For Trinity Brown, life isn't looking so hot. Her eccentric,
but lovable and generally oblivious, grandfather has just
spent the last of their money...on an egg. It doesn't matter
that the museum they run can't afford the bills or that
Trinity just had to sell her dead mother's ring to try to
help out; the egg is supposedly a dragon one and that is all
her grandfather is concerned with. But when someone breaks
in and tries to steal the egg, Trinity may be convinced
there is more to this egg than meets the eye...especially
she hears a voice coming from it.
What first struck me about SCORCHED was the main character
of Trinity. From the first chapter, you see a girl who is
down on luck. She is trying to be brave for her grandfather
and be the head of the household. I love mature young-adult
heroines, and she certainly is one. Already in life, she has
faced loss, and that helps her later on as she realizes she
could lose many more people. I love the struggle between
normal human emotions and emotions only someone in her
position could run across.
The action is quick to come in this story, and there aren't
any lags throughout the rest of the plot. While there is a
sort-of love triangle, it isn't predominant. It has a use to
the story line, so I support Mari Mancusi having one, though
I'm normally not a fan. The balance between fantasy and
reality is done nicely to weave the fantasy dragons and
normal romances together well. I love how dragons play a
large part in the story, but aren't overshadowing.
There isn't anything I specifically don't like about
Scorched, but I can't say I love it. It has great high
points in the storyline that I really enjoyed, but it is
missing a big wow factor for me. If there is a second book,
I will definitely read it, because I think there is a spark
in the story that could make it into a wow later on; it just
isn't there yet for the first book.
Overall, if you enjoy dragon stories and epic internal
battles over what is right and wrong, I would recommend this
engaging YA story.
An ordinary teen. A dragon with devastating power. Together
they can save the future…or destroy it.
The fate of the world rests in Trinity Foxx’s hands.
Sixteen-year-old Trinity’s eccentric grandfather has wasted
what little money they had on what he claims is a dragon
egg. But when government agents attack her house looking for
it, Trin realizes the egg might not be a hoax at all.
Soon she finds herself torn between Connor and Caleb, twins
brought back from a future razed by a fiery dragon war.
Loyal soldier Connor says the only way to save the world is
to destroy the egg. Caleb, sent by a rebellious pro-dragon
group, claims the beasts are the key to Earth’s salvation.
And all the while, the dragon inside her egg whispers to
Trin, not ready to give up without a fight.