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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  6,991 ratings  ·  524 reviews
Seventeen-year-old Julia is finally living the good life. She's traded a hard cot in a Memphis orphanage for her very own room in a perfect little house, on a perfect little street, with a perfect set of parents who picked her to be their daughter.

But Julia is hiding a secret - and one fall night, she returns home from a friend's house to find that her secret has found he
Kindle Edition, 254 pages
Published September 14th 2011 by Barkley's Books
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
This book was free on my Kindle. I liked it, I read it pretty consistently since I started it, but it never really grabbed me. I found the relationship between Cayne and Sam to be weirdly introduced, rushed, and poorly explained. The premise was nice, it was an interesting story, but I don't think I'll continue with the series unless it is free. The whole story was like the blind leading the blind and not necessarily in a good suspenseful way but in a not very well thought out way. However, I'd ...more
Crystal Starr Light
Bullet Review:

DNF at 10%

Beware the men with Abs. Because these guys can make women do ANYTHING:

Tolerate stalkers!
Accept no answers or explanations for supernatural occurrences!
Get over parents' deaths!
Allow themselves to be used as bait for catching a half-demon!!

Seriously, Julia has to be THE stupidest protagonist I've seen in a LONG time. One set of Abs drops from the ceiling into her world (no, really, that happens), and boom! There goes her brain!

Because, sure, it's TOTALLY OKAY to trust a h
Jan 14, 2013 rated it it was ok
Julia's parents have just died when a hot guy crashes through the ceiling. Powers that have been with her for years suddenly make her a target, and she must rely on the mysterious Cayne for her life.

This was my first "proper" book that I read on my Kindle app, and this helped me highlight some things that *really* bugged me.

1. Over-description of things I didn't care about. At all.
Three of my phone-sized pages in and I already had two things to highlight. Stained starts with Julia looking down a
Laura | What's Hot?
Jun 08, 2012 rated it really liked it
So I just finished reading Stained and I loved it. I have to admit, the only reason I read this was because I randomly stumbled across it on my kindle and was confused as to how it got there, but I sure am glad that it found its way to my library! I was initially reading this on the Kindle app for iPod which is my least favourite method of reading but once I'd started Stained, I just couldn't stop! Stained had me gripped from the beginning to the end with its compelling story and characters and ...more
WTF Are You Reading?
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone that likes great action stories
Here, yet again, it stands to reason that where there is great story telling there is authoress Ella James.
This tale is nothing like the sweet "be still my heart" love readers were served in "Before You Go". "Stained" is an action packed, mile a minute thrill read, filled with demons, fights, wings, angst, mystery, suspense...and maybe...just a little...ROMANCE.

What Are You?
Julia is a girl who loses it all on the night that her house burns down at the hands of a mysterious demon that she sees mo
May 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
This story was full action-packed, after only a few lines, I jumped into this book and it was hard for me to put it down! The plot was intense and the characters were intriguing (Oh, Yes, Cayne!!!) and quite interesting.

As we start to read this book, we meet Julia, she's hiding in a ''cottage'' when she's almost hited by the fallen Cayne, a strange winged guys. This weird guy seems disoriented and injured but then another winged man appears and they begin to fight. We don't really know Julia or
The BookWhisperer
Feb 16, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: series
Awesome Read! Stained is an incredible display of this author talents. I was impressed from the start by the character building and amazing storyline. As a young adult romance I was impressed by the gruesome detail, but I found it to add to the suspense of the book. Julia and Cayne are mysteries that fate brought together. As they build a deep seeded romance over these 157 pages; leaving readers hanging on every word and touch. The journey that they are following is a fresh and inventive twist ...more
Wanda Hartzenberg
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this fast paste, read in one sitting book to bits. Up to the end. The sequel will be out on Wednesday 4 April 2012 and that is the only thought that keeps me going. I need to read what happens to Julia and Cayne, so many questions remain unanswered. I love the relationship between Julia and Cayne and the constant high speed race against time their life takes, you as reader has to take the journey with them. There is no other way. This is a thrill a minute book and the ease of the authors ...more
Feb 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Really really really really really really loved it!...really :)
Shelly Crane
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!
Jul 05, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, ibooks
** I received a copy from Mark My Words Book Publicity in exchange for an honest review.**

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First Impression
You can never be too sure of what to expect when you start a new book. Although I read the synopsis, I found it very vague and still didn't know what I was getting myself into. Was I walking into an Angels vs. Demons version of Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Or is this the Angel and Demon version of Twilight?

