Publisher: Scholastic Canada
Released: August 1st, 2010
Genre: YA paranormal, mystery
Part of my Halloween book bloggers swap from the wonderful Amanda over at The Zen Leaf.
When Rebecca goes to New Orleans to stay with her voodoo-obsessed aunt, she finds the beautiful old city haunted by the effects of Hurricane Katrina. Rebecca is also startled to discover a haunting of a different kind; near a graveyard one night, she meets a ghost girl by the name of Lisette, who has been dead 150 years. A former slave, Lisette helps Rebecca unearth an ancient mystery along with some troubling history truths. Meanwhile, Rebecca must deal with her snooty new prep school, a serious crush, and an elite group of popular girls who may be linked to the mystery themselves.
I don’t read enough ghost stories. Plain and simple. Which is weird, because I loves me a good ghost story. And Ruined? Yeah, it was a good ghost story.
It was a quick read. A quick, juicy, mysterious read filled with characters you aren’t sure about, an unsolved murder, deceit, lies and a cute boy. Really, what else could you ask for? I found the writing to be engaging, and the voodoo angle had me hooked from the beginning.
I’m not really sure what else I can say. The book had a very Gothic feel, without being to heavy and dreary and despite the fact that it’s a ghost story, I’d almost describe Ruined as a light read.