Scorched (Scorched Series #1)

Scorched (Scorched Series #1)

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by Mari Mancusi
     
 

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Save the Dragon. Destroy the World.

Trinity Foxx is used to her grandfather's crazy stories, so she doesn't believe the latest treasure he brought home to their failing West Texas museum is a real dragon's egg. Not until Connor Jacks, a dragon hunter from the future, tells Trinity that the world is about to be wiped out by a fiery dragon war&

Overview

Save the Dragon. Destroy the World.

Trinity Foxx is used to her grandfather's crazy stories, so she doesn't believe the latest treasure he brought home to their failing West Texas museum is a real dragon's egg. Not until Connor Jacks, a dragon hunter from the future, tells Trinity that the world is about to be wiped out by a fiery dragon war—unless they find a way to stop it.

Save the Dragon. Save the World

But Connor's not the only one after the egg. His twin brother Caleb believes dragons have the power to save mankind and must be protected. Caleb has seen too many dragons destroyed in the war-scorched future—he'll do whatever it takes to save this one.

With a host of enemies hot on her heels, Trinity must decide who to believe. Connor the brave solider? Caleb the cocky rebel? Or the baby dragon that's starting to whisper to her...saying they are destined? The fate of the world may depend on her choice.

"Tense and action-packed. It's a brave new world, and I reveled in every page."—Sophie Jordan, New York Times bestselling author of Firelight

"A smoking triptych of time traveling, dubious double-crossing and enough dragons to sate the hungriest of gamers and fantasy fiends."—Kirkus

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"A smoking triptych of time traveling, dubious double-crossing and enough dragons to sate the hungriest of gamers and fantasy fiends." - Kirkus

"Mancusi grabs readers and drags them into this fantastic world full of time-travel paradoxes, mythical creatures and romance. The beginning of a trilogy you won't want to miss!" - RT Book Reviews, 4 stars

"Exciting and original . . . a light, fun, unique take on apocalypse fiction." - School Library Journal

"Flashbacks and alternating points of view from Trinity, Caleb, and Connor keep the action moving . . . Each character is flawed and human, forced to deal with the enormity of the impossible decisions they must make." - Booklist

"An engaging YA dragon fantasy." - Fresh Fiction, Fresh Pick

" "I am really obsessed with Scorched!" says Gwen Reyes from Fresh Fiction" - Good Morning, Texas

"Dragons, mind powers, kickass heroine and hot twins? Book, you had me at hello." - Forever Young Adult

"Dragons, hot twins and a feisty heroine with red hair — SOLD!" - Girls in the Stacks

"I LOVED Scorched! Most of all, I adored the story. That's what rocked this book. I mean, dragons? DRAGONS!! YES! DRAGONS!...But we also have time travel and cool gadgets from the future. I thought the combination was really unique, and I loved reading a dragon book that actually takes place in present day (rather than in a pure medieval-ish fantasy world)." - Nose Graze

