Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Shattered Dreams (Midnight Dragonfly #1) by Ellie James

Title: Shattered Dreams (Midnight Dragonfly #1)
Author: Ellie James
Release date: December 6, 2011
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Pages: 352
Source: Publisher

Sixteen-year-old Trinity Monsour wants nothing more than to live a normal life. But that isn’t as easy as it seems. Trinity is different. She is special. She sees visions, and for those she’s seen, it’s already too late.

Trinity arrives on her aunt’s doorstep in New Orleans with virtually no knowledge of her mysterious heritage. She begins settling into life at a new school and even starts making friends. But all too quickly her dreams accelerate; twisted, terrifying visions of a girl locked in a dark room. And when the head cheerleader, Jessica, goes missing, Trinity knows she has no choice but to step forward with what she’s seen.

But people believe that Trinity has information about Jessica’s disappearance not because of a dream, but because she is involved. She is kind-of dating Jessica’s ex-boyfriend, Chase, and Jessica did pull a nasty prank on Trinity. Revenge seems like the likeliest scenario.

Nothing prepares Trinity for the dark odyssey that ensues while searching for Jessica, including the surprising romance she finds with Chase, or the shocking truths she learns, not just about the girl who has gone missing, but the past that has been hidden from her.

Shattered Dreams was not at all what I expected.  It was ten times better!  From the very first page I was hooked and I could not put it down.

Trinity is an awesome main character.  She is brave, funny, smart, kind, and (my favorite thing) kind of bad ass.  She is not afraid to be disliked by the popular kids at school and she is one of the only people willing to stand up to them.  Chase is another amazing character.  He is sweet, kind, caring, brave, and willing to stand by Trinity through everything.  Trinity’s aunt, Sara, is one character I wanted to know more about but I think that will be addressed in the next book.  Really, all the characters were fantastic!

The plot is what really gets you hooked though.  The story starts off in a supposedly haunted mansion and that was all it took to get me into the story.  This book was full of twists and surprises and I was up late into the night reading.  The last 100 pages really had me going and I was clueless as to who was good or bad.  Best kind of suspense!

The setting also made this book great!  The story takes place in New Orleans and while I have never been there, I feel like I have.  The imagery in this book is amazing and it only added to the awesomeness.  =)

Overall, Shattered Dreams is a must read!  I adored this book and I can’t wait for the next book in the series. Get your hands on a copy now!

Rating: A++

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  1. BookBreather

    Hmm… this seems interesting. Haunted mansion? That’s an automatic win. Also, I really adore those books when you wonder who actually has good intentions…OOH. Now I want to read this. Excellent review! 🙂

  2. Christina Kit.

    This one sounds awesome! Love the setting, New Orleans is always a perfect place for creepy stories!

    Love how it’s both paranormal and a mystery and that the characters were people you liked and were likable.

    Lovely review 🙂

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