sdShattered Dreams (Midnight Dragonfly #1) by Ellie James
Release Date: December 6, 2011
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Source: NetGalley
Rating: starstarstarstarblank_star
Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

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.

This book is exactly what I needed after a self-imposed break from serious reading. This book has a tight plot and it definitely kept me guessing as to who the abductor was. I must have changed my mind three or four times regarding the bad guy. Trinity is a normal angsty teenager with a precognition problem. She knows next to nothing about her abilities, other than she knew when her dog was going to be run over and her grandmother, who raise Trinity, pretends her ability doesn’t exist. Everything changes when Trinity’s grandmother dies (which Trinity saw happening) and she lands on her aunt’s doorstep, where the story begins.

Trinity is the new girl, so people take an interest in her, none more so than Chase. In the first scene, I believe Chase and Jessica are still dating, but Case is making eyes at Trinity and Jessica is not happy. (Know what just popped into my head? Super Bass by Nicki Minaj. ”And yes, you’ll get slapped if you lookin, ho”) Jessica takes Nicki’s warning a little too far, and she leaves Trinity inside a seriously haunted house where Trinity sees Jessica tied up and alone in a room. She flips, but it’s all a joke, so she storms home. Off camera, Chase is breaking up with Jessica.

The next day, Jessica is missing. This starts everything off, and there is way too much to explain because it will all spoil you. Even the smallest details end up being important to the overall mystery, so it’s really hard to decided what to give away. This book isn’t creepy like Anna Dressed in Blood (look for that review later this week!), but it’s definitely got some elements of horror, and James does a great job with grabbing you and keeping you interested. Trinity is angsty, but not overly so, plus she has talents and interests. She overreacts more than once, but it doesn’t help that no one, not even her aunt, will tell her what’s going on. I would rebel and freak out too.

Check this one out! It’s supernatural YA with just a little romance. What’s not to love?