The Vanishing Girl by Laura Thalassa

Posted February 11, 2015 in Book Review / 0 Comments

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I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

This book may be unsuitable for people under 16 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug use, alcohol use, language, and/or violence.
The Vanishing Girl by Laura ThalassaThe Vanishing Girl by Laura Thalassa
Series: The Vanishing Girl #1
Published by Burning Ember Press on March 15th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance, Science fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 247
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley
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five-stars

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.

Main Points
Writing Style:
Great!
Plot:
Oh man, where do I begin with this- this had such a fantastic juxtaposition of romance and plot. It was so addicting. I absolutely could not put it down. 
Okay, before I get ahead of myself and start raving, I need to point out that there are some things I wasn’t so sure about.
First, the exposition. There really wasn’t much at all. Sure, there was enough to get the gist of what was going on, but it would have been better if there were more.
Then there was the beginning of the romance. Caden was an asshole. From the moment we met him. He was kind of a cocky perv. It eventually became playfulness, but man, some of the things he did to her- she forgave him way too easily. If he had tried anything on me, he would have been dead. Kind of following on that, the romance went kinda quickly. To be fair, nothing serious happened until near the end, but she didn’t hold out very long at all, even while she knew he was being an asshole.
I guess my feelings about him changed pretty easily though, like Ember’s, once we saw who he really was. It was easy to accept him as an amazing guy after that. And he was hot. I mean goddamn. 
I realized something while reading this. The physical aspect of a relationship really solidifies it for me. I’ve read a lot of books where a romance is really sweet but it feels as if it’s still in its beginning stages if it hasn’t gotten to a certain point. I’m not saying all the way, necessarily, but there should be some physical connection. This book handled that exceptionally well.
There was great pacing- it started with a few simple touches that meant a lot more, and steadily grew into more intimate moments/gestures.
Aside from the romance, the plot was fascinating. The whole forced-into-working-for-the-government situation has been used before, but it’s certainly not boring. There wasn’t a lot actually revealed in this book, but I’m sure that’s elaborated on in later books. We get just enough in this one to make a good story, and also see the importance of Ember’s and Caden’s relationship and what it will mean for them based on their situation.
Quotes
 “That night I tried to call Ava, but out here in the middle of buttfuck nowhere I couldn’t get reception.”
I think I just found a new favorite phrase.
Good vs. Bad
Good:
  • plot
  • romance
  • setting
  • characters
  • ending
Less than perfect:
  • beginning of romance
  • exposition
Bottom Line
 All in all this was a very compelling and intense tale, one that has a strong grip on the emotions. The romance was wonderful, but might not begin as reasonably as one would expect. The plot was really fast-paced and engaging. And the writing was really cool and humorous. Would I read more by this author? Of course! Would I recommend this to others? YES!
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About Laura Thalassa

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.
When not writing, you might find her at the beach, along a hiking trail, or curled up on the couch with a book.
Laura Thalassa lives in sunny Santa Barbara, California with her fiancé, author Dan Rix.

Rating
Plot
four-half-stars
Characters
four-half-stars
Writing
five-stars
Setting
four-stars
Romance
five-stars
Cover
four-stars
Overall: five-stars
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