Thursday, 1 December 2011

Review: Shattered Dreams by Ellie James

Title: Shattered Dreams
Author: Ellie James
Genre: Young Adult/Paranormal
Source: Netgalley
Publication Date: USA:Dec 6th 2011|UK:5th Jul 2012
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.
[from goodreads]

I started reading Shattered Dreams under the impression that it would be focused on paranormal as the main part of the story, however I soon felt that Shattered Dreams felt more like a murder mystery more than it did paranormal.  There was paranormal information in it, like the fact that Trinity dreams about people and has visions and that it has been passed down through her family, but to me they felt more like a back story and didn't feel like it was a big focus on the book.  If I would have know this then I may not have requested it from netgalley, however I did persevere and finished the story and found myself liking it a bit so I guess if I would have missed out on a good read.

If we take away how I feel about the book feeling like a murder mystery it was a really good read.  There was always something going on to keep you wanting to know more, and constantly guessing about who had taken Jessica and if she would ever be found.  I liked how Trinity being a new girl to town was used to provide some ammunition against her, and how she felt like she needed to fit in, therefore leading up the the disappearance of Jessica.  I thought the characters were believable and the fickle friendships that were made, how they could easily change like so many do in school when allegiances change.
The book ends well and concludes the story, so although a new book is in the works you are not left on a cliffhanger wondering what happens next.

Although I don't think this book will be finding a home in my bookshelf I would possibly borrow or lend it off a friend or the local library.

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