“Her voice was so plaintive, and her smashed-in face so grotesque, that a chill shuddered down Rebecca's spine; for a moment she was tempted to let go of. Ruined book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. A gripping YA supernatural novel set in New Orleans: Twilight with a ghos. Editorial Reviews. Review. Priase for Ruined. "The moody tale throughly embraces the rich history, occult lore and complex issues of race, ethnicity, class and.
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A gripping supernatural mystery and romance set in post-Katrina New Orleans. Rebecca couldn't feel more out of place in New Orleans. She's staying in a. Ruined. Ruined (Series). Book 1. Paula Morris Author (). cover image of Dark Souls Churnet Winborne Author (). cover image of The Ruined City. Unbroken (Ruined, book 2) by Paula Morris - book cover, description, publication history.
Recommend if you like ghost stories or Cajun based books. Quotes from Ruined. Whitcomb has now become an auto-buy for me. I just wish it lived up to its potential. Well, my expectations were exceeded. Aww yea.
There was something in the beginning that just nagged me, didn't fit, didn't settle. Now, I couldn't tell you what it was, because the book just captivated me. I loved how the author drew in the history and wove it within her own ghost story. Ruined is a great book to read on a rainy day. Jul 03, Jacqueline rated it it was ok Shelves: 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, symp 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. Perhaps it was that I didn't find the heroine, Rebecca, sympathetic enough.
I understand that teenagers are often stubborn and in the process of discovering who they are but Rebecca took these to an extreme. She was just too flaky and, at times, acted like a know-it-all. From jump she spurned all things elite and exclusive and often ridiculed the members of the New Orleans upper-class.
However, as soon as she was granted and "in", she seemed to forget all of her lofty ideals. On top of all of that, some of her decisions and actions were just plain stupid. Sure, characters can't be made infallible - there needs to be a discernible growth process. It seemed to me though that, until the end, Rebecca didn't learn from any of her mistakes To finish reading this review, visit my blog, The Eclectic Book Lover.
Aug 13, Margaret Stohl rated it it was amazing. I am a sucker for these things: 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! Oct 04, Lori rated it really liked it. 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 more 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 If you're a reader that's looking for a teeth grinding, heart pounding, sleep with the lights on ghost story, read no further.
And while it's marketed as a ghost story, and there is indeed a central character that is a ghost, there is far more to it than that. It's also the story of a displaced girl, a high school hierarchy and New Orleans history. The New Orleans history was one of my favorite parts of the book.
I could easily see the grand old plantation homes with their stately pillars and expansive grounds, as well as the bustling and colorful streets of the Quarter. The very best scene in the book, in my opinion, involved the ghostly Lisette walking Rebecca through New Orleans and the many ghosts wandering around the city, elbow to elbow with the living. It was a colorfully well written passage, alternating between those lost souls who either didn't realize they were no longer living or were waiting to avenge their deaths and the living who inexplicably bumped into something that wasn't there or got a cold chill.
It definitely makes you wonder about that other realm, particularly in old cities like New Orleans with so much history. And voodoo. Voodoo plays a part in Ruined but not a huge one and readers who object to the magical or dark arts shouldn't take serious issue with Ruined. By the same token, there is no objectionable language and no sexual scenes. The violence is kept to a minimum with descriptions of the appearances of ghosts as Rebecca sees them - - they appear as they did at the time of their deaths, with the cause of their deaths at times very apparent.
I wouldn't say that Ruined is a dark book, maybe a little bit shaded and young readers could find certain sections to be a little much for them. Rebecca is a good heroine; despite being new to the area she seems fairly secure in herself and doesn't seem to be looking for acceptance by the "cool crowd" at school.
While she doesn't have a somewhat typical teen attitude, she does sneak out of the house at night which is probably her most serious fault. I found Ruined to be a read that I lost myself in for a couple of days and was happy to do so.
I look forward to author Paula Morris' future efforts. On a shallow note, the cover is absolutely gorgeous. Ruined is an entertaining story that will make you think, at least a little, and will certainly make you appreciate the glorious history of New Orleans.
Nov 30, Ellz Readz rated it really liked it. 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 o My thoughts 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 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. Mar 14, Patty rated it it was amazing. Ruined By Paula Morris This 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 Ruined By Paula Morris This great book was a true ghost story.
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. Rebecca deals with this and sort of relishes her role as an outsider.
