September 6, 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.
FIRELIGHT was one of my favorite YA reads from 2010 so you know that I couldn't wait to get my hands on its sequel, VANISH. I was nervous that it wouldn't live up to the awesomeness of FIRELIGHT, but let me tell you that it way exceeded my expectations. Jacinda is back and still kicking butt, even when she is down. We also get to see more of Cassian in VANISH and he definitely rivals my affections for Will!! If you were a fan of FIRELIGHT, Vanish will not disappoint!
Jacinda is one of my favorite heroines in YA. She is a tough and strong girl who isn't afraid to get her true feelings across, but she still has her moments where she shows her vulnerability. I was a bit frustrated with her for being a bit harsh towards Cassian. He basically saved her and yet she still brushes him off? I get that she is still in love with Will, but she could have let herself show more affection towards Cassian.
Cassian has a much bigger role in VANISH, which I was so excited about. He is definitely in the running for Jacinda's love, even if she acts like he isn't. Who could resist his charms and his devotion? It doesn't help that he is a draki hunk who is there for Jacinda when she needs him, even when she probably doesn't deserve his help.
Will fans should not be upset about Cassian's involvement in VANISH. He still plays a pivitol role in Jacinda's life and she will not forget about or stop loving him. Some very, very interesting things about Will are revealed in VANISH and I need answers now!! But I guess I will just have to wait for the next book for more of Will, sadly.
Fair warning to those out there who plan to read VANISH: It made me so emotional that it was a bit hard to read during the school day. I would make sure when starting VANISH that you have the whole day to yourself so you can be able to express your emotions without getting weird looks from others. ;)