Vanish (Firelight Series)

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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...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

Kerrelyn Sparks
“Magnificent and masterful! A world so captivating, you’ll never want to leave!”
Kiersten White
Praise for Firelight:“Firelight soars to dizzying heights, combining forbidden love, scorching romance, and thrilling danger.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Jacinda and Will’s intensely sexy scenes together will leave romance readers fired up for the planned sequel.”
Starred Review - Romantic Times
"Jordan executes a refreshing and exciting tale of forbidden supernatural love and desire. Jacinda is strong and spunky, just like her story. Readers won’t be able to put down this remarkable YA debut. An ethereal series start, Firelight should not be missed."
The Bulletin for the Center for Children's Books

“Jacinda and Will’s intensely sexy scenes together will leave romance readers fired up for the planned sequel.”

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Jacinda and Will’s intensely sexy scenes together will leave romance readers fired up for the planned sequel."
Booklist
“Jordan’s compelling addition to the supernatural star–crossed lovers theme is equal parts taut suspense and sensuous romance.”
Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Jacinda and Will’s intensely sexy scenes together will leave romance readers fired up for the planned sequel.”
Romantic Times Starred Review
“Jordan executes a refreshing and exciting tale of forbidden supernatural love and desire. Jacinda is strong and spunky, just like her story. Readers won’t be able to put down this remarkable YA debut. An ethereal series start, Firelight should not be missed.”
VOYA - Ava Ehde
Although Jacinda is aware that leaving Chaparrel and her human form is the only viable option to free her family from Will and his kin of draki hunters, she cannot stop herself from thinking about him. The one bonus in the horrible dash back to their home pride is the closeness the sisters regain through the surprising discovery of Tamra's talent as a shader; when they are captured by Will's cousin, Xander, she is able to make them forget by effectively shading their memories. Even though Will's memory is shaded by Tamra's rare dragon talent, Jacinda continues to hope that he will somehow remember her. Her return to the draki pride is greeted with only hostility and distrust from all except the heir apparent Cassian and his creepy cousin, Corbin. She is no longer the prized fire-breathing dragon scheduled to breed with the heir apparent. Quite the opposite, Tamra flowers as she begins to take her first flights and enjoys the tutelage of Nidia and attention of Cassian. Jacinda longs for Will and plots to risk it all to be with him once again. This rich romantic fantasy is Jordan's second in her new series, chock-full of forbidden romance, teen angst, unique abilities, mythical creatures, and hot males of both the human and dragon form. The characters are more fully developed, and the imaginative and intense story leaves you wanting more. The cover once again hints at Jacinda's alternative nonhuman form. Reviewer: Ava Ehde
School Library Journal
Gr 8–11—Jacinda is a draki—she can shift from human to dragon form on command. She's done the unthinkable—shown her true form to a human, and a hunter at that. But she did so to save his life, because she happens to be in love with him. Jacinda is rescued by her sister, who suddenly manifests her draki form for the first time, and by Cassian, son of the draki pride leader. Jacinda and her sister both have powers that have not been seen in the pride in several generations, and so they stand out—yet Jacinda repeatedly risks her life and the secrecy of the pride to be with Will. Resting on touches of a "Twilight" story line and the shape-shifting many-powered beings does not help this supernatural romance stand out of the pack. A sequel to Firelight (HarperCollins, 2010), it opens mid-action, leaving first-time readers feeling a bit left out. There is not enough character depth to believe Jacinda's obsessive school-girl love, and the setting is only lightly developed. The draki world may have been formed in the first book, but does not carry through to the second. The ending leaves no doubt that there is more to come. Purchase where there is a following for the first book.—Angela J. Reynolds, Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Bridgetown, NS, Canada
Kirkus Reviews

What's a dragon-girl to do when she's in love with a boy who hunts dragons?

In this first sequel to Jordon's Firelight (2010), Jacinda and her family return to the hidden mountain home of the draki "pride." Her twin sister, Tamra, finally manifests into a draki that can cloud humans' minds, making her as valuable to the pride as Jacinda with her fire-breathing ability. However, their mother and, especially, Jacinda face punishment for the infractions they've committed. Jacinda decides to take her lumps, try to fit in again and forget her heartthrob Will—until Will shows up in town (you knew they'd meet again somehow). Meanwhile, Jacinda also finds herself reluctantly attracted to Cassian, the young draki prince Tamra loves. Although the romantic entanglements fit the usual romance-novel pattern, the author manages to keep suspense high with thrilling fights and several escapes. Additionally, she touches on a theme of freedom versus authoritarianism within the essentially dictatorial draki society. Despite the fact that it's the second in a series, this installment stands on its own quite well. The author manages to explain the essentials from the previous plot without taking up too much space. Staple genre plot points abound, such as the impossibly handsome love interest and star-crossing impediments to love. Characterizations work well despite this.

