Review: Stained by Ella James

Stained by Ella James (The Stained Series #1)

Book description (from Goodreads) –

After a fire destroys seventeen-year-old Julia’s home and kills her foster parents, she chases the monster responsible across the country and back, determined to avenge her family and discover why a host of 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.


Julia finds herself homeless and alone after a fire started by a mysterious creature – who turns out to be a half-demon – burns her house to the ground, killing her foster parents. With no-where to go and no-one to turn to, Julia takes shelter in an abandoned warehouse. After being there for less than a few days a crash through the roof brings Cayne into Julia’s life.

Cayne knows why the creature started the fire at Julia’s house: it wanted Julia – dead. Why is the creature after Julia and what is Cayne hiding? He keeps to himself,  is strong (maybe unhumanly strong), may or may not need sleep, and Julia isn’t entirely certain that her choice to travel the country searching for the creature with Cayne was a good idea – but what choice does she have? Cayne is the only person who can help her find out more about the creature and the only one who can protect her from it. And it may not be just her life that is in Cayne’s hands, it may also be her heart…but will Cayne break it?


One of my very favourite things about Stained, by author Ella James, was the banter between the main characters – Julia and Cayne. I loved their conversations. Both characters are at times very stubborn and sarcastic which made the banter between them absolutely brilliant, especially when Julia was trying to learn more about Cayne.

Cayne is very secretive and there is mystery surrounding him as to his motivations for hunting the half-demon that destroyed Julia’s world. I enjoyed how Ella James paced the revealing of Cayne’s secrets. It kept me curious about Cayne throughout the novel. I never knew what I would learn about him next.

Both Julia and Cayne are very likeable characters and I loved how their relationship strengthened over time. They get off to a bumpy start, but soon their acquaintancy develops into a friendship.

Julia is a character that is easy to understand. Her motivations are clear: she wants revenge. As the story progresses, more about Julia’s life and her own secrets are revealed. The story becomes even more intriguing.

Author Ella James has a very visual and descriptive writing style which is evident from the very first page. Her characters have depth and a well developed back-story.

With action and suspense from the very first page, Stained is filled with twists and turns that will keep the reader engrossed in the story from beginning to end.


*Thank you to Ella James for providing me with a copy of Stained to review.


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