Review of Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver

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By: Lauren Oliver
Release Date: March 10th 2015
Publisher: HarperCollins
Format: Print ARC
Source: Goldberg McDuffie Communications

A copy of this book was provided in consideration for an honest review.

My Rating:
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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.

My Thoughts:
I wasn’t sure about Vanishing Girls when I started it…I’m not typically all that into contemporary but this book looked, from the summary, to have a bit of a twist and mystery aspect. The vast majority of the novel was focused on Nick and Dara’s broken relationship with each other and their childhood best friend (and maybe more) Parker.

The novel flips between Nick and Dara’s point of views so you get to see how the other felt about their accident, Parker, parents and one another. It was so incredibly sad to see the sisters have such a rift between them. I have an older sister and couldn’t relate to their jealousy, hatred and insecurities. My sister and I were team mates and though we hung out with the same group in college we never competed in the nature of these two sisters.

Because of this I found it interesting to consider that some sisters have this type of relationship-interesting and really heart breaking. Dara and Nick avoid each other throughout the novel and only through the flashbacks do we see them interact and how they used to be. Watching them grow apart was really difficult though I’ll admit I was intrigued.

I had issues really liking many of the characters though I did feel that they all had unique personalities and their wants, motivations and desires were realistic. I had so many issues with how the sisters treated one another and really it broke my heart. Also, Parker. Don’t get me started on this guy. I was not a fan though my heart broke for him in some ways. Overall I enjoyed Nick’s perspective more than Dara’s. I’m the baby-sister and I couldn’t relate to Dara’s emotions towards her sibling-I could see that some sisters probably feel this way but I’m thankful that I did not. That’s me reading this book- extremely happy my sibling dynamic was nothing like theirs.

For me the entirety of the novel had a creepy aura that I enjoyed. Something felt off as I read and this kept me reading. Nothing was outwardly wrong I just had this prickling sensation. Nick works at an amusement park and the place felt haunted (and rumor was that there really was a resident ghost). The story barely touched on this but I really enjoyed the creepy addition.

Lauren Oliver has a beautiful writing style that some might find wordy but I really enjoy. The novel, for the most part, had a slow pace until the final stretch. There was a twist, as all novels have, but I won’t go into it in detail but I will say I felt it was a tad sloppy. Regardless of that, I didn’t see it coming so that always wins points in my mind.

Final Thoughts:
Vanishing Girls was a sad and difficult read due to the sisters ever present rift and the negative emotions between them. The writing was beautifully done in my opinion and that creepy feel that Oliver was able to subtly include added a lot to my reading experience.

My February To Read Pile

January is behind us and now it’s the month of love- February. I ended up reading 12 books in January and I’d love to read that many again this month but I’m going to keep my reading pile smaller than that. I don’t want to cause unnecessary stress on myself.

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I had to start The Heart of Betrayal immediately upon receiving it because I’ve been waiting forever and I’m not patient. I’m about 50 pages from the end so it’s cheating a bit to have it on the list but whatever. It’s been amazing- maybe even better than the first book.

I am about half-way into Invaded and sadly I’m not loving it. I’ve been tempted to DNF but I’ll keep trying for a tiny bit more. Solitaire looks to be different than my norm and was unsolicited but I’m going to give it a shot. The Storyspinner doesn’t release all that soon but I know I’ll not be able to wait to read it much longer.

I’ve started Magonia, Illusionaruim and A Wicked Thing but haven’t made much progress on any of them. I hope to read them all this month too.

I’m really excited about the posts I’ve got planned this month. I have 3 interviews this month:

  • Interview with Melinda Salisbury author of The Sin Eater’s Daughter-first week of February
  • Interview with Becky Wallace author of The Storyspinner-second week of February
  • I’ll be participating in 12 Days of Fictional Swooning Hop- February 13th
  • Interview with Karen Bao author of Dove Arising– end of February

What do you plan to read this month?

Stacking the Shelves

This week was  a big week in book mail. I’m going to be lazy and not do all the links (sorry not sorry). Hopefully you can read the title and author. If not let me know and I’ll provide it in the comments.

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.

For Review (solicited):

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For Review (unsolicited):

TheWinterWitch TheMidnightWitch RabbitBack

Won:

Silvern NOVLbox

I’ve been having some good luck with giveaways lately! I won Silvern from Christina Farley from her site (along with a pre-order) and the December NOVL Box curated by Holly Black.

Purchased:

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I purchased from Books of Wonder so I got a signed copy. I ordered this prior to knowing I would make it to the event so I have two signed copies…that means I’ll be doing a giveaway soon.

Posts from Last Week:

  • Giveaway for my ARC of The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord
  • Review of Unmade (Entangled #2) by Amy Rose Capetta  star
  • Blog Tour for The Mime Order– Review + Giveaway   star
  • Review of Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard  star
  • Blog Tour for Tuck Everlasting– Discussion

Upcoming Posts:

  • Lego Cover Art- I’m creating my first cover by myself (cough-ACOTAR-cough). I’m almost finished so it should publish on Sunday. The Lego Cover for Ensnared is still in the works and should be finished soon. Hopefully this month.
  • I’ll be participating in Valentine Blog Hop next month
  • Interview with Melinda Salisbury author of The Sin Eater’s Daughter in early February
  • Blog Tour for Dove Arising by Karen Bao in late February

I’ve got three other interviews in the works so look forward to those as well.

Giveaways:

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How was your week?