December 21, 2011

Shattered Dreams by Ellie James -- 4 out of 5 stars

Shattered Dreams: A Midnight Dragonfly Novel by Ellie James

I hadn't planned on reading this book right on the heals of the Demon Lover, but it's been calling to me from my Nook.

The description from the Amazon pages leads me to believe this may be the first in a series of books, but it didn't read like a series book until the very last page, which was a confusing one. I'm not so sure I'll be following up to read any book two in the series.

Trinity Monsour lives hidden away in the Colorado hills with her grandmother until she passes away and Trinity ends up living back in the town she was born in with her aunt - New Orleans. She has a bit of trouble fitting in and at the start of the book a group of mean girls plays a trick on her, trapping her in a windowless room in a house haunted by shadows and nightmares. She has had visions in the past, and is startled and afraid of visions that hit her while in the house.

Told in first person point of view, we see what Trinity sees and feel the uncertainty she feels. When the alpha mean girl disappears, Trinity has visions and dreams about her whereabouts, but no one will take her seriously, instead some view her as a suspect in the disappearance. Slowly, through the course of the novel, secrets are revealed. James does a good job building suspense. I enjoy young adult fiction with a strong main character. I would say the only flaw in this story was the lack of strength Trinity displays and her continued inner dialogue about wanting to melt into the arms of the person she has a crush on - it little too heavy on the romance, and a little too light on the frightened heroine. Maybe in book two she'll find a little strength, but I won't be clamoring to read book two.


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