In the Books featuring Vanish by Becca J. Campbell

Good morning and welcome to this week’s edition of In the Books, featuring Vanish by Becca J. Campbell.

Vanish

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.

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About CP Bialois

Where do I begin? Well first I guess it's only fair to say that CP Bialois isn't my real name. It's a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I'm just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves. For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Swarzenegger in them. I'd write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I'd just daydream about what I'd see myself as the hero of course. You can't have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It's just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick. As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I'd read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics. I have to come clean and say that I learned to read because of comic books. I was bored, make that extremely bored when we started to read in school. Reading "the cat fell down" really didn't interest me. My dad, who continues to astound me with his insight to this day, figured comics would work. With that in mind he went to the newstand in town and bought issues of Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tales From the Crypt, and Spider-man. He patiently read through them with me until I picked it up. Whether it was him or the comics I learned to read in about two weeks and for a while few were as good as I was. For years after that whenever we'd go out he'd always spring for a couple of comic books for me. While it wasn't exactly the perfect beginning everything I've ever read or have seen has influenced me in some way and now is the time I'd like to share some of the ideas I've had over the years with all of you. I hope you enjoy my stories, they're always fun to write and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.
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