Monday, September 12, 2011
Paranormal Pick: Vanish
by Sophie Jordan
see the book trailer here
Captivating, mesmerizing, romantic, and steamy, girls who loved the Twilight and Shiver series have something new to devour.
Paranormal fans who have craved a satisfying and scorching new romantic read need not search further. This is not just another vampire book, nor is it about a pack of hungry wolves. Instead, the draki live in a misty world hidden from humans. There they are able to live in peace and hide their secrets from prying eyes. The draki are special--half dragon and half human, they live mostly in their human form but can "manifest" and fly. Several draki have special powers. Jacinda is the only one in many generations who can actually breathe fire.
Jacinda and her mother and sister flee the comfort and safety of their home to live in the human world. While living as humans, Jacinda does the unthinkable--she falls in love with a human, Will. Will is not just a normal human; his family are hunters--they hunt and kill Jacinda's kind. Nothing good can come of this steamy relationship, and Jacinda reveals her true self to Will's family in order to save his life. They are now on the run. They flee back to the safety of the draki, leaving poor Jacinda heartbroken and pining for the human boy she loves.
Tamra, Jacinda's sister, finally grows into her power. She is a shader, a draki who can make people forget what they saw, erase their memories. Cassian, the male draki who loves Jacinda, welcomes her home with open arms. He knows she loves another, but he is willing to wait for her to come around.
When Will shows up in their midst, Jacinda knows she has to tell him to go away, for his own good and the safety of her people. But she just can't. They agree to meet in two weeks and run away together. Cassian saves Jacinda from a horrible fate, the clipping of her wings, and she owes him. They are "bonded" in a dragon ceremony. Still, starry-eyed Jacinda carries the torch for Will.
The star-crossed lovers angle never gets old, and Sophie Jordan presents three very likeable characters as the main players. Head-strong Jacinda, romantic Will, and noble Cassian will have female readers turning pages late into the night. I couldn't put this book down until I turned the last page, and now I can't wait for book three! Firelight (book one) has been optioned for a movie, and will begin production soon.
Highly, highly recommended grades 7-up. no sex, no language. Some steamy kissing and Cassian and Jacinda are "married" but sleep separately.
FTC Required Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher. I did not receive monetary compensation for this review.