ARC Review: The Vanishing Girl

19395125Title: The Vanishing Girl (The Vanishing Girl #1)

Author: Laura Thalassa

Genre: New Adult, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Mystery, Romance

Publication Date: March 15, 2014; January 27, 2015

Publisher: Lavabrook Publishing Group; Amazon

Source: eARC from publisher via Netgalley

Summary from Goodreads:

Every night after Ember Pierce falls asleep, she disappears. She can teleport anywhere in the world—London, Paris, her crush’s bedroom—wherever her dreams lead her. Ten minutes is all she gets, and once time’s up, she returns to her bed. It’s a secret she’s successfully kept for the last five years. But now someone knows. A week after her eighteenth birthday, when frustratingly handsome Caden Hawthorne captures her, delivers her to the government, and then disappears before her eyes, Ember realizes two things: One, she is not alone. And two, people like her—teleporters—are being used as weapons. Dragged off to a remote facility where others like her live, Ember’s forced to pair up with her former captor, Caden, to learn how to survive inside until she can escape. Only Caden’s making escape seem less and less appealing. But even as Ember falls for the boy who got her into this mess, she knows that she is running out of time. Because the government has plans for those like her, and those plans might just cost Ember her life.

Review:

Jumper meets Divergent in this mystery/thriller book. Full of twists and secrets, this will keep you on the edge of your seat anticipating what’s coming next.

I loved Jumper and Divergent. I’ve seen some similarities in those movies and in this book so it’s no wonder I got hooked. The plot really interested me; that’s not a surprise being I’m a big science person. Genetically-modified babies gain the ability to teleport starting from puberty to “help” the nation. Traveling for free sounds good, yeah? Minus the risking-your-life-for-the-nation part, that is.

Ember has been secretly teleporting from places to places since she hit puberty. She thought she was the only one with this ability until she meets the handsome but arrogant Caden. (See those floating hearts? Yup, you guessed right. But let me get to the romance part later.) Ember is our stubborn, free-willed heroine. She gets dragged into this facility which keeps and trains people like her. She’s adamant to stay in the facility but she’s got no choice since the place is heavily guarded. So she puts up with it while carefully planning her escape. Caden is (surprise, surprise) Ember’s love interest. (Read: Her “pair.”) They train together, do missions together, you know the deal. While the book portrays Caden as this adorable, sweet guy, I feel like I don’t know him that well because he has little background story. (I hope we can get to know more of him in book two.)

The romance is predictable and abrupt. I was surprised with how the story focused on the secrets of the facility and the mysterious reason behind the creation of people like Ember and then one chapter it focuses on the romance between Ember and Caden. Considering how she hated him and how she wanted to just escape from the facility, I found it unbelievable at first.

But as the story progressed, I found out that it’s part of the main plot. Well, that I had no problems with. Also, I didn’t know this was a new adult book so some scenes surprised me. If you decide to pick this one up, consider yourself warned. Also, there’s this guy named Adrian, who Ember met several times during some of her teleportation episodes. His role in the story is still unclear to me.

The story is told through Ember’s first point of view so I’m just as clueless as she was about, well, everything. The length of the book is average, which was fine with me. The scenes before the ending as well as the ending were sudden and confusing. Oh, how I hate cliffhangers. But the sequel is going to be released in April so a few more months of waiting is bearable. I’m looking forward to more action and revelations!

My rating: 

4

Know more about the sequel, The Decaying Empirehere!

About the Author:

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Born and raised in Fresno, California, Laura Thalassa spent her childhood cooking up fantastic tales with her best friend. Lucky for her overactive imagination, she also happened to love writing. She now spends her days penning everything from paranormal romance to young adult novels.

Laura Thalassa lives in sunny Santa Barbara, California with her fiancé, author Dan Rix.

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3 thoughts on “ARC Review: The Vanishing Girl

  1. It sucks that the romance was a miss but this one seems excellent regardless! I adore mystery thrillers so I have to check this one out! Shame it’s NA though…I might have to read this one when I’m older.

    Lovely review, Salwa <33

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