Friday, May 11, 2012

Shattered Dreams by Ellie James

Shattered Dreams by Ellie James
2011, St. Martin's Griffin
Series: Book 1 of Midnight Dragonfly

Synopsis: 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.

Why read: Received for review from LibraryThing Early Reviewers

What impressed me: I enjoyed the first half of Shattered Dreams. I loved seeing Trinity trying to make friends with the other kids from her school and all that entailed. I even liked her visions and the way they were both a help and hindrance to her life.

What disappointed me: I disliked the mystery in Shattered Dreams - well not the mystery itself, but the way it was presented. "Clues" were presented, often in the form of Trinity's visions, that were obviously misleading. It was a succession of one suspect after another, but you never really believe any of them are likely candidates because of the heavy-handed way they're presented as such.

Recommended: Not especially. This was  a psychic mystery for young adults that fell flat more often than not.

Continue series: Probably not.

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