by Laura Thalassa
Narrated by : Rachel Vivette
Series: The Vanishing Girl #1
Published by Brilliance Audio Release date : January 27th, 2015
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Science Fiction
Length: 7 hrs 56 mins
Source: The Publisher | Format: Audiobook
Purchase at: Amazon (Affiliate Link) • Audible • iBooks
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.
I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
I didn’t know when requesting this book that it was a New Adult, but I am so happy I listened to it anyway – because it’s so refreshing to step into a New Adult that isn’t solely romance. Know what I mean?
I have to say up front that one my discs were missing. I pretty much whined about this for two days on twitter – because it was disc 6 (out of 7!), and there was A LOT HAPPENING AT THE TIME. And considering how much time was left on disc 7, I missed A LOT. So frustrating.
The Vanishing Girl doesn’t have an original premise – I mean, government altered teens isn’t something wholly new. But I loved what Laura did with it. It was brutal, messy and very mysterious. I feel like I have a good understanding about their goals, and reasons for the project as it is. But I have come to learn that nothing is what it seems (especially with the Government, because HELLO) so I know there is so much more to what we are learned to believe.
Ember was a feisty, stubborn girl who wanted more than what she has been dealt. Which, who can blame her? How would you feel if you learned that you were “created” by a freaky government project and now owned by them; forced to put yourself in dangerous situations every day? It’s an admirable thing to do when taken upon one self, but to be forced is something else entirely. So, I could relate with her defiant attitude and hesitations towards the project. Not only that, Ember was only there for one week before they started sending her out on missions, when the others had been there and training for YEARS. Bitter? YES. This also tells me, a) there are more sinister things going on; b) they want her dead.. or c) both. It just didn’t make much sense to me at all.
Also to note – there are a lot of things I questioned that weren’t answered – or, just didn’t make sense. The more analytical side of my brain was having a field day. Could these questions have been answered in my missing disc? (yes, I am STILL stuck on that) Possibly. I am hoping that I can either snag the book somewhere or something before the next book comes out. I need to know what I missed!
I quite enjoyed the romance – even though this was borderline insta love. It was hard to really like Caden at first. Quilt frankly, he’s an ass. An arrogant, smug ass that really needed to be put in place at times (which Ember did, thank goodness). Yet, he has a vulnerable side to him too (some of which I missed because MY DISC WAS MISSING). It’s hard to really “attach” or “ship” a romance when the author sells it as SOUL MATES or DESTINY. That’s not to say that these two were, or that’s what she did – but they were made for each other. Quite literally. So, even though I enjoyed Ember and Caden together, it took awhile for me to jump ship. But oh, their smexy times. YUSSSSS.
I really enjoyed Rachel Vivette as the narrator. I love how well she portrays Ember’s snark and attitude, and she was never awkward with the more.. intimate things. She expresses the right amount of emotion when needed and never over did anything. Another fav to add to the list.
My Peeve –
THE ENDING WAS A CLIFFHANGER. DAMN IT ALL.
I really enjoyed The Vanishing Girl – even though there was plot holes and borderline insta love. I was so pissed about the ending (cliff hanger and OMG MY EMOTIONS) so yes, I will definitely be picking up the sequel. Highly recommend.
Have you read The Vanishing Girls yet? If so, what did you think?
What are your thoughts on Government run experiments in novels?
Tonyalee is an avid reader, gym junkie, coffee addicted workaholic, and blogger. Be sure to follow on Twitter, Facebook & Instagram for random shenanigans.