Tuesday, 10 March 2015

Review: Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

New York Times bestselling author Lauren Oliver delivers a gripping story about two sisters inexorably altered by a terrible accident.

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.

Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Expected publication: March 10th 2015 by HarperCollins 
Genre: Young Adult

Kristine's Thoughts:

I received an advanced readers copy of this book from HarperCollins via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

I had no expectations when I started this book which I sometimes prefer. This was my first book by Lauren Oliver so I had no other work to compare it to. All I knew was that the synopsis sounded intriguing and I was hoping I would like it. I have to say that I was thoroughly entertained and I enjoyed every minute of it..

Sometimes saying less about a book is better and that holds true with this one. I don't want to re-tell the story because I don't want to give away what I think is an important part of the book. I will say that I thought the writing was quite clever and I really enjoyed the back and forth between the two sisters and time. It had me turning the pages and finishing very quickly. I did see the twist coming but it did not impact my enjoyment at all. In fact it had me quite curious as to how Oliver was going to play it out. Although Dara and Nick were not twins, they were very close in age, and I really connected with their relationship. I am a twin and my sister is my best friend so it was really easy to identify with the closeness of the two girls.  I thought that the emotions were penned beautifully.

I'm sure if I dug deep I could find things to pick apart but my goal was to be entertained and that was more than accomplished with this book. It was a refreshing change from what I have been reading lately. I think YA fans will really enjoy this one.

About the Author
Lauren Oliver is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Before I Fall and Panic and the stunning New York Times bestselling Delirium trilogy: Delirium, Pandemonium, and Requiem. She has also written two luminous novels for younger readers, The Spindlers and Liesl & Po. A graduate of the University of Chicago and NYU’s MFA program, Lauren Oliver lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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  1. There is so much buzz about this book. I am glad you liked it. Great review without spoilers. Thank you for that.

  2. I completely agree! It was difficult to review this book without giving too much away! I really enjoyed it, too! It hit home for me because it was so realistic with the sibling relationship and how secretive and reckless teens can be at that age! Lauren Oliver did an amazing job at telling her story!

    Pearl @ AsteriskPearl's Book Blog