Thursday, August 4, 2011

ARC Review: Vanish by Sophie Jordan

Vanish: A Firelight Novel
Author: Sophie Jordan
Publication: HarperCollins (September 6, 2011)


Description: 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?


In bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s dramatic follow-up to Firelight, forbidden love burns brighter than ever.


My Thoughts: This was an exciting story that is a love triangle with dragons and dragon hunters. After escaping from the Hunters, Jacinda, Cassian, her mother and sister Tamra are on their way back to the Pride. Jacinda is forced to leave Will behind. 


Jacinda is not happy to be back in the pride. The leader separates Tamra from her mother and sister because Tamra has manifested as a shader and is living with the current shader to learn her job. Jacinda and her mother are forced to do unpleasant duties and are viewed with suspicion by the others. Jacinda has to be courted by Cassian when all she wants is Will. Tamra, however, would love to be courted by Cassian making a second love triangle in the story. Cassian's cousin Corbin is also hanging around Jacinda and wanting her to belong to him. 


Jacinda tries to reconcile herself to the idea of bonding with Cassian and forgetting Will but it doesn't work. She is determined to run away again to be with Will. However, on her escape attempt, she is caught by Hunters. Also caught is Cassian's sister Miram who has been spying on Jacinda for her father. Will helps Jacinda escape but Miram refuses to go along.


I can certainly understand why Jacinda wants to leave the pride. It is a very closed and restrictive society run by a cruel despot. Jacinda knows that if she stays she will be forced to bond with someone she doesn't love and forced to have babies for the pride. Both she and her sister are very rare draki. There is no chance that the leader will ever let them go their own way.


The story was filled with action, adventure and romance. I recommend it to young adults who enjoyed Firelight and who want to read a dragon story.


Favorite Quote:
Will understood about loneliness. About being apart, separate from the world you inhabit. A stranger among your own kind. Will understood that. He understood me.
I received the eARC from HarperCollins via NetGalley. You can get you copy of the book here at Amazon.

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