Review: The Vanishing Girl by Laura Thalassa

The Vanishing Girl by Laura Thalassa
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I’d like to thank the publisher for letting me review this book via NetGalley.

The Vanishing Girl was an interesting read with a new concept. I really enjoyed the intrigue behind the teleportation and the project. I also really liked the mystery behind Adrian and his father.
I thought this was a good new adult read, but if the author was trying to create a love triangle, it didn’t work. First, the love between Ember and Caden seemed way TOO insta-lovy. Second, the potential for a triangle with Adrian was definitely there, and if the author didn’t mean it to be there, it definitely could have been erased.
I definitely want to keep reading the series, if only because of the ending and to see if it gets better.
Overall, I thought The Vanishing Girl was a nice blend between New Adult and Sci-Fi with an interesting concept.
Have you read this book and did you like it? I’d love to check out your review, so leave a link. Is it on your TBR?


{Book Blast and Giveaway} How I Fly and How I Fall by Anne Eliot

How I flyA two-book series by the bestselling author of Almost and Unmaking Hunter Kennedy.

How I Fall by Anne Eliot

Impossible because she’s Ellen Foster. The beautiful, smart, and possibly fragile photography-girl. You’re Cam Campbell. The guy who plays football 24/7 with no life. But what if during junior year, you decide to finally try for her phone number—until this glitter-crazed new girl ruins your plan. Worse, the girl is Irish, awkward, and insists you and Ellen should become best friends—with her! Only, you don’t want to be friends with a human tornado, and you think Ellen might need to stay a crush. This is because after one interaction you’ve discovered Ellen Foster really is fragile. Your problems and secrets are too big for anyone to understand.

But what if the three of you wind up assigned to a group photography project, where rumors are already circling about the new girl being ridiculous? You know she’s nice but very alone, so you convince your crush to help protect the new girl. Suddenly, working on the project makes hanging out, texting, talking—and even high school—seem fun and completely normal when it’s anything but normal.

What if you kiss Ellen Foster and it’s perfect enough to make you believe in things you shouldn’t. You tell her secrets and share your dreams. You make the kinds of promises and create plans to be together that might be impossible to keep when you’re only sixteen and your parents control your entire future, but… WHAT IF YOU HURT HER?

Praise for How I Fall

“How I Fall captures exactly how a high school crush feels. You can have endless long days—days that feel exactly the same—and then in one moment a little thing changes, a conversation finally happens, and suddenly there’s a new friend group formed where relationships are suddenly ‘on’! I loved this book (How I Fall) and I’ve already read the sequel, How I Fly as ARC. You will laugh, you will cry and you will fall so in love with Ellen and Cam’s story.” ~Becca H. Teen book blogger.

“Anne Eliot writes the sweetest first kisses. She also does those book boyfriends you can’t get out of your head. Cam Campbell in How I Fall doesn’t disappoint, nor does the awesome first kiss.” ~Judith, I Love YA Fiction, Blog

HOw I fallHow I Fly by Anne Eliot

Over six months after an accident that broke her legs as well as removed her boyfriend from her life—because Cam Campbell left town and dumped her—high school senior, Ellen Foster, wants to move past her broken heart. She’s off to attend a summer photography workshop at a real university along with her best friends. Ellen’s determined to find a new love—or at least a summer boyfriend. In the dorm, she meets Harrison Shaw. He’s a handsome photography student, a charmer who likes her, and a perfect way to forget her past.

Ellen thinks she has everything she wants. Her summer program couldn’t be better. She’s half in love with Harrison Shaw, and she’s going after her next scholarship. But when she kisses Harrison, she can only remember how Cam Campbell used kiss her better, sweeter, and how he used to make her feel like she could fly…

When Cam shows up at the university it’s a shock, especially to Ellen’s new boyfriend. Cam’s distant, different and very afraid to hurt Ellen again. He asks Ellen if they could be friends despite the past and how they’ve both changed and Ellen agrees. But after all they’ve been through, can Cam and Ellen ever be just friends?


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About the author:
Anne Eliot is the author of the, How I Fall/How I Fly two book series, and bestselling, young adult teen issue romances, Almost and Unmaking Hunter Kennedy. She loves writing about teens who live outside the ordinary and she’s devoted to stories about teens who live outside the ordinary but who also get to find sweet first kisses and first loves.
Anne resides in Colorado with a very patient husband, two teens of her own whom she adores (an some teens near and far thanks to hosting many exchange students) who are all growing up too fast.
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“Waiting On Wednesday” 4 – Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

“Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
Today my WoW is Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard.
Red Queen (Red Queen #1)

Title: Red Queen
Author: Victoria Aveyard
Publication Date: February 10, 2015
Series: Red Queen #1
The poverty stricken Reds are commoners, living under the rule of the Silvers, elite warriors with god-like powers.

