Wednesday, August 20, 2014

*Gizmos Early Reviews* Shattered (Scorched #2) by Mari Mancusi

**I received this book from NetGalley/Sourcebooks Fire in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**


A girl at the end of the world.

Two brothers fighting for opposite sides.

And a dragon who can save them all...

Or set the world on fire.

Trinity's world changed forever the day she stole Emmy's egg. Now she's on the run with the last living dragon and twin brothers from a war-torn future. Connor may have betrayed his mission to kill Emmy, but he'll do whatever it takes to prevent the coming dragon apocalypse. Coddling a temperamental dragon on its way to being the size of a house is no way to keep them safe. But Caleb can't stand to see Emmy trapped and miserable. 

When a video of Emmy flying over the skies of the Texas Hill Country goes viral, the government closes in--and the future they've risked everything for is about to go up in flames.

*My Review*

Shattered, the second novel in the Scorched series, picks up several months after the end of Scorched. Trinity Foxx, brothers Caleb and Connor Jacks, Trinity's grandfather, and Emmy, the last living dragon on Planet Earth, are on the run, hiding, and trying to avoid all public appearances. They truly believe that their actions in Scorched stopped the Dragon Apocalypse from happening. Yet, one mistake, one accidental slip-up, one disastrous move on anyone's part, could snap the time line back towards Doom Day.

Shattered really does shatter your emotions all over the place. I often relate these kinds of stories to a person experiencing a rollercoaster ride for the very first time. You have lots of peeks, valleys, screaming, exhilaration, and sadness that the ride is over but has left you wanting to go again, immediately. I screamed loudly, and constantly while reading Shattered. My updates pretty much tell the tale of the tape when it comes to how utterly involved I was in reading Shattered to the point where I was peeved at the constant interruptions I was forced into dealing with.  

I really DO need to break down each characters positives and negatives in order to put forth why I loved Shattered even though it gave me more grey hairs than I had at the beginning of the book. I won't go into the old Dracken, or the Potentials, or even the New Order of Dracken's who show up in Trinity's time of need, and may be playing a pivotal role in the future.

Trinity struggles and grows the most of any character in Shattered. She has bonded with Emmy as her Fire Kissed, and would do almost anything to stop the government or anyone else from harming her in any way. Her emotions are all over the place but they are mostly expected after what she goes through. She suffers a painful loss, gets an unexpected reunion that changes everything, gets her very first flight on a dragon, and gets closer to Connor Jacks to the point where I can honestly say that I'm glad the 3-way love triangle has been smashed to little pieces. I loved Emmy and Trinity's scenes together, and especially at the end when all dynamics of this series, change forever. Trinity's story tugs at your heart, and if you don't shed a tear at least once, there is no hope for humanity.

Emmy is my dragon. Nobody else can have her. She's such an adorable character, even when she does some of the silliest things ever. How you can be mad at her though? She's basically a very likable, funny, and trustworthy dragon. She would risk her life for Trinity and her Team Dragon mates at a moments notice. You have to look at Emmy through the eyes of a teenager. She's truly seeing the world for the very first time, wants to discover what it has to offer, and is loyal to a fault even to strangers. She wants the ability to show the world that she's not dangerous, but in the end, her choices leave Team Dragon in a major pickle.

Caleb comes next because his story is filled with pain and suffering and really difficult choices from both the future, and present. Caleb's choices with Emmy, with spending too much time in the Nether, or by allowing anyone from the outside of Team Dragon to know about Emmy's existence, comes with some really bad outcomes. You definitely won't find another character to pity, perhaps hate, more that Caleb. I would absolutely hope we see a changed Caleb in the next installment. He needs to really step up and prove that he is still part of Team Dragon.

Scarlet is the newest addition to the series, and the ultimate catalyst that pretty much tosses everything we hoped for, right out the window. You can look at Scarlet in several different ways. While her actions ultimately lead to getting the brunt of my hatred alongside Caleb, her reasons for saving her family were admirable, and perhaps a bit naive. We are far from done with Scarlet. Scarlet has her own crosses to bear, and one can only hope that we see more of the latter Scarlet, than when we are first introduced and she changes the course of history with ONE stupid mistake.

There really isn't that much to talk about with Connor. We know that he gave up his opportunity to kill Emmy, and Trinity, and became a valuable member of Team Dragon in Scorched. Connor and Trinity's romance isn't the only one that happens in this story, but the only one I truly care about because it shatters the 3 way love triangle that I loathe so much. As with Caleb, we do get glimpses of Connor as a Dragon Hunter in the future, but perhaps we could have had a bit more of his participation than we do.

The book ends on a gut wrenching cliffhanger that I touched on before. Because this centers around Dragons, I will be reading the next installment. I don't think anyone who read Scorched, will be disappointed after finishing Shattered.

Author - Mari Mancusi
Title - Shattered (Scorched # 2)
Published by Sourcebooks Fire
Releases - September 2, 2014
Genre - Young Adult, Science Fiction
Format - E-book 400 pages

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