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Shattered Dreams: A Midnight Dragonfly Novel Paperback – December 6, 2011
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Despite the destruction Katrina inflicted, New Orleans remains a city of old, deep mysteries and superstition. Trinity moves back to the place of her birth to live with her cool, artistic aunt. A few unexpected things occur: she meets the handsome and athletic Chase, starts having visions of future events, and discovers secrets about her mother. Then a classmate goes missing. Can the magic of New Orleans and her mother’s lingering legacy guide her visions to help the missing girl, or will it drive Trinity to madness? Trinity is the poster child for hard knocks, but her painful past—and her ability to see future events—makes her stronger. Submerged in New Orleans legend and charm, this novel quickly becomes addicting; readers won’t be able to stop until all the riddles are finally solved. Not for the fainthearted, though; be prepared for a shocking, terrifying, and thrilling ride. Grades 9-12. --Bethany Fort
“James crafts a sexy, suspenseful paranormal thriller.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Ellie James has created a haunting, mystical page-turner of deceit, betrayal and magic with Shattered Dreams. Trinity receives a bit too much "new kid" attention upon her return to a recovering post-Katrina New Orleans when her psychic visions link her to a missing classmate (who just happens to be the recent ex of the new guy in her life). Trinity soon realizes her unusual gifts may do more than help find a kidnapped cheerleader – they may reveal secrets about her past as well.” ―Kimberly Smith, Cool Kids Read
“The first novel in The Midnight Dragonfly series takes flight with a powerful mix of mystery, magic, and romance. SHATTERED DREAMS is an entrancing debut brimming with all the things that make New Orleans unforgettable!” ―Shannon Delany, author of the 13 to Life series
“A cruel prank, a mysterious psychic gift and the ghostly streets of New Orleans set the stage for Ellie James’ hauntingly readable SHATTERED DREAMS. A word to the wise -- this tale of love, betrayal, and stalking evil is best read with the lights on.” ―Jana Oliver, author of The Demon Trapper’s Daughter
“Well-written and filled with both dramatic and romantic tension, SHATTERED DREAMS is an exciting debut you won't want to miss.” ―Jenna Black, author of Glimmerglass and Shadowspell
“With SHATTERED DREAMS Ellie James delivers all the goods--in very high style. Set in post-Katrina New Orleans, SHATTERED DREAMS takes readers on a rollercoaster ride of thrills and chills while exploring the deepest recesses of friendship, family and love. The romantic relationship between Trinity and Chase brings to life the unyielding power of young love. In addition, James captures the sultry atmosphere of New Orleans with such skill that you'll hear the blues echoing from the French Quarter, feel the sweltering heat rising from the wet cobblestone streets and smell the dank earthiness of the river.” ―New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo
“A haunting and engaging story with characters who will stay with you long after you finish the book. Ellie James is a debut author you won't want to miss.” ―CC Hunter, author of Born at Midnight
“Mesmerizing! With Shattered Dreams, Ellie James has woven unforgettable characters and dark elements into the richness of New Orleans to create a beautifully haunting tale that will stay with the reader long after she turns the final page.” ―Rachel Hawthorne, author of the Dark Guardian series
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The character of Trinity Monsour is multi-dimensional, vibrant, natural, and endearing. Through her perspective we have a window into her very soul and the emotional scars she has tried to keep hidden. We join her as she seeks answers about herself and the terrifying, nightmarish visions she cannot escape. The beautiful clarity of Trinity's voice not only engages the reader but resonates as our thoughts and emotions are pulled into her past and present. Here is an early passage that I particularly loved for the innocent simplicity yet powerful depth of 16-year old Trinity.
"All my life I'd wondered. I'd dreamed. A picture, that's all I wanted. A story, a piece of jewelry, a memory. Anything. Something to connect me to them, my parents. Something to make them real. But nothing prepared me for the faded image."
Put simply, this passage opens the door for the reader to join hands with Trinity as she begins an often frightening journey to understand 'who' she is and desperately seek answers to a mysterious past that others have tried to keep from her.
As a writer, Ellie James has an unforgettable voice with an artist's finesse for applying visual narrative that places the reader into a vivid New Orleans setting. At the same time, Ms. James creates the perfect authentic tone and texture to her YA characters, while also deftly using large brush strokes with bold, often dark technique, to propel a thrilling, haunting, and suspenseful plot.
I absolutely loved this book, and strongly recommend SHATTERED DREAMS. I can't wait to read the next novel in the Midnight Dragonfly series by Ellie James.
True to the gothic roots of the story and as other reviewers have said, there were twists and turns galore. My favorite bit of the story was when the heroine found herself alone at night on Bourbon Street. I was really worried about her! James successfully took the gothic story treatment to the next level by making a crowded bar as scary as a secret room in a dark, deserted mansion!
Three cheers for twists, turns and confusion! Looking forward to the 2nd and 3rd installments!
Check out book "Haunted Destiny" excellent "Midnight Dragonfly" bonus story by Ellie James.