DAC II ~ February: The Vanishing Game

Author: Kate Kae Myers
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.
My Review: I hate to say this right off the bat, but I’m rather disappointed with how this one turned out. It’s one of those books I was willing to give a higher rating, mainly because it was “ok” and I was willing to overlook things because the plot was over-all interesting. But nearing the end, I just felt like the writing style wasn’t completely up to par, the plot was a bit too confusing, too unrealistic, unbelievable, and ended lacking…

Characters: I felt like the main character(s) were alittle too reckless and the plot trailing along behind is just so random and strange, that it’s rather hard to actually relate to them. I kept comparing the style to other books I’ve read, bad habit, and it’s just not something I could easily recommend. Nice quick read, but if you can’t really concern yourself with the characters, is it worth it? Everyone just felt a bit unstable, like they’d snap with the least amount of pressure. I was more anxious to see if they ever found Jack than anything else…
Plot: It’s like it’s trying to be creepy, but there was just not enough time to build up to it. I think if the author had spent more time on it, it may have ended better. The plot has some surprising plot twists at the end, and while I do like suspense, I really don’t enjoy surprises like that. If you can’t even imagine something vaguely like the ending earlier on, there’s something wrong. She throws in psychological elements but since you don’t see it coming very well, it just seems out of place.

Disclaimers: There’s a bit of violence, a mix between some rather disturbed kids trying to kill each other and some nut after them. I don’t think there’s really every any discernment between the male and female, so Jocey gets attacked alot, between knife wielding gothic punks and those who long to strangle her. There’s a couple deaths throughout, but it’s never actually gory. There isn’t too much language and the interactions between the two main characters are pretty clean, thankfully.
Favorite Character: Noah
Favorite Quote: N/A
Recommended: Teens
Over-all Rating: ★★★☆☆
~ Darkitty

*Next ~ The Curious Case of the Clockwork Man & Everneath*

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