Friday, September 23, 2011

Vanish Review

by Sophie Jordan

To save the life of the boy she loves, Jacinda did the unthinkable: She betrayed the most closely-guarded secret of her kind. Now she must return to the protection of her pride knowing she might never see Will again—and worse, that because his mind has been shaded, Will’s memories of that fateful night and why she had to flee are gone.

Back home, Jacinda is greeted with hostility and must work to prove her loyalty for both her sake and her family’s. Among the few who will even talk to her are Cassian, the pride’s heir apparent who has always wanted her, and her sister, Tamra, who has been forever changed by a twist of fate. Jacinda knows that she should forget Will and move on—that if he managed to remember and keep his promise to find her, it would only endanger them both. Yet she clings to the hope that someday they will be together again. When the chance arrives to follow her heart, will she risk everything for love?

In bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s dramatic follow-up to Firelight, forbidden love burns brighter than ever

In Firelight, Sophie Jordan ties you into the string of events that were woven into a thread of typical paranormal romance. In Vanish, you are strung out across a gap of drama, melancholy, intrigue, and relationships. Can't wait for the next one to see what this rope bridge leads. 

Vanish picks up right where Firelight left off; Jacinda, Tamra and their mom are being taken back to the pride after being exposed to humans and hunters. This book parallels the first one pretty closely in that they are still experiencing the "outsider" feeling even though they are amongst family. They are looked down upon for endangering the pride and Jacinda is struggling to find her place once again. After Tamra turns out to be a Shader, another rare type of draki, Jacinda is no longer the special one which leads to a lovely twist on the all ready present drama between them. Will is no where to be seen so Cassian steps up to try and convince Jacinda that he is the best and only choice for her. While she tries to accept this and move on, she knows that she can't forget Will. This book is very much the "in between" book, much like New Moon. Not much romance is present because Will is not around, and Jacinda starts to build up her feelings for Cassian because he is who helps her through everything. But you know much more is to come of the love triangle.  

The characters are still being built up for the first book. But I stick to what I originally thought of all of them: they are simple yet loveable. The only twist from typical paranormal romance YA characters is the dragon thing they have going for them. I like that that is a subject that hasn't really be touched upon. But they all have their quirks and traits that follow the formula of teen paranormal reads, which is good to read from time to time.  

The writing also follows this trend. Don't get me wrong, it is in no way bad, I can honestly say I love reading these books as a break from contemporary and fantasy reads. It is very simple and easy to read, the twists may be somewhat predictable but some I definitely did not see coming. It is very captivating. 

4 out of 5 stars, middle of the bookshelf. Can't wait to see where this series ends up.

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