From Goodreads: After a fire destroys seventeen-year-old Julia’s home and kills her foster parents, she chases the half-demon responsible across the country and back, determined to avenge her family and discover why a host of celestial baddies want her dead. With Julia is enigmatic hottie – Cayne, who has his own score to settle with the half-demon, and who might be just as dangerous as the creature he and Julia hunt.
If you like novels about the Nephilim, then this novel is for you. Julia is a very interesting character, but I really think that Cayne takes the cake in this novel. He’s a dreamy, brooding character who, like Julia, is chasing down the half-demon, Sam. I really enjoyed watching the relationship bud between Julia and Cayne as the novel unfolded. Going from extremely standoffish to luke warm, and so on and so forth, the novel slowly brought the characters together. Though there is an instant attraction, it was nice that the characters didn’t automatically fall in love, but had to learn to trust each other and slowly came together.
The idea behind the stained was very intriguing. Although the novel doesn’t answer every question it poses, James keeps the reader intrigued throughout, especially as we learn more about the characters’ pasts and begin piecing things together. The first in the series, it is shaping up to be a very promising read. Four stars.
I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.