Monday, June 8, 2015

Review: The Vanishing Girl by Laura Thalassa

Book Blurb:

Each night after Ember Pierce falls asleep, she disappears. She can teleport anywhere in the world: London, Paris, her crush’s bedroom, or 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 kidnaps 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.

Forced into a quasi-military training camp for teleporters, Ember discovers she has been paired—perhaps for life—with Caden, the boy who got her into this mess in the first place. Now, she has to work with him on a series of teleporting missions, each one riskier than the last. But Caden just might hold the key to Ember’s escape plan, if she can survive her missions without losing her heart…or her life.

My Review:

5 Out Of 5 Stars

Genre: Mystery, Supernatural, New Adult--

Ember has a problem, a strange problem she can’t talk to anyone about. Every night when she falls asleep, the first ten minutes she teleports. She can’t stop herself from going, has no real control as to where she will end up, or what she will be wearing (sometimes appearing naked). Ember tried to stay below the radar so no one will find out about her issue, but it is too late. The government shows up at her home to claim what they believe is their property: Ember.

I had originally thought this title sounded interesting when I first stumbled over it last year, and then I completely forgot about it due to other obligations. So when I picked it up recently, I decided to give it a go regardless of forgetting what it was about. I had no expectations when I started reading and found myself completely obsessed with the book ever since. I spent every second I could reading it, and my free time thinking about the plot and the characters and guessing at what would happen next. I would classify this as Sci-Fi New Adult, I guess. The story had a little bit of everything including gene manipulation, the creation of perfect super soldiers, secrete government facilities and agendas/conspiracies, brainwashing, mysterious deaths, hard-core weapons and fighting training, mysterious connections, dangerous missions, sabotage as well as a developing romance with intense feelings.

Ember was a fun character; quirky, smart, attractive, distrustful and suspicious. Little did we know she was made this way. She had good ideas, but at times they lacked planning or execution, which got her into trouble. She was pretty much the only one who did not want to take part in being government property and made her intentions to escape too obvious to those around her. There were a few times her actions made me want to shake her because of course she is being watched and monitored in all forms! Of course! She made an excellent operative, unfortunately for her. What she lacked in being subtle she made up for with her ability to read people and play them accordingly. The only person who saw through her manipulations or lies was Caden.

Sign, dreamy Caden.

Let’s back track for a minute here though. There is another man who Ember is attracted to that we meet at the beginning of the book, and keeps showing up randomly. And then we meet Caden, with whom she is paired with. I was expecting a love triangle to rear it’s ugly head. Fortunately, that did not happen here. Caden hopelessly and utterly throws himself at Ember and finally wears her down. I expected him to lose interest in her along the way, but in actuality they made the perfect couple. Really. I loved Caden and his cockiness, charm, sweetness, stubbornness (thank goodness for Ember’s sake), mad operative skills and his hot body. Caden was willing to sacrifice it all for Ember, regardless of his own thoughts and ideals. He was just so freaking sweet and loving I wanted to cuddle him (it has nothing to do with his hot bod, I swear).

Ember and I both saw the ending coming from a mile away, but it made it no less devastating when it happened. I had become so wrapped up in the book, it was as if I was there watching everything unfold, completely invested in these two, instead of just a casual reader. I absolutely loved the story and desperately need to get my hands on the next book to see where it will go. I am also intrigued enough by the author that I would like to read her other books as well.

I received this title from the author and Goodreads in exchange for my honest review.

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