Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Book Review: Vanish, by Sophie Jordan

Vanish is an excellent second novel in the Firelight Trilogy.

Whatever I liked about Firelight, there’s more of it here. There’s more romance – and the triangle continues between Will and Cassian. There’s more action – some of our characters are once again hunted. There’s a surprise about Tamra, Jacinda’s sister. There’s more tension, and Jacinda continues to defy the customs of the pride. She tries to forget about Will, but finds that very difficult.

I’ve heard criticism that Jacinda and Will’s relationship is too rushed – that they couldn’t possibly love each other because they don’t really know each other. But remember, a love that is forbidden will sizzle whether it is true love or not. All my mom had to do was tell me not to date some boy, and that’s the boy I would want FOR SURE.

I do have to insert my (very vocal) hatred of books that stop in the middle. See my review of Wolfsbane if you want to see the entire rant. Just be prepared for no conclusion to the major plot whatsoever. Jordan just stops writing in the middle of an extremely tense part. Why don’t authors write the entire book before they publish it?????

I love (and hate) the characters. I’m really loving how the relationship between Jacinda and Tamra has developed. That was one of my favorite parts of the book. And Corbin? I don’t remember much about him from the first book but I really DO NOT LIKE him in this one. I anticipate more trouble from him in the future. I didn’t like what happened to Jacinda’s mom – I found it hard to believe that she would become so desperate and depressed that she wouldn’t care about her children.

I like the way the story is heading. I really had a hard time putting this one down; I just wish I didn’t have to wait so long for the rest of the story.

I highly recommend this one if you have read Firelight. If you haven’t read Firelight, then you need to read it, so you can read this one!

Published by HarperCollins, September 6, 2011
ARC ebook obtained from the publisher through NetGalley
304 pages

Rating: 4/5

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  1. "Why don’t authors write the entire book before they publish it?????" Gah!! I'm so with you and I'm sad that this one does the same darned thing! WHYYYYYYY? While I do enjoy an arc that carries through a book, that just irritates me.

    Great review!
    Mary @ BookSwarm

  2. Thanks for the awesome review, Annette! I usually don't read reviews for books I highly anticipate before I've read them, but I couldn't help myself and I love how you got me more excited for VANISH without spoiling it.

    I can give you some insight on Corbin, since I'm currently re-reading FIRELIGHT before I get to the NetGalley ARC of VANISH: he is Cassian's cousin and he was only mentioned one time in FIRELIGHT, when Cassian first reveals himself to Jacinda in her new town in an alleyway. We find out that he and Corbin do not get along and that if he were the one coming after Jacinda, things would be a lot worse.

    I'm really curious to read about his role in the new book.

    WOLFBANE annoyed me to no end, so I'm really apprehensive about VANISH just dropping off at the end. I'm sure that will be a frustrating moment for me when I get to it, but I do love the story so far so hopefully that will override it.

    Thanks again!

    The Musings of ALMYBNENR


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