Thursday, August 18, 2011

Double Take - Vanish by Sophie Jordan

Published: Sept 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 304
E-Copies Provided by: NetGalley and Publisher
Summary: Goodreads


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.

I was so excited when I saw this title offered up on Net Galley.  I jumped at the chance to read it of course and I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN!  Lucky for me, I was able to use my new Kobo touch reader which made Vanish much more portable.  (Told you it was a good idea to buy one for yourself :), didn't I? )

Firelight was a favourite for me.  (Me too!) I waited so long to read it and I certainly wasn't going to make that mistake again...Ms Jordan does not disappoint with Vanish! I can't believe that I couldn't figure out the cover of the book's Tamra, Jacinda's twin sister.  Duh....on a side note, which sister do you think looks more attractive?  Jacinda (the redhead) or Tamra (the blonde)?  My vote goes to Jacinda.  Tamra's appearance could seem a bit scary to me....

Got to agree with you there Christinabean. I have to be honest, Tamra's character was a bit scary to me too.  She definitely didn't give me the warm and fuzzies!

So, Vanish starts off with a bang and it is all about action but as the novel progresses, you start to see more of Jacinda's relationships with her family and others around her.  She is definitely more vulnerable than she ever has been before.  The one thing I found to be odd (for me) was that I had a disconnect between her and Will. Sure she loves him (yada, yada yada) but I didn't feel her passion for him in this book.  Not just because he played a lesser role in this novel but I was really starting to feel for Cassian.  I'm kinda diggin' tall dark and onyx....sure she keeps saying that she doesn't really have feelings for him but with Ms. Jordan writing those steamy romance scenes, do you really believe it?  I think not.  Vanish is full of action, an intricate plotline, interesting characters and romance.  Can't wait to see what happens in book #3 - umm...think you can speed up that release date Ms. J?

You're right Christinabean, this time around I was all for Cassian - he seems much more sincere and vulnerable in Vanish.  I've always loved the idea that if you really love someone, you'll be willing to let them go, and I get that feeling with Cassian  - he'd be willing to give Jacinda up if that was what she really wants.  But, nobody seems to really know what they want yet. Will seemed a little more selfish this time, not quite as loveable. Corbin really creeped me out this time around - I don't like him at all, he gives me the heebie jeebies.  One thing I realized as I was reading was that I am having a hard time forming a mental picture of what the Draki look like in full manifest.  Ms Jordan talks about gossamer wings and scales, and somehow I just can't see it.  Doesn't stop me from enjoying the story though :).  Lot's of action and angst and an ending that leaves you desperate for #3.

Now, Vanish doesn't actually come out until September 6th but you should definitely pre-order it NOW.... I'll second that, it was a great read.

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