Review: Scorched by Mari Mancusi

Format: e-ARC
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Pages: 352 pages
Release Date: September 3, 2013
Source of my copy: publisher via Netgalley
Synopsis (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.

Scorched was a fast read for me. There was a lot going on: time travel, dragons, futuristic gadgets, a cult-like organization that may have shady intentions, hot twin boys... and did I mention baby dragons? All of these things kept me flipping the pages and in the end, while I didn't love Scorched, I did like it well enough.

Like it was mentioned in the synopsis, the three main characters were Trinity, Connor and Caleb. All had their own issues and hang-ups. Trinity's mom committed suicide and now she's living her grandfather who acted more like a child than an adult. As for Connor and Caleb, they were twin brothers but they seemed like opposites. Connor wanted to rid the world of dragons because his father was killed by one, while Caleb wanted to save the dragons because he thought dragons have the power to save humanity.

Yes, there's a love triangle. Sigh. Both boys were in insta-love with Trinity and she in turn was attracted to both. By the end of the novel, I thought Trinity seemed to lean more towards one of the boys... but it's debatable. It could still go either way.

The story was told mostly in Trinity's perspective but some parts were in the boys' perspectives as well. It was nice having a glimpse of what the boys were thinking and seeing things through their eyes. However, while Trinity, Connor and Caleb were likable enough, they felt one dimensional, stock characters for the most part--especially Connor and Caleb. The solid good boy versus the cocky bad boy. We've seen them before countless of times in other YA novels. The three did get better in the latter half of the novel but I never really felt invested in any of them or their goals.

My favorite thing about Scorched though was Emmy the baby dragon. The flashback scene with her dragon mother was really sad and heartbreaking. She was a scene stealer and I wish there were more scenes with her.

Overall, I did like Scorched. It kept my attention and I kept reading but (maybe it was the stock characters? or the typical YA love triangle? or the messy time travel?) it read sort of like a made-for-TV movie--I was pleasantly entertained while reading but it was forgettable in the long run.

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