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Book Review: Vanish by Sophie Jordan

Book Review: Vanish

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Title & Author: Vanishby Sophie Jordan

Genre: YA- Fantasy (Dragons-ish)

Release Date: September 6, 2011

Series: 2nd in a planned series (Book review of Firelight, the 1st in the series)

Publisher: HarperCollins

How I Got the Book: Bought


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.”

Smolder’s Subdued But Def Still On

Sophie Jordan knows how to write novels. I literally could not put this book down- it was an extremely quick read. The novel picks up right where it left off in Firelight, and packs a plot punch immediately (in a good way 🙂 ).

The overall smolder in Vanish is much more subdued than in Firelight, but I think the tension level is kicked up a few notches. I found myself switching sides every few pages. Team Cassian. No, Team Will. Team Cass…ill. That will have to be my choice for now.

I’m not alone though in my team-picking indecision- Jacinda is seriously torn. So many things happen in this book that complicate matters and make them both worse and better. This is one of the only books I’ve ever read that by the end of it, I STILL has no idea which boy she would pick. No. Idea.

I really liked that Jordan kept the plot fresh by changing things up and making something happen that readers may or may not have expected.

Cliffhangers, Teen Angst Continue

Vanish is similar to Firelight in that the angst continues. Jacinda really is dealt a tough hand- she’s trying to be there for her mom and her sister while continuing to figure out who she really is. Because Jacinda is fighting internally to be selfless and self-gratifying, at times she can flip flop between being unlikable and relatable. Overall, I’m really rooting for her, though!

Also, spare yourself the pain and know NOW- there is a cliffhanger. This book ends right in the middle of some serious action. It’s sort of a shame too because the pacing for Vanish seemed a bit off to me. A lot of things were being said and emotions were rising and falling yet…not a lot happens. There’s not a lot of physical (vs. emotional and mental) action that takes place in this book.

But, there’s some heavy foreshadowing that goes on towards the end of the book that’s got me really curious about what the 3rd book in the series will have up its sleeve. I’m hoping for 1. a final choice between either Team Will or Team Cassian 2. the action that was cliffhanged (is that a real word?) in Vanish to continue and 3. CLOSURE! We’ll see how much of these I get… 😉


Vanish offers another thrill ride through the roller coaster that is Jacinda’s life. I am now a tension junky after reading these books, and I’m not sure another book is going to give me the same fix. I’m really excited to read the 3rd and final book in the trilogy and finally get to see who’s team Jacinda’s on!!

My only question to you is: Team Cassian or Team Will??

About Lisa Parkin

I'm a hardcore lover of young adult fiction and have been reviewing books since 2011. Other interests include Downton Abbey, heat lightning storms, Harry Potter land and (begrudingly) one orange tabby.
  • Natalie Spaan

    Great review! Thanks for the cliffhanger warning! I’m definitely pumped about reading this book now 🙂

  • Ems

    Pretty sure that I need to just pick these up and read them NOW!

  • Brilliant review, you’ve got me rather tempted to read this now!

  • Deadtreesandsilverscreens

    I loved this book and wrote about it on my blog too! I became team Cassian while reading this book. I liked how it developed his character and made him seem like less of a bad guy. I can see why her sister liked him now!

  • I was very much Team Will in the first book. I can’t wait to read this one. Great review!

  • Melissa Hayden

    Oh I want to start this series. It sounds like one amazing ride. 🙂 Thanks for the wonderful review of this next book. 🙂

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  • 321bcph

    If I was Jacinda, I would chose Cassian.

  • Hailee

    wait what the name of 3rd book