September 8, 2013

Blog Tour: Scorched by Mari Mancusi – Review, Guest Post and Giveaway


Welcome to our Tour Stop for

Scorched by Mari Mancusi

presented by Sourcebooks!

We are so excited to have Mari stop by the blog and tell us why
dragons would make an EPIC pet!

Be sure to enter the giveaway found at the end of the post.




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.


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Scorched by Mari Mancusi
Publication Date:  September 3, 2013
Publisher:  Sourcebooks Fire

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MaryAnn NewScorched by Mari Mancusi is a unique and addictive read that will have readers everywhere begging for a pet dragon.  I know I did!  Original, action packed, and full of emotion, Scorched is a book that has claimed a spot on my top Must Read books of all time.

Trinity Foxx’s life has been a rather difficult one for the past couple of years.  Still dealing with the sudden death of her mother, and jumping from foster home to foster home, Trin is finding life with her guardian, her grandfather, one that is pretty stressful.  Having to act older than she is, and assuming the role of an adult, Trinity has to deal with the bills and bill collectors thanks to her grandfather’s slowly dying dinosaur/fossil museum.

But rather than agree that times are indeed difficult, and spending is pretty impossible, Trin’s grandfather does something that is  He spends the money that Trinity got by pawning her mother’s emerald ring (her last memento that she had of her mother) on the purchase of an egg.  Not just any egg…no, no.  The last dragon egg.

So how does Trinity take the news that they are going to be homeless now because her delusional grandfather got scammed again?  Not too good.  Forcing her grandfather to leave her alone at the museum to close up, the realization of just how dire their situation is hits her and she breaks down.  But then she hears a voice…a voice that tries to comfort her.  Trinity is sure that she’s following in the footsteps of her mother who also heard voices, and the only way to get away from them was a shotgun shot to the head.  Is Trinity going crazy?

Enter Connor and Caleb.  Twins from…wait for it…the future.  200 years into the future to be exact.  Both have travelled back in time with the same objective.  To get the dragon egg and deal with Trinity.  Same target, different missions.

Connor has been sent to destroy the last dragon egg in order to deter the dragon apocalypse.  And in their history books, who is the person responsible for starting this apocalypse of fire and dragons?  Trinity.  Connor will stop at nothing to destroy the egg, even if it means having to destroy the most infamous bad buy of their past…Trinity.

Caleb, on the other hand, has been sent to also obtain the egg, but to also save Trinity.  The two are connected to each other and Caleb must try to convince Trinity to follow him to his people.  They believe that the dragons will be the ones who can save the world with their magical blood and unique abilities.  But there’s something not quite right, and finding out the truth may cost everyone their lives.

Hooked!  That’s what I was from the very first few pages of this book.  The writing style of author Mari Mancusi is one that easily captures the attention of the reader.  Broken down into 5 different parts, the slow build up to the epic ending is done masterfully.  Emotions run high when pasts are revisited and dark secrets are revealed.  I couldn’t help but feel exactly the way main character, Trinity Foxx, felt with her dealings with Connor and Caleb, and with her grandfather.  I too felt shame and anger after her grandfather’s purchase.  I was torn between the two brothers.  I didn’t know who to trust and who to hate, which is one of the things I loved about this book.  Everyone was suspicious in my eyes, and Mari Mancusi does a fantastic job in ensuring readers are conflicted with their emotions.

And the dragons!  OMG it was as if the author is writing from experience.  The descriptions of the dragons themselves was amazing as well as the details used to describe events from memories and events in the Netherworld.  This book had me yearning for a baby dragon of my own.  My feelings were flip flopping between whether dragons are good or bad, which again showed the amazing writing skills of this author.  But when Emmy, Trinity’s dragon, is given a voice of her own…I couldn’t resist.  Show me the destruction, show me the death and carnage and fire…I wanted my own little Emmy!

Fans of books involving dragons will fall in love with Scorched by Mari Mancusi.  If you’re looking for a new twist on the sci-fi genre which includes a splash of fantasy, this one’s for you.


