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by Paula Morris

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A gripping YA supernatural novel set in New Orleans: TWILIGHT with a ghostly twist.

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 Claudia, who reads Tarot cards for a living. And at the snooty prep school, a pack of filthy-rich girls treat


A gripping YA supernatural novel set in New Orleans: TWILIGHT with a ghostly twist.

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 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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VOYA - Valerie Ott
Morris, a newcomer to the young adult scene, blends science fiction, history, and teen angst into an entertaining and unique story about two main characters: Rebecca, a typical fifteen-year-old, and New Orleans, the city to which she is temporarily displaced while her father is in China. Upon arriving in the Big Easy post-Katrina, Rebecca is on edge about meeting her eccentric aunt but even more anxious about attending an all-girls private academy. Snooty Helena Bowman and a complicated caste system tied to old money and even older secrets make Rebecca feel like an outsider until she meets Lisette in Lafayette Cemetery. After a handful of cryptic conversations with the mysterious Lisette, Rebecca discovers that her new friend is, in fact, a ghost. As Mardi Gras approaches, the story progresses to its climax. Anton Grey, one of the elite set, breaks rank and asks Rebecca to an insider-only party at the Bowman mansion. After Lisette's appearance at the party sends shockwaves through the upper echelon, Rebecca learns that Lisette has a score to settle with the Bowmans and makes the shocking discovery that her own fate is intricately linked to the century-old curse placed on them. This story has broad appeal because it straddles the line between ghost story and realistic fiction so well. In this more plot- than character-driven novel, Rebecca's voice is authentic enough. The real star, however, is New Orleans itself; the city's aura of intrigue is deliciously described and makes the story much richer, especially for teens who remember Katrina. Reviewer: Valerie Ott

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Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
Ruined Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)
860L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

Paula Morris is the author of RUINED, DARK SOULS, and several award-winning novels for adults in her native New Zealand. She now lives in Scotland with her husband. Please visit her online at paula-morris.com.