Opening Lines
The monster clawed the dark sky, hissing and spitting and belching ash. It
Oct 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
I loved everything about Stained. Period. I love the story line, the characters, the writing. The excitement started from chapter one and didn't end until the last page! Julia is 17 and has been in and out of foster homes most of her short life. After viewing the Angel of Death hovering above her current foster parents home she takes off to avoid going back to the orphanage and ending up in another foster home. After all, she is almost 18. With no where to go and no money, she takes refuge in an ...more
Book 1 in the Stained Series

*** First , I am so glad that a goodreads friend was reading this and it caught my eye. I can't ever thank her enough.****

Amazing. Compelling. Such a adventure. Pulls at my heart. Redemption

I have so many great things and thoughts about this book. I simply loved it from start to finish. I literally read it in about 12 hours.This book has been a adventure. Such a great writing style. Great characters,I felt what they felt. Don't be fooled by the fact this is
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
We start this story with Julia, her house is on fire and she is standing watching because there is nothing she can do. she finds that her foster family are in the house and she takes off before she can be placed into care again. while sleeping in a old warehouse and changing her appearance so she can leave her past life behind her.

While sleeping she hears a noise and a hot guy falls in through the roof.. she finds he is hurt and she tries to heal him. In comes the Angel of Death and the guy fi
Amy Thompson
Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Loved it Ella James! Why have I not read this yet? What is wrong with me? So glad I found Stained. I loved the story and I am in love with Cayne. Yes, I will be reading the next book. A new book boyfriend and half-demons? What's not to like? If you haven't read this book yet, you need to.
This book was just...boring.

When we first meet Julia, she's heading home after a night out with friends. But when she gets there, her house is on fire with her foster parents inside. It's here she first glimpses what Julia describes as 'the angel of death' - a winged creature hovering on the roof watching the destruction. Having nowhere to go and not wanting to go back into the foster system, she runs. She runs right into an old pecan warehouse type thing where she camps out and literally does
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
A love story among angels. I know, that’s quite the usual trope lately, but surprisingly, STAINED has got a lot of promise. The characters are quite enjoyable, especially the gorgeous Nephilim Cayne. True, he’s amnesiac, but his determination to get back his memories and bring down the Angel of Darkness Samyaza was an admirable trait. No wonder the Stained One, Julia was drawn to him. And yes, I was kinda drawn to him too.

I liked that action started right from the start and didn’t disappoint as
Joy (joyous reads)
Dec 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: in-my-kindle
Well, this book kinda played with me a little bit. Part of it had me oohing and aaahhing with how well written it was. The characters were fleshed out well and the plot flows in a pace that will not have you stumbling or tripping all over yourself because it was way too fast for your liking. In fact, I was ready to toot its horn on Twitter and to anyone who'd pay attention to me. Let's just say that it went downhill when they finally succumbed to their attraction. What the hell happened? As soon ...more
Brandee (un)Conventional Bookworms
**4.5 Stars**

When a character has a distinct voice (in my head) within the first few pages, I get a little excited. When the story has its own take on a species (Nephilim) along with plenty of action, mystery and emotion...I'm ecstatic! I was quickly drawn in to Stained and was enthralled throughout.

Julia is not your average high school senior. Soon after we meet her, we learn she has some unique abilities. We then learn Julia has led a difficult life. She's endured a lot of loss, having lost he
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
First I have to say that when I first saw the cover for this book I was interested. It is a simple cover but it really does pull the reader in right from the start.It's haunting but at the same time your wondering what the girl is staring at. The night is gloomy and dark and the clouds are raging and it leaves you wondering and asking the question what happened? Ella James has written an incredible story and added twists and turns that will leave the reader wanting more. I know when I started re ...more
Sarah Ashley Jones
Originally posted at Give it to Cupcake.

