Friday, September 2, 2011

Review: Vanish by Sophie Jordan

Published: HarperTeen
Pages: 304
Format: Hardcover
Series: Book 2 of 3
Source: NetGalley
GoodReads Summary: 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?

My Thoughts: Fist bumps to HarperTeen for putting this on NetGalley, because I was itching to read Firelight's sequel after finishing. THAT ENDING WAS KILLER.

Also, Will? Hi, please step aside. There is a new guy in town, who just so happens to be kind of the old guy (but not in age), and his name is Cassian. And he is infinitely more awesome because he is a dragon. Er, draki. Maybe it's just my personality, but I find myself often cheering for the underdog. The less obvious love choice. The guy thrown into the wrong angle of the love triangle for the sake of having one. You know she's not going to choose him and you know he's gonna get his heart broken. But JEEZ. Just ONCE I want to find a book where the token bad angle gets the girl and is happy.

Sophie Jordan came out swinging with Vanish. My head was spinning with all the drama that was packed into that first 50ish pages. The slow plot build is overrated anyway, so I think Jordan did all sorts of good things with this intro.

I like Tamra's character a whole lot better in Vanish. She's less of a whiny wench and there are some legitimately touching sister moments within. Though I can't say I entirely blamed her in Firelight for being spiteful and bitter towards Jacinda. No one likes a spotlight stealing sibling.

Ahem. And let us all migrate to Team Cassian.

And honestly? The further I read into Vanish, the more REAL the threat to Jacinda, the draki, and everyone she loves, the better the story gets. I love Love. I do. But a love story just isn't a love story without some epic danger strewn about the mix. I cannot even imagine what is going to go down in book 3, but I can't WAIT to find out. And I have faith that Jordan is going to bring it, because that's how she rolls.


  1. Totally migrated.

    Yo, I am so totally psyched about book 3!

    Jordan will def bring it for sure, and hopefully more sexytimes.

  2. I'm irked that I haven't read these yet.

    And I'm also really freaked out by covergirl's eyes.


  3. Haha, I'm still Team Will! Maybe because I like my guys a *little* bit dangerous... ;)

  4. I think I might be the only person in the world that wasn't into Firelight. I've been seeing rave reviews for Vanish too though so I think I'm definitely going to give the whole draki thing another chance!

  5. Jen - I'm totally on team Cassisn too!! I'm also a supporter of the underdog. Can't wait till Tuesday!!!

  6. I so need to read this one! I loved Firelight, liked it a lot more than I thought I would, and I really just need to know what is going to happen next! Great review! I'm really excited to read this one!

  7. Hm, I was solidly team Will. When I get my hands on this one I'll consider switching sides. I reserve my opinion til then. Great review.