Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Review #1489 Vanish by Sophie Jordan

Review: #1489
Book: Vanish
Author: Sophie Jordan
Rating: two stars (out of four)
Release date: Sept. 6, 2011
Pages: 294
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: ALA 2011

Well, things certainly got much more complicated in this book. And I definitely felt the likes vs. dislikes slipping downwards. Also, please note this is a review for a second book in a trilogy. I've tried to keep spoilers out of this, but tread carefully.

I thought the draki society was very domineering and it almost felt a little like a cult because of the way it was governed. It was very controlling and I DID not like that aspect at all. And while I can understand that they must be very careful because they're hunted and all that jazz, I still wasn't comfortable with some of their decisions regarding Jacinda and her other family members. I was totally in favor of her mother taking her away in the first book! It would also allow Jacinda to grow up and start making better decisions without constantly being scrutinized by their dragon colony.

I was horrified by the idea of clipping Jacinda's wings. That seemed VERY cruel. I couldn't imagine how horrible that would be for Jacinda and the fact that they would even suggest it gave me a bad taste in my mouth. I didn't like the scenario and I didn't like how the first book had ended, though it did do a good job of driving the suspense forward. But I was annoyed with Jacinda again in this book. Her relationship with Cassian didn't make me happy either. I still didn't trust him and I wasn't sure why he was being so kind to her. There were a lot of things that didn't add up. I didn't like most of the characters and I felt the actions taken in the story were unrealistic at times, too.  I wanted more justification behind those aspects and I still wasn't happy with the idea of a half-dragon/human relationship. It felt a little wrong? I'm not sure, it just was on the edge of being uncomfortable for me and THAT made me uncomfortable. I'm pretty sure I won't be reading the final book, even though it left a cliffhanger at the end of this book.

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