Monday, December 19, 2011

Review: Vanish (Firelight #2) by Sophie Jordan

Vanish (Firelight #2) by Sophie Jordan

Published: September 6th 2011
Publisher: Harper Teen
Page Count: Hardcover, 294

Source: Library
Genre: Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance
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To save the life of the boy she loves, Jacinda did the unthinkable: She betrayed the most closely-guarded secret of her kind. Now she must return to the protection of her pride knowing she might never see Will again—and worse, that because his mind has been shaded, Will’s memories of that fateful night and why she had to flee are gone. 
Back home, Jacinda is greeted with hostility and must work to prove her loyalty for both her sake and her family’s. Among the few who will even talk to her are Cassian, the pride’s heir apparent who has always wanted her, and her sister, Tamra, who has been forever changed by a twist of fate. Jacinda knows that she should forget Will and move on—that if he managed to remember and keep his promise to find her, it would only endanger them both. Yet she clings to the hope that someday they will be together again. When the chance arrives to follow her heart, will she risk everything for love? 
In bestselling author Sophie Jordan’s dramatic follow-up to Firelight, forbidden love burns brighter than ever. 

I liked Firelight enough, but was a little disappointed with the love story. I wasn't feeling it as much as I felt I should, but the ending had a good cliffhanger and I knew I'd have to read Vanish. 

In Vanish we find Sophie back in the pride with some major problems. Everyone basically hates her and there are plenty of people out to get her. Sophie's attitude in this installment irritated me a lot and I felt hope that the love story might turn in a good direction, but ended up sorely disappointed. This series has a major love triangle and unfortunately, as usual, it looks like the heroine is taking the turn in the wrong direction. I felt Sophie was ignoring all the right signals and using her rebellious nature to make her romantic decisions rather than her heart. Unfortunately I think that if the author goes in the direction I'd want her to go it would somewhat go against what she worked for in this first book, which didn't exactly work for me anyway... 

I am curious to see what happens in the next book --- I need more Cassian! 

                                3 out of 5 Hello Kitties!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Hushed Blog Tour Stop: Kelley York Interview

Hello everyone! I am happy to be apart of the Hushed blog tour hosted by Entangled Publishing! Today Kelley York is stopping by my blog for an interview! 

He’s saved her. He’s loved her. He’s killed for her. 
Eighteen-year-old Archer couldn’t protect his best friend, Vivian, from what happened when they were kids, so he’s never stopped trying to protect her from everything else. It doesn’t matter that Vivian only uses him when hopping from one toxic relationship to another—Archer is always there, waiting to be noticed. 
Then along comes Evan, the only person who’s ever cared about Archer without a single string attached. The harder he falls for Evan, the more Archer sees Vivian for the manipulative hot-mess she really is. 
But Viv has her hooks in deep, and when she finds out about the murders Archer’s committed and his relationship with Evan, she threatens to turn him in if she doesn’t get what she wants… And what she wants is Evan’s death, and for Archer to forfeit his last chance at redemption.

1. What inspired you to write this story?
Archer. I wanted to write about a boy who killed people for the girl he loved. I don’t know if there was something in particular that sparked the idea for Archer, but he was what came first. I abandoned all the other projects I had going at the time and threw myself completely into HUSHED.

2. Which character do you relate to the most in Hushed?
Probably a combination of Evan and Archer. I spent a lot of time in high school being the friend who was the voice of reason, trying to get others out of bad relationships and situations. I was also the friend who got used a lot, who people ran to when it was convenient for them.

3. Do you have any other novels in the works?
I have another contemporary book with a male/male romance. I don’t want to say too much more than that, especially since it’s still in its early stages!

4. Which 5 books would you say are your absolute favourites?
(1) HOWL’S MOVING CASTLE by Diana Wynne Jones
(2) MRS. FRISBY & THE RATS OF NIMH by Robert C. O’Brien
(3) A MONSTER CALLS by Patrick Ness
(4) GONE, GONE, GONE by Hannah Moskowitz
(5) WARM BODIES by Isaac Marion
Hard narrowing it down like that, but those were the first ones that came to mind.

5. Your house is ON FIRE and you only have time to grab three things, what are they??
Assuming my family doesn’t count... MY PETS!! Do they count as one thing? (Growing up, when Mom tried to talk to me about what to do in case of a fire, she always worried I’d end up dying because I insisted I would not leave the house without my animals.) Computer. Probably my sketchbooks.  

Kelley was born adn raised in central California, where she still resides with her lovely wife, daughter, and an abundance of pets. (Although she does fantasize about moving across the globe to Ireland.) She has a fascination with bells, adores all things furry - be them squeaky, barky or meow-y - is a lover of video games, manga and anime, and likes to pretend she's a decent photographer. Her life goal is to find a real unicorn. Or maybe a mermaid.
Within young adult, she enjoys writing and reading a variety of genres from contemporary with a unique twist, psychological thrillers, paranormal/urban fantasy and horror. She loves stories where character development takes center stage.

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