21 April 2012

REVIEW: The Vanishing Game by Kate Kae Meyers

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
14 February 2012
353 Pages

Seventeen-year-old Jocelyn follows clues apparently from her dead twin, Jack, in and around Seale House, the terrifying foster home where they once lived. With help from childhood friend Noah she begins to uncover the truth about Jack's death and the company that employed him and Noah.

Jocelyn's twin brother Jack was the only family she had growing up in a world of foster homes-and now he's dead, and she has nothing. Then she gets a cryptic letter from "Jason December"-the code name her brother used to use when they were children at Seale House, a terrifying foster home that they believed had dark powers. Only one other person knows about Jason December: Noah, Jocelyn's childhood crush and their only real friend among the troubled children at Seale House.

But when Jocelyn returns to Seale House and the city where she last saw Noah, she gets more than she bargained for. Turns out the house's powers weren't just a figment of a childish imagination. And someone is following Jocelyn. Is Jack still alive? And if he is, what kind of trouble is he in? The answer is revealed in a shocking twist that turns this story on its head and will send readers straight back to page 1 to read the book in a whole new light.

R E V I E W :

Oh. My God.

This book sucked me in from the very beginning. It was exciting. Thrilling. Awe-inspiring. It was the adventure of Jocelyn, a nearly 18 year old girl with a troubled past, who follows clues that her twin brother, Jack, sent her. Previously, she thought he had died, but in receiving the letter, she gets desperate in finding him, one of two people in her life that meant everything to her. In her search for her brother, she meets up with the other one person in her life that meant everything to her, Nate, whom she hadn't seen in five years. Nate was a great character. Seemingly fearless and a hot, computer genius. Jocelyn was also well developed and very interesting. She wasn't perfect, no where near perfect, but that just made her more relate-able and interesting.

Through flashbacks, it reveals Jocelyn's time in the Seale House, which had scarred her for life. The flashbacks were done really well and did not at all confuse me as a reader. The journey she took helped her to come to terms her past and eventually move on, instead of just tucking it into a corner of her mind. The adventure and journey itself was very interesting. And the ultimate revelation near the end was just... Wow. Looking back, there were clues that support it, but I would have never guessed it. It was amazing.

If you like mystery, adventure, some action, a bit of romance, a smidgen of fantasy (a hell of a load of crazy), and a big twist, this is the book for you. And even if you don't, I bet this is a book you'll sick your teeth into.

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