Scorched by Mari Mancusi

Scorched by Mari MancusiScorched by Mari Mancusi

Genres: Fantasy Romance, Sci-Fi Romance, Time Travel Romance, Young Adult Romance
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on September 3, 2013
Pages: 352
Source: NetGalley
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A tale about a girl and her dragon? Oh sign me up! There are all those great books about dragons connecting with humans, but it’s always with the guys. I loved the idea of it being a girl for once. This one had a lot of other things going for it too. There is the future apocalyptic disaster bit, dubious characters from the future who may or may not have Trinity’s best interests at heart because of their own personal agendas and then there’s just the plain old excitement of an adventure to save family, to save Emmy the dragon and to save the world. Gah, good stuff!

The story opens with a time traveler, Connor, arriving from the future to fulfill a mission regarding a girl and a dragon egg that if he’s successful will save said future.
From there, the perspective shifts to a young guy, Caleb, who pretends to be part of the military group who are staging to hit the museum where Trinity and Emmy are. He has come from the future and has plans for the famous dragon and her human.
Then it switches to Trinity’s perspective where she sits in her grandfather’s quirky dino museum worrying about how his eccentric ways will ruin them and have the state come in and put her back in foster care because he can’t afford to look after her. She offers up angry words when he shows her his latest find- a dragon egg. She feels bad for her words, but lets him leave. Then her world turns into a nightmare.
A strange guy tries to steal the new exhibit, but he also rescues her too when the museum is infiltrated by all sorts of black clad government soldiers. Connor and Trinity are labeled terrorists and go on the run. Trinity is worried for her grandfather and doesn’t trust Connor. She really reacts when he tells her where he’s from and a bit of what he’s doing there. He wants to save the world by destroying the last dragon egg before the dragons can let loose their fire and destruction on the world.

Trinity can get behind that idea until she encounters Connor’s twin brother, Caleb who offers her a different perspective. He and the organization he’s with want to save dragons to better mankind. They’ll just do things differently this time around. She doesn’t know who to believe, but its Emmy herself speaking into her mind who guides Trinity’s choices.

The plot on this one moved along at a great pace. I loved the shifting perspectives to get each of the main character’s thoughts though Trinity gets the most page time. I liked how it felt so intense much of the time and that there’s that intrigue of people not being who they say they are. Best of all, I loved the world building and not just that dragons and time travel exist along with psychically gifted humans. That other dreamlike dimension was truly inspired. I did wonder how Caleb and Connor adjusted so easily to living 200 years in the past, but since it wasn’t really the focus it was just something small that caught my attention briefly. I liked how the story left it with the prominent plot line ending, but the over arcing story left open with a clear direction.

The characters were a strong piece of the story. The twin brothers were the best with their opposing views, their determination to do what was right, their feelings about each other and that tentative thing toward Trinity. Trinity, I was more on the fence about. I didn’t outright hate her because she certainly had been through a lot, but the girl was carrying around a wad of anger and distrust that seemed to make her think it was okay to let that stuff loose on other people who may have equal claims to personal pain. Guess that makes her young and thus right for where she is in her life. She does grow and that’s when I was able to slip off the fence and like her. I’m looking forward to seeing where the story takes these three, Emmy and Grandfather next.

For teens, I’d say this is for mid-teen and older due to some language and moderate levels of violence.

Those who enjoy Sci-Fi, Fantasy or Paranormal elements with a romantic lean should give this one a try.

My thanks to Net Galley for providing the book for review purposes.

Yours Affectionately

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.
  • i’m quite tempted by this book now i confess the switching of point of view afraid me a little but i do want to read this
    thank you for teh honest review

    • Sophia Rose

      This one does a good job of distinguishing who is doing the storytelling so it doesn’t get confusing. At first there is a bit of confusion in the sense that you’re trying to figure out who’s a good guy and what is going on, but that’s part of the suspense. I hope you get a chance to read it Miki!