Thursday, March 19, 2015

REVIEW: Scorched by Mari Mancusi

Scorched (Scorched, #1)
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.

I didn't really have any high expectations for this book. Sure, it has dragons, but I wasn't particularly fond of the author's other series. I am glad to say that I actually ended up really liking the story and the plot!

Trinity lives with her grandfather, who used to run a museum of fossils and other artifacts. Now, he has started added more unusual objects to the collection, like bigfoot dung, and the museum has been struggling. Instead of paying for living expenses, Trinity's grandfather buys an egg that he believes is a dragon egg. When a boy from the future comes to take the egg, to prevent the end of the world by dragons, Trinity begins to question if this is all the truth. But she doesn't have time to think it over, as government agents and a dragon protection group are after the egg as well.

First off, all my friends can tell you and I have been a wee bit obsessed with dragons lately. So, I was definitely excited to read a dragon book, though I was iffy about the author. I absolutely did love the plot. The whole idea of people two hundred years in the future traveling back in time to save the world from dragons is a very interesting idea. I was not exactly expecting the time travel aspect, but I loved it! I also found the whole dragon aspect very interesting, of course, and I very much liked the idea of the Nether (kind of like a dream world).

I mentioned that I was iffy about this book at first, mainly because of the author's Blood Coven Vampires series. That series is okay, but the characters in that series had very very VERY annoying teenage voices with numerous pop culture references sprinkled in. I felt like the author was trying to hard to get a teenage voice. Thankfully, the author did not do this in this book. The teenagers in this book felt much more authentic. Though, the fact that this was in third person may have something to do with it.

The characters were okay. I couldn't really connect with them as much as I wished, as is common when I read third person books, but I did like the characters. Trinity is a great main character and she is a common MC. She has a normal life that is entirely changed with the introduction of the egg and I do think she deals with it well. I especially loved her relationship with Emmy, her dragon! Emmy is so sweet, even though she's a dragon, and she was very loyal to Trinity.

The isn't really a romance in this book. There's a love triangle feeling between Caleb and Connor, but there isn't really much in the way of kissing, which I appreciate.

My main problem with this book is something I really don't understand myself. I was loving this book in the beginning, but my feelings went a bit downhill as the book went on. In the beginning, there were a few little holes in the story I noticed, but I figured they were easy to ignore. Eventually, things became harder to ignore and I became more confused. Not that the plot was bad or anything, I really liked the plot, but some things were just hard for my mind to wrap around.

Overall, I did like this book and I will be reading the sequel! If you would like to read a very new, unique look on dragons, then I do recommend it!

I hereby give this book
3 Wheels
Meaning: I liked it

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