Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Review - The Decaying Empire (The Vanishing Girl 2), by Laura Thalassa

When eighteen-year-old teleporter Ember Pierce wakes up in a Los Angeles hospital, she remembers only the basics: she’s been trained by the government as a spy, she’s sent on dangerous missions, and her last assignment—the one that landed her in the hospital—was a setup.

Caden Hawthorne has spent the past ten months of his life grieving Ember’s death. So when she shows up in his room like an apparition, he can’t believe his eyes. But this Ember is different. Her hair is longer, her skin is paler, her gaze is haunted. She tells him what he’s already begun to suspect: someone he trusted betrayed her.

Now, uncertain who is friend and who is foe, Ember and Caden face the toughest mission of their lives—to stay together and survive, as they run from danger toward an unknown future.


Last year I had the priviledge of reading the first of this series and reviewed The Vanishing Girl here.  I enjoyed the concept of this novel, but it was a little overshadowed by the budding relationship, sex and slight airheadedness of the main female protagonist. The plot though, was intriguing enough that I grabbed the second in the series.  Glad to say that I actually enjoyed the second book more than the first!

So in keeping this review spoiler free, I will write in generalities about what I really enjoyed about this novel, and hope that is sufficient to get your interest. The book blurb itself is quite a bit of a spoiler... so here goes!

Continuing in great cinematic fashion (BONUS), this book takes off from the major cliffhanger that we were left with from the first book. HATE major cliffhangers, but I had access to the next book immediately, so I didn't have to wait very long to continue the story.

Ember is much more likeable to me this time around. I didn't find her to be so damn clueless as before, which had annoyed me to no end.  Caden tells part of the story from his own POV which is interesting, and I found myself feeling more enamored with the guy than I thought I would be. And of course... I am a sucker for romance!!! And these two have insane chemistry.

I found that this one was action packed from beginning to end, and I tore through it as I usually do with books I can't put down. It does end with another cliffhanger though..... SIGH. So underhanded, I tell ya! I have no choice but to join the ranks of other eager readers impatiently waiting for the next installment. 

An easy 4 stars, cliffhanger and all.

Happy Reading!

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