Vanish by Sophie Jordan
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.
Vanish was a fantastic follow up to Firelight and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. Firelight was one of my favorite paranormal reads of 2010 and I couldn't wait to get my hands on the sequel; hoping it would be as daring and romantic as the prequel. Luckily, it was. Vanish certainly lived up to my expectations and while I didn't enjoy it quite as much as Firelight, it was still an action-packed and searingly romantic read that kept me on the edge of my seat from page one.
Jacinda was developed even more in Vanish and I loved getting to see her character in a new light. Vanish picks up immediately after Firelight ended and Jacinda and her family are returning to the pride. There are many plot twists that kept me on the edge of my seat and I never knew what was going to happen next. Characters changed a lot and new ones were introduced. In the prequel I was solidly, 100% Team Will, but Cassian had a large role in this book that proved Jacinda is not going to have an easy choice deciding between the two.
The romance in this series is intense and I think the love triangle works quite well, considering even I am torn. Although I am leaning a little more towards Will. Tamra also played an even bigger role in Vanish and I was so happy with how things worked out with her. This was an emotional read and Jacinda was constantly facing danger in and out of the pride.
I read this on my Nook and barely set it down for a second, I was so engrossed in Vanish. Although Tamra was featured prominently in Vanish, I still wish we got to see more of her. By the last few chapters, things were really moving along and even though some of the earlier parts stalled a little, the ending flew by and the cliffhanger was insane.
Overall, Vanish was an intense and action-packed sequel and while it didn't completely live up to Firelight, I still enjoyed it quite a lot. Jacinda is a very likable protagonist and I'm eager to see what happens to her and the other characters in book three. This is going to be one long wait because I want it in my hands right now!
Overall: 4.25 out of 5 stars
September 6, 2011/HarperTeen/294 Pages/Young Adult/Book Two
Other books in this series: Firelight