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Broken Illusions: A Midnight Dragonfly Novel Paperback – May 8, 2012
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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).Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Intense. That’s what I have to say about this book. Deep breath. Okay, let’s get down to the nitty gritty. The writing was well done. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Cary Morton
I really enjoyed reading all three books in the series. The books connected together well and made for a very enjoyable read.Published on May 18, 2014 by sweetheart_jas
Love the whole series. If you haven't read them your missing out on a good story. Makes you think what's really out there.Published on May 20, 2013 by Bernie777
I love ths series :)) the only bad thing is the ending bc they FINALLY get together but then it ends! Ellie James shud have extended the series further...Published on May 4, 2013 by Chelle 2327
Ellie James is a wonderful writer to be able to put you inside the story the see what she is seeing and feel what Trinity is seeing and feeling was something I don't as a reviewer... Read morePublished on December 23, 2012 by connie garcia
This is my favorite of the three books, but the whole series really rocked. The creepy, gothic-ness of NOLA really drew me in and James does a great job of painting the scenery and... Read morePublished on November 29, 2012 by Cool Kids Read