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September 03, 2013

Review: Scorched by Mari Mancusi

Title: Scorched
Author: Mari Mancusi
 Sourcebooks Fire

Publication date: August 20, 2013
Genre(s): Young Adult (Fantasy)
Source: Publisher
Format: ARC
Pages: 352
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.
Fantasy, dragons, and twin brothers? Who would say no?! Unfortunately, this book did not live up to it's expectations. Trinity, the main protagonist, is a 16 year old girl with no parents. She lives with her grandfather, who owns a museum and is on the verge of being broke. When her grandfather gets his hand of a mysterious egg, the museum gets broken into and Trinity is forced to protect the egg and go along with a stranger named Connor whom she just met. The book is somehow told from several POV's, but it does not clearly state so. That was a bit confusing at first as well, but when you know you get the hang of it. The beginning was pretty exciting, and I was interested in finding out more about what happens later on. Unfortunately, things start to drag on.
The characters weren't that memorable, so that was a down factor. I also found the plot to be a bit messy. I always got bored, and the book didn't force me to sit down and read it. I couldn't wait to close the book and do something else. Not trying to sound too harsh, but maybe it's because the book was a bit too childish for me. It just didn't interest me, and kept on dragging on and on and on. The book should have been two hundred pages instead of three hundred and fifty. The twins problem was sort of a cliche, and it was kind of obvious that one would be the good guy and the other would be the bad one.
Overall, I just couldn't connect to anything in this book. The story was boring, the characters were bleh, and I didn't find anything amusing or even remotely interesting. A hundred pages in, I was forced to skip through a LOT of content because I just could not stand to sit down and read through another two hundred pages in. People who are fans of fantasy should still check this book out, though I would recommend this book to younger readers as well.  Oh, I just have to mention how GORGEOUS this cover is! I would stare at it all the time while reading. I would end up staring at the cover more than actually reading the book! Sorry! 


  1. Always a shame when the cover is prettier than the story huh? I'm sorry to hear you couldn't connect to the story. I'm still interested to give it a shot, perhaps I can connect with it. But I'll get it from the librarby just in case I have the same problem. Thanks for the honesty!

  2. I was hoping that this was going to be great. From your review and the others that I have read, the same issues come up. I think I will pass on this. Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts.

  3. I admit that I've heard mixed reviews on this one. I'm going to try it soon since she's a TX author, but not connecting w/ the characters doesn't sound promising.

    Kate @ Ex Libris

  4. Awww :( I think I'll give this one a pass then, especially after seeing so many mixed reviews on it too- not too big on the messy plots. But the cover is gorgeous, I agree... but I love your honest thoughts on the book. Thanks for sharing. <3

  5. Ah I'm so sad for this. I really expected a lot of this one. I mean dragons, I love books about dragons. It seem like this book was just dragging on. Thanks for the honest review.

  6. That is SO unfortunate! The cover is so gorgeous, and the synopsis sounded so promising! Thank you for the honest review!

  7. oh no, that's too bad! i was really looking forward to this one.

  8. This is sad especially since I so love the cover.