Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver [Joint Review!]

4 out of 5 Robots!

Vanishing Girls By Lauren Oliver 
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary 
Release: March 10, 2015
Hardcover:  357 Pages
Publisher: HarperCollins
My Copy: Library
Reviewer: Shannon & Julia

Book Summary:
Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara's beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it's too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.
(Courtesy of Goodreads)

Julia & Shannon: Joint Review!
1. In a sentence or two, describe your thoughts.
Shannon: I pretty much rushed through Vanishing Girls to get to the end.  It was a fast paced read to me.  I liked the suspense a lot and Lauren Oliver's writing is always good.  I enjoyed it, but I guess the ending right at the beginning, so the ending didn't payoff for me.

Julia: Vanishing Girls is entertaining and there is something captivating about Lauren Oliver's writing. I was fascinated with the tragedy that plagued the main characters and couldn't wait to get to the end to see where Lauren Oliver was taking the story.

2. How does Vanishing Girls compare to Lauren Oliver's other work? 
Shannon: I'd say this book was more on par with Panic than with her Delirium series.  The writing was more straight forward, more suspenseful....a little grittier.  So, if you didn't like Panic...this may not be the best Oliver book for you.

Julia: I didn't read Panic, just the Delirium series, but I did like Delirium and I do love this one too. I enjoyed the suspense and the characters were intriguing, much like those in her other series. Vanishing Girls was a little more raw though. I liked that.

3. The main character isn't perfect, what do you think of her portrayal? 
Shannon: I like Lauren Oliver's grittier female characters.  Again, I'm reminded of the characters in Panic a lot.  I love that they aren't perfect, but still sympathetic enough to relate to.  I loved the sister dynamics.  

Julia: I loved her relationship with her sister. It seemed more on par with real life sisters than some of the perfect sibling relationships I have read in young adult. There is a true bond, but a little resentment and sibling rivalry too. I was constantly wondering what she was thinking and loved that she had flaws. 

4. Did that plot keep the book rolling?
Shannon: The plot was very suspenseful and well written.  It definitely had me flipping fast through the pages!

Julia: Definitely! When I think back on it, I'm not sure what kept the pages turning. But I couldn't stop.

5. There is a bit of a twist. Satisfied? Surpised?
Shannon:  As I mentioned above, totally called it.  But I am a very suspicious reader.  I never trust anything I am told!  It takes a lot for me to be totally surprised.  But, I thought the way it was executed was well done.

Julia: I was satisfied and surprised. Honestly, when I got to the end, I scratched my head and was like are you kidding me? How did I NOT see that coming? Like Shannon said, it is somewhat predictable if you're paying attention, but try not to think too far ahead!

6. How many stars? Who would you recommend it to?
Shannon: I would give it a solid 4 stars.  I think fans of Panic or Dangerous Girls or We Were Liars might like this book

Julia: 4 Stars! Solid read. All Lauren Oliver fans will love this book.

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