Sunday, 17 June 2012

Shattered Dreams by Ellie James

Title: Shattered Dreams
Author: Ellie James
Published by: Quercus
Publication date: 5th July 2012
Pages: 352
Genres: Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher

I promised never to speak of the things I see.

Trinity Monsour has a rare, disturbing gift. Dark dreams haunt her nights, and her visions are more than just nightmares.

The things I see happen. They always happen...

When the prettiest, meanest girl at school disappears, Trinity knows she's in terrible danger. She's seen it.

They're not just dreams, are they?

As her visions become more sinister, Trinity knows time is running out. But in a city of secrets, can she find Jessica before everything shatters around her?

No one was supposed to get hurt.

Sixteen-year-old Trinity Monsour has been kept in the dark all her life, by people she loved. One by one, members of her family died, until only her aunt remained. Trinity starts to piece together her past, asking about her dead parents and visiting old family friends. But will she find out what she set out to find in the first place, or will her dreams be shattered forever?

I had no idea what to expect of this book when I looked at the cover and read the blurb. It sounded intriguing, and by the first couple of pages I was hooked.

People being psychic is a complex idea to write about, but the story actually seemed realistic and believable. The characters were typical teenagers, with moody, mean, popular Jessica and her equally mean best friend Amber. Kind-hearted, popular boy Chase who everyone likes, and new-to-school Trinity, who, every time she tries to fit in, seems to drift a way a little more.

The only fault I found with 'Shattered Dreams' was that some parts of the story confused me slightly as it was a bit quick-paced, but it was still extremely enjoyable and I loved every second of reading it!

I recommend this book to readers aged 13+. 5/5! ;)
Thursday, 14 June 2012

Dads, Geeks and Blue Haired Freaks Blog Tour: The Music Ellie Wrote To


Thursday 14th June 
Hairstyle of the Day: 

As a tribute to Vidal Sassoon I think that today's hairstyle needs to be the 1960's bob - as shown here.

Music is really important in our house.  My partner is a musician, my son plays piano and drums – so if we're not playing it we're listening to it or going to see it.  I'm the least musical in my family and have appalling taste when left to my own devices (allegedly)  so I take instruction from everyone else.  We listen across a huge spectrum of music  you couldn't define it, but when I write I do like calm, meditative tunes.  I'm lucky; I can write anywhere.  I can write with the TV on, sat in the lounge – scribbling on a pad or at a desk on a laptop in silence. 

In this case I wrote to Ruth Moody's The Garden, Alabama Shakes Hold On Tinariwen AmassakoulEfterklang Alike Active Child You Are All I See, Bon Iver HoloceneSigur Ros GlosoliAmy Winehouse Stronger than me, Richard Hawley For Your Lover Give Sometime Stina Nordenstam Another Story Girl, Parry Gripp Hamster on a Piano, Mandalay It’s Enough NowThieves Unworthy, Cocteau Twins Heaven or Las Vegas.

Thanks Ellie! I hope you all enjoyed this post. The next stop on the blog tour is in the 18th. You can see it HERE.