Overall, predictable but still imaginative, formulaic but still suspenseful. (Paranormal romance. 12 & up)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781455861828
  • Publisher: Audible, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/13/2011
  • Series: Firelight Series
  • Format: MP3 on CD
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Sophie Jordan

Sophie Jordan grew up on a pecan farm in the Texas hill country, where she wove fantasies of dragons, warriors, and princesses. A former high school English teacher, she's also the New York Times bestselling author of Avon historical romances and the Firelight series. She now lives in Houston with her family. When she's not writing, she spends her time overloading on caffeine (lattes and Diet cherry Coke preferred), talking plotlines with anyone who will listen (including her kids), and cramming her DVR with true-crime and reality-TV shows.

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  • Posted May 7, 2011

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    Awesome book

    I got the uncorrected proof from a book convention, and it was a great book. A lot happens from the very beginning where it starts exactly where it left off with Jacinda leaving her home. I wont give any spoilers, but ill say i never expected the outcome of this book. If you like the first book, you'll Love the second.

    27 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2011

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    loved it

    I loved reading Firelight, so I couldn't wait to read Vanish and I wasn't disappointed. Love how Jacinda, Cassian, Tamra are trying to escape with their mother from the hunters and how Tamra saves them.

    14 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 31, 2011

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    Too much whining for me

    I read Firelight and really enjoyed the story. I was excited to jump back into Jacinda's life. Firelight left off with Jacinda showing her Draki form to hunters in an attempt to save Will, the human that she loves. Cassian, the prince of their pride, who is also Jacinda's betrothed, comes to take Jacinda, her mother and sister back to their pride. Which... is where Vanish starts off.

    My favorite character in this book was Cassian. He is so patient and understanding when it comes to Jacinda even though all she does is mope around over Will. Little things that he did really made me like him, like when they return to their pride Cassian promises to do what he can to protect them from being punished for escaping. I also thought it was sweet when they got into an altercation and Jacinda went running off and he followed her. Most guys would be fed up by that point and would just shrug it off and say "whatever". Jacinda even acknowledges how great Cassian is by thinking, "I know what my life would be like if I stayed here. It wouldn't be a bad life. Cassian would always be my friend, would always have my back, and he would help me gain acceptance among the pride." And yet she still pines over Will.

    I have to admit that her obsession with Will was a bit extreme. With everything that is happening to her, she just continues to sulk. Not even 60 pages in and I was rolling my eyes hoping that the story would pick up. Unfortunately for me... it didn't. The entire book focuses on Jacinda's mixed feelings about Will and whether or not she can say good-bye to him as well as sorting out the feelings that she is developing for Cassian. I think my last straw for Jacinda was when she and Cassian's little sister Miram were captured by the hunters and Will comes to save the day. Jacinda leaves Miram and takes off with Will. She tries to get Miram to leave with them but Miram is scared and says that she doesn't trust Will or Jacinda. So she just up and runs off with Will. Right there was when I lost all respect for Jacinda.

    I really wanted to like this book. I really liked Firelight but for some reason Jacinda took a nose dive and instead of being the draki that I knew from Firelight, she wound up being this whiny, moping girl who couldn't even see that a great guy was in front of her the whole time waiting patiently. The cliffhanger of an ending couldn't even redeem itself and make me want to pick up the third book

    10 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2011

    Wonderful Continuation of an Exciting Trilogy

    I would like to thank Harper Collins for generously allowing me to read an advanced copy on NetGalley.

    The second book in the Firelight trilogy does not disappoint! I was a little wary of where the first book left off and I thought that there was no believable way that Jacinda and Cassian would ever work as a couple, but I was pleasantly surprised. Usually I hate it when authors try and force a love triangle into their stories and separate the fans into different 'teams', however this dynamic seems to work in Vanished.

    There are plenty of twists to keep the pages turning; I devoured this book within hours. Jacinda's story is so unique compared to the majority of paranormal romances floating around these days and I am glad that this latest installments has taken us deeper into her world. Although most of the story takes place within the ground's of the pride, the ending promises that there is more to the world that is yet to be explored by the draki.

