16 July 2011

{Book Review} Vanish

By: Me My Shelf And I | 16 July 2011 at 1:51 AM | | | |


Firelight #2
Author: Sophie Jordan
Pages: 304
Pub Date:September 6th 2011
Format: eBook ARC
Rating 2.5 - 3 Birds

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 picks up immediately where Firelight ends. Considering the cliff hanger (no pun intended) way Firelight wraps up, I was especially happy about this little gift from the author. The extreme feeling of happiness, sadly was not experienced again through out the book.

The story was still interesting enough to keep me engaged, but unfortunately it was just like the first book in so many ways, or at least this is how I felt. It seems the same issues are dealt with, the “love triangle on steroids” is still there and full frontal for everyone to see.Tamra Loves Cassian. Cassian loves Jasinca. Jacinda loves Will. And a round and around we go.

We have the same highly indecisive Jacinda who’s love life “decisions” can only be compared to watching a tennis tournament. It was down right infuriating to read most of the time. She would fight, scrape and sacrifice to be with one boy, then no mre then 5 minutes after getting to him she’s changing her mind to wanting the one she left behind. And this doesn’t happen just once or twice in the book, but half a dozen or so times!

We’re still fighting to leave the Pride, which was the basis of the whole first book. I just felt like the plot of Vanish was recycled from Firelight a little.

The text itself made me feel like I had déjà vu on more then one occasion. The distinct feeling of “didn’t I just read that?” would wash over me and then I would realize that it was simply that the text was a little repetitive. Exact sentences were never reused but rewordings to say the same thing definitely happened on several occasions.

I am so disappointed with Vanish. I expected so much more and I just really felt through out the story that the author wrote herself in circles. The ending is maddening, just when things start to really get good and you realize you’re going to be finally delivered outside of the repetitiveness of the book – it’s done. Literally you turn the page and there’s nothing.

I’m giving the book a 2.5 – 3 bird rating. I was annoyed with things through out, I really can’t stand Jacinda anymore but the plot has left me curious enough that I willprobably read book 3. I will suffer a writing style I don’t particularly enjoy to find the story beneath it…and I’m also dying to see what Draki look like, maybe one will grace the cover of book 3

Find Sophie Jordan and The Firelight Series

2.5- 3 Bird Rating



  1. I've read a couple of mixed reviews on this one now - it's still a series that I need to get round to at some point.

  2. I got this off netgalley. Looked good but the reviews i've read all make it sound a little bit too much like Nightshade.

    Nice review.

  3. I absolutely agree with your whole review Amber. I expected more and was highly diappointed in it. I am thinking it's a 2.5-3 star rating.

    This felt like book one and I dunno, it felt like we went to all the stuff in book 1 again. I probaly will read the last book, umm...haha. hopefully it won't repeat itself again since it's the final book. I just won't be requesting it for review and rushing out to get it right away. 8/

  4. Oh, how I love your review and oh how I agree with you! :)

    I know EXACTLY what you mean with the recycled lines-- I can think of a few right off the top of my head:

    "I could feel my inner draki"
    "I tensed and had to release my inner draki"
    "About 300 more lines about MY INNER DRAKI."
    "I could sense Will nearby"
    "I missed Will. He loved me for me."
    "I missed Cassian. He loved me for me."
    "Don't leave, he growled."

    Shall I go on? Oh boy, this series is something else-- I just finished it today, and have posted a rather long review on Goodreads-- soon to be up on the blog!

    Thanks for sharing your opinions! I'm glad I'm not the only one!!

    Lea @ LC's Adventures in Libraryland


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