April 29, 2018 by ceresbooksworld
The Vanishing Girl by Laura Thalassa
Book one in The Vanishing Girl trilogy
Publisher: Lavabrook Publishing Group
Publication date: March 15th, 2014
Source: French arc
Rating: 4 hearts
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.
Ember is a young girl who is able before falling asleep to teleport for 10 minutes, the only problem is that she doesn’t control where she lands, which can lead to strange situations.
I liked Ember, she’s a strong character, trusts no one, is independent and above all she knows that her power is strange and must not be revealed. I found her arrival at the center quite interesting because she thought she was in shape and the instructors are all crazy. I also liked her teleports to Adrian, she’s gradually discovering what the government wants from her and she doesn’t like it at all.
Caden is charming, attracted to Ember and does everything to teach her what he can. That doesn’t stop him from hiding a number of things from Ember that she’ll have to find out for herself. However, he wants to protect her and will do everything he can to do so.
I liked the story, it’s original and the fact that Ember can teleport without knowing where she has it too. The subject is well treated and even if there are small flaws, I see very well the American government doing such a thing. On the other hand I did not have any surprise as for the betrayal, it was run in advance and I knew that it would happen.
I can’t wait to read the second volume to find out what’s going to happen to Ember and Caden, and especially whether they’ll be all right.
Quick word: An interesting first volume that prepares us for great things.
About the author
Found in the forest when she was young, Laura Thalassa was raised by fairies, kidnapped by werewolves, and given over to vampires as repayment for a hundred year debt. She’s been brought back to life twice, and, with a single kiss, she woke her true love from eternal sleep. She now lives happily ever after with her undead prince in a castle in the woods.
… or something like that anyway.
When not writing, Laura can be found scarfing down guacamole, hoarding chocolate for the apocalypse, or curled up on the couch with a good book.
Official Site: http://www.laurathalassa.com/