    Vanished is a perfect example of why I don't like to start trilogies until all of the books have been published. The last page of each story always leaves me wanting more! However, it is easier to get caught up in the excitement of a good book when you know that you have to wait to see what happens next; it makes the story seem more alive, feel real even. If you were a fan of Firelight, I urge you to pick up a copy of Vanished as soon as possible and experience the thrill of reentering the world of extraordinary draki and dangerous hunters and the enkros that haunt them.

    8 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2012

    I enjoyed it!

    I really did! I was a little disapointed though..... I thought the story could have lasted longer. I read it in like three hours. Great cliff hanger though! And im loving Will! Hes vary yummy! :)

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

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    What happened?

    I read Firelight and really enjoyed the story. I was excited to jump back into Jacinda's life. Firelight left off with Jacinda showing her Draki form to hunters in an attempt to save Will, the human that she loves. Cassian, the prince of their pride, who is also Jacinda's betrothed, comes to take Jacinda, her mother and sister back to their pride. Which... is where Vanish starts off.

    My favorite character in this book was Cassian. He is so patient and understanding when it comes to Jacinda even though all she does is mope around over Will. Little things that he did really made me like him, like when they return to their pride Cassian promises to do what he can to protect them from being punished for escaping. I also thought it was sweet when they got into an altercation and Jacinda went running off and he followed her. Most guys would be fed up by that point and would just shrug it off and say "whatever". Jacinda even acknowledges how great Cassian is by thinking, "I know what my life would be like if I stayed here. It wouldn't be a bad life. Cassian would always be my friend, would always have my back, and he would help me gain acceptance among the pride." And yet she still pines over Will.

    I have to admit that her obsession with Will was a bit extreme. With everything that is happening to her, she just continues to sulk. Not even 60 pages in and I was rolling my eyes hoping that the story would pick up. Unfortunately for me... it didn't. The entire book focuses on Jacinda's mixed feelings about Will and whether or not she can say good-bye to him. As well as sorting out the feelings that she is developing for Cassian. I think my last straw for Jacinda was when she and Cassian's little sister Miram were captured by the hunters and Will comes to save the day. Jacinda leaves Miram and takes off with Will. She tries to get Miram to leave with them but Miram is scared and says that she doesn't trust Will or Jacinda. So she just up and runs off with Will. Right there was when I lost all respect for Jacinda.

    I really wanted to like this book. I really liked Firelight but for some reason Jacinda took a nose dive and instead of being the draki that I knew from Firelight, she wound up being this whiny, moping girl who couldn't even see that a great guy was in front of her the whole time waiting patiently. The cliffhanger of an ending couldn't even redeem itself and make me want to pick up the third book.

    Favorite quote
    I chose this quote because it is exactly how I felt through the entire book.
    "You want to hear some truth, Jacinda? How about this? I can't stand the sight of you. Not when you are moping around here like someone who needs to be on a suicide watch... all for a guy who's probably already forgotten you and moved on to the next hunt." -Well said Cassian... well said.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2012

    Well and truely enjoyed it.

    Some of the twists were a bit predctable, but otherwise a great read. Kind of reminds me of some of my favorite anime. Lol, just referenced anime in a book review. Well anyway, a thrilling ride that had me reading past curfew, two thumbs up!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2012

    Not will!

    Open your freakin eyes Jacinda! Will is not the right one for you! Cassian is! TEAM CASSIAN!!!!!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 19, 2012

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    Good!!

    Again - Too short - But I can't really complain, it was a really good story again! Great twist with Jacinda's sister, Tamra!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    Book 2

    A surprising yet exspected twist in this series. A little slow but as good as the first book

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 12, 2011

    Even Better Than The First Book, Firelight

    At first I felt Firelight, book 1 had some similarities to Twilight, but quickly I was drawn in. Now, that I've finished Vanish, book 2 in the series, I'm quite happy with the story thus far. I love the unique drakis. Let me just say the reader gets great insight into the character and even each love interest. We get to see a different side of each character and I love how we got to delve into pride life. Things definitely reach a smoking hot point towards the ending. I can't wait for book 3. Nice job to Sophie Jordan.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 5, 2013

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    Jacinda fell in love with the human Will and disclosed her bigge

