Tuesday, July 8, 2014

ARC Review: The Vanishing Season by Jodi Lynn Anderson

The Vanishing Season
by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Genre: YA, contemporary, mystery
Published July 1st 2014 by HarperTeen
Source: Publisher
Local purchase: National Bookstore

Blurb (Goodreads):
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.

My Thoughts:

*This review is based from advance reading copy. There might be some changes in the finished copy.

I felt so low and sad after reading this book. I'm not even sure what to say on this review or how to rate it, but I'll try.

The Vanishing Season is a story about two friends Maggie and Pauline from the perspective of a mysterious ghost. I wanted to read this book ever since I saw it on Goodreads. The cover is just beautiful, the premise isn't my taste but somehow pulled me to read it. 

I was bored on the first 15 pages til 40 and want to drop it and read different book but I didn't because I don't want to leave another book without finishing it. Also, I just wanted to know what this book is really about and who knows, I might end up liking it. If it weren't for the connection of Maggie and Liam, my blood wouldn't fire up in this novel. I became more interested near the middle and found myself wanting to know the secrets and creeped out at the same time. 

I realized that the story of The Vanishing Season has nothing to do with the title and premise. Before reading, it appeared to me as actually a mysterious creepy season where girls start to vanish and that's where the story will evolve--there is a story about missing girls and mystery killer but it's just part of the story and it's like an unnecessary twist and died down eventually just like a flame on a match dies, and that's my other disappointment apart from the boring first few chapters.

The writing was beautiful--it matches the mood and theme. When you read the book, you can definitely feel winter, the creepiness, love, heartache, betrayal, loss, and everything. I was drawn into Jodi's writing which is bittersweet, mysterious, and full of longing, perfectly fit for a ghost's POV. I think that's what I liked the most and Maggie as well.

I could and willing to forget how different the blurb from the real story of the book until the ending was slapped on my face. It was unexpected and most of all, it hurts me and makes me sad at the same time. I feel like I'm in the verge of crying out and asking, WHY?? I don't like the ending at all. I think I like this book but then there's the ending and I don't like it. So you see, I'm confused. I don't know what to feel. This book reminds me We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.

I can't exactly say if this book is beautiful or what. What I know is I don't like the feeling it gave me after reading it. And since this book reminds me of We Were Liars, you can  check this out if you loved or liked it. All I know is both books left me feeling the same way. 

*Thanks to Megan and HarperCollins International for the review copy in exchange of honest review!


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