VOYA - Hilary Crew
Trinity Foxx ridicules her grandfather's claim that the golden sphere found in a melting glacier is the world's last dragon egg. She is soon, though, involved in rescuing the egg from government agents and enmeshed in the machinations of those who wish to either destroy or preserve the future dragon. Connor and twin brother, Caleb, each with a different mission, are sent from a dystopian future to Texas to save the earth from the approaching apocalypse in which dragons would scorch and destroy the planet. Connor's mission is to destroy the egg and kill Trinity, whose destiny as "Fire Kissed" is to bond with the dragon. Caleb, however, is to save the dragon for the "Dracken," who outwardly profess that dragons can be used for good if the errors of the past are avoided. Mancusi blends elements of science fiction and fantasy, including time travel, cloning, telepathy, and the concept of a dragon's "collective unconsciousness," in a fast-paced but over-loaded adventure plot. Narrated from the viewpoints of Connor, Caleb, and Trinity, the plot is as tangled as the different objectives of those seeking to change the future. There is a lack of clarity in places where the storyline depends on altering events that affect the future, such as Trinity's mother's first and second deaths. Caleb and Connor make moral decisions in a rushed ending that is a set-up for a sequel. The interesting characters and themes of dragon- bonding and romance, however, have teen appeal. Reviewer: Hilary Crew
School Library Journal
09/01/2013
Gr 9 Up—In this preapocalyptic time-travel adventure, 16-year-old Trinity Foxx has to determine which twin from the future is lying to her, and what she should do with the dragon egg her absentminded grandfather went bankrupt to purchase. That's hard to do, though, when one twin, Connor, shows her a future world destroyed by dragon fire that can be prevented if she folllows his instructions. The other twin, Caleb, tries to convince her that dragons are harmless and that the hatchling she's bonded with will help save the world. In fact, in that future, Trinity founded an organization to protect dragons from murderous humans. Trinity also struggles with her attraction to both boys, trauma from her mother's suicide two Christmases ago, and her burgeoning feelings of responsibility for the dragon she helped rescue. The fantastical elements of this novel could be more well fleshed out (and slightly more plausible, especially with regard to the Nether, supposedly the collective unconscious of all dragons), and the suspenseful climax could be paced better, but the story is exciting and original enough to whet readers' appetites for the sequel. The writing style is not overly complex, making this appropriate for a diverse range of adolescent readers. This is a light, fun, unique take on apocalypse fiction, lacking the depth of other titles but thoroughly enjoyable.—Kyle Lukoff, Corlears School, New York City
Kirkus Reviews
Which came first? The dragon, the egg or the fiery destruction of life as we know it? Sixteen-year-old Trinity Foxx adores her kooky grandfather, and after the tragic death of her mother, he's the only family she has. This makes it all the more difficult to reprimand him for foolishly spending all of their limited cash on a supposed dragon egg. Before she can determine how to rescue both their home and the once-reputable West Texas museum they run from foreclosure, twin brothers with a long-standing Cain-and-Abel rivalry appear from the future. Both brothers are there to collect Trinity. Both want possession of the egg. Both want to save the world from an apocalyptic future via starkly different but equally menacing means. Whom can Trinity trust? Though the story is told in third person primarily from Trinity's perspective, there are insightful passes of the baton to each of the dueling brothers and even a dragon. Refreshingly, there is no shying away from warranted violence and gore, and Trinity's mentions of booze and boy-crazy flirtations only make her more likable and grounded in increasingly bizarre surroundings. In a book full of hits, the main misses are a dastardly villain whose creepiness could stand more page space and an ending so loose it practically forces readers to get the next book for closure. A smoking triptych of time traveling, dubious double-crossing and enough dragons to sate the hungriest of gamers and fantasy fiends. (Fantasy. 14 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781402284595
Publisher:
Sourcebooks
Publication date:
09/03/2013
Series:
Scorched Series , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
28,483
File size:
1 MB
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Read an Excerpt

Chapter One


SCREECH!


Connor's eyes flew open. Blinding white lights barreled toward him at breakneck speed. No time to think, he hurled himself to the side, adrenaline igniting the reflexes he'd honed in boot camp. A bright blue metal monstrosity shot past him, wailing an angry protest in its wake.


That was close. Too close. Sucking in a breath, he crawled up onto a nearby platform, trying to gain his bearings. Shiny hunks of metal machinery-like the one that had nearly crushed him-lined the road, dark and silent, while others cruised by, determined white lights chasing brilliant red tails. They reminded him of something he'd once seen on the Surface Lands. Cars, his father had called them. Of course they looked a lot different when living, breathing, and not caked with rust.


But that meant...A smile crept to his lips.


It had worked. It had actually worked.


"Well, what do you know," he murmured, drawing in a lungful of the freshest air he'd ever breathed in all his seventeen years, with zero smoky aftertaste. It was crisp. Colder than they'd predicted for August in Texas. So cold, in fact, he could see his breath reflected in puffy clouds as he exhaled. Shivering a little-his travel jumper was definitely not made for this kind of weather-he found himself gazing up into an open sky littered with stars and anchored by a bright, full moon. The vastness of the universe unabashedly spread out before him made him a little dizzy.


