever I could sum up the book in just a few paragraph s as easy as this Great, im moving in with my voodoo aunt, who isnt really my aunt, and ive only met her a few times, wait why do i call her auntie Im best friends with my twelve year old cousin,and im 16, beat that So my aunt tells me that people get murdered in the grave yard, and j [...]

    6. Lexie says:
      Like the main character, Rebecca, I knew very little about New Orleans before Katrina What I did know came from sources like movies, novels, comic books and random historical facts that stuck in my head from American history classes Pop culture painted a surrealistic view of the city populated by a people who have lived and thrived on traditions for centuries and Mardi Gras, was the talk of the world I was intrigued and terrified by the thought of going to the city And then Hurricane Katrina hit [...]

    7. Katieeoh Lacanlale says:
      Hi I just posted this review on my blog katieeoh.tumblr post 11431First and foremost, I loved the cover Its very mysterious and at the same time it tells a dark, witty story For me I love books that are filled with mystery, horror and suspense But I never loved books that s all about vampires and werewolves and fallen angels whatever I hate those kind of books It shifts my mind into something that is so unraveling and simply weird I never loved it, just like Twilight, Fallen, whatever, etc So th [...]

    8. Angelc says:
      Ruined is a creepy, gothic ghost story, the perfect read for the Halloween season The setting and the entire tone of the book are so eerie The book is never too scary, but it gives the reader the perfect amount of chills and thrills.I m usually much into characters than settings, but in this story, New Orleans seems like it s own character I learned so much about the city s history as well as how the upper class live there today Rebecca is very much involved with the old families in town and ho [...]

    9. Masha says:
      1 I hate myself 2 I hate my teaching group 3 Awfully boring YA book Mini RTC.

    10. Educating Drew says:
      Isn t that cover absolutely gorgeous, if a bit misleading the ghost in the story is a young black girl and the woman in the picture, well, she doesn t look young or black, does she It being a ghost story wasn t really what pushed me into this purchase, rather it was because the ghost story s setting is New Orleans I have no ties with NOLA outside of doing the touristy visits Still, in all of the places that I have travelled, NOLA is the only city that I can still visualize, the only place where [...]

    11. Margaret Stohl says:
      I am a sucker for these things the south, graveyards, good writing, a well spun multi generational yarn, a curse, ghosts, and tarot card readers How could I not like this book Different books fit into my bookshelf in different ways, and I have very few like this one So happy to have it

    12. Lori says:
      If you re a reader that s looking for a teeth grinding, heart pounding, sleep with the lights on ghost story, read no further You will likely be disappointed by Paula Morris freshman effort, Ruined Not that Ruined is a poor book far from it But it s like a ghost story with less calories and a lighter taste Ruined is aimed for the Young Adult audience but it s perfectly acceptable as an adult read as well This adult enjoyed it thoroughly from page one And while it s marketed as a ghost story, an [...]

    13. Ellz Readz says:
      My thoughtsThis book can best be described as flavorful The reader gets tastes of New Orleans history, Mardi Gras excitement, Haitian magic and an old fashioned ghost story The main character Rebecca is thrown into post Katrina New Orleans in a house with a view of the famous Lafayette Cemetery Curiosity gets the better of her and she finds herself face to face with a real ghost Her aunt believe in old magic and voo doo She gives Rececca several warnings to stay out of the cemetery and out of th [...]

    14. Patty says:
      Ruined By Paula MorrisThis great book was a true ghost story I truly enjoyed reading it It took place in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina I loved the historical references in the story They gave an aura of truth to what I was reading In a nutshell Rebecca has been told by her father that he has a 6 month stay in China They are New Yorkers and Rebecca is not happy about the fact that because of this she must spend the next 6 months with her Aunt Claudia in New Orleans at a private school Of co [...]

    15. Peace Love and Reviews says:
      This book made me want to see New Orleans intensely soon.The description of Garden District made me google the place sooner than you can day Mardi Gra here I come.Rebecca Brown s character was likable She s not the typical 16 year old character that s so desperately wanting to fit in her new surroundings or else she d probably die of an untimely social death Its a refreahing changing of yhe typical high schooler climbing the social ladder or the Queen Bee harassing a poor insecure new girl Anywa [...]

    16. Christy (TheReaderBee) says:
      Ruined is my very first read by Paula Morris I was thrilled that it finally came in at the library so I could read it.The characters are pretty likeable Of course, there are some you just love to hate anyways The main character, Rebecca, was pretty likeable She wants to fit in at her new home and new school, but she really doesn t seem to care when she doesn t I really didn t see much of a connection between Rebecca and Anton, unfortunately There s definitely not a lot of romance in this book, a [...]

