Vanish, (Firelight #2) by Sophie Jordan, picks up right where Firelight left off. Jacinda the fire breathing draki shifter, along with her sister Tamra, mother Zara, and Prince Cassian, head back to the Draki pride after Jacinda showed her true colors, or who she really is, to the human hunters by saving Will.
In a bit of a stunner, Tamra manifests into a shader draki after being confronted by human hunters intent on capturing them; much to the chagrin of her mother and Jacinda. Upon arriving back at the pride, and learning of Tamra’s manifestation, Jacinda is no longer considered the only precious commodity that the pride values. Jacinda is now treated as though she is a traitor by everyone, including her best friend Az.
The only person who hasn’t turned their back on Jacinda seems to be Cassian, but then Cassian has other things on his mind like making Jacinda his life mate and preventing her from running back into the arms of Will.
So, while Tamra is being held up as the best thing since the discovery that the planet isn’t flat, Jacinda and her mother are put under house arrest and they lose any hope of returning to a normal life. While her mother falls into a deep funk and begins to drink herself into oblivion, Jacinda still pins after Will, and yearns to escape once again.
Now, remember Jacinda was so unhappy in the desert that she wanted to return home to the pride where the moisture is much more pleasant to her draki skin. She flip flops way more than a US presidential candidate trying to lie his/her way through an election.
In Vanish, readers get a much more in-depth look at the prides hierarchy and how Cassian’s father Severin rules with an iron fist. Jacinda is still a little bit more melodramatic and self-loathing in my opinion than she needs to be. Yes, she has problems, but she’s brought most of them onto herself by her own actions including sneaking out to meet with Will, and later getting caught by the hunters and losing Cassian’s sister Miram who just happened to be spying on Jacinda at the time.
Naturally, the book ends with a cliffhanger with Jacinda, Tamra, Will, and Cassian all involved.
It has become standard fare for a YA novel to have a 3-way love triangle within its pages. As a reader, and reviewer, it behooves us all to have patience and move onward away from our prejudices and hatred of them. If we don’t, then there’s no point of us continuing to read the YA genre. It has become a rarity NOT to find a triangle of sorts within the storyline.
I can honestly say that I’m looking forward to the conclusion of this series, Hidden, when it releases September 11, 2012.
*Genre* YA Paranormal
|Title||Vanish: A Firelight Novel|
Volume 2 of Firelight (Hardcover - Trilogy)