Shattered Dreams

A Midnight Dragonfly Novel, #1

Shattered Dreams, by Ellie James, is a book that took me by surprise. I never thought I would enjoy it, or invest so much of myself in it, as much as I did. After the first chapter, I was hooked and left wanting more, and more, and then some more. This is definitely a book that should be added to everyone’s bookshelves.

Following the life of Trinity Monsour, the 16 year-old girl who has strange visions, Shattered Dreams takes readers on an exciting adventure. A book labeled as paranormal winds up being a race to the bitter-end thriller. After her grandmother’s death, Trinity moves to New Orleans to live with her aunt. Soon after landing in the hurricane recovering city, Trinity finds herself the prime suspect in a missing person’s case.

The girl, Jessica, is not only the most popular girl at school, she’s also the ex-girlfriend to the boy Trinity is crushing on. Putting two and two together, the police automatically think Trinity is at fault. James kept me guessing from one page to the next. Did she? Did she not? Who really took Jessica? Not only that, but what in the world is up with all of Trinity’s visions? You see, this girl has visions that often come true. She can see, and sense, Jessica and does all that she can to find Jessica before it’s too late.

Admittedly, some of the story arcs confused me. I don’t know if it’s a case of trying to add too many plot twists, or just poor execution, but some of the story lines were a little hard to grasp. Shattered Dreams moved nicely from one scene to the next, yet there were a few occasions that I had to pause and ask myself “what just happened?” and then left still wondering. I know Shattered Dreams is the first book in a series, so I’m not going to let some of the unanswered questions bother me. They’ll most likely get resolved as the story continues. I hope.

Overall, this book had likeable characters in Trinity, Chase (Trinity’s crush) and Sara (Trinity’s aunt). My favorite is Trinity. She’s not only young, but she’s funny, strong, and gentle-hearted. She’s everything readers could want in a character. She doesn’t let anyone walk all over her, yet she’s not too tough. I loved seeing all the range of emotions as Trinity narrated Shattered Dreams. Told exclusively from her point-of-view, I loved getting to see this story through her eyes.

To end, one of my favorite, I mean it… one of my FAVORITE parts of Shattered Dreams is the twist of adding Dylan later in the story. Just when I thought my heart was all a pitter-patter for Chase, mystery hottie Dylan shows up. With his scorching silver eyes and dark brooding attitude, I had to pause and say “hubba hubba” and then, “Chase who?” until I closed the book. I cannot wait to see what goes down in the next book. I can only hope that Dylan’s character will get more scripted pages!

I really enjoyed this one!

Book Blurb for Shattered Dreams

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,ÿTrinity 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.

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2012 4.00