Review~ Shattered Dreams by Ellie James

Review~ Shattered Dreams by Ellie JamesShattered Dreams by Ellie James
Series: Midnight Dragonfly #1
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on December 6th 2011
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 342
Format: Paperback
Source: Library

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 iskind-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



To to honest, this book wasn’t on any to read shelves. I stumbled on this book while browsing titles at my library, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. It turned out to be an OK read. I like the spin of Trinity’s abilities.

The writing was decent. I wasn’t fond of how the story starts though. I felt as if I was jumping to the 3rd or 4th chapter. AND-it was confusing. Through out the story I had to keep going back to re read certain parts. I didn’t know which way was up or down, real or vision or dream, which was frustrating, but…GOOD at the same time. I was just as confused as Trinity, and I think that pushed me to continue, so I could figure out what in the blazes was going on.

We also get to see Trinity discover her background. Her parents had died when she was young and she didn’t know much about them. She was determined to know anything. My only issue with this; the two didn’t flow together. While running around town talking to people in her mothers past, I completely forgot about Jessica. (And to be honest, I thought figuring out her past and family history was a little more interesting then what was happening with Jessica).

I felt the romance was off too. Trinity already had feelings for him going into the story, so I didn’t feel that connection that I normally would have, had we seen the first meeting between them and all that. Or even got to know him before he jumped in as a love interest. And at times, his actions were creepy.

All in all, it was OK. I’m going on to read the rest of the series.

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