Thursday, February 5, 2015

REVIEW: The Vanishing Girl by Laura Thalassa

The Vanishing Girl (The Vanishing Girl, #1)
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.

I received an ecopy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

I liked so many things about this book, but I did have a huge problem with the romance. And as the story went on my feeling towards the book spiraled downward.

Basically, Ember teleports at night for ten minutes, each time a seemingly random location. It turns out that she, along with others, were some kind of generic experiment done by the government. Now, the government wants their experiments back. Ember has to work with her 'pair', Caden, on missions to help stop threats. But when her 'new home' is more like a prison, she can't trust the government. Especially when they are hiding so much from her.

When I started this book, I was loving it! I love the idea behind this book, still do! But then the romance starting trickingling in and I just wasn't enjoying it anymore. I avoid New Adult like the plague, for good reason, and I had no idea this book was a New Adult book (the Goodreads synopsis gives no hint of it). My dislike towards New Adult is mainly because I am a prude and most New Adult books get very sexual. There's nothing wrong with sex in books, I know people do it, I just don't like it when the scences get descriptive. It makes me very uncomfortable and, frankly, I find it very gross. Anyway, Coden, our love interest was very likeable. He's an arrogant pervert. He would pull off Ember's sheets to wake her up, knowing very well that she was naked (this was before they were together) and he tricked her into going skinny dipping with him. The romance was also very insta-love, which I also hate.

I did like the whole idea behind the story. I thought the whole idea of teleporting at night was very interesting. I really want to know more about the whole idea! Though, now I think back and see so many holes in the world-building...

Last thing I have to rant about: Desiree. She was Caden's friend and the entire time Desiree basically wanted to kill Ember. This was so stupid and just plain irritating!  I couldn't understand why Desiree was so hateful towards Ember. Yeah, she with your old best friend, but really? And I, frankly, am just tired of the mean girl trope. (Of course, Caden just ignores his "best friend").

This is just making me sad. At the beginning of this review, I was giving this book 3 stars, now it's down to 2 and I'm having a hard time finding things I like. Really, this just wasn't my kind of book. I thought it would be, but the sexual stuff ruined it for me and before you know it, I started finding tons of flaws. Honestly, I don't think I'll be reading the sequel.

I hereby give this book
2 Wheels
Meaning: It was okay

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