To Mare Barrow, a 17-year-old Red girl from The Stilts, it looks like nothing will ever change.

Mare finds herself working in the Silver Palace, at the centre of
those she hates the most. She quickly discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy Silver control.

But power is a dangerous game. And in this world divided by blood, who will win?

I read the first seven chapters of the book I immediately fell in love! The world is so unique and within the first seven chapters there was a lot of suspense.
What are you waiting on? Leave me a link to your WoW or a comment. 🙂

{Top Ten Tuesday} 6 – “Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant to Read But Didn’t Get to”

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish that features a new top ten list each week.

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This weeks topic is “Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant to Read But Didn’t Get to.”

  1. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch.
    I actually had the opportunity to meet the author and get the book signed. I have NO clue why I haven’t read this.

  2. Loop (Loop #1) by Karen Akins
    This one looks so interesting and I MUST read it.

  3. The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson
    Everyone has been talking about how good this book is and I just have to read it.

  4. Exquisite Captive (Dark Caravan Cycle #1) by Heather Demetrios
    I was really excited to read this book when it first came out, but as with Snow Like Ashes I just never got around to it.

  5. The Winner's Curse (The Winner's Trilogy #1) by Marie Rutkoski
    Again, everyone’s been talking about this one and I feel left out. 😦

  6. The Young Elites (The Young Elites #1) by Marie Lu
    I read the first book in the Legend trilogy and really liked it. I am excited for this new trilogy and can’t wait to read it this book.

  7. Something Real by Heather Demetrios
    I would love to read and compare the writing styles for both of Heather’s books. I’d like to see how she handles the two different genres.

  8. Princess of Thorns by Stacey Jay
    This would be my first retelling and it sounds like the perfect book.

  9. A Thousand Pieces of You (Firebird #1) by Claudia Gray
    I’ve heard mixed reviews on this one and I want to see for myself.

  10. Get Even (Don't Get Mad #1) by Gretchen McNeil
    This one sounds so interesting!

Have you read any of these? What books did you want to read but not get to? Leave me a link to your TTT or a comment.

“Waiting on Wednesday” 3 – I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

“Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly meme hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
Today my WoW is I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios.
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Title: I’ll Meet You There
Author: Heather Demetrios
Series: none
Publication Date: February 3, 2015
If seventeen-year-old Skylar Evans were a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double-wide trailer, a baby on her hip, and the graveyard shift at Taco Bell. But after graduation, the only thing standing between straightedge Skylar and art school are three minimum-wage months of summer. Skylar can taste the freedom—that is, until her mother loses her job and everything starts coming apart. Torn between her dreams and the people she loves, Skylar realizes everything she’s ever worked for is on the line.
Nineteen-year-old Josh Mitchell had a different ticket out of Creek View: the Marines. But after his leg is blown off in Afghanistan, he returns home, a shell of the cocksure boy he used to be. What brings Skylar and Josh together is working at the Paradise—a quirky motel off California’s Highway 99. Despite their differences, their shared isolation turns into an unexpected friendship and soon, something deeper.

I’m very excited to read this book for many reasons. Firstly, I’ve made it a goal to read more contemporaries and this sounds perfect. The premise of the story sounds heartbreakingly beautiful and I just can’t wait to get my hands on it! Lastly, it’s a diverse book and it definitely deserves to be read.

What are you waiting on? Have you read this book as an arc?

{Top Ten Tuesday} 5 – “Top Ten Most Anticipated Debut Novels For 2015”

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish that features a new top ten list each week.

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This weeks topic is “Top Ten Most Anticipated Debut Novels for 2015.”

  1. Scarlett Undercover.jpg This sounds like a great book that blends mystery with fantasy.

  2. My Heart and Other Black Holes.jpg This book sounds very intriguing as it’s a book about a girl who partners with someone via the internet to commit suicide and then wants to see if they could work out in real life. It sounds so amazing and heartbreaking at the same time.

  3. Magonia.jpg This isn’t usually my type of read as it’s kind of sci-fi but I disant to give it a try because the plot sounds amazing!

  4. Bookishly Ever After.jpg The title says it all.

  5. Tiny Pretty Things.jpg A book about girls who will stop at nothing to keep dancing combined with drama? Sign me up.

  6. The Last Leaves Falling.jpg This book sounds heartbreaking and beautiful at the same time. Just reading the summary makes me want to cry.

  7. Becoming Jinn.jpg A series starter about genies? Sounds great!

  8. Red Queen.jpg So many people have been talking about this book and I’m excited to read it.

  9. Shutter.jpg This isn’t usually my type of read so I want to give it a try.

  10. Made You Up.jpg This book sounds so interesting as it follows the life of a girl struggling to tell what’s real and what’s not because she has schizophrenia.

Do you have some of the same books? Link me to your TTT.