Shattered Dreams by Ellie James

Shattered Dreams
Author: Ellie James
Genre: Young Adult
Format: ebook
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: 12-6-11
Trinity Monsour has never wanted anything more than a normal life.  When her grandmother dies and she moves to New Orleans to live with her aunt, it seems that a new school and new friends might bring her what she’s always wanted.  The problem is, Trinity has visions of things that will happen and it’s usually too late to do anything about it.  When a popular girl from her high school disappears, Trinity’s dreams start working overtime.  Now she must help find Jessica while trying to convince the police that she isn’t involved.  The search for Jessica brings Trinity closer to her handsome classmate, Chase, and sends her down a path that reveals long hidden truths about her parents and her talents.

Ellie James tells a very good, and sometimes chilling, tale that is more than just a mystery.  Trinity is not only dealing with her own life, but she is trying to help someone that she knows is in trouble.  Despite the fact that the police seem to think she was involved in Jessica’s disappearance, she continues to try to help them by revealing her dreams and visions.  The action is intense and scary at times, and the romance between Chase and Trinity is a sweet contrast to the some of the darker elements in the story.  Once you get sucked in, it’s hard to put the book down. 

New Orleans was as much of a character as any of the high school students.  I think that’s what made the story so captivating.  Trinity is a girl with a past that she knows almost nothing about and a new life she is trying to fit into. Katrina and its damage is mentioned a lot and you get the sense that the author wants you to feel the same way about Trinity as you might about New Orleans;  she is a girl who has taken some hard knocks in life, but refuses to give up.   Loss is a reoccurring theme and it winds its way through Chase, Trinity and even Jessica’s lives in one way or another. This is the first in a series and I am glad because we are introduced to some very intriguing characters that I hope we will get to know better in subsequent books.

This book earned 4 birds.

 I received this book as a galley from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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