Review: VANISH by Sophie Jordan

Vanish (Firelight, #2) 
Sophie Jordan
294 pages
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: September 6th,  2011
Source: ARC from Publisher
Rating: LIKED

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?

  Sophie Jordan does it again with the second installment in her young-adult trilogy. Though I wouldn’t call Vanish as good as Firelight, I thoroughly enjoyed the blood-pounding sequel.

   Vanish takes off right where Firelight left off, making it seem like a larger book was divided into three. Which, of course, also means that the ending for Vanish is yet another sharp cliffhanger.

   Jacinda, Tamra, and her Mom are back with the pride, now that she’s disclosed the draki’s most closely guarded secret to a group of hunters. There is no sympathy for Jacinda, who was once the pride’s most prized possession.

   Cassian is still there though, still wants her, like he always has. But Jacinda’s heart lies somewhere else, as we all know.

   A draki is captured, all because of Jacinda, a horrible punishment is inflicted on the most valuable part of her life, and her heart doesn’t know which way to go.

   But there are always unexpected twists of fate in the fire-breather’s life. So unexpected, so filled with suspense, it will leave you breathless, all the way to the last page.

   Compared to Firelight., Vanish is a little disappointing. I felt Sophie Jordan’s style faltered, along with the plot. However, Vanish is a satisfactory sequel, and I will most definitely be awaiting the final book in this suspenseful trilogy!

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    The Happy Booker

    August 8, 2011

    Beautiful cover! I haven't had a chance to read Firelight yet but Vanish sounds fascinating. And since you say Firelight was even better, I'll definitely have to move it up the TBR list! Great review!

    Donna @ The Happy Booker
    ahappybooker at gmail dot com

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    August 8, 2011

    I can't wait to read Vanish!!! Almost done with my August review pile so I should get to it soon. =P Too bad you didn't think that it lived up to Firelight though. =(

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    August 8, 2011

    Good review, tks for it!
    Now I'll start Vanish in a different mood. It always help.

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    August 8, 2011

    I want Vanish so bad! Unfortunately my ereader broke so I wasn't able to get it from NetGalley and Harper said they were out of ARC's. So I'll just have to wait. So glad you mostly enjoyed it though!
    I do think that second books are usually just a bit disappointing. There are, of course, exceptions to that, but that has been my experience.

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    Lauren M

    August 8, 2011

    It's a bummer that Vanish wasn't as great as Firelight! But it sounds like Vanish did have plenty of good moments. :)

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    August 8, 2011

    I loved Firelight and I can't wait to read this one! Though, that's too bad that you didn't enjoy it as much as the first one. Hopefully you'll enjoy the next one more!

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    YA Book Queen

    August 8, 2011

    You're making me curious about Firelight, especially if it's even better than Vanish….Great review! :)

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    August 8, 2011

    I really really enjoyed this one! I was solidly in Will's camp after Firelight, but Cassian made a strong case for himself in this one:) I'm now dying for book 3! And the cover definitely makes sense now:)

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    August 8, 2011

    I'm really looking forward to reading this one when it comes out next month! Firelight really left me wanting more (b/c I LOVED Firelight). I feel like that feeling of disappointment is more common with the second book in trilogies. Is that just me?

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    August 9, 2011

    I hear the second book is the hardest to write and, after reading so many that just didn't make it, I can believe it! Good to hear that, even though it wasn't FIRELIGHT, it didn't disappoint. Thanks for the review!
    Mary @ BookSwarm

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    August 9, 2011

    Glad you enjoyed it! I still need to read Firelight and catch up on this series. Hopefully it won't be too long to wait for the last book.
    Thanks for sharing your thoughts on Vanish!

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    Reading Angel

    August 9, 2011

    Great review, I have this one waiting on my shelf and I still need to read the first. I'm excited to get to read them both together without the wait between ;)

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    Nic @ Irresistible Reads

    August 9, 2011

    Great review! I am excited to hear Cassian is it more as he is one of my favourite characters but it sucks that it isn't quite as strong as the first book.

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    August 9, 2011

    I can't freaking wait for this one!!!! You know… you could aways let me borrow it :) Haha

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    August 9, 2011

    I just read Firelight a couple of days ago and cannot wait to read Vanish now! Great review!

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    November 20, 2011

    I was so worried about this sequel. It didn't disappoint! I absolutely loved it. Such a great addition to the series. Can't wait for the next one.

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    January 26, 2012

    Love the cover…I still haven't got my hands on this one yet. But I'm still looking forward to reading it, thanks for the review.

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    October 26, 2012

    I did not like Firelight at all and if Vanish is not as good as Firelight Im gonna stay away from it. :(