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When her sister, Rose, is brutally attacked by Lucas Johnson, Lily Carlyle tracks him down with murder in her heart. Lily succeeds in killing Johnson, at the cost of her own life. The next thing Lily knows is waking up in a stranger's body.

Alice Purdue is dead and Lily now resides in the lovely lady's body. It all boils down to Lily being the one referred to in a prophecy. A group of demons is preparing to enter our world through one of the nine gates of Hades. Lily is the only one who can stop them and permanently seal the gate when the time is right.

In the meanwhile, Lily must live Alice's life without anyone realizing that Alice's soul in not the one in residence. When she is not trying to blend in to a stranger's life, Lily must utilize her time to train so she can dish out some serious demon butt kicking. But not all is what it seems.

**** FOUR STARS! Writing that synopsis was harder than you would believe. It was the best I could do without giving some major spoilers away, for not only this title, but also for the future releases of the series.

This is the first of a new trilogy. It is unlike any other the author has published before. Those readers who have read Kenner's other demon stories will find no parallels. This is totally unique from any other plot line Kenner has done before. Readers will not have to wait long for the next books either. The publisher will release the three titles of this series within three successive months! WOO-HOO! And since I have j-u-s-t finished reading this first book, I can tell you that Lily's story rocks out loud. ****

Reviewed by Detra Fitch of Huntress Reviews.
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on 7 August 2010
I am not going into the plot, the previous reviewer did a fine job and anyway I hate reviews that detail the plot too much. What I can tell you is that Tainted is an excellent read with a super kick ass heroine and a storyline that is a refreshing breath of fresh air in the all too common (overly-)romantic fantasy fiction genre - this book keeps you guessing to the end. I strongly recommend it. Buy and enjoy!
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on 1 April 2015
This book took a little time to grab my attention because the theme of demons/monsters is not my usual genre. However, the many twists and turns in this story encouraged me to continue reading to the end. You will want the heroine to succeed in her vital mission to protect the world and defeat evil.
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on 1 September 2010
This is well worth the read, it puts me in mind of Stacia Kane the 'Unholy series', Lilith Saintcrow,Faith Hunter, Natasha Rhodes & Jennifer Armintrout, who turn out gritty, exciting urban fantasies.

Alice or should I say Lily is training to close the ninth gate of hell, she failed to protect her sister, so she is determined to succeed at this. She has a scaley mentor & succumbus trainer, a demon stalking her to reveal what she knows & no-one to talk to, because even though she just has to do one thing to succour her redemption, someone is lying to her.

Lily is an incredibly resilient & unapologetic character, I like that, the story is fast paced & does not let up until the end & is left on a cliffhanger.
This is the first time I have read Julie Kenner & I am now going to go straight on to the next book, as I cannot wait to see where this superb Urban fantasy will end.

If you like gritty urban fantasies with a sassie heroine with flaws, strong supporting characters, none stop action than this is for you. No sappy romantic cheese here thank goodness.

The next book in the series is Torn (Blood Lily Chronicles) Enjoy....
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on 27 August 2014
brilliant read!!! as soon as id finished it, i bought the other 2!!!!!!
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on 29 August 2014
Ok, first of Julie Kenner books for me, read it through but no interest in reading the rest of the series.
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