Scorched [NOOK Book]

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Trinity


Don't leave me here...


When Trinity first hears the voice, she thinks she's going crazy. It wouldn't be a big surprise—her grandfather firmly believes he just brought a genuine dragon egg to their dusty little West Texas town.


Connor


He's from a future ...

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Overview

Trinity


Don't leave me here...


When Trinity first hears the voice, she thinks she's going crazy. It wouldn't be a big surprise—her grandfather firmly believes he just brought a genuine dragon egg to their dusty little West Texas town.


Connor


He's from a future scorched by dragonfire. His mission: Find the girl. Destroy the egg. Save the world.


Caleb


He's everything his twin brother Connor hates: cocky, undisciplined, and obsessed with saving the dragons.


Trinity has no idea which brother to believe. All she has to go by is the voice in her head—a dragon who won't be tamed...

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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402284595
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 9/3/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 11,599
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

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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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.

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  • Posted September 3, 2013

    I hadn't read the synopsis before I started Scorched, so I went

    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 25, 2013

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    Thrills, danger, secrets, betrayal, and a sprinkle of romance. P

    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

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 9, 2013

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    Scorched by Mari Mancusi is a unique and addictive read that wil

    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’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’s slowly dying dinosaur/fossil museum.

    But rather than agree that times are indeed difficult, and spending is pretty impossible, Trin’s grandfather does something that is just.so.him.  He spends the money that Trinity got by pawning her mother’s emerald ring (her last memento that she had of her mother) on the purchase of an egg.  Not just any egg…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…a voice that tries to comfort her.  Trinity is sure that she’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…wait for it…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…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’s something not quite right, and finding out the truth may cost everyone their lives.

    Hooked!  That’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’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’s purchase.  I was torn between the two brothers.  I didn’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’s dragon, is given a voice of her own…I couldn’t resist.  Show me the destruction, show me the death and carnage and fire…I wanted my own little Emmy!

    Fans of books involving dragons will fall in love with Scorched by Mari Mancusi.  If you’re looking for a new twist on the sci-fi genre which includes a splash of fantasy, this one’s for you.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 19, 2014

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    This is a review for Scorched by Mari Mancusi.  The book is the

    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 "egg". 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 "egg" 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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  • Posted March 3, 2014

    Excellant fist book.Can not wait to read the next one

    Excellant fist book.Can not wait to read the next one




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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 8, 2014

    If i diden't see it i wouldent believe it

    I hope it will end well at the end of the sequel an i say all should read it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    Cant wait for a sequel

    I liked this book and would highly recommend it for all YA.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    Loved it!  Can hardly wait for next installment!

    Loved it!  Can hardly wait for next installment!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 11, 2013

    Great

    Loved it

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  • Posted November 10, 2013

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    Fantasy, dragons, and twin brothers? Who would say no?! Unfortun

    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! 

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  • Posted October 5, 2013

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    Action packed, twists and turns, great story. I can't wait for

    Action packed, twists and turns, great story. I can't wait for the next installment.

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  • Posted September 28, 2013

    I can¿t even begin to explain how excited I was when I finally r

    I can’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…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’s mind, is utterly breathtaking. 

    I did have a few minor issues with the plot, though. I’m not going to go into details because that would mean spoilers. The ending felt a little rushed and a few scenes – especially the one where Trinity reaches out to her mother in the nether – felt very…what is the word…formulaic? It’s like I knew what the end result was going to be because I’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’m sure all my questions will be answered in the upcoming books. Who knows.

    Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I couldn’t put it down, and when I had to, I couldn’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’t in Trinity’s shoes when she had to make the choice about Emmy’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’ 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. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2013

    So Good!

    Loved this book and can't wait for the sequel! Also, where is MY dragon?!

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  • Posted September 8, 2013

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    Dragons! Ok so not only do we get some awesome dragons, but the

    Dragons!

    Ok so not only do we get some awesome dragons, but they are in the contemporary world how cool is that? Not many books featuring dragons set them in a futuristic or contemporary time, but this one did and it was made so much better because we get to see a dragon with a personality. Instead of just this fire breathing monster we get something with feelings, dreams, emotions. and I fell absolutely in love with her!

