Unbroken by Paula Morris

Posted October 22, 2014 in Book Review / 0 Comments

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Unbroken by Paula MorrisUnbroken by Paula Morris
Series: Ruined #2
Published by Scholastic Press on February 1st 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover
Source: Borrowed
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four-stars

Welcome back to New Orleans.
Where the streets swirl with jazz and beauty.
Where the houses breathe with ghosts.

A year ago, Rebecca Brown escaped death in a New Orleans cemetery. Now she has returned to this haunting city. She is looking forward to seeing Anton Grey, the boy who may or may not have her heart.

But she also meets a ghost: a troubled boy who insists only she can help him. Soon Rebecca finds herself embroiled in another murder mystery from more than a century ago. But as she tries to right wrongs, she finds more questions than answers: Is she putting her friends, and herself, in danger? Can she trust this new ghost? And has she stumbled into something much bigger and more serious than she understands?

Main Points
Writing Style:
The writing was fine, no comments.
Plot:
This was a great sequel to the first. It had more interesting characters, and a new exciting mystery. But Rebecca had to make a lot of decisions of who to trust, and it kinda annoyed me that she kept withholding info from people who could help her and telling the wrong people.
Another thing that annoyed me was her relationship with Anton. He was kinda a jerk for most of it. She was pretty annoying too sometimes, but not to the point where I considered stopping reading.
Her cousin was great. I loved Aurelia. Her friend was fun too. I don’t get why she and Anton were so annoying though! And of course Toby was an ass. He was probably the main villain.
I keep saying the characters were annoying, and I should probably elaborate, but I really can’t place it. I just couldn’t identify with Rebecca and I disagreed with a lot of her decisions. And Anton was just plain not a good boyfriend.
Ending
The ending was good. Everything pretty much worked out.
Good vs. Bad
Good:
  • plot
  • characters
  • ending
  • writing
Less than perfect:
  • romance
  • main character, Anton
Bottom Line
Good sequel. Some good new characters, even if the old ones got more annoying. Intriguing plot. Would I read more by this author? Nah. Would I recommend this book to others? Sure.

About Paula Morris

Paula Morris, a novelist and short story writer of English and Maori descent, was born in New Zealand. For almost a decade she worked in the record business in London and New York. She now lives in New Orleans, where she teaches creative writing at Tulane University.
Paula’s first novel, Queen of Beauty, won best first work of fiction at the 2003 Montana New Zealand Book Awards. Hibiscus Coast, a literary thriller set in Auckland and Shanghai, was published in 2005 and has been optioned for film. Her third novel, Trendy But Casual, was published by Penguin New Zealand in 2005.
Paula’s first short story collection, Forbidden Cities (2008) was a regional finalist in the 2009 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize.
Ruined, her first YA novel, was published by Scholastic in 2009.

Rating
Plot
four-stars
Characters
three-stars
Setting
four-half-stars
Romance
two-stars
Cover
five-stars
Ending
five-stars
Overall: four-stars
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