Scorched by Mari Mancusi

Scorched (Scorched, #1)Trinity
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.Scorched by Mari Mancusi





My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I walked away from this book with a mixture of feelings. First of all, let’s cover the good.

This book has a fabulous beginning. The way the first important character is introduced left me longing to read on and find out what was going to happen next. I liked the idea that he was different than other characters that had used time travel to solve a problem. His attitude was right and he was funny as well. I found him to be immediately likable.

When the second central character is introduced, she too, is very interesting. Her background is described in enough detail to give the reader a strong connection with her, but you are also left with enough mystery and unanswered questions to make you want to keep reading. Mari Mancusi is a master at making you wonder what is going to happen next.

As the story progresses, more information about the male lead and his brother/opposite/evil twin type character evolves and this gives the story an edge I wasn’t expecting. I like the plot, the dragons are incredible and the way the descriptions of the “surface world” were described were vivid and detailed enough to help me envision what the author was writing about in a clearly defined manner.

The not so much:

There were times when I felt the female lead character was a bit too immature to be the age she was represented at and other times when she seemed wise beyond her years and capable of anything. This made me feel like I was looking at two different characters and I couldn’t decide which one would have fit the story better.

Some of the chapters after about a third of the way through the book feel a little disjointed. There is info that I didn’t feel the reader really needed to enjoy the story.

Finally, I felt there were a few—seen this somewhere else or something very much like it spots. Perhaps though and this could definitely be what it was–dragons have been done so many times before that it is extremely difficult to write of them without some part of it resembling someone else’s something.

Overall, this was a good book. The relationships were strong and worthy of further development, the dragons were brilliant and the next book in the series looks to be more than just simply appealing after reading this one.

Also, I want a bouncer. I must get one of those.

This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher and provided in cooperation with Netgalley.