Maybe I should make a wish, he considered, remembering the old rhyme his mother used to sing. Star light, star bright...


Wish my supplies would arrive all right, the soldier in him finished, reminding him he wasn't on some pleasant stargazing holiday. His eyes reluctantly left the sky, scanning the ground below, searching for his canister. One couldn't travel with one's belongings, they'd told him in the debriefing, except for specially designed clothing. Something about splitting up different types of molecules. The essential items they'd sent to aid his mission would be arriving separately. In a titanium pod. Right about-


A large metal cylinder shot through the sky, almost knocking him out before bouncing harmlessly to the ground.


-now.


"What in God's good name was that?"


Connor whirled around to find the largest woman he'd ever seen exiting one of the nearby apartment buildings. He tried not to gape at her immense frame, wrapped securely in a black, puffy coat. What rations must these people be allotted in order to gain such girth? As three equally well-fed and well-dressed young boys filed out behind her, his mind flashed to the orphans of Strata-D. Their rail-thin frames, their hollow, hungry eyes...


He set his jaw. Just another reminder of how important this mission truly was.


As he watched, the three boys scrambled past their mother, eagerly circling the titanium capsule, eyes shining with interest. One reached down, daring to touch it...


Connor swept in, neatly scooping up his belongings. As the children squawked in protest, he held up his free hand. "It's okay," he tried to assure them. "It's just my-"


"Get away from my kids, you freak!" Mom was now on the scene, waving one hand threateningly at Connor, the other fumbling at her coat pocket. For a split second, he feared she was reaching for a weapon. Instead, she pulled out a small, black plastic device. Some kind of primitive transcriber?


"See something, say something," she muttered to her children, waving them behind her, as she frantically started pressing at the screen. "That's what they say to do. Can't let the terrorists win."


"Please," Connor pleaded, taking a few steps backward, his mind desperately searching for a rational explanation for the canister falling from the sky. Preferably one that didn't require prior knowledge of quantum physics. He was supposed to be blending in, not making a scene. He wasn't exactly off to an auspicious start.


His eyes lit upon an open window, two stories up, red-checkered curtains fluttering in the night sky. "My...girlfriend," he stammered, his mind reaching for the proper terminology as he waved his arm in the direction of the window. "She tossed me out." He gave the woman his best sheepish smile, then held up the canister. "Told me to take my gear and never come back." The woman narrowed her eyes, staring at him for a moment, then up at the open window. Connor realized belatedly that she could very well know the girl who lived in the apartment above or know that there was no girl to begin with. This wasn't like back home; people here knew their neighbors, shared cups of sugar-that sort of thing. Had he just made a huge mistake?


Believe me, he pushed, in a feeble attempt to try to bend her will. Believe me and walk away.


But it was no use. The trip had left him completely depleted. And he had no idea how long it would take to regenerate his spark. He'd be forced to do things the old-fashioned way-at least for the foreseeable future.


"What's her name?"


Connor startled. "What?"


"Her name," the woman repeated. "Your girlfriend who threw you out. Does she have a name?" She gave him a pointed stare, as if daring him to answer, her fingers still hovering dangerously close to her transcriber.


"Oh right. Her name is..."


His mind went blank. Completely blank. Come on, Connor. A name! Any name! He could feel her eyes upon him, sharp, assessing, as they took in his strange clothes with growing suspicion. He had to do something-say something-and fast. Before it was too late. "Her name is..."


With one fluid movement, he ripped open the capsule, his fingers diving for his gun. Before the woman could even grasp his intentions, he had the weapon trained on her face. "Her name is get the hell back!" he growled. "And I suggest you do as she says."


The woman's eyes bulged and a small squeak escaped her lips. Staggering back, she held up her hands in surrender, her transcriber falling from her meaty grasp and clattering to the pavement below. Her children screamed, latching on to their mother, their innocent little faces mirroring her terror as Connor narrowed his eyes, doing his best to look desperate and dangerous. As if he were the type of guy who shot down mothers and children in cold blood every day before breakfast.


