ARC Review of Shattered Dreams by Ellie James

Posted September 27, 2011 by Kara in Uncategorized / 2 Comments

Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: December 6th, 2011
Pages: 352
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal
Series: Midnight Dragonfly #1
*I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Shattered Dreams (Midnight Dragonfly, #1)Shattered Dreams by Ellie James
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Goodreads Summary:

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 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.

But people believe that Trinity has information about Jessica’s disappearance not because of a dream, but because she is involved. She is kind-of dating Jessica’s ex-boyfriend, Chase, and Jessica did pull a nasty prank on Trinity. Revenge seems like the likeliest scenario.

Nothing prepares Trinity for the dark odyssey that ensues while searching for Jessica, including the surprising romance she finds with Chase, or the shocking truths she learns, not just about the girl who has gone missing, but the past that has been hidden from her.


I’m tired. So tired. I just want to go to bed, but I have to write this review before I forget all the reasons why this may be my most hated read of the year. I don’t give one stars often, and I usually quit reading a book before it ever gets that bad. But this book was for review and I requested it, so I felt compelled to finish.

I hated Trinity. I thought she was an awful person for dating a guy whose girlfriend had just disappeared. What kind of person does that? Do you think you might be able to wait a bit? And the insta-love? Ick. And how many times can one person call another person baby before it gets smothering and annoying? As a couple they just disgusted me. It was not sexy. Not in the least.

Besides that, the characters were flat and completely unlikeable. The plot was stupid and completely irrational. Characters did things that were utterly stupid and I couldn’t figure out for the life of me what was motivating them to behave in this way. Real people don’t act this way. Not ever.

The prose was stilted, short, and confusing. It was impossible to tell where Trinity’s real life ended and her visions began. Most of the time I had no idea what was going on or who was talking to who. I couldn’t tell what was actually happening or what was part of a vision. It was ridiculous. I kept hoping it would get better and it never did. About two thirds of the way through I started to get really frustrated and just started scanning parts of the story. I just wanted it to be over.

This has to seriously be one of the stupidest books I have ever read and it made no sense and I wouldn’t recommend it to my worst enemy. Hence the one star rating. The only thing that was halfway decent were the descriptions of post-Katrina New Orleans. But honestly, if you want to read a good YA book that oozes New Orleans atmosphere, read Ruined by Paula Morris or Balefire by Cate Tiernan. I would pass on this completely. It was not good. And that is the understatement of the year. And yes. I’m mad. I hate wasting my time. It makes me so angry.

I will not be posting the link to pre-order this book. If you want to torture yourself, there is a web search called Google.

2 responses to “ARC Review of Shattered Dreams by Ellie James

  1. Oh dear. That bad. I will make sure I steer clear. I would agree with you that Ruined oozes New Orleans culture. It was one of my favourite reads last year.

  2. I do not like when I can’t tell what’s real & whats imagination/hallucination/memory in a book. It’s too confusing. I also hate when characters act stupidly w/out any apparent motivation.
    Nice review. Sorry about your luck.

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