Vanish by Sophie Jordan Review

Release Date: September 6, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Age: Young Adult
Genre: Paranormal Romance, Fantasy, Shapeshifters, Draki
Format: E-Book
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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
Vanish is the highly anticipated sequel to an amazing and charming fantasy book I loved called Firelight. As a huge fan of Firelight I wanted so much out of Vanish. As far as sequels go, I found it to be a disappointment. It's that awkward in-between novel, book 1 was great we got through book 2 now anticipating book 3. Our characters haven't really moved from where they were, with the exceptions of a few steps. It does have some twists and turns and leaves you wondering what's in store for the next book. Will I read the next book? Yes, my curiosity has me hooked I just hope it's better than this one. Come on Sophie Jordan, you can do it!!

I feel like throughout the whole book our heroine, Jacinda, where she was strong and amazing in Firelight has become a moody teenager who only thinks about herself and her feelings but not about their affect on others. She loves Will, and she makes that known in book 1, even in the short time they've known each other. But, being apart her feelings seem to shift and it leaves her confused and vulnerable (understandable), which is ok for some characters but it made me not like her anymore, she was just waa waa waa all the time. To me it was like she lost all of the qualities that I loved about her in Firelight. In Vanish we get more Jacinda and Cassian, up close and uncomfortable, and we watch her flop like a fish over her emotions. But, really Cassian and Will are both amazing characters and guys and either one is a great pick by me. Honestly, the book is predictable, like I said I wanted more. The best thing about the book is where Sophie Jordan takes Tamra's character, it's great.

So to sum it up. We start where Firelight left off- like right where it left off. We learn some new secrets, but the book seems like a standstill everyone is more or less in the same situations and predicaments as they are in book 1, I didn't see very much growth. Enter love triangle. Lot's of teen drama, but it feels petty (maybe that's just me). Another cliffhanger that should make Sophie Jordan famous as the holy-freaking-cliffhanger-lady. My opinions people, my opinions.

Overall, it was an okay read. Because book one was so fantastic I definitely had high expectations. Still I recommend the series and will see it through to the end! If I was going to pick a team I'd say team Tamra! ;)

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  1. Very honest review. I haven't read either book, but I have been disappointed by sequels, especially when the first book is beyond awesome :-( I hope that the next installment is more satisfying for you - I'm sure it will be!

  2. I'm okay with Team Tamra, even if she spells it wrong (heehee). :D

    I was worried about this one, because I looooooved Firelight. Rats. This is good, though, because I'll read to segue into the third one - yay for lower expectations! (I may actually really love it, especially since Tamra apparently comes into her own here.)

  3. She is torturing herself over this guy she really doesn’t know (yet). She hasn’t had the opportunity to create lasting connections with him, and I haven’t been convinced that this Draki-hormone thing isn’t flip-a-switch changeable. So… why the self-torture?! I mean, she’s just turning Cassian into some martyr, you know? If he’s really a jerk, I’m going to be furious. If Will turns out to be a jerk, I’ll really be furious!!! I suppose that’s a strong love triangle, right? Who knows which way to turn?!