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Vanish (Firelight #2) by Sophie Jordan

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

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.

Good Reads Summary

*Warning, slight spoiler alert!

Vanish is the much awaited sequel to Firelight.  So, what's going on with the characters? In this book, Jacinda struggles with adapting to the pride-the community of dragons-and to her former life.  Cassian appears in this novel a lot (!) as well, much to the excitement of *ahem* certain readers.  Jacinda's sister, Tamra, also discovers a unique part of herself and actually grows closer in a sense to the pride while Jacinda is left out.  The crush Tamra has on Cassian doesn't abate much in the beginning of the book.  Jacinda's mother becomes depressed and turns to the dragon's equivalent of alcohol.  Severin, Cassian's father, remains as controlling and manipulative as ever-going so far as to send his daughter, Miram, on a certain errand that will work against Jacinda in the long run. 

The plot is still phenomenal.  New developments with the enkros, dragon hunters, occur that force Jacinda to set out on a task she never would have imagined herself doing.  Cassian and Jacinda actually grow closer in the beginning of the novel...but then Jacinda still vacillates between Cassian and Will.  Normally, love triangles become annoying and too irritating to read about; however, this love triangle, though it verges on annoying, is bearable for whatever reason in this book.  Jacinda is a tad too "doom and gloom" and subservient to be the "great main character", however, a flawed main character can make for a better read. 

The reader will love getting to know the secondary characters and potential love interests, Cassian and Will, better in this novel.  The plot is fast-paced and contains quite a few intriguing little sub-plots to keep the reader occupied.  The ending leaves the reader on a cliff-hanger, which means...ANOTHER GREAT BOOK will be coming soon!  This novel is recommended for young adult/teen readers who enjoy fantasy and romance genres.

4 Stars

Review Source: Once Upon a Twilight