Title: Vanish (Firelight #2)
Author: Sophie Jordan
Publication Date: September 6th, 2011
Published By: HarperTeen
Hardcover, 304 Pages
Source: ARC received from the Publisher for an honest review
"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?"
Review: ***** = 5 Stars
Last year when Firelight came out, I absolutely fell in love with the story of Jacinda and Will. It was intense and romantic, full of adventure and dragons (I love dragons). Vanish is full of everything I loved about the first book, and more.
When Jacinda manifested to save Will's life, she not only showed her true self to humans, but hunters. She had no choice but to travel back to the Pride with Cassian, along with her mother and twin sister Tamra. Vanish picks up right where we left off in Firelight. It's not long after you start reading the book that you will find out exactly what is going on with the girl on the cover (I was glad that my guess was completely right hehe).
When Jacinda returns to the Pride, she is treated differently than before, and even more so when Miram, Cassian's bratty little sister, spreads it around that she fell in love with a hunter. She decides to forget about Will, and try to make life for herself in the Pride easier. Except Will shows up at the Pride, pretending to be a lost hiker, and Jacinda must decide whether to continue on as she is, like one of the Pride, or leave the Pride forever and follow her heart.
Man does Sophie Jordan know how to write a book! There is so much emotion and romance within these pages I'm surprised they didn't spark into flames while I was reading it. Not only do I still love Jacinda and Will, but now I love Cassian too. It's easy to choose who you want the main character to be with when you only like her with one of the choices, but in this case, I'm so lost! I was able to learn so much about Cassian in this one, to see how he truly feels and to see what he really wants. His character has grown from the first book to this one. He's one of my favorites to read about now.
Don't think the choice of Pride or Will is all Jacinda has to face in Vanish! There are twists and turns, some expected and some quite surprising. There isn't a dull moment, and each page you read will leave you wanting more. I don't know anything about Book #3 yet, except that I want it in my hands as soon as possible. Vanish doesn't necessarily end with a cliffhanger, but I have to know how this entire story, from page 1 of Firelight to the last page of the final book, ends. How the story comes to a close.
Firelight was one of my top 10 books of 2010, and Vanish is definitely a top 10 pick of this year. If you haven't read it yet, make sure to mark your calendars for Saturday the 6th so you snag a copy and enjoy this for yourself. And if you haven't read Firelight yet, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR??
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