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Shattered Dreams (Midnight Dragonfly #1)

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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
Paperback, 342 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin
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There are little details that jump out at you when you are reading a book. At least, they do to me. And I knew I would have trouble with this book when the author specified that the Grandma was watching "Fox" news' coverage of Hurricane Katrina. Think what you may, my intuition did not prove me wrong in this case. It niggled at my mind, that detail. She could have been watching any news station. There was no need to specify which one but she did and my mind kicked in high gear and off I went ana ...more

*Received for free through NetGalley*

*Shattered Dreams* is the story of seventeen-year-old Trinity, who, like her deceased mother, gets visions. Both of her parents died when she was a baby and she was raised by her grandmother. After her grandmother's death, she was taken in by her aunt and moved to New Orleans (where her parents were from and where she was born.)

I'd give you the synopsis that I was given that made me want to read this book, but honestly, I felt it was pretty misleading.

The sto
Allison (The Allure of Books)
Shattered Dreams by Ellie James is a ghost story that takes place in New Orleans. That was pretty much all I needed to hear to make me want to pick up the book. I love spooky books set in the South! Unfortunately, this book basically failed on every level. I found the plot and characters both utterly ridiculous. I could barely make myself finish – I had to scan through sections of it to make it through.

Before I really get going, I do have to speak positively about the setting. I think post-Katri
After the death of her parents and her grandmother, Trinity goes to live with her aunt in New Orleans.
Being the new girl at shcool and hanging out with kids who've known each other their whole lives, Trinity didn't want to seem like a chicken when they brought her to an old house, presumed to be haunted. When a game goes seriously wrong and later Jessica turns up missing, Trinity doesn't have any choice but to come forth and tell what she seen in her dreams. See, Trinity has always been differen
Jan 09, 2012 Anna rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: fantasy, ya
I have mixed reactions to this book. Parts of it were honestly suspenseful and compulsively readable. Other parts were trying too hard to be mysterious and just wound up confusing. There were a number of passages I went back and re-read, trying to figure out what was going on. Keeping vision apart from reality was somethings a bit of a job, but it was more some of the stylistic and narrative choices, trying to keep readers in the dark as much as possible. Writing a mystery is a fine art, and mor ...more
Shattered Dreams was not at all what I expected. It was ten times better! From the very first page I was hooked and I could not put it down.

Trinity is an awesome main character. She is brave, funny, smart, kind, and (my favorite thing) kind of bad ass. She is not afraid to be disliked by the popular kids at school and she is one of the only people willing to stand up to them. Chase is another amazing character. He is sweet, kind, caring, brave, and willing to stand by Trinity through everything.
Reader discretion advised: This isn't going to be pretty. It's going to be a downright nasty review.

At first I though this would be a standard young adult novel about a high school kid growing up, spending way too much time thinking about boys with a hint of what happened to her parents mystery thrown in. And the very beginning seemed to support that hypothesis. I actually thought I'd end up liking this book and how it was written.

Then I started thinking that everyone around the main protagonis
Trinity is special. She dreams true things, things that are or will be happening...and most of the time they are not good. Trinity comes to live with her aunt in New Orleans after the death of her grandmother. After a foolish prank is pulled on her by Jessica, the mean but popular girl at school, Jessica turns up missing. Trinity has "seen" what is going on, but most won't believe her and the ones that do think Trinity had something to do with it. Trinity has to find a way to save Jessica before ...more
Bailey (IB Book Blogging)
I can't believe how long it took me to pick SHATTERED DREAMS up. For one, that cover is gorgeous, and then there's that drew me right in. I wasn't sure what to expect, only that there would be a bit of a paranormal element. I just love it when I am surprised in a novel and James threw in quite a few twists that had me scratching my head. And the boys!!! WOW are they spicy. I think I may have to pack up my things and move to New Orleans if the guys in her book are any indication. You have to pick ...more
Mary Chrapliwy
I hadn't planned on reading this book right on the heals of the Demon Lover, but it's been calling to me from my Nook.

The description from the Amazon pages leads me to believe this may be the first in a series of books, but it didn't read like a series book until the very last page, which was a confusing one. I'm not so sure I'll be following up to read any book two in the series.

