Reviews for Vanish : A Firelight Novel


Booklist Reviews 2011 October #1
Jacinda returns to the draki pride in their mountain village in this sequel to Firelight (2010), but her joy is short-lived. She is shunned for her transgressions, while her sister becomes a celebrity after manifesting into a rare shader draki. Jacinda works hard to earn the pride's forgiveness and forget Will, her human lover, even beginning a semi-reluctant but smoldering relationship with Cassian. None of this matters when Will appears and the reunited pair impulsively decide to run away. There are plenty of suspenseful fights and escapes, but this middle book is focused on the steamy love triangle, driven by Jacinda's frustrating lack of foresight. Though predictable, this paranormal romance series remains compelling. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Spring
Jacinda and her family (Firelight) must return to their pride of dragonlike shapeshifters to escape hunters--separating Jacinda from her human boyfriend Will. Pride life proves excruciatingly restrictive; eventually, Jacinda puts herself and others at risk to be with Will again. The intricacies of the hierarchical draki society are more intriguing than Jacinda's search for her place in it and subsequent love triangle.

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Kirkus Reviews 2011 August #1

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)

Copyright Kirkus 2011 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2011 October

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

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VOYA Reviews 2012 February
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.--Ava Ehde 4Q 4P M J S Copyright 2011 Voya Reviews.

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