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Monday, September 14, 2009

Ruined: A ghost story by Paula Morris


ISBN-13: 9780545042154

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?


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 Gras 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 refreshing changing of the typical high schooler climbing the social ladder or the Queen Bee harassing a poor insecure new girl. Anyway I love the story. The mystery started in 1853 at the time of the yellow fever. Morris has also thrown in a little bit of New Orleans history and how the Mardi Gras works and made a beautiful story out of it.
The mystery surrounding Lafayette Cementery, the patrician ways of the Bowman, Suttons and Grey will pique anyones curiosity, the ghost of Lisette, and the suspicious involvement of Rebecca and the gap in her family history are the main points of why I finished the book in a day and a half. Morris' writing still made me want to know what's going to happen chapter after chapter. My $16.99 well spent.

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1 comment:

Andrea [Buried In Books] said...

I've got this on my shelf, won it in a contest, but have yet to read it. It sounds good but I just have so much to read right now!

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