    17. Abby says:
      This book was a lot interesting than I thought it would be Ghosts and other paranormal y things can often be cheesy but I think it was done really well I liked her writing style and I liked the different characters Even though I liked it, it took me awhile to get through and I don t really know why, but it made me enjoy it less And I also feel like the ending was sort of random and abrupt and wasn t really explained So the book as a whole was just alright in my opinion This is such a lame revie [...]

    18. Kathy says:
      Rebbecca is sent to live with her Aunt in New Orleans when her dad has to travel to China for work She knows no one here and is immediately put off by the snobbish manners of the girls she attends school with Her only friend is Lisette, a girl she meets in the cemetery However, it turns out that Lisette is a ghost She is limited to haunting the cemetery, the Bowman house, and her childhood home until her murder is avenged This will occur with the end of the curse that was placed on the Bowman fa [...]

    19. Jacqueline says:
      I love a good ghost story so maybe my expectations going into this book were too high since I ve never read anything by this author before Needless to say, Ruined was a bit of a let down.The ingredients are all there A great setting to facilitate a spooky atmosphere, good historical details, and an unique and well set up plot with an outcome that wasn t obvious Despite all of this, there was something missing from the overall story Perhaps it was that I didn t find the heroine, Rebecca, sympathe [...]

    20. Oksana*Bookaholic* says:
      Why do these things happen Another bunch of trees wasted just to publish this atrocity First things first What makes up a good story Good characters Riiiight Someone you can relate to, someone that you admire, someone that you vouch for throughout the book Epic Fail Rebecca was a snooty little brat that I can t believe got the main lead Seriously OMG I am so better than everyone I m cool, and I don t need any friends And then she wonders why nobody likes her She didn t even know the snotty prep [...]

    21. Barbara says:
      Although this book deals with much about New Orleans that is exotic and otherworldly, the author does a marvelous job at describing what it s like to be an outsider in a society or culture that is very much closed to anyone who isn t one of the inner circle When Rebecca Brown comes to live reluctantly in New Orleans three years after Hurricane Katrina, she knows very little about the place The girls at her private school snub her, of course, and she ends up haunting the local cemetery where she [...]

    22. Shiralea Woodhouse says:
      I admit it I picked up this book because it was set in Louisianad even better, in a graveyard in New Orleans I being a La native have always loved the aboveground cemeteries there is just something neat o about them And the author managed to weave in some of the history and culture of N.O into the story So I enjoyed the setting However although I ve never run into the upper crust of the garden district, it s a little hard to believe they would be SO snottyd homicidal most southerners are pretty [...]

    23. Kristy says:
      I m probably being too generous with a 3 star rating, but I did like this book Interesting litte story, Welcome to New Orleans City of Voodoo and Beauty Of Hurricanes and Hauntings Main Character, Rebecca makes a friend in Lisette One minor little detail, she is a ghost A ghost who has quite the interesting past A ghost who has quite a lot of said past that just so happens to have a great deal to do with Rebecca.Rebecca finds out deep truths about her covered up past DEE DO DEE DOO DEE DO DEE DO [...]

    24. Katieb (MundieMoms) says:
      This is a good story It has a lot of historical references to New Orleans and New York City It s not a scary ghost story, but of a story about a curse on a family in New Orleans It s an depth story that deals with a few other families and a ghost that haunts the cemetery the family and the curse that s plagued the families for over 150 years, especially one of the families.This story took all sorts of twist and turns Things you wouldn t except happen and the story has some very well written plo [...]

    25. Jenn says:
      This book had everything that I m fascinated by in it History intermingled with mystery with vivid descriptions had me eagerly turning the pages to find out what would happen next Although, the main character wasn t necessarily likable, she was tolerable, I was still invested in the story Looking forward to reading the next one

    26. Tya says:
      This was one of those books that reminded me that I m actually not in the age group that teen books are targeted to.

    27. Rebecca McNutt says:
      I found this book to be nothing special, but I still enjoyed it For a YA paranormal, it wasn t bad, although rather typical.

    28. Alexis says:
      It was a clich d story about a girl who falls in love with some guy Oh, and she can see ghosts.

    29. Michaela Writesel says:
      First off, this book is worth reading entirely Published in 2009, It contains almost no controversial topics besides the topic of murder which even then the book does not contain graphic descriptions Not only this, but the author writes in such a way that is simple enough for younger readers to understand With this in mind, Ruined by Paula Morris becomes a great read for young teens to young adults However, older readers might find the simply language and plot too boring Paula Morris has written [...]

    30. Kitkat says:
      I thought the book was okay I didn t dislike it but I felt it had a lot of potential I didn t get much depth on characters which made them two dimensional I thought that there could have been a little scenes but the book kept going to a straight forward ending There was nothing really special about the characters which made the book okay.

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