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Broken Illusions: A Midnight Dragonfly Novel Paperback – May 8, 2012

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Gr 8 Up-Set in post-Katrina New Orleans, this paranormal thriller and romance continues to follow the story of 16-year-old Trinity Monsour, whose psychic abilities are growing ever stronger. Another girl has gone missing and Trinity finds tangible proof that their families are somehow connected. Detective LaSalle, now dating Trinity's aunt, is eager to learn all he can about the protagonist's abilities and her dreams. Using italics to help guide readers in and out of the psychic realm and keeping them abreast of Trinity's thoughts and experiences, this book reads as much like a film script as a novel. The action and characters would be hard to follow if not for this clever device. However, even with the backstory peppered throughout, this installment in the series cannot stand on its own, as there is still too much catching up to be done. Fans of Shattered Dreams (St. Martin's, 2011) will enjoy the twists and drama and be left wondering where Trinity's abilities and mysterious past will lead her next.-Genevieve Gallagher, Charlottesville High School, VAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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“With this steamy second installment, the Midnight Dragonfly series continues to sizzle. In addition to the thrill factor, an effective balance of quick dialogue and occasional text messages with rich descriptions of the gothic New Orleans setting and Trinity's visions makes for an absorbing read. Fans of paranormal thrillers and romances will find plenty to love in this gripping series.” ―Kirkus Reviews on Broken Illusions
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Series: A Midnight Dragonfly Novel (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin (May 8, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312647034
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312647032
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.9 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #585,105 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Four and a half stars*

First a few words about the Midnight Dragonfly series in general:

In Trinity, Ellie James has created a female protagonist who is unlike most of the young adult paranormal / supernatural / dystopian protagonists written today. She is neither whiny nor self-absorbed. I found her to be a little soft and too faint-prone in the first novel but now that she has a grip on her ability and has come into her own, there's none of the typical "oh why is this happening to me" nonsense that can span multiple installments. I think it is also worth mentioning that between the first and second novels, I have read at least twenty other YA books from Armentrout, Bartol, Stiefvater and the like. Unlike those authors' series, where I had to go back and refresh my memory of who's who before diving into the next in a series, I remembered everyone in James' series. That speaks to how well she has created the characters and their world in New Orleans.

Now onto the book itself: the reader is thrown right back into Trinity's world just a few months following Shattered Dreams' conclusion. Like, literally, it just grips you from the first page and does not let up until the end. More visions, more cryptic dreams and messages plague her as we follow her along in her journey to make sense of it all. I hate spoilers so I won't spill any here, but I can say that I honestly didn't see the ending coming. At all. The ending itself should earn it five stars. What stops me from giving the entire book five stars is the relationship between her and Chase, her husky footballer boyfriend. The relationship lost its appeal for me (and that gives nothing away, as the author describes the same in the synopsis).
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Broken Illusions is the second book in the Midnight Dragonfly Series. This book picks up just a few months after "Shattered Dreams (book 1) leaves off. Once again Ellie James grips your imagination with her descriptions of New Orleans. We follow Trinity Monsour as she learns more about herself and her psychic visions. Trinity's story is written in such a way as to make the reader feel what she feels, see what she sees. Broken Dreams is a roller-coaster of emotion.
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First off, I read this book in one sitting. I simply couldn't put it down. I loved the dark, somewhat edgy paranormal suspense of SHATTERED DREAMS, and the fact that BROKEN PROMISES (book two of the Midnight Dragonfly series) picks up quite soon after the first book ends pulled me back immediately into the sultry and mysterious atmosphere of New Orleans and the often frightening journey that Trinity Monsour continues to travel as she struggles to understand the past, present, and future. Ellie James has a way of engaging the reader with Trinity, a young heroine who touches our hearts and takes us by the hand into her world of dreams, premonition, and nightmarish reality. The imagery is done with such finesse that even the most subtle details of New Orleans not only paints an unforgettable visual for the reader, but you realize that the city has become a character of the book in and of itself. The compelling and mysterious Dylan has returned, and has a much stronger role (which I love!), and key YA characters from the first book, namely Chase and Victoria continue to enchant the reader as they try to understand and support their friend -- even when things turn deadly. Engaging mystery with haunting suspense and the unforgettable power of love continues to build on every page, making BROKEN PROMISES a book you will want to keep and read again and again.
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Love the Midnight Dragonfly series. Broken Illusions (2nd book) evolves from Shattered Dreams (1st book) but could be read on its own. I love that the book's story has an ending but leaves you wanting more about the characters. Will be waiting earnestly for the next chapter in December.
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In a time when YA novels are a dime a dozen, this series stands out in the crowd. Trinity is an endearing (albeit frustrating because she's a teenager who you want to not have to learn some life lessons the hard way) main character that anyone can get attached to. The suspense, action, and mystery surrounding the main plot and the relationships developed as side-plots really kept me intrigued from beginning to end. I highly recommend this series!!!!
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In New Orleans five weeks before Carnival, sixteen year old psychic Trinity Monsour wants to spend time with her boyfriend Chase and works diligently at her new job at her Aunt Sara's shop Fleurish!. However, another girl has vanished while Trinity sees a vision of an empty street except for severely run-down buildings and a corpse in nearby grass; someone also warns her to be wary as danger lurks nearby.

Though she would prefer to ignore the horrific images, Trinity believes she cannot as she is convinced the only way to cope with them is to learn why she sees them and hopefully that will end them. She begins her quest for knowledge by searching for the lost girl. Those who care about her worry about her; however not her aunt, her BFF, or her boyfriend join her on her mission. Only enigmatic Dylan Fourcade does while Detective LaSalle follows them hoping she leads him to the missing person.

The second Midnight Dragonfly middle school age paranormal thriller (see Shattered Dreams) is a wonderful entry with engaging, surprising but improbable twists. Trinity works on the mystery of her DNA, the missing girl, and the body in the grass while wondering how young love could be as convoluted as she cares for Chase and Dylan.

Harriett Klausner
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