Vanish by Sophie Jordan

Publisher: HarperCollins
Date: September 6, 2011
Series or Standalone: Second in a trilogy
Format: E-book, 304 pages
Source: NetGalley

 Rating: A-   
First line: Sometimes I dream of falling.
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The five things I loved most about Firelight, which got even better in Vanish:

1.  Jacinda – Vanish showed a whole different side of Jacinda, the side of her that she was as part of the pride. From the very beginning of this book she’s being challenged by the fact that she is no longer the “golden child” of the pride and is now in a new competition with her sister. One of my favorite things about this book was that it took the person Jacinda grew into in Firelight, turned her world upside-down and then showed how she continued to mature in a new direction. Jacinda is a protagonist who fights for what she believes in and what she wants, despite what life throws at her, which is refreshing.

2. Love triangle(s) – The best thing about Vanish for me was that we got to know Cassian and because we knew and understood him better, the tension in both love triangles (Will-Jacinda-Cassian AND Jacinda-Cassian-Tamra) was amped up significantly. We also saw a different side of Will in this book. I don’t want to give too much away, but suffice to say, I can no longer say which team I’m on for sure. (I like them both!)

3. Family/Pride Dynamics – Because this book took place inside the pride, we get to see the political and family dynamics of the Draki. Life in the pride is intense; the people in charge act like they own everyone and couldn’t care less about members who they don’t “need”. Punishments were cruel and everything was strictly regulated. And yet, even with all of that, you could really see the bond all of the Draki shared and kind of understand why many of them were willing to put up with the rules.

4.  Dragons! – Being home with the pride let us see all the different dragons and their abilities. Each new type of dragon that was introduced came with it's own abilities and ways that those abilities were useful in Draki life. The whole concept was fascinating.

5. Setting – Like the first book the setting in Vanish is incredibly detailed and lush. It makes you want to take a hike, turn into a Draki, and fly off a mountaintop into a brilliant sunset.

My one complaint: I am not a fan of cliffhangers, but both Firelight and Vanish had the type of cliffhanger endings that bother me the most. The books are not so much “Book 1 & 2 of 3” as they are “PART 1 & 2 of 3”. The books end in the middle of a scene and pick right back up in the next book. It’s a personal preference, but I like each book in a series to have its own specific plot arc, and these books definitely read like one long book.

Personal cliffhanger issues aside, I highly recommend checking out the Firelight series. For those who love paranormal romance, but want something outside the standard fairy/werewolf/vampire spectrum, this series is it! I’m already looking forward to getting my hands on Firelight #3 as soon as it’s available!

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Patricia Osei is a writer and an avid reader. You can find her on Twitter @poseiwriting and on the web at the upcoming writing blog, Tangled Up in Words, where she will and four other YA writers will be talking about the journey.


  1. I really need to get into this series. I'm looking forward to reading these books! Great review!

    Tia @ Falling For Books

  2. What a great review, Patricia! That's quite an insight, can't wait to read! Great job!


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