Seventeen-year-old Cami Anders uses one word to describe her life: Purgatory. What she doesn’t know is she’s closer to Hell than she thinks.
On the run from the demon that killed her parents, Cami struggles to find her place on the fringes of the Veiled Realm, the part of the world where demons and other creatures lurk in the shadows. Striving to find a normal life in the care of a former demon hunter, who would punch even an angel to protect her, is harder than Cami ever imagined. There’s nothing ordinary about sipping holy water like it’s her beverage of choice, having stare-downs with animalistic demons, and relying on a hunter with enough secrets to fill an ocean to keep her soul safe.
When the demon from Cami’s past arrives to collect her soul, which he believes is rightfully his, she must unravel the secrets her protector has spent the last three years keeping from her. She finds herself questioning her existence and learns that running isn’t the answer. The only way to find normalcy is if she fights for it. But is it worth the risk of losing everything, including her soul, in the end?
I received this book as an e-copy from YA Bound Book Tours in exchange for an honest review.
For a short book this one packed a lot in.
The road trip, the demon hunting and the family dynamics from hell. This book had it all. I had a lot of fun reading about all of the characters. I feel like some elements of the minor characters are going to be explored more in the sequel which would be nice.
I found Cami to be somewhat relatable. There were sometimes when I felt like I was watching a horror story (yelling at the screen “Don’t go in the basement” when the character does the exact opposite of what you are yelling.
There were some minor issues that I had with regards to how quick the plot moved along. I felt some elements could have been drawn out a bit and I felt that they went by a bit too quickly.
Overall I enjoyed this book, with elements I have seen done before. I have given Tainted a rating of 3.75 / 5.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Ginna Moran is the author of the Destined for Dreams and Finding Nate series. She lives in Austin, Texas but is originally from Southern California.
When she realized her love of writing was her life’s passion, she studied literature and writing at Mira Costa College in Northern San Diego. Besides writing novels, she was the senior editor, content manager, and image coordinator for Crescent House Publishing Inc. for four years.
Aside from Ginna’s professional life, she enjoys binge watching television shows, playing pretend with her daughter, and cuddling with her dogs. Some of her favorite things include chocolate, anything that glitters, digital design work, and organizing her bookshelves.
Keep Calm and Read On,