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Vanish by Sophie Jordan

September 22nd, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Reviewed for the San Francisco Book Review

Publication date: September 6, 2011

Publisher: HarperTeen

I give this book 3 out of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads.com:

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?

It actually pains me not to be able to speak more highly about this sequel to Firelight, which I absolutely loved!  The concept of dragons and the lore behind their race has always fascinated me and I was excited to read such a refreshing story when I picked up Firelight.  Unfortunately I felt like Vanish was a little bit of a let down.  Jacinda, Tamra and her mother are being escorted back home by Cassian and Jacinda really got on my nerves.  She was so whiny, mopey and self-absorbed that I just wanted to slap her at times.  She was practically neurotic as she pined over Will, kept going back and forth over whether she could never be with him again or if she would give up everything for him and then “oh look, now I have some feelings for Cassian but no I still love Will.”  Other than being a fire breathing dragon I really did not get why all the guys were so gaga over her.  I also found a lot of her actions impossibly stupid.  Like at one point she constantly feels like she’s being watched and it should have been so obvious who was watching her yet she never gets a clue.

Cassian on the other hand I came to like more and more and I feel really bad for him.  He sacrifices so much for Jacinda and she never truly seems to appreciate that.  She just takes it for granted that he’s in love with her so will do whatever benefits her.

The most interesting part of the story was what happens with Tamra.  I was glad to see her coming into her own.  I’m curious to see what will happen to her in the next book and how the relationship between her and Cassian will progress.  I suppose it’s too much to ask for that Cassian wakes up and realizes what a waste of energy it is chasing Jacinda.

I’m really hoping the third book takes a turn for the better and can pull the series back together.

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

3 Responses

  1. Pam (@iwriteinbooks)

    I often have an issue with the second in a series. Here’s hoping with you that the third is a high note.

  2. Michelle

    Bummer! I actually liked this one better. Probably because I enjoyed Cassian so much more. I agree, Jacinda was whiny as all get out and she and Will definitely lost a good deal of their spark. I’d like to see more with she and Cassian though I’m sure that the last book will be the happily ever after between she and Will. You might get your wish of Cassian and Tamra as a result. 🙂

  3. Linda

    Bummer. I’m still looking forward to continuing the story. Great review.

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