by Sophie Jordan Series: Firelight #2 Published by HarperTeen
on September 6th 2011 Pages:
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?
Loved, LOVED Firelight, the first book of the series. Literally stayed up much later than I should have to finish it. Having it end on some what of a cliffhanger, I had to read Vanish ASAP.
While Firelight was about discovery, Vanish tended to focus on going deeper. Deeper into the romance. Deeper into the draki lore and lifestyle. And I could not have been happier.
Jacinda, having to deal with the consequences of Firelight, is not exactly the same girl we first met. Her place in the village is all but gone. No longer is she the fire breather, the rarity. Instead of admiration, Jacinda constantly faces uncertainty. They watch her as if they are awaiting the next failure, so to speak. Unable to deal with this new development, she does what she can to fit in. But is it too late? Has her time in the outside world changed her too much?
Vanish was not exactly the sequel I was hoping it would be. Jacinda is a little too different. Almost submissive in place of the feisty Jacinda I first met. Tamra, her twin, also plays a larger role due to coming into her own draki. Was I surprised by the Tamra development? No. Did I like it? Kinda. Tamra has never been a favorite character of mine. But that is mainly due to how she is presented. A sullen girl always on the outside, trying to be inside. Is that her fault? No, and I have a hard time faulting her for the attitude issue. But something about her character always rubs me the wrong way. Towards the ending of Vanish, I started to see a change in her. One that I hope will continue.
As with Firelight, Vanish puts a heavy emphasis on the romance. The prior book with Will. The current adding in more of a triangle between Jacinda, Will, and Cassian. While I really enjoyed the romance in Firelight, Vanish seemed a little off. Will is absent a good portion of the novel. Cassian makes moves, but never really opens up like I hoped. At this point, I really do not have a favorite. Will went down in my opinion a few pegs for his actions. Cassian would rise only to fall. With at least one remaining novel, there is a lot left that can and will happen, so right now, I am on the fence.
Vanish was not exactly the sequel that I was hoping for. However, it was still a lot of fun to read. Jordan explores more of the draki lore, for which I am thankful. There is still plenty more to discover. Leaving me now to wait for the next book.