Saturday, January 07, 2012

Vanish by Sophie Jordan

Vanish (Firelight Series #2)by Sophie Jordan 

Rating: 4.7 Stars
Released: September 6, 2011 • Published by: Harper Collins
ISBN-10: 0061935107 • ISBN-13: 978-0061935107

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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?
After reading some of the ARC reviews on, I was a bit apprehensive about reading this sequel to Firelight. But I was more than pleasantly surprised. I loved Vanish. There have been comments about how fickle Jacinda is... how she flip flops too much. But I think that is Sophie's point... she is a 16 year old girl surrounded by trouble. And life is not so cut and dry as many like to think. The heart can be torn in different directions and that doesn't make her any less of a person. Jacinda makes mistakes in this book, but that is what makes her so relatable. What is more important, she learns from her mistakes...eventually. I believe her to be a strong character with vulnerabilities. 

We really get to see a different side to Cassian. And now I am torn.. Team Will or Team Cassian? Sophie added some unique twists to the plot, ending with the traditional second book cliffhanger. However, it is a great lead in for book three. Tamra becomes a much more interesting character in this book and I am really looking forward to seeing her develop in Hidden. 

The pace was great, the characters deepened and the heat was turned up on high ;)