Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Vanishing Girls & Giveaway #2

One sister's dark secret, twisty relationships, and a mermaid act.

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver
Release Date: March 10, 2015
Publisher: Harper Collins
Pages: 357
Keywords: thriller, sisters, summer
Format Read: ARC via publisher (thank you!)
Other Books Reviewed: Delirium
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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.

   

What's Going On?

Nick is our main girl, the older sister and infinitely more responsible one. While she's busy doing homework and wearing sweatshirts, Dara, about a year younger, is climbing out her bedroom window and hiding cocaine in her closet. Yikes.

Despite their polar opposite-ness, the two used to be inseparable. That is, until Nick did something to royally piss off Dara. All we know at the beginning is that Dara won't leave the house because of something that left her scarred, and Nick lives with the guilt every day.

   

Writer's Table

This takes me alllllll the way back to Oliver's debut, Before I Fall rather than reminding me of Delirium — and I have to say I'm thankful. Rather than focusing on love and sappy romance plot lines (that frankly make me throw up in my mouth a little), the book took into detail the complicated relationships of sisters and the fragility of those relationships when something happens. This familial relationship took the forefront and it wasn't overshadowed by some annoying romance plot just for the sake of it, and I loved focusing on just their story.

   

Really Didn't See That Coming

I love love love twist endings, unreliable narrators, and when people go missing. All of these things add up to an awesome thriller for me, and Oliver certainly delivered. The only time I knew what was really happening was about three pages before it was revealed, which is I'm sure when Oliver wanted us to figure it out. I was so impressed with her delivery of clues and not giving anything away too quickly.

   

I've Got A Golden Ticket (er, um, an ARC)

I liked this book so much, and I attended a signing, so I bought a finished copy! That means I have an ARC, which I had SIGNED, to give away to one lucky reader!
Contest is US only and you must be 13 years or older to enter. Good luck!

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