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Scorched (The Sapphire City Chronicles, Book 1) by [Hayes, Erica]
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In a world where everyone wears a mask, you can't trust anyone… not even yourself.

Verity Fortune was once Sapphire City’s top crime-fighter, wielding her powers of telekinesis to battle the city’s most despicable villains.

Now, she’s consumed by a single burning desire -


Against those who took away her mask, her memory, and nearly her life.

Having escaped from the asylum they left her to rot in, Verity dons her mask once again and becomes the Seeker, a vigilante warrior for truth.

But when she unwittingly uncovers an evil conspiracy deep within her own family, she’s suddenly on the run, alone and hunted by those she thought were on her side…

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2170 KB
  • Print Length: 333 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0008105014
  • Publisher: HarperImpulse (22 May 2014)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers (AU)
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JTN14KO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #224,331 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Scorched is an Urban Fantasy, that centers on the whole Good vs Evil plot line, however when everyone wears a mask, how do you know who is good and who is evil.

We meet Verity in a mental Institution undergoing test/torture treatment, After she manages to escape she goes to her family for help where she finds that nothing is like she remembers. Her father who owns a multimillionaire dollar company, is dead and in his place her uptight sister is now head of the company and running for Mayor. Their company however is just a front for their hidden talents, they are a crime fighting family, who wear costumes and keep their town safe.

Since Verity has been missing, Law and order has gone down the drain, with the Super Villains Razor fire and the Gallery taking over and making everyone’s life hell. Verity can’t just sit and watch everything her family has worked for go to hell so she decides to go against her family and go after the villains.

At the beginning of Scorched I felt a bit lost it was like I was picking up the second book of the series, as it just jumps straight into the story, after I worked out what was going on I was hooked, Verity has no Idea who she can trust after someone betrays her and lets the hospital know where she is after she goes to her family for help. Verity has nothing, the clothes on her back no money nowhere to go but she can’t stay with her family where it is not safe.

I love how it is not a straight up and down Good Vs Evil fight, that it shows just what humans are capable of and that anyone can be hiding a bad side. Scorched really kept me in suspense because even though you think the plot would be predictable it really isn’t, It is enough to keep you turning page after page.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) (May include reviews from Early Reviewer Rewards Program) 3.9 out of 5 stars 22 reviews
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars The adventures of neurotic girl 10 August 2014
By laflit - Published on
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My Kindle app said I was 56% through the book when I stopped reading since I couldn't take any more. The book isn't terrible but it has some features that I found incredibly annoying that kept me from enjoying it.

The most notable thing I didn't like about the book was the heroine. She is the classic "strong - weak" girl. Has great powers and can kick butt but has serious emotional issues. OK, she was tortured. Even so, the story goes waaaay overboard in portraying her emotional angst. About 20% of what I read was her neurotic self-pity, agonizing over her life, her fears and how she just needs a friend. Over and over and over again. As if that isn't bad enough the author has to drag out the stereotypical beautiful girl who thinks she's ugly. Wow, a woman with a poor self-image. There's something original. And boring. And, of course we must have the romantic angst. When she isn't going all neurotic on you she is going weak in the knees (literally) over the male side characters. She knows she should hate him since he is the enemy but, oh he is so hot. It was all very cliché and very overdone. When a reader wants to enter the world of a book it shouldn't be because you want to smack some sense into the main character.

In addition to the annoying portrayal of the main character, the world building isn't very good. It appears to essentially be the modern world we are all familiar with, just with super powers. There is even reference to 9-11 indicating a world with pretty similar history to ours. However, there is no explanation or details to help us understand how this world is different from ours. How does the existence of super powers impact this world? Are super powers something relatively new or have they been around for a long time? All we get is a cartoonish portrayal of super villains (of course they are all psychotic homicidal maniacs complete with cheap dialogue) and the fact that there are "haters" in society who hate those with super powers.

The book also pulled out other old clichés. Memory loss, with flashbacks that progressively seem to fill in bits of memory. Never seen that before. Pseudo-mystery where we have to try to figure out which family member betrayed our heroine. Etc.

So, while the book wasn't all bad, the overdone emotional angst, cliché story elements and poor world development made it hard for me to enjoy the story. If the type of issue I mention above don't bother you, maybe you'd like it. Otherwise, I'd consider passing.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Cliche? Author Hayes never met one she won't use... 16 December 2015
By Paige Ellen - Published on
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I suppose I should have read the reviews rather than just seeing that this book had an average of 4.5 stars by previous reviewers. I would say that had I read one of the reviews in particular, I might have saved myself the $0.99 that I wasted on this awful, cliche ridden novel. I did read the entire book, which is clear evidence of my masochistic streak over-riding my intuition. From about 50 pages in, my gut was telling me that this story was just not going to get any better. But I hung in, partly because a book by an author I am reading for the first time usually gets the benefit of the doubt. That is what happened with me and it was another lesson in learning to listen to my intuition...
The plot is tired, at times it is difficult to tell exactly what is going on. In the end, true to form, we find out that some good guys are really bad guys and at that point this reader just wanted it to end. While all the true identities of the "secret identities' of various villains and heroes are revealed, there is one the was left unidentified, and that is the true identity of "Glimmer" the protagonist's mysterious helper. It really doesn't matter because the end is so predictable.
Anyone reading this review may have wondered what it was that kept me reading, even beyond the reason I gave above. I have to be honest, that in places, describing the broken but returning memories of our heroine, Ms Hayes' writing is quite good. I think a short story format would suit her better, but unless you have never read any "superhero" urban fantasy before, this novel is just too predictable and the characters so stereotypical that it just is not worthy of novel length treatment. One thing I would add, if the author took out some of the overly sexualized moments, this might do better as a first read for YA readers who want to get a taste of the Urban Fantasy genre. Adults who have read good series or novels in this genre can easily pass this by. I admit, the cover got me a bit, but that just goes to prove the old adage, "You can't judge a book by its cover." Look at the cover - nice pic. No need to go any further.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A very painful read 7 December 2016
By Stargirl - Published on
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I almost always finish books, so I made it to the bitter end, but it wasn't pleasant reading. In the author's desire to be edgy, she wrote a terrible story. None of the characters were developed, none of their actions made sense, the plot was absolutely ridiculous (and I am not referring to the superpowers concept), and the first person narrative wasn't used effectively. I am sorry that I purchased the sequel before reading Scorched, because I have no intention of punishing myself further. I love cyberpunk, but this isn't even good paranormal romance. It is a big mess, unfortunately.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A lot of build up for nothing 18 December 2016
By Michael F. - Published on
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A few twists and turns leading to disappointment. You HAVE to read the next drawn out book to get answers. Not wasting my time
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended! 27 December 2016
By Stephanie C. - Published on
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Fast paced & well plotted, one of the darkest storylines I've experienced a long time. Highly recommended!