Thursday, September 29, 2011

Vanish by Sophie Jordan

        
Vanish (Firelight #2)
by Sophie Jordan
Summary from Goodreads:

"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."

Rating:
Absolutely beautiful!

A lot of changes have happened since Firelight, the first book of this series. If you’ve read that, then you know that Jacinda, Tamra and their mother went back to their pride, with Cassian of course.

So on with what I found changed, it’s mostly on the characters:

Jacinda, didn’t come out to me as a striking character from Firelight, but here in Vanish… Ugh! She is annoying. I don’t like the fact that she’s pining over both Cassian and Will. Stick with one guy, girl! Not cool! But at the same time, I totally feel sad for her, being separated from Will and dropping to the lowest of low and being distrusted by the pride, it was just so much for her to bear.

Tamra, who was the annoying one before is now so lovable! She’s not so bitter anymore. And I like that she and Jacinda are now bonding, as sisters should be.

I didn’t like Cassian from the first book but that hasn’t changed. Of course, I appreciate the way he looks after Jacinda but most of the things he do to help her benefits him more. And don’t get me started on his sister. She’s absolutely aggravating! Despite the fact that I didn’t want her hurt, she totally deserved what happened to her.

I adored Will before but sadly he wasn’t much of a standout here, except during the last few chapters where there’s another mystery to be solved over his connection to the draki world. Although I did find it sweet of him to beat the odds to find Jacinda, but still, I already know that of him. I would’ve wanted to see something new from him. Yet, I really am intrigued about where all his draki connection would lead him to.

I love that Vanish was more quick and adventurous than Firelight. It’s nice to see a lot more of the draki world and know more of what the hunters do to the draki they capture.

As much as I enjoyed Firelight, I enjoyed Vanish even more. It’s amazing how Sophie Jordan was able to create a story that has so many possibilities. I’m really excited to read the next installment because I know there’s so much more to see.

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