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Ruined 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 255 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I Downloaded this book to my Nook and started reading it while on the train....well i got so into the plot (which by the way is so addicting) and i completly missed my stop not just once but 3 times!!! i had to get off and take a cab all the way back to my orig stop! so yes...its that good and the end was GREAT! worth reading!
EllzReadz More than 1 year ago
My thoughts...This 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 the way of some of the local kids, but of course, they fall on deaf ears. Rebecca finds herself in the middle of an 150 year old curse. Ruined was very well written. The characters were interesting and like-able. The plot was fast-moving and very interesting. The history of Mardi Gras created a great background for the story. I actually found it fascinating. There must have been tons of research done to complete this novel. There were several themes included in the story including racism. Many of scenes described old New Orleans, an area which is rich in history-good and bad. The ending was a bit predictable, but there was quite a bit of foreshadowing in the form of visions that gave clues. It was very well written and kept me turning pages until the end. As for cons, I really can't think of any. It wasn't very scary, but I didn't open this book expecting to be frightened. I would recommend this book to kids 12 and up as well as adults. It was very enjoyable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was looking at books online when I saw this book in the suggestion box. I was blown away! I could not put this book down. I originally thought it would be a common ghost story, but I was wrong. It had unique twists and turns. I LOVED how it had things coming that I didn't even expect. I am reading it again because it was so good. It had the right blend of mystery and romance. It wasn't too lovey-dovey, and it wasn't all mystery. I felt like I could really understand Rebecca and her thinking. When an author can do that...she did her job! Great read! Definately recommending it to my friends!
Malory0212 More than 1 year ago
Touching story of a girl and her new ghost friend that died after the hurricane in New orlens
defygravity22 More than 1 year ago
personally, i am tired of reading books and then finding out it is a series. so when i read this book and it actually had a ending i was exstatic. Ruined was a great book too. i loved every moment of it. the fact that i was reading it while studying for finals was probably a bad idea. the plot is original and i did not see the twist of an ending coming until i was actually reading it. i highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
When i first read this i stole it from my friends locker.This is probably the best ghost story i have ever read.Its full of drama,curses,deception,and a little bit of romance.Definately recommend it.
Edyaline More than 1 year ago
This was a great read!. Some parts are slow but you learn a lot about New Orleans and the plot is interesting. The climax and the ending left me :0 !! And it'll leave you like that as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought I would never find a book for teens my age without a single mention of vampires.Well written, addictive like a drug, once its over you feel something compelling you to keep reading. Lisette is the perfect New Orleans ghost. Anton and Rebecca have perfect chemistry.Perfect for hot Summers.I recommended these items because Green Day's latest album goes great with this book and the second Pirate move will satisfy your new fascination with Voodoo.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great book that isn't a series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ruined is AMAZING! I have read Paula Morris' other book she wrote, Dark Souls and that one is AMAZING too. If you have read Ruined then you will enjoy Dark Souls as much. I would reccomend both of them to anyone who loves a mystery, romance, and a ghost story. I just loved both of these! I hope whoever reads these books will love them as much as I have! Definetly 5 out of 5!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Quick read, nice example of social classes in New Orleans.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read rhis book 24/7 couldnt put it down! This is my favorite book in the world! You cant stop reading. Alot of sudpense!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ruined is great book! I recommend it to anyone who loves to read. Its quite the page-turner and i just couldn't it down. I absolutley loved it!
debbook More than 1 year ago
Rebecca Brown is a fifteen year-old girl, living in NYC, who is suddenly shipped off by her father to stay with her Aunt Claudia in New Orleans, while he is off to work in China. Rebecca finds New Orleans to be strange and the girls at her new school to be very stand-offish and cliquey. Though warned away by her aunt, Rebecca is drawn to the nearby Lafayette Cemetery, where she meets a dishelved girl named Lisette. Rebecca finds that everyone around her is keeping secrets and she is determined to find out the truth. Even if it means alienating the very cute and popular Anton Grey, who is part of the privileged group in the Garden District. I enjoyed this debut YA novel. New Orleans was the perfect locale for a ghost story, set in the Garden District and the backdrop of Carnival and Mardi Gras, old curses and voodoo. Aunt Claudia reads tarot cards and tells fortunes for tourists, but seems to have a real gift. Rebecca doesn't care about fitting in with snobby girls, who care about nothing but debuts and belonging to exclusive societies forthe rich. She befriends a ghost and searches for the truth. This was a really good ghost story! my rating 4/5 http://bookmagic418.blogspot.com/
pagese More than 1 year ago
New Orleans is a city that really fascinates me, even though I've never been there. Add in ghosts, and this book became a must read for me. I wasn't sure what to think of Rebecca at first. It kind of seems like she's lead a sheltered and maybe a little bit of a pampered life. Her dad really throws a kink in things when he has her move to New Orleans while he travels on business. I get that she's upset about it, but it drove me crazy how it seemed like she purposely tries to make her short stay as miserable as possible. I was happy to see her finally try to make New Orleans her home when she begins to help Liseette. The other things that seems to light a fire in Rebecca is Anton. Of course it all boils down to a boy. The hot guy in school pays attention to her and all the girls are jealous. It felt a little typical. Just the added twist of private schools, old money, and family feuds. Rebecca doesn't fit into all of that. Or does she ... The mystery of our ghost wasn't really hard to figure out, neither was the twist in the story. I did enjoy that journey to get there. But, the book felt a little bit too teenish for my taste. I did really love the history that is included in this book. Really makes me want to visit New Orleans someday!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was really really good, i thought it was amazing and the second book (unbroken) is very good to, though it dose not have lestte it has a boy, that book has a lot more ghosts
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of tgose books tha once you start it you cant put i down, this is one book you will not be dissapointed in.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A girl named Rebecca moves to New Orleans for a couple months because her father is going to China to work. Rebecca makes a new friend callled Lisette,she also makes enemies like Marianne and Helena. Helena is a part of a curse her family has, all girls will die before the age of 17.Rebecca doesn't know that she is also part of the Bownman family curse, her father tried to protecther so he topok her away with her mom when she was young. But that doesn't take away the fact that allthe Bownman girls in the familywill die before turning 17. When Rebecca find out that all the girls that can see the ghost are part of the Bownman family, she tells her aunt that she sees the ghost and her aunt tells her that she's part of the bownman family. In the end Rebecca tries to figure out a way to save herself so that the curse will be broken with Helena not herself.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ruined is one of the greatest books I have read in a while with the whole Katrina hurricane and voo doo magic. It shows Rebecca (from New York to New Orleans for the summer) meets a strange friend that might be not an ordianary person. it turns out her friend is a ghost and has set a curse on the daughters of the Bowman family. I don't want to ruin anymore. It is a good book to read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read a lot of books and this one by far exceeded my expectation. Rebecca didn't want to go to New Orleans but was forced to by her dad because he was going to China for a job. This book is filled with suprises, lies, and dark secrets that unfold into a great story. It also has a little bit of a romance in it but not much, the second book has more romance..... Honestly this is a book that I find myself reading over and over again. I recommend this book for anyone looking for either a murder mystery, a slight romance story, or a book with secrets. Have fun reading this great book. - XoeWolf17
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was just ok for me.. I like the plot thought I just feel it was a bit blah until it got toward the end.. The plot twist was something you picked up on if you paid attention which kind of was a bummer.. I felt the end was rushed.. I would have liked a little more depth about what happened afterwards.. * Happy Reading *
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has RUINED my streak of a four star review on a book. This is better thans when taylor lautner( sorry for my spelling) when almost naked in breaking dawn!!!!!! I think that this book is a little boring but if you miss even one detail you have to start the book back over because it dont make any sense. I read this book about 20 times in 1 month, ONE MONTH=20 TIMES!!!!!! I cant wait to read unbroken!!!!!!!! I wish there was a third book!!!!!! (,•_•,) And i wish it would be called: REMEMBER And a forth book called: LYING Love( '-' ) Isabella Faith Burling (*-*)
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. Addicting to read.