Review: Vanish

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: VanishVanish by Sophie Jordan
Series: Firelight #2
Published by HarperTeen on September 6, 2011
Genres: Paranormal, Romance
Pages: 294
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley

An impossible romance.
Bitter rivalries.
Deadly choices.

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?

Vanish is the sequel to Firelight, which I had high hopes for and was exceedingly disappointed by. At the end of my review of that one, I declared my distaste for it and had no intention of continuing on. Still, when I saw Vanish come up on NetGalley, I couldn’t resist it.

Suffice it to say that Vanish fits with its predecessor. I will not harp on the problems that remain from the first, because I already knew they would be there and that’s my bad. Overall, I think I liked this one better, probably because I knew to lower my expectations considerably.

The one thing I really need to point out that’s unique to this one is that Jacinda is really dumb. She’s in trouble and has a chance to save herself (by pointing out to Severin how she can maybe save someone else)…but she doesn’t. Also, why can draki not shift at will? Some are tied up in draki form at one point, which could probably be escaped easily by shifting…only they don’t. Why not? Because of plot points?

Another problem: I’m totally starting to ship Cassian with her rather than Will. She and Will are just too gross together. Although Will is maybe getting more interesting…which bodes poorly, as I will probably read the next book too, wondering why I’ve done so the whole time.


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