"Please, mister," the woman begged, fat tears streaming down her cheeks. "You can have everything. Just let us go." She shrugged her bag off her shoulder, allowing it to fall to the ground. "There's plenty of cash in there. Take it all. Just don't hurt my kids."


Connor sighed, lowering his gun. And...so much for blending in.


"It's okay," he tried to assure her, guilt gnawing at his insides. He'd meant to stop her from making her call, not scare her and her family half to death. "I promise I'm not going to hurt you."


I'm the good guy, he wanted to add. The one they sent to save your world.


But of course he couldn't tell her that. It would just bring up too many unanswerable questions. And he had to get a move on anyway-catalog his gear, get changed, locate the museum. Do a little preliminary scouting before introducing himself to the girl. He had a lot to accomplish in the next four months-before the Reckoning day-and, as his father would say, there was no time like the present.


Or the past, in this particular case.


He gestured to the woman's bag with an apologetic look. "Take your stuff. Just walk away and pretend you never saw me, okay?"


Yeah, like that was going to happen. He could tell from the look in her eyes she'd remember this incident till her dying day. Her children too. But it couldn't be helped, he reminded himself. And they would thank him if they knew the truth. They would get down on their very knees.


The woman's face crumpled in relief. "Thank you, sir!" she babbled. "Thank you, thank you so much." She scurried to grab her bag, then collected her cracked transcriber. "Merry Christmas," she babbled as she gathered up her children and turned to leave. "Merry Christmas to you and yours."


Connor had started to walk away. But the woman's words made him pause. "Wait, what? What did you just say?" He turned back to her questioningly.


The woman whimpered, holding her hands in front of her face, as if she was afraid he was going to hit her. "Um, I just said merry Christmas," she stammered. "Or, you know, whatever holiday you celebrate-Happy Hanukkah? Kwanza?"


"But..." Connor protested, his mind racing with sudden confusion. "It's August."


The woman stared at him, as if he'd lost his mind.


"It has to be August," he repeated, panic welling up inside of him. "They told me it would be August. Four months before the Reckoning."


"Um, I don't know what that is," the woman sputtered. "But it is Christmas. I promise you, it's Christmas Eve. In fact, I was just about to take the boys over to see the tree. They've never seen it lit up and-"


She kept babbling, but Connor was no longer listening. He dug into the capsule again, heart pounding wildly in his chest as he searched for his transcriber. There had to be some mistake. The woman had to be lying. Because there was no way...


His hands closed around the device and he pulled it from the pod with shaking fingers. He flicked it on, waiting anxiously for the screen to illuminate, scarcely able to breathe.


December 24th, the device read. 7 p.m.


"No," he whispered in horror. "That can't be right."


But it was, he realized. The signs had been there from the start. August in Texas-it should have been a hundred degrees out-not cold enough to snow.


Something must have gone wrong back at the base. Someone must have pressed the wrong button, turned the wrong dial.


"I was supposed to have four months!" he cried, looking up at the woman with wild eyes. She gave him a helpless shrug, then turned and fled down the street as fast as her thick legs could carry her, her kids scrambling to catch up. Connor watched them go, suddenly feeling as frightened as they must feel. But for a very different reason.


"I was promised four months," he whispered to no one.


With four months, he could have secured a strong link with the girl. He could have made sure the egg never fell into her hands. He could have gotten a jump on the government...


...and saved his father's life.


Now he had exactly fifteen minutes. Fifteen minutes to find the museum. Fifteen minutes to retrieve the egg and the girl. Fifteen minutes to figure out a way to make this all turn out right.


Or the apocalypse that ripped apart his world would begin...all over again.

Meet the Author

Mari Mancusi is a two-time Emmy award-winning television producer and author of novels for adults and teens. A graduate of Boston University, she now lives in Austin, Texas with her husband and young daughter. When not writing or producing she enjoys traveling, snowboarding, reading fantasy novels, and her favorite guilty pleasure: video games.

