Thursday, February 16, 2012

The Vanishing Game by Kate Kae Myers

Title: The Vanishing Game

Author: Kate Kae Myers

Published: Bloomsbury Children's, 14 February 2012

Pages: 353

Summary: 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.  (Taken from Goodreads)

Thoughts:  As soon as I read the description for The Vanishing Game I just knew it would be a book I would have to read.  Needless to say I did enjoy the book.

The Vanishing Game surprised me a little.  I'm not sure why but I didn't think this book would be a dark mystery, I thought it would be lighter.  I was definitely wrong in that sense.  

As I read deeper into the mystery I found myself wondering what was going on and being drawn into the story so much so that I felt like I couldn't put the book down.  I also started to question some of the things that were happening.  Certain events made me wonder just exactly what was really going on.

The characters were interesting.  I thought that Jocelyn was really intriguing but I also didn't feel as though I could relate to her so much.  However, for me characters never really make the story, I was far more interested in the mystery.  On a totally unrelated note, her and Jack get a little bit more love from me in that we share the same birthday.  Yeah, incredibly biased I know, but we share the same birthday and their birthday has a tiny bit of significance in the book so that's pretty awesome too.

I liked that within The Vanishing Game there were clues leading up to the final event.   I'm not going to lie, the deeper the mystery went the more I got sucked into the story and just didn't want to stop reading.  I got to the big reveal and was like, ummmm?  What?  Really?  The summaries all say that there is a twist at the end and me being me was like, yeah well I always guess these things.  Ummm yeah, not in this case.  Yeah, not going to lie, I was pretty thrown by the ending.

Overall, I would definitely recommend The Vanishing Game by Kate Kae Myers for those fans of mysteries.  Also, for anyone wanting to be knocked backwards by the twist ending.  I'm still reeling over how things ended.

Source: NetGalley

1 comment:

  1. Great review! I have been meaning to read this book for a while! :)
    And I love that there were clues leading up to the end, that's my favorite part in mystery novels!
    Book just went up my tbr list!


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