Trinity Monsour lives hidden away in the Colorado hills with her grandmother until she passes away and Trinity ends u
Psychics have always fascinated me and psychic murder mysteries are always things I absolutely love. I loved both the psychic and the mystery element about Shattered Dreams. What I didn’t like was the way the characters interacted with each other and their actions.
The psychic part was done absolutely brilliantly. It portrayed Trinity in a light where you could see that she was a psychic but at the same time you couldn’t help but wonder if she was a little bit crazy and the lines between reality
Trinity girl, I have three words for you: Chase, who? and DYLAN. Okay that as really four, but the “and” doesn’t count.

Shattered Dreams was a fun filled ride! There are so many twists and turns in this one I wasn’t sure if up was down or down was up! I’m hoping that we get to learn a lot more about Trinity’s abilities in the next novel. There is a next novel, right? I feel like we just started to scratch the surface to Trinity’s ability and her heritage. And of course I want to see how Dylan and
Mary Ann Gacayan
Shattered Dreams was all about Trinity Rose who moves in with her aunt after her grandmother died. There, her visions came back—that keeps haunting her—and unravels the secret behind it with the people around her.

I won’t and don’t want to finish it. The story was confusing; it was hard to determine where the visions of Trinity started, what was the real score about her visions and though they explained it in the story it was obscured. They try to explain it bit by bit with every chapter which is
Erm, I was definitely not on page 203 13 minutes ago . . . Goodreads is getting slow with updates, is it?


If I'm honest, it took me a long time to get into Shattered Dreams. I took ages just to read the first forty pages, and even after that, it was kind of a slow read for me. I think my problem was with the narrator, Trinity. She wasn't a character that I could connect to. At all. I mean, sure, she lusted after a boy who already had a girlfriend, which is perfectly normal, but other than
An exciting, engaging debut novel that will remain with you long after it has been read.

Bestselling US author Ellie James has produced a spectacular sultry thriller that leaves you sleepless…Taut and wrought with spine tingling tension, I was sat rigid to my seat immersed within a darkly sinister love story. Beautifully hypnotic and acutely memorable, this is a teen psychic novel with a supernatural twist and paranormal ambience. Prepare to be dazzled by the intense drama and enchanted by the c
Ok , so the synopsis of the book was interesting enough and made me look forward to reading it but it ended up being a huge disappointment .The starting was decent enough but the transition from normal to mystery was too sudden and too early.There was no gradual development in the intensity and by the time I had read one third of the book everything was way too confusing..!The characters weren't fully developed.
There were far too many loose ends.
Seemed to me like the author just kept compiling r
Book Whales
Originally posted @ Book Whales

She can see visions of death…

And it’s up to her to stop them from happening

The book started with a group of friends inside an empty house which is said to be haunted, wherein they started a “harmless” game of Truth or Dare. For everyone, it was just a game, but for Trinity, it’s not. She’s different from any other teenage girls. How so? She can see visions of deaths, and they come true. There she sees an image of one of the girls with her, Jessica, and in that ve
Before I begin, I feel obligated to say that the synopsis above, taken from Goodreads, is totally misguiding. I thought that I was getting a paranormal romance novel, but the entire thing seemed more like a murder mystery to me. A murder mystery that a girl with paranormal psychic-like powers played a huge part in, but the murder mystery dominated every else. While Trinity's powers were important to the plot, we barely got a back-story to them. There was a decent bit of paranormal occurrences in ...more
Addie R.
4.5/5 stars

Shattered Dreams was just amazing! I wasn’t really expecting anything when I picked this up and I didn’t really know what it was about, but it blew my mind!

Trinity is not your ordinary character. She lost her parents when she was two, but no one tells her how or why. And she barley knows anything of her ancestry or why she has her unexpected visions. Everyone is keeping secrets about her family and heritage from her. Trinity went through a lot in this book and has been growing stronge
Donna {Book Passion for Life}
Shattered Dreams had been high on my list to read for a while, so when the opportunity came up to review it, I jumped at the chance and let me say, it really didn't disappointment.

