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From the Midnight Dragonfly series, volume 1

by Ellie James

Age Range: 12 & up

Pub Date: Dec. 1st, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-312-64702-5
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin

Debut author James crafts a sexy, suspenseful paranormal thriller.

Sixteen-year-old Trinity Mounsour has just arrived in New Orleans to live with an aunt she barely knows. She finds a group of friends at her new school, but things get complicated very quickly. First of all, Trinity has long suffered from dreams that seem like premonitions, and in New Orleans, the dreams grow more powerful than ever. Trinity begins to have visions of her classmate Jessica lying in a disheveled heap in an old abandoned house. When Jessica actually disappears and Trinity starts dating her ex-boyfriend Chase, the local police get suspicious that Trinity has harmed her. Trinity has information for the police, but if she reveals it, they will only have more reason to think her guilty. As Trinity’s dreams get stronger, her relationship with Chase blossoms. He helps her to find out the truth about her parents’ death, a truth her family had always kept hidden from her and one that might just help her to understand what she is going through. Through Trinity's first-person narration, James keeps the suspense level high. Aside from the intriguing mysteries at its heart, this tale showcases a gothic New Orleans setting and a spicy love triangle to boot.

There’s definitely more to Trinity’s story than what is revealed here, and readers will want to find out what it is. Luckily, there is more to come in the Midnight Dragonfly series. (Paranormal mystery. 12 & up)