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Scorched (Scorched series Book 1) Kindle Edition
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|Age Level: 12 - 17|
|Grade Level: 6 - 12|
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Still, Mancusi generally writes well and her characterizations are particularly good. I loved both Connor and Caleb, and can't pick between either boy yet. Their back stories are excellent -- sympathetic and strong enough to evoke sympathy with both boys. I also loved the grandfather, who was a warm and engaging character.
The cover of Scorched is fabulous, although a little misleading in that no actual dragon apocalypse ever takes place in the present, and the dragon is only the size of a corgi by the end of the book -- not the awesome creature of the cover, sadly. Amusingly, Mancusi has this dragon perching on Trinity's shoulder (a la Game of Thrones) at the end of the book, having apparently forgotten that the dragon is now as large as a mid-sized dog.
As I read the novel, my initial enthusiasm for Scorched faltered beneath the overload of different ideas crammed into the story.
Telepathetic dragons, invincible dragons, Nether worlds where unborn and deceased dragons frolic, Nether worlds where "dead" people dwell, boys from the future who've somehow developed the "spark" that allows them to mind-push other people, telepathic heroine, visions, mutated dragons, a heroine who can magically enter the dragons' Nether world, time travel, genetically engineered dragons being sold on a black market, an apocalyptic future, destiny dragging one girl and the last remaining dragon in existance together despite astronomical odds, and other paranormal elements.
Phew! At the end of the novel, Mancusi mentions that she developed the book in conjunction with her editor and agent. It felt like they brainstormed on ways to cram in as many paranormal elements as possible, in an attempt to create an action-packed adventure. Instead, it began to feel like a mash-up containing too many discordant elements. She might have been better to have picked 2 or 3 elements, and discarded the rest.
However, it was the arrival of the teenage Potentials -- straight from season 7 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer-- and their cultlike leader that was the final straw for me. I realize Mancusi works in television, but perhaps in her next book she might stop taking elements from well-known movies and TV series, and instead concentrate on creating her own unique story.
I'm not sure I'll bother reading it, though.
There were a couple hiccups in the book where in one scene, Trinity is bound and gagged, but is smiling, waving and jumping out of harm's way shortly after. When you write a book, you have to explain EVERYTHING. Yes, we as readers can assume she got herself free somehow in the background, but there was no build up indicating otherwise. Plus, the growing stages of Emberlyn seemed odd. The way the egg was described in the book lead the reader to believe that it was a massive egg, but when Emmy is born, she's described to be the size of a baby bird. Um okay? And at the end of the book, she's the size of a small dog. The way the egg was described, I imagined her to be that size at the beginning and gradually getting bigger.
All in all, aside from my complaints, Scorched still kept my attention and was a good read-I do plan to read the rest of this series! I'm a dragon girl, I can't refuse a good dragon story when I come across them.
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