Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Vanish: A Firelight Novel by Sophie Jordan: review

Goodreads rating: 4.14
Hardcover, 304 pages
Expected publication: September 6th 2011 by HarperTeen
0061935107 (ISBN13: 9780061935107)

A special thanks to Harpercollins and netGalley for the chance to read and review this wonderful second installment in the Firelight series. 

Full of sizzling romantic tension and page-turning action, the next installment in the Firelight trilogy raises the stakes in Jacinda’s life. After revealing herself as a draki to hunters to save Will, the boy she loves, Jacinda and her family must return to the safety of the pride. But her fellow draki no longer trust Jacinda, so her sister, Tamra, and their prince, Cassian, are among the few who will even talk to her. Jacinda longs for Will to keep his promise and come find her, even though she knows it is not only unlikely, it is dangerous. When, against all odds, he does track her down, Will’s reappearance sets in motion a deadly chain of events that nobody can stop.

Ever since this series started, it has been nothing but a breathless thrill ride. There were no dull moments in Firelight, and Vanish took no exception. Sophie Jordan's writing is addictive and I'm already thirsty for more! Jacinda really grew in this one. She realized that fantasies are just that; fantasies. She wants to be with Will, but with her mother and sister back at the pride, she knows she can't abandon them. She grows up, and realizes how selfish she's being.

There were a lot more dramatic parts to this one, and a lot more politics involved with the pride. I have to admit, I fell a little in love with Cassian. I know it's supposed to be Will we're rooting for, but you can feel his love for Jacinda almost like it's a palpable thing. Will is mostly absent for this book, but the moments he and Jacinda do have... well, you're going to have to find out for yourself. Jordan can write a dang good kissing scene, and not just with Jacinda and Will.

I liked getting to know Jacinda's twin sister, Tamra, a little better. In truth, I forgot she even had a twin going into this book. I always thought of her as the younger sister because she never manifested as a dragon. But when she manifests in front of a bunch of hunters on the way back to the pride in the very beginning, it turns out that she's one of the most valuable draki there can be. Even more valuable than a fire-breather like Jacinda.

This was a very enjoyable read for me. This series grabbed my attention from the first line in Firelight and has kept me on the edge of my seat since then. And now I realize how long I'm going to have to wait for the final book... 

Corbin. Need I say more? What is his damage? Is he simply jealous of his cousin, Cassian? Does he really want to possess Jacinda, or her power? And Mariam was annoying too. I was a little perturbed when Jace and Will left her behind, but it's her own fault she didn't spring to safety when she had the chance. Who knows what they've done to her now? But she is Cassian's sister. That whole family is just messed up. Except for Cassian.

I don't know why, but I really felt his pain in this one. You can plainly see how much he loves Lucinda. And they ever bonded, which is the Draki form of marriage, and she still won't take him. I know she thinks Will is the One, but I have to say I'm actually pretty torn now. Jace and Cassian share this bond that her and Will are never going to be able to have, no matter how in tune they are with each other. I'm interested to see how it's all going to work out. I know that Cassian's not going anywhere any time soon. Who knows, maybe Cassian and Tamra will end up together after all. But I don't see how this connection they have now can just be severed.

1 comment:

  1. Awesomeness. Dragons, love, suspense, and fighting. This book has it all. It was no surprise that this second installment of the Firelight series was just as great as the first. Sometimes you can guess where a series is headed, but Vanish was full of surprises, and all very interesting... I can't wait for the next one!!! P.S. I love Cassian.


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