Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Danny's Review on Shattered Dreams

Shattered Dreams
Author: Ellie James (@EllieJamesMDB)
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Release Date: December 6, 2011
Format: Paperback
Pages: 352
Source: Gift
Series: Midnight Dragonfly #1
The Other Books: Broken Illusions(May 2012)
Challenge: 2012 TBR Pile Challenge
Extras: Trailer, Facebook
Seek: Amazon, Goodreads
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.

You should… – Burrow it

Reason for Reading – Cover, & Summary

Judge the Cover – I love the necklace which was in fact in the story.

A Little Teaser  The warmth of his hand practically seared through the invisible blanket of ice suddenly covering every inch of my body.

No, I told myself. No! Not now.

Review – I have mixed emotions about this book. There were things that I love and then there were things that I didn’t love.

I love the beginning! James caught my attention right away. She gives a creepy setting and a group of teenagers playing truth or dare. Each of them is trying to scare the other one. Trinity is trying to prove to them that she’s not scared of the house, or the popular girls. Trinity then sees a vision of girl on a mattress. A vision. Then the popular girl, Jessica, finally does scare Trinity with a horrible prank.

Trinity gets mad because she thinks everyone was in on the joke, even her crush Chase. This is another thing I love about the book. Sometimes falling in love is complicated. Chase and Trinity relationship was complicated because his ex-girlfriend Jessica. And when she disappears, everyone points at Trinity. And at one point, Chase even believes the others about Trinity which broke my heart.

Trinity has to prove that she’s not the reason behind Jessica’s disappearance. She finally figures out that her visions are about Jessica. If Trinity can somehow figure out what the visions are trying to tell her, she can save Jessica. Because Trinity has had visions before, but they only showed death.

The only way to figure out more about the visions, Trinity has to find out her past and the truth about her parents.

This was everything a mystery should be. You would think it was one person, and then James would lead you another way. Then, there was a lot of shockers and like Wow! moments. For a small, fast paced book, I did quite enjoy it but for some reason I thought there should be more.

Author/Book News – The next book is titled Broken Illusions, and set to be released May 8, 2012.


  1. I wasn't really sure what to think of this book either. It was good, but not great for me. I am interested to see what will happen next though. Thanks for the great review.

  2. This is one cover which would attract my attention definitely!
    Read the blurb and of course, your review and am really tempted to get this book right away ^^
    Seems like a promising start to a great series.

    P.S. Love the series title, Midnight Dragonfly. Or maybe it's just because of 'Midnight' x)