Dragon Awesomeness – Scorched by Mari Mancusi

Posted 28 August, 2013 by Danny in Blog, Danny, Danny's Book Review / 8 Comments

Dragon Awesomeness – Scorched by Mari MancusiScorched by Mari Mancusi by Mari Mancusi
Series: Scorched #1
Published by Sourcebooks Fire on September 3rd 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Paranormal, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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4 Stars

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

Dragons – this book is about Dragons! Do I need to tell more?? The minute I saw it I knew I wanted to go and read it as Dragon aimed stories are still fairly untouched in YA stories. (Leave aside classic Fantasy Novels of course)

Colorful and Exciting Mix of Genres!

What I really loved about Scorched is the wonderful mix of genres we find. With the dragons we have a fantasy like feeling, but obviously set in the Contemporary world makes is super special. But, then we also add some time travel, SciFi elements and we have a unique set of genres here that will most definitely appeal to many readers! I loved this mix a lot, especially since it’s not set in a future world, but in the here and now.

Trinity and The mysterious Twins from the Future!

Trinity is just a normal girl, or so she things until her Grandpa finds a Dragon Egg and suddenly two gorgeous twins from the future appear and tell her what a huge impact she will have on the future of the world. It’s hard to see this historical figure in Trinity who just feels like she could be you and me!

The Twins are some very mysterious and interesting characters I truly loved to get to know better. Both coming from the future with different tasks and different ideas how to change the past. Mari Mancusi created a bubble of secrecy surrounding them that truly hold me captive during the whole book. It was not easy to figure out who we want to trust, who speaks the truth and with whom we want to see Trinity together.

The Dragons – love or hate them?

Obviously the dragons and the initial dragon egg play a major and central role in Scorched. Even more, together with Trinity its on us to figure out if these dragons are good creatures or evil creatures that will destroy our world. For this the Twins play an important rule, as each of them has a different agenda with Trinity.

Just as I said above, this element was awesome as it kept us on edge the whole time. The story is full of amazing twists and turns so that the story never got boring.

I did however had a hard time truly connecting with Trinity and the romance was way to underdeveloped in my opinion. This whole guessing about who is the good guy, who is the bad guy  and which future we want to focus on was sometimes a little too much. I was struggling between 3 and 4, but ended up with 4 because… I love the whole concept of the story and.. Dragons:))

Bewitched Rating

Rating 4

Bottom Line

Scorched by Mari Mancusi  comes with a mesmerizing blend of genres, mixing a contemporary setting with fantasy, Scifi and Time Travel elements. The whole story is full of twists and turns that keeps the reader on edge, never truly knowing who to trust, who to love and which future to hope for! Desperately waiting for the next book now!



Additional Info

There is an exciting pre-oder campaign going on right now, and there is still time for you to participate! Everyone who pre-orders a copy (Kindle or Paperback) will get this super pretty and beautiful Dragon Charm! More info on Mari Mancusi’s Blog. 
Note: Bewitched Bookworms are amazon affiliates and will get a super small portion if you buy via the provided links. Thanks!
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8 Responses to “Dragon Awesomeness – Scorched by Mari Mancusi”

  1. Yes! I’m so glad to hear that you liked this one. I only heard of it recently when Jenny reviewed it and instantly wanted it because look at that gorgeous dragon on the cover. I actually wasn’t aware that this has a mixture of genre. I don’t usually like time travel books, but I’m going to give this one a try because there are dragons in it. 🙂
    It’s a shame about you not connecting with the characters though. That’s always an important part to me when reading a book, so I understand. It’s also too bad about the romance being underdeveloped. I know how much you enjoy your romances to be well-fleshed out and I would expect it too. Anyways, still, I’m glad you had fun with this one, Danny.
    Lovely review!

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  2. Yeah I agree that the romance was a bit weird O_O But the DRAGONS!!! YES!! I’m dying for the next book because I can’t wait to see how the dragon story develops! Awesome review. 😀

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  3. My review of this goes up next week. I had a lot of mixed feelings. I loved the whole story line, the idea of the dragons and the debate about whether dragons can be good, etc. But I felt no connection to the characters at all. I didn’t care for the romance either, but that actually was pretty minor as far as my issues went. I just struggled at times because of the characters. I’m not sure if I’ll continue the series, but I have to admit I’m curious to see what happens.

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  4. I just received my guest post yesterday for this and I have it up the first week of September. I am looking forward to reading this one because like you said, dragons. I love the blending of genres as well. I just hope the romance isn’t too weird for me.

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  5. I like that Scorched is a blend of genres, especially the mixing of a contemporary setting with elements of Science Fiction and Fantasy, I’m excited about the Time Travel part too, I love that! The Dragons element sounds amazing and even if connecting with Trinity and the romance was off it still sounds pretty amazing. Thanks for sharing. (:

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  6. I have pre-ordered my copy of this from Amazon and can’t wait to get it. I have high hopes for it, especially as I love books that mix up genres and are hard to pigeon hole into one specific spot.

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  7. I’m glad the romance was under developed. If it would have been more I think I would have enjoyed it less. She had a moment pretty much with both of them…though her intimacy with Connor came on way too quick in my opinion. But what bugged me was why the heck does Caleb’s faction send three people back and Connor’s only him? Just didn’t like that bit.

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