Ruined

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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 Rebecca like she's invisible. Only gorgeous, unavailable Anton Grey seems to give Rebecca the time of day, but she ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545042154
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/1/2009
  • Series: Ruined Series , #1
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 293,886
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Lexile: 860L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.20 (d)

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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Customer Reviews

Average Rating 4.5
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2010

    GREAT STORY!!!

    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!

    15 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 30, 2009

    Highly recommended for teens and adults

    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.

    12 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 15, 2011

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    LOVED IT

    Touching story of a girl and her new ghost friend that died after the hurricane in New orlens

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    A great surprise!

    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!

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2011

    Awesome!

    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!!!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

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    not to be continued

    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.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2011

    This book

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2011

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    SOOO GOOOD!!

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2010

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    Fabulous

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2009

    Great

    This was a great book that isn't a series.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2012

    Annonymus

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2011

    Very good book

    Quick read, nice example of social classes in New Orleans.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Ruined

    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!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 31, 2009

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    a good YA ghost story

    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
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    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 14, 2013

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    New Orleans is a city that really fascinates me, even though I'v

    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!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    Amazing!

    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

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2012

    Read Now!!!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 16, 2012

    Is it worth getting....... Is it worth getting?....

    ALL MY FRIENDS AT SCHOOL HAVE IT BUT I CANT DECIDE IF I SHOULD GET IT

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

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    story with potential absolutely ruined.

    I had seen this book several times while scanning the shelves and was always intrigued because I was in a sci-fi faze and I have been to new orleans. Finally I bought it. The book started off really vague and choppy(nothing poetic in the writing) I think the author tries to make the reader sorry for the girl but I never did because she was such a petty jerk. Her thought process cant be related to because its so unrealistic.(the author tries to develop the character through her thoughts but it doesn't help the story and makes you think "yet another author who read twilight and decided to write a book loosely based on its plot.") Instead of creatively keeping the reader in the dark, she will just have the characters break off their sentence or run away. its comical. The characters are under developed and stupid. it is a shame because the story has a lot of potential but the character development is a big issue. I must that once the story picked up I didn't put it down but still noticed the things that bothered me. Some readers might not be bothered by this writing so give it a whirl. I just want to worn you if you are big on characters and intriguing writing.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 20, 2014

    Great

    I love this book. Addicting to read.

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