This is when Rebecca is welcomed by a mysterious new friend that only she can see. The main stream of the story revolves around a year old curse that affects a founding New Orleans family. The story at this point becomes action packed and mysterious with a reasonably exciting ending. Again…I loved the setting…the story was not predictable but exciting and absorbing. I loved learning about the history of various parts of New Orleans. I would love reading more from this author.
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.
Someone you can relate to, someone that you admire, someone that you vouch for throughout the book. Rebecca was a snooty little brat that I can't believe got the main lead. I'm cool, and I don't need any friends. She didn't even kno Why do these things happen? She didn't even know the "snotty prep girls", and when they tried to talk to her she just wrote them off as bitches and talked crap to them. And then when Anton payed attention to her, she's all "of course he would!
She just got on my nerves. She had no humility, and was very unlovable most of the time. The plot was eh. Which, in a story, means its a bunch of shiii- crap. A plot is something like a rock. It's there, and you can always rely on it. Unfortunately, this one was all over the place. It changed personalities often, and in truth got pretty lame.
Can't believe I wasted my time with this one. Sep 13, Peace Love and Reviews rated it really liked it. 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. Anyway I love the story. The mystery started in 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. 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.
I think Anton would have been an easy character to like, if we had seen him more, and knew more about him. The other characters were just so-so for me.
I thought this book was an interesting take on the ghost story genre. The back story on the characters and the history of New Orleans was interesting. The plot was simple and the writing style was easy to follow. The place was a little slow in some areas. Overall, this was a really interesting read. Oct 23, Abby rated it liked it. This book was a lot more 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 This book was a lot more interesting than I thought it would be.
This is such a lame review. May 01, Tya rated it liked it Shelves: This was one of those books that reminded me that I'm actually not in the age group that teen books are targeted to. May 31, Kathy rated it it was ok Shelves: 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 Bowm Rebbecca is sent to live with her Aunt in New Orleans when her dad has to travel to China for work.
This will occur with the end of the curse that was placed on the Bowman family by Lisette's mother. The curse has been that every girl born to the Bowman family will die before they reach their seventeenth birthday. Six Bowman girls have died so far and one more must die before the curse will end.
Two Bowman girls are about to turn seventeen, which will survive? I really don't know what to say about this one. I can't seem to pinpoint exactly why I did not care for this book. I started out enjoying it but, as with many books I have read lately, it started disappointing me about midway through.
As another reviewer here stated, about the only character that I liked and that I felt sympathy for was Lisette. I particularly did not like the ending.
All anyone was concerned about was the curse ending as long as it was not them or someone in their family who would be the one to die to end it. How callous.
And I find it equally disturbing that Anton burns the Bowman house down, and there are no repercussions. Wasn't Anton supposed to be one of the "good guys". Maybe that is part of the reason why I did not care for this one, there really were no "good guys". But I guess that makes it more realistic. Anyway, it was not a bad book, it just wasn't the best ghost story I have read. Jan 20, Hope rated it liked it Shelves: Well, my expectations were exceeded.
Which is exactly what I did with it, and so maybe my feelings toward this little novel have been affected by the giant blizzard, but I really liked this. Paula Morris pulled me in with a decidedly creepy prologue, and then abruptly switched voices. Or something. Over all, this is a dark story. I kind of like that it was real, because there are evil forces at work in this world.
So yes, I was creeped out. But it was a fun read, all-in-all, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. View all 6 comments. Jul 11, Barbara rated it liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
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 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.
The girls at her private school snub her, of course, and she ends up haunting the local cemetery where she meets up with a ghost. There is much to enjoy about the book, particularly the flavors of this distinctive city that is so different from every other city in the United States, but my enjoyment of the story was ruined by that over-the-top ending: There were details like that, and Rebecca's father's staying in New Orleans in secret just to watch over her or leaving the city to escape a curse, that just didn't ring true to me.
It's a shame really since the author concocts such a rich slice of life in New Orleans with its troubled past and sometimes uncertain future. Still, this one deserves a read. Jan 17, Shiralea Woodhouse rated it liked it Shelves: I admit it - I picked up this book because it was set in Louisiana I being a La.
And the author managed to weave in some of the history and culture of N. So I enjoyed the setting. Look at me! The characters all felt a little one dimensional to me, which was disappointing, because I really liked the story line.
It was interesting and fun with a good twist. But I also felt the end was missing something, and I had questions that didn't really get answered. OK - and here is another thing that bothered me: My favorite part of this book: View 1 comment.
