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Review: Vanish by Sophie Jordan

Thursday, August 25, 2011
4 Stars: A Great Read
Series: Firelight #2
Hardback: 294 Pages
Publication: September 6, 2011 by Harper Teen

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 picks up where Firelight left off, with Cassian taking Jacinda and her family home to the pride. The situation is a 180-degree turnaround from Firelight. Initially an unwilling escapee from her home, Jacinda wants anything but to return. Having met Will, Jacinda knows that her life is in the human world with him, despite his hunter heritage and the stolen draki blood circulating through his body. A surprise encounter on the way out of town leaves them with more problems than ever and makes it even more unlikely for the family to be able to escape the pride’s grasp.

Back home, Jacinda is miserable. Once celebrated as the future of the pride, Jacinda is now viewed as a traitor for having exposed herself to hunters. With her mom absorbed in her own problems, it seems that only Tamra and Cassian are willing to accept her. In fact, despite Jacinda’s relationship with Will, Cassian’s affections haven’t changed, and her feelings for Will and Tamra are tested by the increasing pressure for her to bond with Cassian. Cassian is a tempting prize, and Jacinda can’t forget that she once viewed him as a potential mate. However, her thoughts always return to Will….

Vanish is filled with characters that you love to hate and hate to love. It seems that the Elders find it impossible to think about the feelings of individual draki of the pride. Is it so unthinkable for the draki to act for themselves? Jacinda has never had a say in her future, and even as a traitor she is an asset to the pride. In fact, I’d say that the Elders are happy for her mistakes since they give the Elders the opportunity to place further restrictions on her freedom. As for Cassian, I hate him for bringing her back to the pride, and I want to hate him for making moves on Jacinda when she should be with Will. Nevertheless, I love him for his honor and for acknowledging Jacinda not for what she is but for who she is.

My reactions to the characters and their actions are a testament to how Sophie Jordan brings the characters and setting to life. Before I knew it, I was three-quarters of the way through the book and watching the end grow closer with dread. I really felt as though I were in Jacinda’s world. The rich imagery brings the village and its inhabitants to life. Every day that Jacinda spends in the village, new obstacles come her way. Unwelcome advances, threats of punishment, and flying gossip are but few of the problems that confound her upon her return to the pride.

Just when I think I learn something, Sophie Jordan teases us with a new turn of events. I learned so much more about the draki culture and about what the future holds in store for Jacinda. Before I knew it, I had reached the end of the book with more questions than when I started it. The end has left me hanging as an unlikely cast of characters prepares themselves to do the unthinkable, considering where they’re going and whom they’re trying to rescue.

Vanish will be published on September 6, 2011 by Harper Teen. Needless to say, I’m dying to read the third book in the Firelight series.


An ARC was provided by the publisher for review purposes.
3 comments on "Review: Vanish by Sophie Jordan"
  1. Great review. I loved Firelight so can't wait to read this. Especially after your awesome review. Thanks.

  2. I really wanted to like this book. I really liked Firelight but for some reason Jacinda took a nose dive and instead of being the draki that I knew from Firelight, she wound up being this whiny, moping girl who couldn't even see that a great guy was in front of her the whole time waiting patiently. The cliffhanger of an ending couldn't even redeem itself and make me want to pick up the third book.

  3. nice riview..cant wait to reading this books.


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