    Trinity has had a hard life. She once believed in fairy tales and happily ever after, but a life of foster homes and broken promises has cleared those dreams right up. How was she to know that she would very soon be the new caretaker of one of the greatest fantasies of all, a real live dragon. I really liked how she handled herself and that even when things got tough she could always find humor in an otherwise messy situation. I also liked that she didn't just go along with whatever everyone else told her to do. She made up her own mind and did what it took to survive. One of my favorite quotes by her was:

    "Please, this Princess can save herself."



    The Dragon who comes to be called Emmy was my absolute favorite part. She had a sense of humor and was extremely loyal. She is the kind of Dragon I would love to meet.

    We also have two twins Connor and Caleb who really steal your heart away! They both are fighting on different sides, but they are both equally noble and brave. I admired them for their determination and that they were willing to fight for what they believed was right even if others didn't exactly see it their way.


    Caleb was definitely the charmer out of the two, but he did have his stubborn moments. Even though there was no real pairing in this book I am personally hoping there will be something more between him and Trinity in the next book!

    Fall in love with dragons in Scorched by Mari Mancusi!

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  • Posted September 8, 2013

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    4.5 Stars 'Scorched' is a young adult fantasy novel that begins

    4.5 Stars

    'Scorched' is a young adult fantasy novel that begins a new series featuring our leading lady - Trinity - and twin brothers Connor and Caleb - and the dragon that connects them all. It all starts for Trinity when her grandfather tells her stories about a dragon egg being hidden somewhere in their small Texas town. Trinity doesn't believe him, of course, until the day she begins to hear a voice inside her head - a voice that isn't her own. This voice is begging Trinity to find it and protect it with everything she has. Enter in Connor and Caleb - twin brothers who have traveled from the future where dragons are commonplace and have all but ruined the world. Connor wants only two things: Find the girl and destroy the egg. His brother, however, is his opposite and wants to save the dragon his brother is bent on destroying. Trinity must come to terms that dragons do exist, that one is speaking to her, and the future depends on her actions. On top of that, she has to figure out which brother to believe - or if she can really trust the voice of the dragon inside of her mind.

    I haven't read any books containing dragons before, so this was a great first for me. I loved the whole aspect of dragons being real - although it was a bit hard to accept that they would be real in our world. In a different world or a different time - no problem. But a dragon egg hidden in a small Texas town was a bit hard to digest at first. After I got used to the idea, the story had me hooked until the last page. Trinity is a great main character - she's smart, brave, and does what she believes is the right thing. Connor and Caleb were really fun and interesting secondary characters and I enjoyed how they interacted with each other and with Trinity throughout the novel. The plot was exciting and full of action, adventure, and fantasy. I loved learning about the future that twins came from - it was almost a dystopian world and was really intriguing to read about. I'm hoping we'll get to experience more of that world in the books to come in the series. The writing itself was exceptional - very fast paced with tons of vivid imagery and descriptions that had me easily imagining myself alongside the characters throughout the book. Being my first real dragon fiction, I'm surprised at how much I enjoyed it and how it surpassed any expectations I had for it. I'm definitely awaiting the the next installment to see what will happen next. Highly recommended for fans of YA science fiction and fantasy.

    Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted September 6, 2013

    I have been dying to read a dragon-themed book and Mari Mancusi¿

    I have been dying to read a dragon-themed book and Mari Mancusi’s Scorched ignited my interest. Complete with time travel, mystical creatures, opposing missions, and even a bit of YA romance, I thoroughly enjoyed this story and hope my review encourages you to take flight into this world of fantasy.

    In a last ditch effort to save the waning museum, Foxx’s Fantastical Fossils, an artifact is brought in to attract tourism:

    “But what is it?” she asked, reluctantly turning away from the egg and back to her guardian [grandpa], her eyes filled with questions. “What could it possibly be?”

    “Why isn’t it obvious?” He stepped towards the case, a slow smile spreading across his whiskered face. “It’s the world’s last dragon egg.”

    From 200 years in the future, post-dragon apocalypse, Connor time travels to retrieve the last dragon egg before it hatches and lands in the hands of his twin brother, Caleb, member of the Dracken (dragon sympathizers). Although incredulous of its existence, 16 year old Trinity cannot deny she hears the dragon’s voice in her mind…who calls out to her and is curiously named after her deceased mother. Is she NOT supposed to be freaked out?!