This story surrounds a young girl called Trinity who moves to New Orleans to live with her aunt after the death of her grandma. Trinity appears to be a normal teenage girl, but when a game of truth or dare gets out of hand and a girl disappears, she soon starts seeing visions of the future. As Trinity journeys brings
Marcos Tavares


Trinity é uma jovem de 16 anos que perdeu os pais muito cedo, quando ela ainda era bebê. A morte deles ainda é um mistério para ela, que só sabe que eles morreram em um acidente de carro. Depois que ficou orfã, ela teve que morar com sua tia Sara, em Nova Orleans, uma cidade do interior dos Estados Unidos. Na nova escola, ela ainda tem poucos amigos amigos, porém se vê muito próxima de Chase, garoto mais popular da escola que namora a também popular Jéssica, líder de torcida. El
Rating: 2/5 Stars

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.
The problem is, people believe that Trinity has infor
Cary Morton
Originally Posted To: Author Unpublished /

Shattered Dreams was not what I expected. Some months ago, I won a copy of the third book in this series by mere coincidence. Being one of those people that hate to jump into a series of books mid-way through, I immediately went about securing the first two books in this series… and promptly forgot to read them. Finally, just a few short hours ago, I dove into Shattered Dreams. I hadn’t read the synopsis, didn’t kno
Kelly Thomas
This book could have been alot better the story line had potential but didnt quite get the most out of the storey line.
Trinity Monsour has a gift, she has visions, things she sees always happen.
When I read that on the back I was intreeged as ive read a similar book to this, but where the main charector can sense dead bodies and thought that shattered dreams would be just as good. I was slightly disappointed as I think I hyped the book up abit from the back cover but it seemed to be drawn out to
A Canadian Girl
After reading Shattered Dreams by Ellie James, my main thought was, “Why the heck did I finish this book?!” Although the novel starts off promisingly with a group of teenagers sneaking into an abandoned house to play Truth or Dare and Trinity, the protagonist, getting a few terrifying visions, the plot soon fell apart. I had literally no idea what was going on the entire time, and much like Trinity, couldn’t tell the difference between what was a vision/dream and what was reality – a feeling I v ...more
Tina (yAdultReview)
Review originally posted at Nose in a Book

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, pre
Jenny  (hades2) (Chocolate Chunky Munkie)
I was given a digital ARC of this book to review from Netgalley.

This was a bit of a slow burner for me and really never got going until right at the end. I don’t say I dislike the book, but it isn’t one that goes wow. I like books that grip me from the start, there were lots of twist and turns and it did leave me wondering what was going to happen next. With all that said I have to say that I am satisfied with the ending, it did pick up to a good pace.

The content of this book is suitable for any
Pam Steinke
3.5 Stars!

Trinity has recently returned to her birthplace of New Orleans. She moved to the mountains of Colorado when she was a toddler after her parents died. Her grandmother has recently passed and now she is living with her Aunt Sara back in NOLA.

Trinity is starting to have strange visions and dreams involving an acquaintance from school being abducted. But then the girl is really abducted. Trinity, being a good kid who wants to help, shares her visions with the police and she becomes suspect
Wendy Hines
Trinity Monsour is sixteen years old when she moves to New Orleans to live with her Aunt Sarah. Her grandmother had died, and since her parents had died when she was two, Aunt Sarah was her only remaining relative. But from growing up in a cabin in the mountains and being homeschooled doesn't prepare her for the big city and high school.

She wants to fit in, so when a group of teenagers ask Trinity to accompany them one evening to a supposedly haunted house, she agrees. When Trinity arrives thoug
You can see my full review at my blog Thoughts Of An Endless Dreamer

First off I’d like to send out my thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin’s Griffin for the opportunity to read Shattered Dreams.

Shattered Dreams was unique, the storyline was a bit different than the type I usually go for but I was immediately intrigued by this book once I read the synopsis. It’s not your usual Paranormal; the author really put their own spin on it.

I really liked this book, it grabbed me from the beginning and the m
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Ellie James believes in dreams, destiny, and possibility. A native of south Louisiana, she grew up immersed in legend, surrounded by history and drenched in mystery. She penned her first work of fiction at six, turning to suspense three years later with Jacquie and the Swamp. Even before graduating from the LSU Manship School of Journalism, Ellie always had a tragic poem, tender story, or intrigui ...more
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