By: Sophie Jordan
Release Date: September 6, 2011
Genre/Age: YA Paranormal/Fantasy
Source: ARC from NetGalley and HarperCollins
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 right where Firelight left off and the reader is immediately swept into the action. Overall I think this is a stronger novel than Firelight, and I really enjoyed visiting with Jacinda and everyone again.
I think my favorite thing was getting to see more of the draki’s home and lifestyle. We just get a little glimpse of it in Firelight so I was really looking forward to going back. Their misty mountaintop home is so vivid and wonderfully described and I felt like I was right there with them. We also get to see more of the draki’s traditions and customs which was very cool.
I definitely enjoyed seeing Jacinda’s growing relationship with Cassian, but I was also frustrated by her constant teenage angst and whining. Throughout the entire book she kept going back and forth about whether or not she could manage to forget Will and live contentedly with the draki. She must have changed her mind about five thousand times and it got old fast. I found myself just rolling my eyes after a while. I actually really love Cassian as a character and I thought he deserved better than the way Jacinda treated him.
Vanish ends on a cliffhanger, of course, and I’m eager to see where the third novel goes. I think the way everything is left at the end of Vanish is fantastic and it really sets up some great possibilities for the next book. Looking forward to more from Sophie Jordan!