    Scorched was reminiscent of the Terminator movie: Trinity is caught between rival factions, conflicting stories, and this is just between the brothers! Connor’s mission mantra stuns Trinity, “Sacrifice one to save the world”:

    “Judging from its transparency, I’d say we have about a week before it hatches,” he told her. “We’ll need to find a way to destroy it by then. The sooner the better…

    If we succeed, will you start to disappear?

    It doesn’t work like that. My timeline has already been established. There’s no way to alter that. But by destroying the egg, we can set your world on an alternate time line. One that doesn’t end in apocalypse.”

    Caleb, meantime, endeavors to dispel all nonsense Connor was spewing. Caleb spills brotherly vendetta drama about the death of their father and reveals convincing facts that would result in Trinity’s death at the hands of Connor, a dragon hunter, unless she faced the truth.

    “The truth? Trinity repeated with encroaching dread. She turned to Caleb, trying desperately to swallow down her fear. “And what truth might that be?”

    “That dragons have the power to save our world,” Caleb replied matter-of-factly. “If only you could first save them.”

    Boys…keep it in the family! Who to trust…who to believe? Only one thing’s for certain: Each brother has his own agenda…with startling revelations about Trinity’s true purpose in the dragon movement.

    Scorched delivered a fast-paced, engaging style while the storyline developed. I really enjoyed the formatting of the book; segments divided to delve into and explore each brother and their respective plights, along with Trinity’s own background (a great heroine with an emotional story), and even the pivotal dragon, Emmy. Based on Ms. Mancusi’s descriptions, these were magnificent beasts resplendent in their graceful flights and afforded, through battles and training, their own honor and loyalty. It was a joy to read!

    I went on to Ms. Mancusi’s webpage, eager for details of a sequel (the open-ended finale leaves you wanting more!), but didn’t reveal more on this particular story. Whaaat?! I can only hope she returns to this wonderful cast of characters in the future. Like I said, Scorched was a great introduction into a genre that eluded me for too long. I get it…I want it!

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  • Posted September 5, 2013

    Scorched is a breath of fresh air (pun intended). In a world of

    Scorched is a breath of fresh air (pun intended). In a world of YA paranormal where the creatures are usually angels, faeries, vampires or werewolves, dragons that can communicate telepathically with their human matches is an absolutely refreshing change. Scorched is uniqueness among sameness.

    Trinity and her grandfather are down to their last dime and right before Christmas, too. When he spends their tax money on a purported dragon egg, Trinity is furious. Until she discovers it really IS a dragon egg. HER dragon egg, apparently, And it's imminent hatching will start a chain of events that will destroy the world. So, twin brothers Caleb and Connor have separately come back in time nearly 200 years on two very different missions to try and stop that from happening.

    Trinity is a great heroine. She's put in a tough spot right off the bat. Imagine someone telling you that you will end up causing the destruction of the known world. I think I'd go into a corner and rock in the fetal position for awhile. But, Trinity really tries to wrap her brain around what's being told to her, and she wants to make the best outcome possible. It's a really mature attitude, despite the complete craziness of the situation.

    Caleb and Connor - the hot, time-traveling twins. One thinks killing Trinity and the dragon would be the best way to prevent the tragedy. The other thinks that saving them and protecting them would be the way to go. Both boys experience a sort of epiphany along the course of the story, realizing that not everything can be as black and white as they have painted it.

    I really wanted to hate both of them at different points in the story, but I found that I just couldn't. They both care for Trinity, and they both want what they think is best for the world. How can you hate them for that?

    And, although Trinity macks on both the boys during the course of the story, I couldn't be mad her either. I couldn't really blame her for wanting both of them. I see the beginnings of a wicked love triangle (aren't they always worse when they involve siblings?) to come, but by the end of Scorched, it hasn't quite fully developed.

    The pacing and writing are absolute perfection. At no time during the story was I bored, lost or skipping ahead a few pages to "get to the good part." (C'mon - we've all done that, right?) Whenever time travel is introduced, there is great potential for the story to get lost in convoluted space/time continuum theory stuff. And, that never happens in Scorched. The characters are multi-faceted and interesting. The world-building is done very well. And, the story is paced just right so that I didn't see the twists and surprises coming.

    Scorched is to be the first in a trilogy. There is no cliff hanger, but events set in motion are by no means resolved when you get to the last page. I'm really excited to see where things go in the next book. But, for now I'm content to have read this sweeping, epic dragon tale.

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