[eARC Review] The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Title: The Vanishing Season
Author: Jodi Lynn Anderson
Series:  Standalone
Genre: YA Fantasy
Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Release Date: July 1st 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: eARC received from Publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

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Girls started vanishing in the fall, and now winter's come to lay a white sheet over the horror. Door County, it seems, is swallowing the young, right into its very dirt. From beneath the house on Water Street, I've watched the danger swell.

The residents know me as the noises in the house at night, the creaking on the stairs. I'm the reflection behind them in the glass, the feeling of fear in the cellar. I'm tied—it seems—to this house, this street, this town.

I'm tied to Maggie and Pauline, though I don't know why. I think it's because death is coming for one of them, or both.

All I know is that the present and the past are piling up, and I am here to dig.I am looking for the things that are buried.

From bestselling author Jodi Lynn Anderson comes a friendship story bound in snow and starlight, a haunting mystery of love, betrayal, redemption, and the moments that we leave behind.

I will start this review by saying I am a huge fan of Jodi Lynn Anderson's writing. She has a way of making everything she writes extremely vivid with exceptional descriptions and imagery. And The Vanishing Season was no exception. The way this book was written was amazing and Jodi has an amazing talent, and I don't think I will ever not read one of her book, but I am sad to say that this book, although beautifully written was not for me.

Although I really enjoyed the mystery element that the author created and how it played out in the end (totally did not see it coming) but overall I was not a fan of how the story played out. I felt that the story itself was a little confusing, especially since there was a omnipresent voice, who was a mystery to us readers, that i felt confused the story more than necessary. Although that voice added to the mystery of what was happening to these characters, it made me more confused than anything else. As for the characters themselves, I felt they were 2 dimensional in certain points of the book and i had a very hard time getting to know them, and connection with them. For me to enjoy a book i have to connect with the characters, if I do not then I find myself skimming and wanting the book to end, and unfortunately I did not connect with these character. But the mystery of what was happening made me more interested than normal.

Pacing is another thing that can make or break a book for me, and in The Vanishing Season I felt the story dragged more often than not and that the story itself was kind of boring. Nothing really happened until the last third of the book, and sadly it was too late for me enjoy it. Although, as I sad before, I did enjoy the end and the surprise reveal, but ultimately I could not be salvaged into liking this book. I wanted to so badly because I loved the writing and the way the book written, but sadly this book was not for me.

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