Ella James Review and Blog Tour!!!!!

| Monday, August 27, 2012
Today I am super excited to bring to you a post all about Ella James and her terrifically wonderful series of books: Stained!

ABOUT ELLA: Ella James lives in Alabama with her amazing husband, energetic baby, and mopey dog. Her books have been nominated best debut novel and best sci-fi/fantasy at utopYA Convention 2012, received a Flamingnet Top Choice Award, and been featured on numerous Amazon bestseller lists. She is the author of the popular Stained Series, the Here Trilogy, and Before You Go—all YA romance—and has four more titles forthcoming in 2012.

STAINED (YA paranormal romance): 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. *Nominated best debut novel at UtopYAcon 2012.*

STOLEN (Stained Series Book Two): With Cayne's fate in the hands of his enemies and Julia spirited away to the covert Stained compound, the two are separated by impenetrable walls and a gulf of unanswered questions. Soon Julia learns the truth about the Stained and the plans they have for her, the compound is attacked, and a new group is running from an unwanted destiny, searching the globe in pursuit of the knowledge that just might save them all.

CHOSEN (Stained Series Book Three): Julia has been chosen. While at the Stained compound, she was tapped as The One to win the war against the Nephilim and leashed with an illness that worsens each day she is away from The Three. Determined not to return to the frightening Chosen leaders and desperate to escape her fate, Julia and her friends journey to the Swiss Alps, home of a rogue Chosen clan. In this snowy haven, all hell breaks loose. Someone is traitor. Someone changes sides. Someone is dragged to Hades. A new romance blossoms. An old romance is damned. And The Three will stop at nothing to recover the weapon that will help them regain power. EXALTED (Stained Series Book Four): Ripped apart by the betrayals of two friends and ensnared by their respective celestial captors, Julia and Cayne are poised to fulfill their fatal role in The Three’s return to power. Their Chosen friends will move Hell and Earth to win their freedom, but how will they fight fate when more sinister forces take control? The net will come down. Someone will be sacrificed. A dear friend will die. And a mighty celestial battle will play out on Earth, with everything—and everyone—at stake.

GET IN TOUCH: To find out more about Ella’s projects and get exact dates on her upcoming releases, friend her on Facebook at facebook.com/ellajamesbooks and follow her blog, ellajamesbooks.blogspot.com. Questions or comments? Tweet her at author_ellaj or e-mail her at ella_f_james@ymail.com.

Ella asked me to read and review the first book of her Stained series. This is a MUST READ book. Here's what I think:

Stained (Stained, #1)Stained by Ella James
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I would like to thank Ella James for providing me with an ebook copy of Stained to read and provide an honest review of this book.

Blurb 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.

This book is riveting from the very start! There is action, adventure, romance, and intrigue that keeps you wanting to read more from beginning to end. The characters are well thought out and developed. The scenes are described in great detail, I felt like I was right there experiencing what the characters were: their fear, their happiness, their sadness.

Julia is the main female character. She is smart and sassy, funny and wise. She knows what she wants, when she wants it. And she's not afraid to go after it. She is running for her life, but constantly finds the exact danger she is trying to avoid. In order to avenge her family and find out why she is one of the "stained" she searches for answers from a host of celestial beings.

One of those "beings" is Cayne. He is one enigmatic boy! He keeps his distance from Julia, yet you can feel the tension that draws them together throughout the entire book. He warns her to stay away, but she just cannot resist. Their connection is undeniable. But Cayne holds secrets even he cannot know, because his memory has been wiped away. He is mysterious and magnetic.

Together they search for Samyaza, a half-demon out to find them both. Each has their own reason to want Samyaza dead, and together they intend to find him. They travel about the country finding solace in different places through different people.

All culminating in a climatic ending where what you thought you knew is nothing compared to what you find out! It's a total cliff hanger, and completely unexpected at that!

All in all this book is well written and certainly has me wanting more. I highly recommend it to anyone who loves a bit of the paranormal mixed with action, adventure and romance. I cannot wait to read the sequel.

4 out of 5 stars from me!

Review also posted at the following sites:

And, finally, I want to introduce you to Ella's newest addition to her Stained series, Exalted (Stained #4) and it's wonderfully, beautiful cover:

Title: Exalted (Stained #4)
Expected Publication Date: September 2012

Isn't it just GORGEOUS??

And Ella is doing a little giveaway with my review today. So join in the fun to win Julia's Cereal Box Watch (if you read Stained, you'll understand better, so GO READ IT!):

And with that I am going to leave you a list of all the blogs participating in this tour, please go check them out and give them all some love (because you'll be giving Ella love, too!)

Sassy Book Lovers - www.sassybooklovers.blogspot.com - Q&A/author spotlight, giveaway of a Stained bookmark and 24 hours early copy of Exalted
Tuesday, August 28 - Delphina Reads Too Much www.delphinareadstoomuch.com - Interview with Edan, giveaway of a signed copy of Stained + all three ebooks
Wednesday, August 29 - Totally Bookalicious - www.totallybookalicious.blogspot.com - Stained review and Exalted excerpt, giving away $5 Amazon gc + ARC of Azalea & the Makers of Zen
Thursday, August 30 - Young Adult and Teen Readers - www.facebook.com/YATeenReaders - Stained Series party - Swag includes signed copy of Stained, bookmark, and all four Stained Series ebooks
Friday, August 31 - Tsk, Tsk What to Read? - www.tsktskwhattoread2.blogspot.com - Interview with Cayne, silver feather necklace giveaway
Saturday, September 1 - A Diary of a Book Addict - www.adiaryofabookaddict.blogspot.com - Stained review and Q&A, Stained bookmark and Stolen ebook giveaway
Sunday, September 2 - Starry Night Book Reviews - www.starrynightbookreviews.blogspot.com - Stained review, Chosen and Exalted ebook giveaway
Monday, September 3 - SupaGurl Books www.supagurlbooks.blogspot.com - Stained review, pink Converse All-Stars giveaway
Book Monster Reviews - www.bookmonsterreviews.blogspot.com - Burning questions answered Q&A, giving away a signed print version of Stained AND Here.
Tuesday, September 4 - Bend in the Binding www.bendthebind.blogspot.com  - Scene from Exalted, review of Exalted, character interview, giveaway of a bookmark and the entire Stained Series as ebooks.
Wednesday, September 5 - Treasured Tales for Young Adults www.treasuredtalesforyoungadults.wordpress.com, Stolen and Chosen reviews, $5 Amazon gc giveaway
Thursday, September 6 - What's Beyond Forks? - www.whatsbeyondforks.com, Q&A, giving away two Ella James books of winner's choice.
--Official tour end
Friday, September 7 – Ella James Books – www.ellajamesbooks.blogspot.com – Trailer reveal
Saturday, September 8 – Thursday, September 14 – Excerpts and quotes from Exalted
Friday, September 14 – 1 year Stained anniversary and Exalted Release Day
Saturday, September 15 – Release Party at Young Adult and Teen Readers - www.facebook.com/YATeenReaders


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  2. Stained is a great book. Awesome post.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Allshia! Stained really is awesome!

  3. Can't wait to read Exalted, glad I didn't have to wait forever!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I am excited, too!

  5. Ooh! I have a copy of this! Must read it soon! Great review ☺

  6. I just recently bought Stained. All the books look awesome. I can't wait to read them all!!

  7. Thanks for the awesome giveaway!!

    1. You're welcome! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. Awesome review! Thanks for the chance to win this fab giveaway. :)

  9. Ella is fantastic in person and such an amazing author! Awesome post!

    1. I hear she's just awesome in person! I hope to meet her one day!


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