Review: Shattered Dreams by Ellie James

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Shattered Dreams (Midnight Dragonfly #1) by Ellie James
Paperback, 342 pages
Published Dec. 6th, 2011 by St. Martins Griffin
Source: Author
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.

 New Orleans is one of my favorite settings, especially for books with paranormal elements and spooky bits.  This book had plenty of spooky in it and New Orleans was the perfect backdrop!

Trinity was a character that I really liked right away.  The story opens in a super creepy abandoned house with several other kids who are trying to creep Trinity out and she takes it all so well, not showing her fear at all.  And what’s even more is that she has visions, so she’s seeing and feeling things that they aren’t and she still doesn’t run screaming!  This was a girl I really felt I could stand behind.  And through most of the book that’s the girl we got.  Unfortunately toward the end of the book Trinity has just had a bit too much, all the false accusations, everyone against her and so many not believing her, she just kind of loses it and makes those very stupid decisions I always dread to read about.  I didn’t think it was really her, and the choices she made were just a bit extreme.  But this was only the last little bit of the book, so I’m going to remember the original Trinity and hopefully she’ll be her normal self in the next book.  I also keep reminding myself that she’s had a huge shock with everything she’s found out as well as the confusing visions that she can’t always decipher. 

Trinity’s aunt was really awesome.  She didn’t know her long, or very well, but they suddenly have to be a family and they are both learning how to do so.  Her aunt was always by her side and always believed her and in her.  I loved that she had a strong adult by her side.

Chase was the love interest and unfortunately this bit of the book didn’t work so well for me.  He was sweet and kind and he believed what Trinity told him.  He stood by her side through most things.  But for some reason I just didn’t love him.  Now this is where things take a turn, there’s a possible new romantic interest thrown in.  Nothing has happened to confirm it, but I get a feeling that things could change.  And I actually hope for that.  That things may turn around if she ends up with this other person.

The mystery was fantastic!  This girl goes missing and Trinity sees visions, has dreams, etc and is trying to find her even though she’s pretty much her worst enemy.  Everyone seems to think that Trinity is involved though and blames her.  It makes it hard for her to share with the police what she knows cause they just turn it back on her.  But instead of letting that deter her she continues to do everything she can.  She’s determined to find her.  At the same time she’s discovering lots of things about her family.  The parents who died when she was a baby and a lot of secrets about them, and her.

Despite the small issues I had I really enjoyed this book.  I thought it was well wrote and that the psychic stuff was done really well.  It wasn’t just some side thing where she has one vision, no it’s a continuous thing through the book.  For the most part I really loved Trinity and some characters that were introduced later in the book.  I’m definitely anxious to see where things go in the next one and I’m hoping that some threads that were left a bit open are tied up.  There wasn’t a cliffhanger at all, and I’m very thankful for that!

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book from the author.  All opinions expressed were my own and I was not paid or influenced in any way.

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  1. I was able to look past the small things to with this one. I haven’t read the second book either but I read the novella that comes next and it was fabulous.

    I am so glad you enjoyed this one!

  2. I’m bummed that Trinity loses is a bit toward the end and starts making really poor decisions, that’s always so frustrating, especially when you’re loving a character up to that point. Seems like you enjoyed this one overall though, and the mystery does sound fantastic even if the romance didn’t do much for you. I’ll be interested to see if Trinity returns to her old self in the next book, looking forward to your thoughts on it Candace!

  3. No cliffie? WHEEE!!!!

    I think the same character decisions at the end would also bug me, but if it didn’t mar the rest of the book for you, I think I need to pick this up. Can’t wait to see what you think of the rest of the series!

  4. I’ve seen this series around, but I only just read the synopsis, and I have to say, it sounds AMAZING. On the fence about the character being overwhelmed towards the end, BUT the mystery rave- I must read it!

    Great review!

  5. I always want to read a book set in New Orleans. I just know that New Orleans has that creepy building. Now I have a chance to feel that by reading this hahahaha…

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