Tuesday, 1 November 2011

Vanish by Sophie Jordan

Vanish by Sophie Jordan

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Source: Won
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: September 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover (294 pages)

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 is a fantastic sequel to Firelight, with new elements and dimensions introduced, but also some of the same things that pulled you in the first time around.

In Vanish, we have Jacinda and her family back amongst the pride. Things are far different from how they used to be, and Jacinda is being treated with animosity from all angles (well... maybe not all...). There was a perfect balance for me in that even when Jacinda was doing a bit of moping, I wasn't annoyed because of how sorry I felt for her. It just felt like a very accurate portrayal of what she would be going through.

I think a lot of people are going to be surprised with the transformations we see in this novel. Quite a few of the characters are revealed to have more to them than what first meets the eye, something that was very well done. Now, personally, I was always pro-Cassian, but it was definitely nice to see that my thoughts of what may be true weren't completely ridiculous. Cassian is such a fantastic character in this book! He really looks out for Jacinda, even when she's not exactly cooperating.

Now, while this novel does definitely have a different feel than the previous one of the series, I liked it even more! The action heats up by the end and some truly shocking events come to pass. I am already thinking about when I can get my hands on Book 3, which I'm sure will be even better than this one!

I really recommend this series if you haven't started it yet. There is action, romance and fascinating mythology. What's not to love?

Cover Comments: I love it! It's so similar to the Firelight cover yet so different at the same time. The contrast is great and both of the covers tie in so well to their respective stories. I have no idea what Book 3 will feature, but I'm excited to find out!

4 stars


  1. I just wasn't crazy about this. I think my hopes were too high, I loved Firelight and wanted something even better for it's sequel but was quite disappointed. I seem to be in the minority though!!

  2. AHHH I NEED THIS BOOK!! I absolutely loved Firelight. I've read a LOT of mixed opinions on this, though. Some hate it, some love it. I really hope I fall into the 'love' category like you.

    I'm Team Will, but I feel like there is definitely more to Cassian... but I don't want him to convert me! *clutches to Will*

    Great review!!

  3. I stiiiill haven't read Firelight! I know, I know. I really will one day! :P. Good to hear the sequel is a great addition to the series though, I can't wait to start it now! And I love the covers too, they're very eyecatching. Fab review! :)

  4. Carole: Aww, sorry this one wasn't for you! Maybe Hidden will bring the series back up? Fingers crossed! :)

    Brodie: I do too! You will SO be converted. Cassian is LOVE and Will is whatever (okay, okay... I still like him).

    Liz: GET READING, GIRL! I probably shouldn't talk actually, since I have so many books to read :P Thanks!

  5. I've loving this series!!! I just read this one last week and still need to post my view but these are awesome books!

    I'm pretty much pro-Will though. I like Cassian too though.

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  6. Thanks for the great review, Story Queen! I'm always happy to "meet" other Firelight fans. I've written reviews on both of the first two books also. I'd love for you to take a look - http://www.readingrevels.com/tag/firelight-series/. I look forward to your future reviews!

  7. Compared to the first book I love Vanish, this book makes me feel the tension, stress and the excitement that surrounds Jace through out this book, and Tamra who I was pretty sure I hated after reading the first book finds some redemption and is not a selfish brat anymore, atleast for me.
    The only problem I have is that Jacinda is that there are times where she should fight back, but she gives up with out any real fight, the times that she should make it clear that there where circumstances that made her act the way she did and still she keeps quiet.
    If you liked the first book Firelight it's a given you will adore Vanish, I hope you find this useful and tell me what you thought about the book.

  8. I absolutely love Sophie Jordan's view of Dragon Lore. I was instantly attached to the characters in book 1, firelight. Sophie has a story of people that manifest into dragons and called them a pride. They live separate from people, human, and like their solitude. Jacinda and Tamara are twins who are pulled back into the pride after their mothers tries to give them a chance at a different life in the human world.