Lets talk about the cover first, since I'm a total visual person. I was really drawn to this cover. The girl in the front, who I assumed would be Julia, has a very angelic glow along with the creepy pyramid in the back. I wanted to know more about the girl and the pyramid right away! So much in fact I almost overlooked the star-like mark on the girls shoulder! Definitely loved this cover!

Once I started reading, I'm n
Cyndi Goodgame
Jun 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen-fiction
Julia gets emotional sometimes, but she is tough too. Her character has flaws and is never hesitant to accept the flaws of others. It is that part that makes me love her.

Cayne is just as he is. You feel his pain and hope till the end that he can find peace. I think he may find it and can't wait to read book 2, but will not spoil it for anyone.

I love the way Julia thinks in her head and all the moments that she "thinks like a girl". I most often like books that reflect that because I am a 100% em
Alexia Purdy
I enjoyed this interesting take on Nephilim. It was definitely full of action and twists to keep you guessing what will be happening next. I did find myself a tiny bit confused when scenes led into the next ones. It was definitely intense at times but it followed through well and had some heart pounding spots that were awesome.

Julia’s character was interesting, she finds herself running away, after a fire caused by a demon she thinks she imagined, that kills her foster parents. Running into Cayn
Ashley Mayer
Feb 18, 2012 rated it it was ok
Stained was an interesting story but it's poorly written. The story doesn't flow well, and that makes it confusing.
Alexis *Reality Bites*
Dec 03, 2012 marked it as my-kindle-freebie-to-read  ·  review of another edition
FREE TODAY 7-19-13 ON Amazon Avg rating on GR's 3.79
Michala Tyann
Nov 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
Stained by Ella James
Reviewed by Michala T.
At just under 200 pages this book was an easy read and fortunately a free one for me thanks to Most books this size would have taken me maybe 4 hours (6 on a rough day) to read. This one however took me two days. That in itself says something (if you know anything about my reading habits). So let’s take a dive into this book and see what when right and what went wrong.
This is book one in a series, FYI. The opening was a perfect pincher! It t
Dale Ibitz
Jun 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars (very close to 4)

17 year-old Julia is devastated when an explosion takes the lives of her adoptive parents. Closing in on the age of 18, she doesn't want to go back to foster care. That thought, coupled with the fact that she sees the angel of death hovering over her burning house, she runs. It;s a good thing, too, because this bad-ass demon wants to kill her. And she runs into a dark and mysterious stranger that questions her about her birthmark (stain).

This is an action-packed, paran
Shelley (Bella)
May 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.
Where to start? With Julia? Cayne? Both lost souls? Both something "other"? Both...on the run? Ella wastes no time throwing us into the torment, tragedy and loss that seems to be Julia's life. It's been difficult from the beginning and after tragedy strikes again, Julia is forced into hiding. In drops Cayne...literally. To the rescue? Someone to fear or to cling to? Maybe a bit of both. Whether he is friend or foe, she quickly has to decide. And Cayne...we're not too sure what he is r
Amanda Leon
Jul 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
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I really tried to like this book. I really did. I wanted to love it, but alas, I had to many problems with it that I could not.

Starting off with what Stained is about, we follow the main character, Julia, who's been in the foster care system all her life and for the past few years has found happiness with her current foster family. She comes home to find her home on fire with her family inside and the 'angel of death' (this i
Carrie Ardoin
Jan 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Julia is a 17 year old girl whose house has just burned down, taking along with it the only two people she has ever known as parents. As she stands outside watching the house smolder, she swears she sees a dark, winged figure above the house, watching it burn...and watching her.

So she runs. But Julia can't hide for long. The demon she thought she saw was indeed real, and it has found her once again. Then she is saved at the last minute by the mysterious, unfriendly Cayne. He tells her that he is
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Ella James is the USA Today bestselling author of seventeen teen and adult love stories. She's an angst-a-holic who loves exploring difficult situations and the emotions of the people caught up in them. Also, smut. But always, always romance.

Ella's obsessions include vanilla cream soda, hiking, other obscure, crunchy stuff like rock collecting, and the antics of her three little monsters.

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