Thursday, January 30, 2014

Book Review: Scorched by Mari Mancusi

Scorched (Scorched #1)
Author:  Mari Mancusi
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Fire, 352 pages
Publication Date:  September 3, 2013

From Goodreads:
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.

Time travel AND dragons...what's not to love?  Connor and Caleb are twin brothers who travel 200 years in the past to stop the dragon apocalypse.  But they're not working together, in fact, they're enemies, because they have completely different ideas about how to save the future of the world.  Trinity lives with her grandfather, who runs the saddest museum in West Texas (Foxx's Fantastical Fossils) and who spends their property tax money on a dragon egg.  It's Christmas Eve, Trinity is in tears thinking about how they're going to be homeless, and then suddenly there are men dressed in black who are breaking into the museum.  Then there's Connor, who she finds dressed in a strange jumpsuit with a Star Trek type gun, trying to steal the egg.  He basically says, come with me if you want to live, and off they go.  So there's definitely a Terminator vibe going on.

Trin had to admit, for a guy from the future, he was pretty hot. If only she could snap a quick pic and text it to Caitlin.  Of course, explaining how she met him might prove a bit difficult.

She shook  her head.  Get your mind out of the gutter, girl, she scolded herself.  After all, he was here on a mission to save the world--not hook up with the locals.

That said, the guy from Terminator did manage to find the time...

Then she meets Caleb, hears his side of the future, and she's not sure who to trust, who to believe.

A fast-paced, action-packed book filled with secrets, betrayals, dragons named Emmy and Fred, and just a bit of romance (definitely a love triangle in the making, but I didn't mind for some reason).  Highly entertaining.

Posted by:  Pam


  1. Yay! Glad to hear you liked this one. I want to read it so bad because well...dragons, obviously. Looks awesome!

    1. It was fun. I actually attended at panel at YAK fest that Mari Mancusi was on and based on what she said, I think I know who Trinity will choose if it actually turns into a full-blown love triangle. I'll have to wait a few years to see if I'm right (hopefully I'll even remember). ~Pam

  2. I just can't get over this cover hah. In fact I just don't know what to think about this whole book. I am trying to keep an open mind because you found it entertaining but I just don't see myself picking this up anytime soon. Maybe if the sequel is good too...

    1. Yeah, the cover is quite ridiculous (too bad it wasn't on my Kindle). It was fun, you just have to go with it. ~Pam

  3. I saw this and was really intrigued, it has such a strange premise and it's definitely one I haven't seen before. Glad to hear it's an enjoyable read, thanks for the review :)