12.02.2012

FRAGILE DARKNESS by Ellie James

If you follow this blog at all, you know that I'm a big fan of the paranormal. What you may not know is that I'm also really into the mysticalness of New Orleans. I even once took a trip there for Halloween, and went on a (sadly) unsuccessful ghost hunting tour.

So Ellie James' MIDNIGHT DRAGONFLY trilogy (Griffin Teen) has always hooked me in that department -- a creepy, mystical paranormal mystery set in New Orleans. And with her final installment, James does not disappoint.

SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS from here on out. 
You've been warned.

At the end of BROKEN ILLUSIONS, Trinity was dealing with a lot of stuff. Her boyfriend Chase had died, killed by her aunt's boyfriend (a cop she thought she could trust). Her emotions were all over the place when it came to Dylan, who continued to show up just when she needed him most. Trinity always struggled with the whole Dylan thing -- fighting the connection they had -- but now her grief over Chase makes things all the more confusing.

Her aunt is not coping with all that's happened either, going from sullen silence to redecorating on a whim to over-the-top cheerfulness.

So when Trinity gets a chance to use her visions to (possibly) help someone, she kind of jumps at the diversion. Unfortunately, the object of her assistance may be mixed up in some bad stuff, and, well, Trinity kind of has a reputation for KNOWING things. People doing bad stuff are not keen on having someone like her poking around.

And, then there's Dylan.

We finally find out why these two have such a strong connection, and James gives us more about Trinity's past, wrapping up the story while keeping the pages turning at a furious pace. Expect some late nights with this one. Some unanswered questions linger, but that's okay, because what is New Orleans without a little mystery? I've enjoyed traipsing around NOLA with Trinity and her friends, and look forward to seeing what's next from James.

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