Review * The Vanishing Game Review by Kate Kae Myers

March 17, 2012 Reviews 11 ★★★★★

Review * The Vanishing Game Review by Kate Kae MyersThe Vanishing Game by Kate Kae Myers
Published by Bloomsbury Childrens on February 12, 2012
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 353
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
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Seventeen-year-old Jocelyn follows clues apparently from her dead twin, Jack, in and around Seale House, the terrifying foster home where they once lived. With help from childhood friend Noah she begins to uncover the truth about Jack's death and the company that employed him and Noah.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

What I Thought…

I don’t even know where to begin.  This book was amazing.  It was crazy, mysterious, thrilling, creepy and confusing, but in a good way.  I could not put down this book, I just had to figure it out.  While I did figure out some things, I definitely did not see that ending coming.

The Vanishing game is a thriller with a touch of paranormal in it.  The book was pretty creepy for me with all of the mysterious happenings, but I wouldn’t say it was scary.    The book has quite a few flashbacks in it, and while I don’t normally like this style, it works in this book.  It’s all important information, and given at the right time.

This book is filled with codes and puzzles, which is cool.  What I disliked about the codes was that, with the exception of one, they were not really designed for the reader to figure out, and the characters figured them out pretty quickly.  Though I will admit that I did take the time to figure out the logic puzzle (those are my favorite).

I liked Jocelyn and Noah, even more so as you learn about their childhoods.  They both had such awful childhoods, yet they managed to pull themselves out.  It was heartbreaking to read about how they were treated.  Hazel, the owner of Seale House was an awful, awful, woman.  You get to meet a few of the other kids who were at Seale House with Jocelyn, Jack and Noah, and see how they turned out.

One of the things I really liked in this book was how quickly you jump into the story.  Lately I’ve felt like every book I’ve read has had 100 pages of boring info before getting to the real story so it was nice to be just tossed in and sent on my way!

If you like mysteries and thrillers you should definitely check out this book – it was Amazing!


11 Responses to “Review * The Vanishing Game Review by Kate Kae Myers”

  1. ....Petty Witter

    Crazy, mysterious, thrilling, creepy and confusing …… high praise indeed, I’m glad you enjoyed this one as much as you did.

  2. Bittner

    Great review Kim! I remember when Kate reviewed this one and she liked it too. I thought I had already added it to my to-be-read list, but I just checked and I hadn’t. Don’t worry it is there now! I like fast paced novels so this one sounds good!

    • Kimberly

      This book is the exact opposite of The Girl with the Dragon Tatto, which is just how I like it, lots of action :)

  3. fakesteph

    This one sounds so good. I’m looking forward to reading it… eventually. I shouldn’t complain about there being so many amazing books out there, but it is kind of depressing knowing that I will never be able to read them all!

  4. Kate@Midnight Book Girl

    I’m so glad you liked this one too! Sadly, I didn’t even try to figure out the logic puzzles, but no doubt my memory will be fully kaput by the time I hit 70. Which is fine, because think of the money I can save if I can’t remember if I read a book or not? I could save hundreds by just reading the same few books over and over again!

    • Kimberly

      I love logic puzzles! Remember the movie 50 First Dates? That would be the perfet money saving book scenario! You would only need 1 book. And you would always love it (hopefully someone will pick out a book you love for you!)