    Jacinda fell in love with the human Will and disclosed her biggest secret - of being a draki - in the first FIRELIGHT book. It didn't end well and Jacinda and her family had to return to the pride they had once escaped. Now, the second part of her story offers a deeper insight into the tribe culture of the draki pride. We see how the system of power and social acceptance in the group work as a mechanism of control, even over Jacinda's personal life. Her people - who would do everything to stay hidden in the mountains and protect their group - put high pressure on Jacinda's relationship with Will and try to keep the young lovers apart.
    While being back in the pride, she has to adept to her old life again and try to mend all the broken bonds of friendship and family she had left behind. We learn more about several pride members like Cassian's cousin Corbin and his sister Miram, who didn’t exactly make an impression on me with their friendliness. Tamra, Jacinda’s sister plays and important role, too.
    Some sequences felt rather sluggish, whereas scenes featuring Will managed to at least satisfy me in some way. He is definitely my favourite character in VANISH, because he is most likely and convinces with his steady character and strong believes.
    It were Jacinda's feelings and struggles that didn't quite convince me though. In FIRELIGHT I’d felt more connected to her as our protagonist. In VANISH she’s got to choose between Will and Cassian and between staying in the pride or escaping to the human world.

    THE VERDICT

    VANISH - Kisses here, struggles there and only slightly convincing.

    Most of the story is set in the boundaries of the pride and constantly circles around Jacinda’s previous decision so that VANISH felt kind monotonous after a few chapters. The writing was good, but the story didn’t completely suck me in.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2013

    Great Book - Loved It!

    The second book of the Firelight series was great. I recommend reading all three books. Easy read and enjoyable.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 6, 2012

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    I feel like I would love this series so much more if Jacinda wou

    I feel like I would love this series so much more if Jacinda would just ditch the boys and run off and be badass with Az and Tamra.

    Don't get me wrong: I think Will and Cassian are very interesting characters. But we have Jacinda - this bloody brilliant dracon girl whose stubborn and fiery and smart and just wants to do what's right - and thrust her into a cliche love triangle. This is the worst thing you can do to a character like this.

    You're telling me that a girl who knows herself, who knows her mind, is going to let every action she does be dictated by whether or not she's going to run off with one guy or mate with another? No!

    I mean, if we took away the love triangle, the plot wouldn't be as dramatic. Insert candlelight and smoldering glances into any book, you're guaranteed dramatic. But it's not necessary! I want action! I want badassery! I want more about her best friend and her sister and less about the two boys who are trying to control Jacinda!

    Because let's face it - even if they both love her, they're just trying to stake a claim in her. It's just a pissing war between them now. Will pretty much demanded that Jacinda do as he says or she didn't love him and Cassian wrongfully manipulated his way into bonding with her. Gah. Boys. You are doing life wrong. I thought I'd be rooting for one of you at this point...

    ... but really, I think it would be MUCH better if you two were randomly murdered, Jacinda ran back and got Az, and together with Tamra they explored the world and freed trapped dracons and flirted with boys and did awesome stuff together.

    But since I can't have that, I suppose I'll have to settle for Tamra and Jacinda going to try to free another dracon and having to be stuck with these two stupid boys. Le sigh.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 3, 2012

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    Man oh man… where do I begin? Ok. Ok. Ok. No, not ther

    Man oh man… where do I begin?

    Ok. Ok. Ok.

    No, not there. Ok… How about… nope not there either.

    Yeah, I’m stumped. I’ll just start and see where this goes.

    I began this series with really high hopes. I honestly felt that the concept of the Draki was a pretty unique one because I for one have yet to read about dragons or descendants of dragons. You know this already because I mentioned it in my review of book one, Firelight. I walked away from Firelight not fully happy but happy enough to continue with the story. I walk away from Vanish just utterly disappointed.

    The Firelight series is definitely a teenage book. The teenager-ish feelings, the indecisiveness, the angst is all over this book. I was ok with that because Jacinda and Tamra are relatively still young, about 15/16. No biggie. I didn’t even mind the love triangle. I think the justification for the triangle is an ok one. I hate them but it works in this case. It’s like having your marriage arranged at the age of 5 and then actually falling in love with someone else but that arranged marriage is very much alive and in effect. No biggie. I can deal with all of this.

    What I couldn’t take anymore was the following:

    Jacinda has returned to her pride. She never wanted to leave the pride but did so because her mother took her away. While she was away she fell for hunter Will. She returns to the pride only to find out that she’s an outcast and no one treats her with the same respect or reverence that they once did. Why? Because she decided to manifest into her Draki form to save Will from a fall that Cassian (Draki prince) set in motion to begin with. Cassian knows this. Tamra knows this. Hell, everyone knows this and points out that Cassian kicked things off but yet still blame Jacinda for exposing the Draki and what’s worse is that Jacinda accepts fault for it.

