Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Review: "Shattered Dreams" by Ellie James

From 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.

My Thoughts:  This was such a good book!!  When I picked it up, I couldn’t really remember why I had wanted to read it but I am so glad I did.  I literally sat down and read until I was done; I did not want to put it down.  I loved the character of Trinity and the whole supernatural feel to the story.  All of the characters were really interesting and the setting was great.  The story was set in New Orleans and I really liked how the author included the effects of Katrina on the city and its people into the story.  I thought it was well done and very respectful of the suffering of the people of New Orleans.  The book did leave a lot of questions unanswered:  I really want to know more about Jim and Dylan as well as Trinity’s parents.  This is the first in a series and I will definitely be looking out for the next book.  3 ½ stars.

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