My rating: 4 of 5 stars
These days paranormal books seem to be a dime a dozen and believe me when I say, I never really get sick of them. However, it is refreshing when you stumble upon a new take on the paranormal world. Jus Accardo has crafted a really interesting take on demons.
In Ruined, Jus Accardo takes the story of Cain to a whole new level. When Cain murdered his brother Abel he committed the ultimate sin and because it was so heinous his descendents must carry the burden. Generation after generation must carry a demon inside of their bodies. A demon they wrestle with every day not only mentally but physically. The demon feeds off the most negative of human emotions and wrecks havoc for the human they inhabit.
Jax has struggled every day of his life with his demon. His mind is filled with violent thoughts towards his brother Chase. When he is in his senior year of high school, he finally moves out of town to escape the darkness, leaving behind his beloved uncle, his brother, and his best friend Samantha whom he cares for deeply. When his uncle gets sick, Jax returns home. He knows it is a bad idea because when he is close to his brother, his demon is at its worse. To make matters worse, Sam seems to be in trouble and Jax can't just leave her behind again.
The chemistry between Jax and Sam is palatable. It oozes off the pages. In the beginning, the sarcasm, contempt, and anger between the two is enjoyable to read as they try to understand each other after three years of separation. Sam doesn't understand Jax's reason for leaving with no explanation and she refuses to let him in again. Jax tries desperately hard to stay away from Sam but it is clear early on that he isn't going to be able to do it.
The end of this book provided some really good conflict and if I am honest, I didn't see some of the story lines she threw at me which is always a good thing! There is so much left to tell of this story and I look forward to the next installment! This was my first Jus Accardo book but definitely will not be my last!
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