Friday, 8 May 2015

The Vanishing Girl (The Vanishing Girl #1) by Laura Thalassa

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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.

The Vanishing Girl by Laura Thalassa

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The Vanishing Girl (The Vanishing Girl, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Amazon Children's Publishing and NetGalley.)

“Fine. Don’t believe me,” I said. “After all, why should you trust a girl who can disappear?”

This was a YA sci-fi story about a girl who teleported somewhere else for 10 minutes every night when she went to sleep.

Ember was an okay character, and it must have been difficult for her to cope with her little teleporting problem. I thought that her mother was quite harsh on her at times, and even though she might have been correct to suspect, the things she sometimes said to her daughter weren’t very nice, especially as Ember didn’t understand what she was getting at.

“Sometimes I wonder how much of me is actually in you,”

The storyline in this started out well, but it did go downhill a lot. By the 20% mark I was getting bored. I felt like we got quite a bit of info-dumping at points, I felt like Ember didn’t think of really obvious things with regards to what the government was up to, and was then shock when she finally had things spelled out to her.

“The ultimate goal of the Prometheus Project is to train you to use your talents to protect our country.”

There was some romance in this, and it was pretty predictable. I did have problems with Caden though, as he really wasn’t very nice to Ember at points, and I just didn’t love him. This book did have a few sex scenes in it too, which for me didn’t quite fit well with the rest of the story, as the rest of the story came across as very YA.

Finally his eyes met mine. “I think I might be falling in love with you.”

The ending to this had a bit of action, and then a bit of a cliff-hanger. I’m guessing Ember will just have even more problems in the next book.
6 out of 10

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