Thursday, September 26, 2013

Scorched Blog Tour: Review + Author Interview

Scorched (Scorched, #1)
Release date: September 3, 2013
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Series: Scorched #1

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.

My Rating: 5 Roses

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.

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*I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Author Interview:
Mari Mancusi

Mari Mancusi used to wish she could become a vampire back in high school. But she ended up in another blood sucking profession --journalism -- instead. Today she works as a freelance TV producer and author of books for teens and adults.

When not writing about creatures of the night, Mari enjoys traveling, cooking, goth clubbing, watching cheesy horror movies, and her favorite guilty pleasure--videogames. A graduate of Boston University and a two time Emmy Award winner, she lives in Austin , Texas with her husband Jacob, daughter Avalon and their dog Mesquite. You can find Mari online at

What is the hardest part about writing for you? The easiest?
I would say the hardest part is plotting. I always try to plot ahead so I can write faster, but as the characters work through my supposed plot, they always surprise me and things end up going in a different direction. Which can be great—though sometimes it involves rethinking the plot over and over again—until it feels right.

The easiest thing for me, I think, is the dialogue. As a former TV producer I’m used to writing things to be spoken aloud and so that comes more naturally to me than, say, long descriptions.

If your book was made into a movie, who would you want to play your characters?
I think I would like Bill Skarsgard (real life brother of True Blood’s Eric!) to play Connor and Caleb. (Since they’re identical twins he can take on both roles!) Trinity would be played by Abigail Breslin. Maybe Christoper Lloyd could play Grandpa.


What do you do when you get writer’s block?
I go jogging and listen to music without words, then run the plot over in my head. I also look at the scene I have just written. Often if I can’t move forward it’s because I’m unconsciously unhappy with something already on the page.

Are there any authors in particular (living or dead) who inspire you?
Sherrilyn Kenyon. She’s a mom and a fantastic and prolific author and I don’t know how she does it. Plus she’s so amazing to all her fans. She will stay hours after a bookstore closes, just to make sure she greets each and every fan and signs their books. She’s an inspiration to me.

Do you have any upcoming books you’re working on? Can you tell us a little about it?
Right now I’m finishing up the sequel to Scorched, which is called Shattered. Continues the story of Trin, Connor, Caleb and Emmy three months after the first book ends.

If you could go back in time (to any time at all), what time period would you go to and why? 
I think I would go back to the 1920s. It would be pretty fun to live in such decadence and frivolity. At least for a while, then I’d want to go back home. Maybe just go to one of Gatsby’s parties and then call it a night.

Summer or winter? 
Now that I live in Texas, definitely winter!

Cat or dog? 

Tea or coffee? 

Book or movie? 

Bad boy or boy next door? 
Boy next door

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