Review: Vanish (Firelight #2)

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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.

REVIEW

Second book syndrome? Not even close. To be honest, I’m always wary of the second book in a series. Will it be as good as the first? Will I feel let down? Is it just a vehicle to get from book 1 to book 3? For me, Vanish surpassed my expectations. I loved this book! While Firelight was engaging, Vanish was captivating. Although there were certain aspects that were perhaps predictable, there were still quite a few twists that I didn’t see coming and which really gave the story additional substance for me.

Aspects I really enjoyed? Jacinda was less self-centered in Vanish which helped me warm up to her and be more empathetic to her angsty teen emotions. Instead of remaining focused solely on her own plight, she was more aware of the struggles and sacrifices of those around her. We also get to learn more about the inner working of the pride (finally!) and the draki society. I, for one, was left wanting more in Firelight and Vanish doesn’t disappoint. We get up close and personal with the draki and the harsh realities of life within the pride which frustrated me at times, but for which I have high hopes in book 3.

Most of all, I was thrilled to see the relationship between Cassian and Jacinda grow in Vanish. I was curious to see if there might really be something between the two, aside from the obvious pressure and expectations of the pride, and if her infatuation with Will was truly genuine and lasting.

Oh, yeah. And I shouldn’t forget to mention that Sophie Jordan once again proves she is a master of the cliffhanger ending. I actually kept turning the pages thinking I accidentally skipped a page before I had that moment of clarity in which I realized Vanish had ended and that I would be desperate to get my hands on book three in the series.

The one thing I still can’t figure out? If the pride is living in the mountains more or less off the grid for all intents and purposes, what’s the deal with all of the modern conveniences like cable? Still, I’m eagerly awaiting Hidden (Firelight #3) which is scheduled for release next year.