Book review: Vanish 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
(From Goodreads.Com)
****I have done my best to make this review spoiler free, but as a second book in the series there may be some for those who have yet to read Firelight****
Vanish was one of my most anticpated upcoming sequels this year, after I read and fell in love with the first book in Sophie Jordan’s series, Firelight. It was so fresh, introducing us to shape shifting dragons, full of impossible romance and packed with fascinating mythology. Then I saw this cover and was intrigued...who was the girl on the front? I had an idea, and I was right...but the story behind the mysterious girl was no less disappointing for it.

Once again I found myself fully immersed in the world of the Draki. The story picks up exactly where Firelight ends and slipping back in was effortless, like I’d never been away. This time round the majority of the story is set in amongst the pride and their town and I really enjoyed discovering more about the rituals and dynamics of the Draki’s, which isn’t always fair or pleasant but believable as an ancient group fighting for survival.

Tamra gets a big a share of the story this time round too and I loved her progression as a character throughout this book. In Firelight I didn’t really warm to her that much due to her jealously and lack of understanding towards her twin sister Jacinda. This time round though I’d say it’s with her my sympathy actually lay, she matures over the course of the book and shows herself to be far less superficial than I’d originally thought, and incredibly loyal too. Another character who surprised me was Cassian, I had hime firmly pegged as a bad boy with ulterior motives before...but again I actually liked him a lot more this time round, especially his loyalty and passion...he’s won a swoon from me anyway! Of course it’s the doomed love of Will and Jacinda that is central to the story once again, and I still really love the passion between the two, however I would have appreciated a bit more Will. Definitely more Will!

Vanish seemed to build up fantastically to a huge action scene, but as the pages (or percentage as reading on Kindle) left to the finish became few I started to wonder how this was going to fit in. And here comes my one complaint about this book, it ended on a huge cliffhanger and felt like it lacked that exciting and dramatic ending I was expecting! It almost felt as if the book was unfinished and now I have to wait for the sequel to finish this story, which was a little frustrating. Not frustrating enough to make me dislike the book, but enough to leave me feeling a little cheated and disappointed. Of course it does mean that I can now wait once again for the third instalment in this series, which at present I can’t find any information on.

So was Vanish worth the wait and a worthy follow up to Firelight? Yes and a little bit no...I loved Sophie’s easy writing style, how effortless it was to slip back into the story, the whole Draki world and developement of characters we met in the first novel. However I was a little disappointed and frustrated by the ending and the feeling the book wasn’t quite finished. I still *really* liked it, but wanted just that little bit more. Would I still recommend it? Well if you loved Firelight it’s a must read (and if you haven’t...what are you waiting for?) and from the cliff hanger there’s no way the third would make sense without it. Verdict? Definitely worth a read.





Published by HarperTeen (US) and OUP (UK) September 2011
EBook provided for review by Harperteen via Netgalley .

5 comments:

  1. I really want to read this series. I must get hold of the first one. Sorry it wasn't all you expected though.

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  2. I liked Firelight but I have to admit I thought most of the characters were a little selfish - including Jacinda who never seemed sympathic to her mum or sister. But I do want to get my hands on Vanish just to see what happens next! :)

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  3. I thought this was a little lacking compared to Firelight too, although I am looking forward to the big finale! :)

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  4. Envy you right now! I can not wait for this book. So xcited to return to the world of the draki! i have a question, can you or anyone answer it?? do Jacinda and the others turn into dragons, or like, humanoid reptiles with wings?? read Firelight nearly a year ago, but i'm still really confused about how the draki look . .. .

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  5. Awesome review! I'm reading this on my kindle at the moment and really enjoying it. I loved Firelight and I'm so glad this is living up to my expectations. I'm definitely starting to fall Cassian now, I hope Will comes back but I think I'm going to have a hard time deciding between the both of them.
    Thanks for the review!
    -Jess

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