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Scorched 4.2 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 35 reviews.
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
Thrills, danger, secrets, betrayal, and a sprinkle of romance. Put those together, and we have this amazing book. Scorched was a brilliant YA paranormal romance! It had me on the edge of my seat and I enjoyed every bit of it. Loved it! Trinity was a girl put in a situation way out of her element. Her biggest worries before were paying the bills and trying to make her grandfather's museum profitable. Then, she finds a dragon egg, bonds with the dragon, and is suddenly the linchpin in a possible fiery apocalypse. Not the easiest situation. But, Trinity was strong in dealing with it. She was a likable heroine and I thought she was great. The romance was very minimal in this book, this focus of the story being more the issue of the dragons. But, it was there and I suspect it will play a bigger role in later books. The love interests were Connor and Caleb, though  I think one already has an edge on the other. But, they were both great characters. Connor was the anti-dragon twin. He feels responsible for the fiery death of his father, and he's promised to stop the reemergence of dragons to avenge his father's death. But, he wasn't so consumed by revenge that he was blind to the reality. Once he sees Trinity and Emmy (the dragon), he knows that he can't hurt them. And, that's what was really great about his character. He was honorable and noble and sweet and determined to protect the innocent, even if they are supposed to be his enemies. I thought he was wonderful. Caleb was the pro-dragon twin. Like Connor, beneath all the sarcasm and arrogance, he was a truly good guy at heart. Though his perspective is different than Connor's, he is also determined to protect the innocent and save the world. He just has a different way of going about it. He was super sweet and, though I don't want to go into teams here, I think he will be the one to end up with Trinity. Because something about him hints that there is more to his past than he lets on, and that past involves Trinity. But, we'll see. I have to mention Emmy because, even though she doesn't hatch until later in the book, she still plays a big role the entire way through. First of all, I'm glad that the author made her an individual character and not just a pawn in the story, kind of like Saphira in Eragon, who was very much her own character. Emmy was a very interesting character because, while we know her existence marks the possible onset of the apocalypse, we still can't help but like her. She was a likable character who defied the expectations she was given. I really liked her and I thought she was great. The plot was fast paced. I was completely hooked the entire way through. The thrills were nonstop and I was completely on the edge of my seat. The author did a great job with creating confusion of who was the "good guy." While reading, I was constantly back and forth, unable to figure out who is really trying to do good. And, if either side even fit that description. There were secrets, surprises, and the betrayal at the end of the book was shocking. It was definitely a game changer for all three protagonists. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book, because I'm dying to find out what happens next! Scorched was an amazing, wonderful, fantastic YA read. I adored every bit of it! The thrills, the secrets, the dragons, the romance. It was all perfect. YA lovers, if you want a thrilling read that will keep you on the edge of your seat, then you have to read this book. *I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
MightyMouseSW More than 1 year ago
I hadn't read the synopsis before I started Scorched, so I went into it with absolutely no expectations. It started off strong, giving you a glimpse into each character without really giving away too much of what was coming. I thought it would take a little while to get into the action, but just like a roller coaster, it paused for a second at the top and then shot for the end. I went from liking Connor to hating Connor. From hating Caleb to liking Caleb. From wishing the dragon would just eat the boys already to actually rooting for them to survive. In this book good guys end up being bad guys and bad guys end up being good guys. And that is what made it such a great read.  I absolutely loved this new book from Mari Mancusi, and I cannot wait to see where book 2 takes Trinity, Emmy, Caleb, and Connor.
HorseAnimeFreak More than 1 year ago
This book was maybe one of THE funnest books I've read XD It was mysterious, romance was there but you didn't really realize it until after it happened... I know that might not make scene but hey! Read it and you'll understand ;) Anyway there was a LOT of action, it was tense, a hell-of a lot of dragons XD XD <3 <3 <3 it was fun, fast, a MASIVE page turner, full of surprises and GREATLY entertaining! XD if your a teen and a dragon lover you will EAT THIS UP!!!!!
Books4Tomorrow More than 1 year ago