Jul 25, Yodamom rated it it was amazing. While there she lives with her aunt and attends a snobbish school with established families children. She end up in the local cemetery and meets a ghost, she does not figure that out right away. There is a great and terrible history behind this ghost and Rebecca is thrust into it.
She tries to remain strong, but the darkness being reveled is truly shocking, and could c Rebecca, a yr old teen from NY stays in New Orleans Post hurricane Katrina for 6 months while her father works in China. She tries to remain strong, but the darkness being reveled is truly shocking, and could change many lives. She meets a handsome and mysterious boy Anton and has mixed feelings who Anton really are.
Rebecca figures everything out, Now she must fight for her life. I think this is the best ghost book I have ever read, perhaps because of the history of my near and dear New Orleans. Jan 15, Kristy rated it liked it. 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. Recommend if you like ghost stories or Cajun based books.
I'll say, it's not going to blow your mind. Aug 16, Katieb MundieMoms rated it really liked it Shelves: This is a good story. It's not a scary ghost story, but more of a story about a curse on a family in New Orleans. This story took all sorts of twist and turns. Things you wouldn't except happen and the story has some very well wr This is a good story.
Things you wouldn't except happen and the story has some very well written plot twists. It was a great read and I highly recommend it. I really liked reading about the historical parts of New Orleans. It was very well written. Aug 30, Jenn rated it really liked it. 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! Book 4 Lavinder 1 3 Apr 01, Ruined by Paula Morris 1 5 Dec 29, Ruined 1 7 Mar 12, Book 1: Ruined by Paula Morris 1 15 Jan 29, Readers Also Enjoyed.
Young Adult. About Paula Morris. Paula Morris. 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. Hibiscus Coast, a literary thriller set in Auckland and Shanghai, was published in and has been optioned for film. Paula's first short story collection, Forbidden Cities was a regional finalist in the Commonwealth Writers' Prize.
Ruined, her first YA novel, was published by Scholastic in Other books in the series. Ruined 2 books. Books by Paula Morris. Trivia About Ruined Ruined, 1. No trivia or quizzes yet. Note that Paula Morris blogged about the Hurricane and has archived these in an accessible fashion: Consider also, what Morris had to say about the writing of this novel in an interview with Alice Te Punga Somerville: By the time I began writing Ruined in , I was working from a very detailed outline.
Things changed during the writing of the novel, of course, but a mystery plot is an unforgiving taskmaster. Ruined was also the first of my novels to have one close-third point of view.
The mystery seemed to demand the focus of one point of view, the claustrophobia of it. Siobhan Harvey. Cape Catley Ltd: Auckland It might be interesting to compare this book with some of the many dystopian fictions around which also treat in the long term effects of bad decisions … This Fall of Rome theme that Morris has played on connects with much of the dystopian writing, but Morris has approached these ideas in a different way — through the ghost story and within the current landscape.
To what effect? Perhaps other family fictions dealing with the ties that bind families together? Haunting the Borders. Refer earlier blog: It was the eve of the new moon that my daughter gave me a pebble for my birthday. It was gift-wrapped with tiny fingers, sticky with mango juice. Last night, I watched my son catching moments that I missed. With rompish care, he tossed my fears and regrets into the air, shrieking with laughter as they bounced on the floor bursting into brilliant sunshines of butterflies and bubbles.
For hours he frolicked with my awkwardness through the rainbow vapour and dancing smiles while I, in discomfort, sprouted impossible wings only to find that I was too heavy for the butterflies and too clumsy for the bubbles.
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Lisette is a ghost. A couple of other questions that may be useful include: What if the story were begun or ended in a different way — in a different place in the narrative? What if you ommitted or moved the prologue…? What effect would this have on the reading experience? Why break the novel down into short chapters the way Morris has done?
What is hidden from the reader? What is hidden from the protagonist? How and why? How might this story be rewritten in a different city your own? What does Rebecca, as protagonist, bring to the story? Publishing details: New York Bibliography of secondary literature: Other critical work on her fiction may well be relevant, though, since much of it deals in themes and considers her work as a writer.
In the book, Paratene Te Manu tells Lindauer about the ill-fated trip he made to England in when he and 13 other Maori rangitira travelled the country to meet with royalty and aristocracy — before the visit disintegrated into estrangement and mistrust.