Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring Vanish by Becca J. Campbell.
About the Book: Eva has two secrets. The second is that she periodically vanishes into thin air.
Usually, Eva’s spontaneous disappearances last only a few minutes, but on the day of her high school graduation, she vanished for nearly ten years. For a decade she was invisible and intangible–unable to be felt or seen or heard. She can’t imagine a worse torture than standing on the outside looking in.
Now she’s back, but it’s not enough to be tangible once again. Eva needs to find a way to stop vanishing permanently. Which is why she’s facing her ten-year class reunion–and her ex-boyfriend. The clue to stopping her disappearances must be tied to him, intertwined with their past. Unfortunately, approaching him is awkward-level five billion, considering he broke up with her ten years ago.
When Eva starts getting threatening texts from an unknown source, she realizes the reunion has just gotten even more complicated. Especially when she discovers that source has found out about her second, worse secret.
In order to find the key to stop her vanishing, Eva must battle grudge-wielding friends, relentless old crushes, and a classmate with a vendetta against her. And, in the meantime, hope she doesn’t vanish again. Because somebody wants her gone for another ten years.
Vanish is a sweet romance with a fantastical twist. It’s the perfect blend of Magical Realism and Romance. If you enjoy charmingly quirky characters, a love story that will tug your heartstrings, and an emotionally rich storyline, download this book today.
My Review: This is my first read by Becca J. Campbell, and it’s a great introduction. He latest addition to her Flawed series, is has nothing to do with the previous characters and storylines, and can be read as a standalone novel.
The story it fast paced and fun, but also an awesome metaphor for how we can feel in high school and beyond. On top of that, this also triggered my nostalgia for the good old days when my biggest worry was what to do with my friends after school. Also, I must admit, I’m slightly jealous of Eva’s ability to turn invisible. It would’ve been perfect for those uncomfortable moments I’m sure we’ve all experienced.
The characters were well rounded and enjoyable, and really brought the author’s world to life. They epitomized our fears, strengths, and hopes as Eva tried to get close to her old boyfriend and reunited with her school friends. A great example is Eva’s way of dealing with issues during her school career. She dropped hints throughout the book about her cutting herself, but also her struggle to overcome it. While that in itself was rewarding to me, I really loved when she stood by her mistakes and accepted them for what they were when confronted. I thought it really showed her growth from the beginning of the book and set up an awesome ending, which I have no intention of spoiling. Sorry.
As I mentioned before, this was a great introduction to the series for me, and I look forward to reading the rest.