I can&rsquo;t even begin to explain how excited I was when I finally received my copy of Scorched for review. Not only does it have an absolutely gorgeous cover, but dragons and time travel all in one story? Epic! Did it live up to my excitement and expectations? Yes&hellip;and no.  The first chapter jumps right into the action and thus I was hooked. Captivated even. Mancusi did the world-building for this book brilliantly. The same goes for character development. She brings fantasy into our world with a flourish and in many ways made it seem plausible that the discovery of a hidden dragon egg is possible. I really have to hand it to her. The visuals her scene descriptions inspire in the reader&rsquo;s mind, is utterly breathtaking.  I did have a few minor issues with the plot, though. I&rsquo;m not going to go into details because that would mean spoilers. The ending felt a little rushed and a few scenes &ndash; especially the one where Trinity reaches out to her mother in the nether &ndash; felt very&hellip;what is the word&hellip;formulaic? It&rsquo;s like I knew what the end result was going to be because I&rsquo;ve seen it in so many movies before. But by no means was the story predictable. There were loads of times I had no idea what was going to happen next, and thus I was often surprised. Yet, by the time I finished the last chapter, I was left with a ton of questions and things that made no sense to me. Then again, this is the first book in what promises to be an impressive series, so I&rsquo;m sure all my questions will be answered in the upcoming books. Who knows. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I couldn&rsquo;t put it down, and when I had to, I couldn&rsquo;t wait to pick it up again and continue where I left off. Emmy crawled into my heart even before she hatched from her egg. I was so glad I wasn&rsquo;t in Trinity&rsquo;s shoes when she had to make the choice about Emmy&rsquo;s survival. On that note I should also mention that the author made that choice nearly impossible. Who is right? Who is wrong? Which side should she be on? The side that wants to preserve the dragons&rsquo; existence, or the side that wants to wipe out dragons for the survival of humanity? In the context of the story I can assure you this was not such a straightforward choice. There were many factors to consider. Scorched is a book that will set the imaginations for readers young and old alight with its imagery, dragons past and future, and the countless trips into the nether where absolutely anything imaginable is possible. I recommend it to readers who enjoy fantasy, time-travelling, action and adventure, and of course: dragons. 
chapterxchapter More than 1 year ago
Scorched by Mari Mancusi is a unique and addictive read that will have readers everywhere begging for a pet dragon.  I know I did!  Original, action packed, and full of emotion, Scorched is a book that has claimed a spot on my top Must Read books of all time. Trinity Foxx&rsquo;s life has been a rather difficult one for the past couple of years.  Still dealing with the sudden death of her mother, and jumping from foster home to foster home, Trin is finding life with her guardian, her grandfather, one that is pretty stressful.  Having to act older than she is, and assuming the role of an adult, Trinity has to deal with the bills and bill collectors thanks to her grandfather&rsquo;s slowly dying dinosaur/fossil museum. But rather than agree that times are indeed difficult, and spending is pretty impossible, Trin&rsquo;s grandfather does something that is just.so.him.  He spends the money that Trinity got by pawning her mother&rsquo;s emerald ring (her last memento that she had of her mother) on the purchase of an egg.  Not just any egg&hellip;no, no.  The last dragon egg. So how does Trinity take the news that they are going to be homeless now because her delusional grandfather got scammed again?  Not too good.  Forcing her grandfather to leave her alone at the museum to close up, the realization of just how dire their situation is hits her and she breaks down.  But then she hears a voice&hellip;a voice that tries to comfort her.  Trinity is sure that she&rsquo;s following in the footsteps of her mother who also heard voices, and the only way to get away from them was a shotgun shot to the head.  Is Trinity going crazy? Enter Connor and Caleb.  Twins from&hellip;wait for it&hellip;the future.  200 years into the future to be exact.  Both have travelled back in time with the same objective.  To get the dragon egg and deal with Trinity.  Same target, different missions. Connor has been sent to destroy the last dragon egg in order to deter the dragon apocalypse.  And in their history books, who is the person responsible for starting this apocalypse of fire and dragons?  Trinity.  Connor will stop at nothing to destroy the egg, even if it means having to destroy the most infamous bad buy of their past&hellip;Trinity. Caleb, on the other hand, has been sent to also obtain the egg, but to also save Trinity.  The two are connected to each other and Caleb must try to convince Trinity to follow him to his people.  They believe that the dragons will be the ones who can save the world with their magical blood and unique abilities.  