Book: Ruined (The Eternal Balance #1)
Author: Jus Accardo
Plot: Jax lost the genetic lottery. Descended from Cain, the world’s first murderer, he’s plagued by a curse that demands violence in exchange for his happiness. He left everything behind, including the girl he loved, but thriving on the pain of others is lonely… And it’s killing him.
A little slip and it would have justified the title
Fortunately the book still holds the reign tight enough to not let it completely fall off the bandwagon but don’t let that make it sound as if the book is bad. The book to be honest isn’t bad but not that great as well but to be honest every paranormal trilogy starts pretty lukewarm and in a very predictable way which is the same for Ruined too
Ruined begins with your usual paranormal tricks and in fact ends with one too. Everything about the book is fairly predictable. The nuisances and settings are different but rest everything comes down to a love triangle and sacrifices for the sake of loved ones…. Blah blah blah
You need a little patience with the language because for me personally all those colorful swearing and brazen thoughts were giving me headache from hitting my head constantly against a wall. To picture a rough and tough character, you need not need to use swear words but the same can be achieved through other form of narration
The story as I said is pretty predictable and fortunately nuisances are different to keep it spicy and interesting and there is an element of mystery under wraps which adds a little bit of that extra oomph too so it kind of saves the book and worth picking up
Central characters are basically your usual stereotypes of typical paranormal fiction. Nothing new and unexpected.
The book is neither bad nor great in the sense that it is very predictable and religiously follows everything that an usual paranormal book adopts but the diehard fans of the genre will surely be able to appreciate it even though it is just old stuff inside a brand new cover. It is a fair enough read to be precise.