Author: Ella James
Publisher: Barkley's Books
Publication Date: September 14, 2011
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Plot: First, here is the summary of "Stained" from Amazon - 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.
Julia's family is dead; burned alive by a monster. She's on the run and finds herself hiding in an abandoned warehouse. Things are... okay, until a strange boy drops in the ceiling and changes her life even more. Cayne is a mysterious young man, searching for something stolen from him by a half-demon named Samzaya. He's determined to kill Julia and all like her. All Julia knows is that she is part of the "Stained". It's a thrilling book!
Romantic Element: The relationship between Julia and Cayne is intense. There's a forbidden nature about it, though the reader doesn't understand why at first. The reader doesn't know a lot about the two and their secrets, but as the story progresses it changes and they realize how dangerous their affection for each other can be. Julia doesn't care. She's completely smitten by Cayne and who wouldn't be? He's incredibly attractive and he fights half-demons. Did I mention he is shirtless a few times in the book? Their relationship definitely grows and changes throughout the story and it makes sense for their circumstances.
Overall: The story did have a few little things which bothered me. Julia and Cayne have a conversation which gave me flashbacks to "Twilight", which annoyed me some since I hate Twilight. There was also a multiple chapter vision which seemed to have no purpose, but I assume it makes more sense in the second book. The point of view was a little hard to get into at times and there are two chapters where it suddenly switches to a new character for the chapter. That didn't fit with the third person limited point-of-view from Julia. It almost pushed the reader back from the action and it was confusing. As a minor detail, at the end of the book were three chapters from the author's other series. Since it didn't deal with "Stained", it was not really necessary.
Overall, it's an entertaining story with action, romance, and pure mystery. The ending is a cliff-hanger,which made me immediately go buy the second one. I am interested enough to continue the story and see how Julia and Cayne survive this next turn of events.
I would recommend this book to others.