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If I could describe what kind of reader I am, I would hands down say I was an emotional one. When I read I want to fully experience the book, from the emotions coursing through the characters to reacting to the twist and turns of the storyline. I'm looking for those books that fire up my imagination and leave me breathless when it's over. It's for this reason why the reviews I write aren't so much what I think and are more on how I feel. My hopes in sharing my review in this way is that something will spark an interest and have you wanting to have the same experiences. This isn't to say I don't have issues with grammar, word choices etc. Trust me I do and most times all it takes is waiting for the story to grab hold for it not to matter. When I do include things about what I thought about the book (for example I've included comments about word choices and being too descriptive), I only do so because it directly affected how I felt. I hope this helps. Enjoy!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Review: Vanish, by Sophie Jordan

Vanish (Firelight Book 2)
Author: Sophie Jordan
Published: HarperCollins
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy/Romance

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.

What I thought:
I loved book one in this series, Firelight, and so I was very excited to have the opportunity to review the second one from NetGalley.  I admit I was a little afraid to read it, since I knew from the end of the previous story that my favorite characters, Will and Jacinda, were going to be separated.

True to that ending the book began with Jacinda being forced back into her dragon pride, one she hadn’t been anxious to escape before, but now has no desire to go back to.  Life is hard enough for her as she tries to assimilate back into life with her peers after being branded as a trouble maker by them, not to mention that her heart is breaking after being seperated from the love of her life.

Enter Cassian, the tall, dark, brooding draki that has long intended to be bonded with Jacinda.  I, much like Jacinda, never cared much for him since it was common knowledge that he was only after Jacinda’s more desirable fire breathing traits and adding her to his families bloodline.  Well, leave it Sophie Jordan to go and blow all those theories out of the water as she peals back the layers to reveal Cassian and the true emotions that lie beneath his surface.

Jacinda fights falling under his spell in her attempt to remain loyal to her Will, whom she loves so much.  But she is lonely too, and finds herself struggling to keep from crumbling.  I have to say there were some HOT things going on in this part of the book.  Of course, just about the time I was starting to cheer for Cassian, you guessed it...Will showed up...and I spent the rest of this book being one conflicted mess after another.  ACK!!   I love them both, and they both love her!!   What is it with these authors and their twisted love triangles?

I devoured this book, my heart pounding, twisted, wrenched and bleeding.  Sacrifices we made, bonds strengthened, threats made, friendships lost, betrayals happened, and I was completely torn in two by the end.  There was never a dull moment as this story progressed, taking me on the emotional journey with it.

Now I sit here, wondering desperately when the next book will be out and I have to remind myself that this one hasn’t been release yet!  I will definitely be in line for the next book in this awesome YA fantasy series.

My Rating:
Reviewed by

Lacey Weatherford
Author ~ Reviewer

1 comment:

Amber I @ Awesomesauce said...

I loved this book! And of coarse I was always for Cassian! And I still am. I was so glad he had a much better role and much better scenes in this book. My heart broke for him.