    This is not the only time it happens. Something else happens in Vanish and although it is not Jacinda’s fault she not only keeps quiet about it but accepts fault and agrees that she is to blame for all that happened.

    Folks, Jacinda is a fire breathing Draki. The last one. She is FIRE! She should show some of that fire! She doesn’t and this irritates me. She doesn’t defend herself not once.

    Another pet peeve was that she was moping around mostly because her home no longer felt like home. The people had changed and she felt alone. Her mother checked out emotionally and mentally too. Instead of people recognizing this they turned things around and made it all about her pining for Will. Yes she was worried about Will but it wasn’t all about Will. Instead of Jacinda stating the facts and telling it how it is she decides to once again agree.

    She’s not accepting fault/accusations out of honor or to avoid conflict. No, she just accepts as if it were true. These books are told in the first person. We are in her head. We know what she is thinking even if it's not what comes out of her mouth. She fully accepted these things that happened as a direct result of her supposed actions.

    I think this is what people call a Mary Sue. I don’t know because I’m not too familiar with the concept. What I do know is that this girl had to be written to be a lot tougher than she really was. If she is meant to be some kick ass Draki then she needs a whole do over because this thing she has going on is not cutting it.

    Once again we don’t really get too much of the Draki lore which leads me to believe there really won’t be any in book three. I could be wrong but it’s not looking to be that kind of series. We find out about a few other Draki and what their strengths and weaknesses are but we don’t get actual history or much of anything else. There was a perfect opportunity to witness a Draki come into their “Draki” and hone in their power but we don’t even get a glimpse of it.

    UGH! I finished this book wanting a lot more. I expected a lot more. I expected this because I can see that the writer is a good one but the execution is falling short with me. I’ve already committed this much time to the series, so yes, I will read the final book of the trilogy this week and hope for the best.

    On the flip side: You might like this series a lot more than me. My son loves it and has been reading it with me. Try it and let me know what you think.

    On to the next one!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2012

    Amazing book!!!!

    I have read it 4 times since I bought it and every time I read it is just as good as the first time. Love this series can't wait for the next book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    ?

    Is there gonna b a 3rd?

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  • Posted September 10, 2011

    Immerse yourself in the world of the draki...

    Vanish was one of the books that I was eagerly awaiting this year, and I was beyond excited to not have to wait until September to read it. As good as Firelight was, Vanish was even better; all I could think when I finished this book was, "Wow...what a story."

    Vanish begins exactly where Firelight ended; there is just a brief reminder of what happened at the conclusion of Firelight before we are plunged back into the action. This action doesn't stop for the rest of the book, though Jacinda's internal conflict is prominent as well. While in Firelight she escapes the pride, in Vanish she finds herself back in the midst of it again, but all is not well. Not only do things begin to change with Tamra, but also the pride has lost their trust in her, and Severin (the pride leader) in particular seems determined to make things difficult for her. However, it was nice (or in some cases, not nice) to get to know Jacinda's extended family and learn more about Sophie's world of draki.

    As if readjusting to pride life isn't difficult enough, Jacinda also has to contend with her longing for Will and her inexplicable, growing desire for Cassian. The steamy scenes from Firelight are certainly rivaled here. Normally with books I have a definitive favorite, but I can't actually decide between these two guys. Both have their own good qualities, and I have to say that both of them surprise me in this book. Given certain events of this book, it will be interesting to see if Jacinda can still be with Will or if she will end up with Cassian.

    In Vanish, Sophie struck a great balance between suspense and respite, feelings and actions, pondering and decision. There were certainly twists that I did not expect as well as some very tender and touching moments. My only complaint is the ending: It's a major cliffhanger, and having to wait for another year will be cruel and unusual punishment...even though I'm sure it will be well worth it.

    Be prepared to be immersed in the world of the draki, to forget time and place until the last word on the page has been read. I needed the final book of the trilogy the minute after I finished Vanish; given the ending, especially, I will be eagerly but impatiently awaiting its release!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2014

    A Must Read

    Sophie Jordan did not disappoint with book #2 in the Firelight series. I was constantly on the edge of my seat wanting to know what happened next. It was one of those books that you just couldn't put down. I even stayed up until 2 am just to finish it! I can't wait to read book #3.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    Good trilogy!

    Great read. I enjoyed the trilogy.

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