Genre: Dragons, YA Publication Date: September 3, 2013 Pages: 352 Published By: Sourcebooks Fire Website Scorched on Goodreads Mari Mancusis Website My review copy: From publisher for honest review in event
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Don’t leave me here... It starts with a whisper. At first Trinity thinks she’s going crazy. It wouldn’t be a big surprise—her grandpa firmly believes there’s a genuine dragon egg in their dusty little West Texas town. But this voice is real, and it’s begging for her protection. Even if no one else can hear it...
He’s come from a future scorched by dragonfire. His mission: Find the girl. Destroy the egg. Save the world.
He’s everything his twin brother Connor hates: cocky, undisciplined, and obsessed with saving dragons.
Trinity has no idea which brother to believe. All she has to go by is the voice in her head—a dragon that won’t be tamed.
She was as powerful as the legends had said. Maybe even more so. All that raw energy, that spark building inside of her. To bind to that dragon... Connor shuddered.
Trinity had no response. Absolutely no response. Dragon animal rights groups, evil twins. She felt as if she had been dropped into the middle of some game without being taught how to play.
They're using their gifts, she realized, fascinated. Trying to send her comfort. And it was working too. She could actually feel her anger and pain slipping away. Which was cool, she tried to tell herself. But also massively weird
not to mention invasive.
She was the Fire Kissed. The one Emmy had chosen out of all the others. And Trinity wasn'r about to let the dragon down.
Just.. Wow! Scorched is the type of book that you walk by and its cover pulls you in. What you don't realize right away is just how amazing what is inside that cover is. When they say don't judge a book by its cover, well lets just say that they have never read Scorched, because you absolutely can judge it by the cover. I may be a little bit biased, as I am a huge Dragon fan but honestly I did love the book. The book is a breathe of fresh air and I devoured it in less than a day. This being said I am going to keep this review to a minimal as to not gush and ruin it for all of you.
There is no wasted time in this book. Mancusi jumped right into the action and did not let up, and I loved every minute of it. Despite the fact that there was constant movement, there were still a few times that I found myself wishing that someone would speak the truth. However, it's hard to speak the truth when everyone has their own agenda, and their own secrets. To match the pacing, was this great plot. I will openly admit that the multiple point of view added to it as well. There was a lot going on and getting glimpses from each of the characters really added to the world. Most took place in there here and now but to fully grasp why the missions were so important to each person, you got to look at the bleak future that could become reality. Basically every element, every layer that Mancusi placed within the books was set up in such a way that I was drawn in and could only want more.
I loved, LOVED Trinity!! She was so amazing and although she made some split second decisions that made me shake my head a little, I can't say that I would have done anything differently. She is not one hundred percent on everything she is hearing, but also faces a hard time not believing because of everything she is facing. Her thing was figuring out exactly who was telling the truth, or how much truth was in each persons words. I liked that she kept her own desires in mind as well. Even knowing what she did, she took the chances she felt were needed to do what was right, and though she did question herself when she made the ones she wasn't fully sure of. She had to consider everything she did, especially when each thing she does could mean that she is sealing the fate of the world.
Connor and Caleb were brothers fighting for different causes, both not really having the full story. They are also at the base of the love triangle, or not so love triangle. There is definitely something between Connor and Trinity, albeit it is not built on complete honesty or complete chemistry, but it is something. Trinity knows that there is things that she doesn't understand and Connor is there to do what he has to, to protect the future. The problem there is that he didn't expect to feel what he does for Trinity, and now has to make bigger decisions. With Caleb I'm not sure there was any real romance but more just a different story, and possibly more trust to start. See Trinity seemed to only be interested in Connor but both boys wanted her. So, by rights there was no real triangle but more of two boys one girl and the girl only interested in the one brother... Even if he wasn't always completely forth coming.
Scorched was absolutely amazing and I can't even tell you how excited I am for Shattered!! Mari Mancusi created something uniquely dystopian, modern day and fantasy. She took everyone of these elements and pressed them together perfectly. In doing this she allowed for a more diverse audience and created an addictive read that will surely carry on into the books to follow. I recommend you pick this book up if you like any of the genres listed above, or if you just want an awesome read!
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