But there&rsquo;s something not quite right, and finding out the truth may cost everyone their lives. Hooked!  That&rsquo;s what I was from the very first few pages of this book.  The writing style of author Mari Mancusi is one that easily captures the attention of the reader.  Broken down into 5 different parts, the slow build up to the epic ending is done masterfully.  Emotions run high when pasts are revisited and dark secrets are revealed.  I couldn&rsquo;t help but feel exactly the way main character, Trinity Foxx, felt with her dealings with Connor and Caleb, and with her grandfather.  I too felt shame and anger after her grandfather&rsquo;s purchase.  I was torn between the two brothers.  I didn&rsquo;t know who to trust and who to hate, which is one of the things I loved about this book.  Everyone was suspicious in my eyes, and Mari Mancusi does a fantastic job in ensuring readers are conflicted with their emotions. And the dragons!  OMG it was as if the author is writing from experience.  The descriptions of the dragons themselves was amazing as well as the details used to describe events from memories and events in the Netherworld.  This book had me yearning for a baby dragon of my own.  My feelings were flip flopping between whether dragons are good or bad, which again showed the amazing writing skills of this author.  But when Emmy, Trinity&rsquo;s dragon, is given a voice of her own&hellip;I couldn&rsquo;t resist.  Show me the destruction, show me the death and carnage and fire&hellip;I wanted my own little Emmy! Fans of books involving dragons will fall in love with Scorched by Mari Mancusi.  If you&rsquo;re looking for a new twist on the sci-fi genre which includes a splash of fantasy, this one&rsquo;s for you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book and can't wait for the sequel! Also, where is MY dragon?!
lrhubble 6 months ago
An Amazing Book West Texas Trinity is sure she is going crazy when she first hears a voice asking her not to leave them. It wouldn’t surprise her if she was losing it as her grandfather is convinced that he brought a genuine dragon egg to their dusty little West Texas town. Connor has come from a scorched future that created by dragonfire. He has a mission. He has to find the girl and destroy the egg so he can save the world. Caleb is completely different from his twin brother, Connor. He is also everything Connor hates in that he is cocky, undisciplined and completely obsessed with saving dragons. Trinity isn’t sure which brother to believe. Her only clue is the voice in her head that is a dragon that will not be tamed. This is the beginning of an amazing trilogy that takes readers on a roller coaster ride right from the very beginning. It will also have readers wishing they could find their own dragon egg. The characters are well written and move the story along at a very fast pace. It also ends with a little cliffhanger that will have reader reaching for the next book in the trilogy just to see what will happen next. The story will also stay with readers long after they have closed the cover of the book. This is a book worth checking out and enjoying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love it so much. Heading on to book 2. Do yourselves a favor and dig into this series.
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MY THOUGHTS  I didn't really have any high expectations for this book. Sure, it has dragons, but I wasn't particularly fond of the author's other series. I am glad to say that I actually ended up really liking the story and the plot! Trinity lives with her grandfather, who used to run a museum of fossils and other artifacts. Now, he has started added more unusual objects to the collection, like bigfoot dung, and the museum has been struggling. Instead of paying for living expenses, Trinity's grandfather buys an egg that he believes is a dragon egg. When a boy from the future comes to take the egg, to prevent the end of the world by dragons, Trinity begins to question if this is all the truth. But she doesn't have time to think it over, as government agents and a dragon protection group are after the egg as well.  First off, all my friends can tell you and I have been a wee bit obsessed with dragons lately. So, I was definitely excited to read a dragon book, though I was iffy about the author. I absolutely did love the plot. The whole idea of people two hundred years in the future traveling back in time to save the world from dragons is a very interesting idea. I was not exactly expecting the time travel aspect, but I loved it! I also found the whole dragon aspect very interesting, of course, and I very much liked the idea of the Nether (kind of like a dream world). I mentioned that I was iffy about this book at first, mainly because of the author's Blood Coven Vampires series. That series is okay, but the characters in that series had very very VERY annoying teenage voices with numerous pop culture references sprinkled in. I felt like the author was trying to hard to get a teenage voice. Thankfully, the author did not do this in this book. The teenagers in this book felt much more authentic. Though, the fact that this was in third person may have something to do with it.  