Friday, November 27, 2009


Title: Ruined

Author: Paula Morris

Publisher: Point

Copyright Date: 2009

Print Date: August 2009

ISBN: 9780545042154

Pages: 309

Book Description: (from dust jacket):


Rebecca couldn't feel more out of place in New Orleans, where she comes to spend the year while her dad is away on business. 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 New Orleans. 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 begins 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?


I heard good things about this book, I obtained a library copy and... I had a couple false starts before I managed to get into it. Once I got past the somewhat slow beginning, it was an interesting book. I've never been to New Orleans, but I could imagine parts of it from the story. It was interesting reading a post-Katrina New Orleans book. And of course the ghost thing and the back-story behind the ghost were interesting as well. Yellow fever, murder, curses, and secrets...


  1. I've had a few like that, but I was hooked on this one immediately. Maybe it was my mood. ;) I wasn't expecting it either. Glad it turned out to be a good experience.

  2. I want to read this book. Every time I see it I am reminded... I really want to read this book :)

  3. J. Kaye - Normally, false starts just mean I should read it when I'm in the right mood. And then all's well. But I had a time limit with this one and had to rush myself a bit.

    Sheila - Glad my review could be a reminder for you. =)

  4. Jo, I'll be joining you soon. In a few weeks, I'll be a regular at the library. :) Also "Strange Angels" has arrived, so let me know when your copy arrives!


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