Vanish is the second book in Sophie Jordan‘s Firelight series, and in my opinion, it’s better than the first! There’s more romance, more action, and the characters are much more fleshed out in this book. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters better, and being back in their world.
When I read Firelight, I had a hard time envisioning the Draki. I think I was in the minority with this, but it took me a while to mentally picture what Jacinda looked like in Draki form. So I spent a large chunk of the beginning hung up on this, and eventually settled on the Draki looking similar to Avatars. I’m still not sure if that’s right, but that’s what they look to me! With Vanish, I was much more comfortable with the Draki and their world, and I was able to enjoy the storyline more.
I’m weary of love triangles these days, but in this series it works for me. I think I’ll be happy with whichever guy Jacinda chooses because I have a soft spot for both Will and Cassian. In Firelight I was definitely Team Will, but after Vanish, I’m leaning toward Team Cassian, he’s just so unexpectedly awesome.
The teen angst was definitely cranked up in this installment, and at times I found Jacinda a bit annoying. But then the story would move along and I was swept up along with it. Really, the pacing is perfect, and holy crow that ending! Vanish definitely ends with a major cliffhanger, and I was grateful to already have the final book, Hidden, so I could start it right away.
I listened to the audiobook of Vanish, and was completely captured by the story, and didn’t want to stop listening. Therese Plummer is a great narrator, in the way that she compliments the story without distracting from it. Meaning, I’m not conscious of her narration while listening, just the great characters and their story. I definitely recommend this series in print or audio!