Book View: Shattered Dreams

Book View: Shattered DreamsShattered Dreams by Ellie James
Series: Midnight Dragonfly #1
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on December 6th 2011
Pages: 352
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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.

Short and Sweet:
Well, I have to give it to Ellie James, Shattered Dreams was an interesting read. Part paranormal. Part spooky thriller. Lots of distinct elements blending together to create a read that took me a bit by surprise. When Shattered Dreams worked, it worked. But due an abundance of elements and a few plot holes here and there, when something hit a bump, it made the experience less than pleasant. For me, the biggest issue was also one of the things that I loved most about Shattered Dreams, the visions. Boy, those things were incredibly disjointed. It was a feat in and of itself trying to push through some of those.
 
Final Verdict:
Shattered Dreams was a pleasant enough read. But due to the disjointness of the visions and jumping around of plot, the book was not as easy as I had hoped to get through.
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One response to “Book View: Shattered Dreams

  1. Christina Kit.

    I love stories set in the South, kinda Gothic tales. And this combines with a murder-mystery – definitely something I’d read.

    Thanks for the honest review!

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