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About the Author
Laura Thalassa spent much of her Fresno, California, childhood with her nose buried in the books of Anne Rice, R.L. Stine, and Katie MacAlister, whose stories gave her the initial itch to pen her own tales. Her work experience includes time spent as a law student, an independent editor, a medical intern, and an archaeologist. She is the author of the young adult paranormal series The Unearthly, as well as the new adult science fiction book The Vanishing Girl. She is currently working on the sequel from her home in Santa Barbara, where she lives with her fiancé, author Dan Rix.
From the Author
Laura Thalassa a passé son enfance à concocter des récits fantastiques avec sa meilleure amie. The Vanishing Girl, qui a connu un énorme succès aux États-Unis, est son premier roman traduit en français.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B00MMTI2OI
- Publisher : Skyscape (August 19, 2014)
- Publication date : August 19, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 1619 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Print length : 287 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #26,203 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The technology/science behind her teleporting skills are never really explained either, just kind of given to the reader to accept without question. The main character disappears every night wearing pajamas, wakes up in another part of the world wearing something entirely different, and then winds up back in her bed with neither sets of clothing on-- to be touched on later. How does the government control her teleporting? Where do the clothes come from? How did they legally manage to contract the services of a person who hadn't yet been created? Why does she care about her grades in her spy classes if she doesn't want to do the job anyways?
The real reason I had to put it down, though, was that the main character's "pair" was appallingly lecherous. From the moment he first encounters the main character, he literally gropes her butt. Less than twenty-four hours later, he pulls her blankets off of her bed when he knows she'll be naked underneath. Why is she always naked? To make it easier for the author to force some kind of sexiness into the scene. When he does it a second time and she strongly demands that he stops, he laughs and jokes it off (Ember even says he's not listening and will do it again). It's an uncomfortable marathon of him violating her body and personal space, giving her pet names that don't make sense and intentionally getting on her nerves. I know the author intended it to be flirty and charming, but it disturbed me on multiple levels. Why do they have to be "pairs", again? Teenage boys and girls stuck together by the government so they can accomplish their spy missions together? If there's a reason for the unnecessary and overly-sexualized practice, it's not given in the first 50 - 100 pages.
So the plot is a little lost, the relationships between the characters are forced at best, but the creepy male lead had me calling it quits. I could chug through papery characters and vague science/laws, but sexual harassment and inappropriate groping as a "disguise" for a heart of gold just rang too many alarms. Beautiful cover art and interesting premise, though.
Top reviews from other countries
Characters: 4* - decent enough characters. Well-fleshed out with no woman-to-woman b*tching or hating or $lut-shaming
Romance: 2* - this was a huge let down. Thankfully there was no insta-lu$t as such, however, it over so fast and took over the book.
It would have been much better if the romance built gradually. I liked Caden's and Ember's interactions when they first met, with the characters playing a cat-mouse game and Ember almost hating Caen.
This ought to have continued. But instead they fall in love way too soon, get all into each other with loads of $mut scenes while the story languishes away.
I would have enjoyed it more if it focused on Ember trying to find a way out instead of getting so into Caden.
The story revolves around one girl who rebels against this control. There is a mysterious person who is seemingly the son of the man who created this genetic manipulation and is, maybe, trying to help destroy the program.
It's a well written, well edited storyline that has interesting characters and a plot line that keeps you intrigued, and guessing. For me the only drawback is the graphic sex parts. But I guess that is the genre and what is expected for the target audience. It just seems unnecessary to me.
Very interesting series. I give it 3.75 stars.