Thursday, September 1, 2011

Book Review: Vanish by Sophie Jordan

Vanish (Firelight #2) by Sophie Jordan

Reading Level: Young Adult
Hardcover: 304 pages
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0061935107
ISBN-13: 978-0061935107
Series: Firelight #2
Source: ARC provided by publisher
Cover: As with the first one, this cover completely draws me in. I love the difference between the two, the first being fiery and this one being icy. I had no idea who it was until I cracked open the book. Then it becomes fairly obvious! Love this one, right down to the candle look of the "i"!
First Sentence: "Sometimes I dream of falling."

Mini-Review: A stunning sequel that is just as much fun and as intensely passionate as the first!


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.

Picking up right were Firelight left off, Vanish is a must read full of surprises and passion, all the things that made the first installment so wonderful! Vanish delves deeper into Jacinda's past and what it means to be adraki introducing us to a foreign life, new characters and letting us fall in love with some of the old ones. As with the first, Vanish still glows with that same simplicity as the first making it an addictive read.

Jacinda's journey just gets harder in Vanish. I felt like her grief of leaving and the way she was received back into the pride felt very realistic to me. I can feel her loneliness and my heart went out to her. Even when she was doing things I didn't quite agree with, I understood her reasoning and because of that, I was able to forgive some of the mistakes she makes. I did want her to be a little bit fiercer. Because she's this great fire breather, I wanted her to embrace this role and fight back when she was in draki form. I felt like she gave up a little bit and I wanted her to push back, especially since she's had such a rough time.

I really liked some of the minor character's roles in this second novel. Tamra's journey was interesting and I loved watching her re-adjust to her new role in the pride. Her fierceness was a nice change. Will was as steady and devoted as ever but his story doesn't change as much in this story. Cassian , on the other hand, grows leaps and bounds. After Jacinda strips away some of her preconceived notions and starts to look into Cassian more, his motivations and feelings are revealed. He really made a strong comeback for himself in this novel and I loved every moment of it. While I agree with Jacinda's path, I think Cassian definitely has a role to play and I can't wait to see where he's going.

Vanish is drenched in that beautiful simplicity that the first novel shines in. The plot is straight forward (with some twists) and isn't bogged down with too many strenuous details. The writing is clear and beautiful and Jacinda's voice reads naturally. Vanish answers some of the questions posed in Firelight about draki and the pride. I was especially interested in their lifestyle and how they live and my curiosity was more than satiated.

Bottom line, if you loved Firelight, you'll love Vanish. It's got that same passion even though Will and Jacinda are apart plus it answers a load of questions from the first novel. Action-packed, intense and fun, Vanish is one hot read that you don't want to miss!



  1. Great review! I really enjoyed Firelight and I can't wait to read Vanish.

  2. Great review :)

    I'm almost finished with Vanish but I'm sad to say that it annoys me quite a bit actually. I loved Firelight but this time Jacinda annoys me a whole lot.

  3. Great review! I loved it too....I should get to writing that review.



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