Vanish is Sophie Jordan’s follow up to Firelight. It picks up right where Firelight left off. Cassian is taking Jacinda, Tamra and her mother back to the pride. Jacinda is forced to leave Will behind. But the big surprise is Tamra’s manifestation. She is not only a dragon, but has an amazing power of her own that rivals Jacinda’s fire breathing. Once they are back at the pride, Tamra, who once invisible in the eyes of the pride is now a prized member. She even has Cassian’s attention, the boy she’s had a crush on since forever. Jacinda is slowing getting back into life in the pride. She is watched closely and her mother seems to be fading. They are separated from Tamra. Tamra is living with the pride’s only other “shader”, which is a power that erases human’s memories. She erased Will’s on the night Cassian came for them. Jacinda is dealing with the painful loss of Will and the possibility he may not remember what happened that night. Jacinda must choose to accept her place in the pride or find a way to escape and be with Will. Choice is the main theme of this book. There is plenty of action and romance to keep reader’s attention. It was a worthy sequel. I really enjoyed it, especially learning more about Tamra and Cassian as characters. The third book in the series, Hidden, is expected to be published in 2012.
Some ideas for discussing with teens:
Much of this book is about choice. Talk about a difficult decision you’ve had to make.
Talk about the differences between Cassian and Will. Which would you choose?
Talk about the different powers of Tamra and Jacinda. How does their relationship change when Tamra starts to manifest?
What makes Will different from his family? How do you think the dragon blood plays a part?
Is Jacinda’s personal happiness more important that the safety of the pride?
Talk about Jacinda’s relationship with Miriam.
How did Jacinda’s relationship change with Az?