The characters were okay. I couldn't really connect with them as much as I wished, as is common when I read third person books, but I did like the characters. Trinity is a great main character and she is a common MC. She has a normal life that is entirely changed with the introduction of the egg and I do think she deals with it well. I especially loved her relationship with Emmy, her dragon! Emmy is so sweet, even though she's a dragon, and she was very loyal to Trinity. The isn't really a romance in this book. There's a love triangle feeling between Caleb and Connor, but there isn't really much in the way of kissing, which I appreciate. My main problem with this book is something I really don't understand myself. I was loving this book in the beginning, but my feelings went a bit downhill as the book went on. In the beginning, there were a few little holes in the story I noticed, but I figured they were easy to ignore. Eventually, things became harder to ignore and I became more confused. Not that the plot was bad or anything, I really liked the plot, but some things were just hard for my mind to wrap around. IN CONCLUSION  Overall, I did like this book and I will be reading the sequel! If you would like to read a very new, unique look on dragons, then I do recommend it!
Bob Suzie More than 1 year ago
I give scorched 5 star because like how the book kept me on edged and how existing it was. I can't wait to the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow. Just wow. :)
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I found this book just beautiful. It was like reading eragon all over again, but yet very different, which made me love the book even more. When i realized the second book hadent come out yet I nearly had an heart attack. I love dragons so much and reading this book, I really think Mari Mancusi did an excelent job. I really recomend this book to those whom havent read it yet, especially if your a dragon-lover. I cannot wait ti'll the next book is out and im so very excited and i hope you consider this series!
Judy-Ree More than 1 year ago
This is a review for Scorched by Mari Mancusi.  The book is the first in a new YA Fantasy series. Yes, yes, I know that I don't read YA. But come on, do see the cover of this book?  Its got a dragon on it!  And the girl gets her very own dragon, that hatches from an egg. Seriously, how could I pass it up. I looked at it hoping for more Fantasy based than YA, though as it turns out, I was wrong.   The set up is that Trinity is a sixteen year old girl who comes to live with her eccentric grandfather after her mother kills herself one Christmas Day several years prior.  The grandfather owns and operates a small museum and spends money on outlandish exhibitions, just like the one that get him a gold toned &quot;egg&quot;. Trinity, meanwhile has to be the voice of reason and figure out where and how they are going to get the money to pay the bills and keep the museum running.  Little does she realize that the &quot;egg&quot; is real and that one day it will hatch an actual dragon bonded to her alone. To her, her grandfather is basically being delusional and she gets very frustrated and yells at him.  Of course, as this is YA, there has to be a love triangle.  (Isn't that like, a rule somewhere?) So we have the boy who is sent from the future to kill her and the boy sent from the future to help her.  And they are brothers. Twins, actually. Add in the military and government types trying to kidnap her and the egg, getting separated from her grandfather and there is quite a bit of action in the book. Overall, it was a good read.  It had a fairly tight storyline, the action moved pretty good, the bad guys honestly thought they were good guys, so I kept flipping back and forth over who she should believe in. Most of the time I was fairly engaged.  I guess I was hoping for a character more along the lines of Mennolly from the Pern series or similar Fantasy genres. I didn't see that with Trinity. I think I would have enjoyed this more if it had been set as a NA book rather than YA. Since the story didn't blow me away, I probably won't pick up the next books in the series. But if you like YA and Fantasy, this would probably be a great book for you. I gave it 3 stars, mostly because the Fantasy and Action aspects were well done. Additionally the hardback has a beautiful binding with the flames and a textured close up of the dragon. The dust jacket is almost superfluous.
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acu-doc1 More than 1 year ago
Excellant fist book.Can not wait to read the next one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I hope it will end well at the end of the sequel an i say all should read it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked this book and would highly recommend it for all YA.
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Loved it!  Can hardly wait for next installment!
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