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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

Paperback, 342 pages
Published December 6th 2011 by St. Martin's Griffin
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Apr 30, 2011 rated it did not like it
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
Sep 07, 2011 rated it did not like it

*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
Jan 09, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
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
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
Jul 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, arc
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.
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
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
Zoey Talbon
Sep 24, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Aug 17, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Book Whales
Jan 22, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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
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
Addie R.
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Mary Ann
Oct 16, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011, 2011-read
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
Bailey (IB Book Blogging)
Feb 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-books
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
Aug 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Jul 21, 2012 rated it did not like it
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
Apr 30, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Nov 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, ya
“Shattered dreams” è uno di quei libri che avevo richiesto e che è rimasto per lungo tempo in attesa di essere letto. Perché? Non lo so, probabilmente perché avevo dimenticato la trama, e perché gli ultimi galley che ho iniziato a leggere non mi sono piaciuti. Quindi ero scettica rispetto a questa storia ma naturalmente mi sono dovuta ricredere.

Trinity ha sedici anni, i suoi genitori sono morti quando ne aveva due ed ha sempre vissuto con la nonna sulle montagne in Colorado, fino a che anche lei
Amy (Turn the Page)
First of all, I feel I should point out how misleading this cover is, it really doesn’t reflect the dark tone the book was aiming for at all.

Shattered Dreams is one of those books you finish reading and think, what the hell happened!? If this book has taught me anything, it’s that I am obviously far too stubborn for my own good (and quite possibly a glutton for punishment), because I made myself read the whole thing even though I wanted to put it down after the first few chapters.

A quick look at
Dark Faerie Tales
Aug 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Review Courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales

Quick and Dirty: The writing and characterization of the protagonist are strong, but there are confusing holes in the plot at times.

Opening Sentence: “I heard this place is like . . . haunted.”

The Review:

I enjoyed reading this book for the poetic descriptions and the strong protagonist voice. Trinity has had a different childhood than most of the teenagers her age, growing up orphaned and homeschooled by her grandmother a thousand miles away from her closest f
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story. I liked the characters and the storyline.
DrKymberly Clark-Geddis
Feb 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kinda of slow at first but overall good read.
Marcos Tavares
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it


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
Cary Morton
Sep 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Elizabeth Whitford
Sep 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Trinity has lived her life secluded in the mountians with her grandmother. Only the faint memories and whispers of her parents are all that she has left of them. When her hrandmother dies she goes to live with her Aunt in New Orleans, a city rich in the unexplained.

Trinity is trying to fit into the culture of public High school for the first time in her life and Jessica, the girlfrient of the Chase, the boy Trinity likes, has set her sights on Trinity in a game of "Who's the best female" all c
Gayatri Somaiya
Feb 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 and even starts making friends. But all too quickly her dreams accelerate; twisted, terrifying visions of a girl locked in a
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3.5 stars

I have one word for you. Creepy.

Well, that was the first thing that popped into my mind as I started to read Ellie James' Shattered Dreams. I mean, the first line had the word haunted. The descriptive words that followed gave a goose bump-inducing imagery. James knew the significance of the first scene's setting. And all this from the first few pages?


Shattered Dreams begins with a group of teenagers on their way to a long-ago abandoned mansion, aged and consume
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