Why a dragon would make an epic pet

The number one thing people have said to me after reading Scorched is, “I want my own baby dragon!” And who can blame them? Dragons make epic pets, if you can keep up with their appetites and avoid owning any flammable.

Here are the top 5 reasons a dragon would make an awesome pet.

1)    They can fly! No more waiting for the bus, you now have your own personal chauffer to get you to and from school or work. And what date wouldn’t be impressed when you show up at their front door not with a rusted out beater, but an actual dragon to fly you away to a romantic cliff-side dinner. Not to mention all the money you’d save on theme park tickets—with a dragon you have your own personal rollercoaster at your disposal at all times.


2)    They can talk! Well, not out loud. But if you bond with a dragon you will be able to communicate with them telepathically. They know what you’re thinking and you can have entire conversations in your head. Had a bad day at school? Get dumped by your boyfriend? Mad at your parents or your bestie? No problem—you always have a sounding board to listen to you.

3)    They can breathe fire! Okay, so that’s not so great when you’re around, say, a gas station. But imagine running into your favorite bully and then bringing out your big-as-a-house backup when he or she starts talking smack. Yeah, no one’s ever going to mess with you again! Also, the fire thing is great for cheating on your Boy Scout fire-building merit badge. Rubbing two sticks together is for chumps without dragons for pets.

4)    They love to cuddle! Lap dragon anyone? Dragons like nothing better than to cuddle up with their bonded humans or sleep at the foot of the bed. And though they lack the fur coat of a dog or cat, their scales are softer than you might assume. (Just peel off the dust jacket of Scorched and pet the dragon underneath—you’ll see what I mean!) That said, I suggest you stay strong and don’t let them get into the habit of curling up in your lap when they’re young. Unless you like the idea of someday being sat on by a house.

5)    They’ll always be there for you! Even if something bad were to happen to your dragon, all is not lost. You can still go and visit him or her in the Nether, a place beyond time and space, created by the dragons’ collective unconscious. All dragons yet to be born and those who have already died live on together in this magical place. So your dragon will always be there for you, no matter what. A best friend forever who will never let you down.



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

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  1. Ana Death Duarte

    THEY CAN FLY! YEAAAAH! And talk, as mentioned, and breathe fire! BUT THEY CAN FLY! Imagine flying on the back of a dragon?! Me loves me some dragon story and want so much to win this book =]

    Thanks so much for the giveaway and the chance to win =]

  2. joe hawkshaw

    I love dragons anything mythological i love.

  3. may

    They are more scary than a watchdog… They would scare bad guys away! They can also fly! :)

  4. Pili

    They’re awesome ancient creatures that can fly and in a pinch can help you light fire to stubborn BBQs! Also just imagine a dragon speaking with Benedict Cumberbatch’s voice!

  5. Wow, dragons are awesome! I imagine a dragon would be a problematic pet, but if you had one that didn’t breathe fire on everyone, image how cool it would be.

    Dying to read this book! Thanks for the giveaway:)

  6. I don’t think dragons would make epic pets. I think they would make epic friends!

  7. Sophia Rose

    I think for a lot of reasons: they fly, they’re a fire hazard, they’re bigger than your average domestic pet, and they probably live a lot longer.

    This book sounds great and I’m eager to reading after reading your review. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

  8. Viki S.

    Because they require little care and are very protective.

  9. Stephanie

    They are incredibly strong, would scare the crap out of anyone and they can fly. Lol
    I don’t know of a better pet. :)

  10. Gaby

    They’re just epic and magic creatures! They fly, they spit fire, it’s just everyone’s dream xD

  11. sarah c.

    i think they would be a good protector and ward off many things!!!

  12. zara

    I could ride it!and it would keep evil people away and maybe it will attract guys;p

  13. miki

    i love the idea that your dragon is always there!and it make you feel safe and protected!

  14. Helen

    Because you could go flying with them!

  15. It would be awesome to be able to fly on a dragon! I would learn how to ride a dragon like he was my personal plane :)

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  16. Jennelle J

    Beyond the general coolness factor, they would be the absolute best home security system ever (though the house training may come with its own level of risk).

  17. Jc Loh

    Burning the ass off your enemies, epic!!!

  18. Kathy L.

    It would be EPIC it have a Dragon for a pet just for walking down the street with it and seeing peoples mouths drop.

  19. Rochelle Sharpe

    Heaps of people have probably already said this, but because they can fly! And breathe fire! And just because they are awesome! And my young son, who absolutely loves dragons would think i’m the coolest mum in the world!

  20. Meghan Stith

    I think they’d be a scary pet but cool because they can go after all my ex-boyfriends.

  21. Dragons would make cool pets because they have the same stigma that most reptiles have. They are feared even if they are as sweet as a puppy dog. Having a pet that can protect you without being vicious is a rarity.

  22. Filia Oktarina

    I think dragon was cool creature. I wanna have one as pets. LOL!

  23. Victoria

    Dragons can fly and they can breathe FIRE. It’s awesome for bbq^_^

  24. Maureen

    No one would ever break into your house if you had a pet dragon.

  25. Fallon Vaughn

    Well who wouldnt want the power that comes with having a dragon for a pet plus the flying is a def. Perk

  26. Megan

    Of course having a dragon would be EPIC! It’s probably the most BA pet I can even think of. And flying would be really useful!

  27. Lisa Vazquezanzua

    Everything about them is Epic…I have to say because there are no Dragons that that is what makes them that more Epic. And they are huge and dangerous.

  28. Veronica Vasquez

    They would be better than ANY guard dog!

  29. HollyB

    I have always been fascinated by and drawn to dragons, since I was very young. I love reading about them and SO cant wait to read this book! I think dragons would be an epic pet because I would love to be able to FLY!!

  30. Denise Z

    I don’t think dragons could be a pet, they are too majestic and beautiful. Now I would certainly love to have one as my friend and oh what a lucky girl I would be :)

  31. karin

    because if someone annoys me,they can just set them on fire!

  32. Jennifer Jensen

    Well, you would be original, as not many people would have themselves a pet dragon. You could fly. Know a bully? Sic your dragon on them (intimidating, huh?)!! Since in a number of books, the dragons can talk…it would be fun to have a friend and always know what your dragon needed. And you will always be warm!!!

  33. Katie

    They can fly and they can breathe fire which would be amazing at cookouts(:

  34. Katie

    They can breathe fire which would be amazing at cookouts (:

  35. Alina

    Everything listed pretty much sums it up for me ;) Dragons are just awesome!

  36. Jessica D

    um they fly and breathe fire. need i say more? they’re the perfect guard animal

  37. Anne Consolacion

    Dragons are majestic creatures and it’s probably very hard to tame one. Having one as a pet will be like doing the impossible. :)

  38. Kristie

    Dragons would be an awesome pet because they can do almost anything! Fly, breathe fire, talk. Well maybe not talk, but the ones on tv do!

  39. Rain Jeys

    Well…because they’re dragons! They’re beautiful and powerful and they can fly!

  40. Nikki Ooi

    It’s a three in one! They fly, they help light fires, and they are too cute!! Especially the babies. Or Toothless.

  41. Irma H

    Dragons would be awesome pets because they can fly, breathe fire, they’re actually pretty cute (especially when they’re babies), and it seems that they would love you unconditionally and would always be there for you. :)

  42. Lu Worley

    Well, how many individuals do you know who own a pet dragon?
    That would really be mind-blowing!

    Lets hope they own a very LARGE home in the country.

  43. Kamla L.

    I haven’t read anything by Mari as yet but that’s definitely about to change. Scorched sounds fascinating! Dragons are so majestic and powerful. I’ve been obsessed with dragons since elementary school and wanted one of my own. Never did get one :( Can’t wait to read Scorched!

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