Vanished is the 12th installment in the Private series, so I write this review certain that you have read its predecessors.If you haven't, what are yo...moreVanished is the 12th installment in the Private series, so I write this review certain that you have read its predecessors.If you haven't, what are you doing reading a review for no.12 then, uh? :P
Vanished is another installment in the Private series filled with awesomeness!!! I love the story and couldn't wait to see how it would unravel after Scandal's ending.Vanished is a book filled with suspense and mystery.You always feel you have to look behind your shoulder because you think you've heard something(or maybe you just imagined it...), you feel your heart racing when Reed is close to yet another great discovery!I like how Brian developed the story because let's face it, after 12 books you fear that at some point it will start going downhill. Thankfully, this is not the case with the Private books!
The only thing I still can't figure out is Reed.She has this weird, almost self destructive way of making everything so difficult for herself, which I find exhausting!Come on, girl!Relax!I know she thought her best friend was dying but give me a break!She still could have avoided all the Josh drama-not saying anything, my lips are sealed!- if she just told him what was going on, since he knew most of it already.Thank God he is clever!Don't even get me started on the fact that she was ready to throw her life away for a person that has pretty much ruined hers repeatedly, if I might add.I am not saying that she shouldn't help her, quite the contrary, but certainly by not destroying her own life in the process! I don't know what the equivalent of "bromance" for girls is, but Reed and Noelle definitely have it.Well, Reed for sure!
The end was once again, a huge surprise for me!I pretty much guessed who was behind Noelle's kidnapping, but for the life of me I could not figure out why.I don't know yet if I am satisfied with the explanation, since I really didn't have time to process the data and to be completely honest, I was in shock after this humungous revelation in the end!The next book is a prequel (Book Of Spells, check it out!) so I guess the impact of the knowledge of this big secret will be felt in Ominous, the next book in the Private series, coming out February 2011. Can't wait! (less)
Rosebush came so so close to being awesome, but for me it lost its "wow" factor after the first half.
At first Rosebush was fantastic! Full of suspense...moreRosebush came so so close to being awesome, but for me it lost its "wow" factor after the first half.
At first Rosebush was fantastic! Full of suspense and surprises that you won't see coming. The plot is so intriguing, you want to know what almost killed Jane so bad, since she has no memory after of what happened after the accident, you want to flip the pages and get to the end just to find out. All the characters were nicely pictured. You learn a lot about them, the relationships between them, their background, so you feel like you know them well but at the same time you feel you're just missing a tiny detail, some information about them that would help you get one step closer in cracking the case. So the first part of Rosebush will go by without you even noticing, really.
Now about the second half. It still had a certain amount of suspense, but not quite enough to keep you interested. In other words, it dragged. And in order to cover the fact that the plot dragged, Jaffe decided to put some extra romances in there which were not believable at all. She did a great job in the 1st half trying to convince us that Jane was head over heels for her boyfriend and had eyes only for him, only to make her throw herself at every male that happened to visit her in the hospital. It was rushed and unnecessary.
The ending was not bad and surprising enough. Although, I would rather the reason behind the killer's actions had something to do with Jane herself, like she did something wrong to piss someone off, instead of the killer being simply a psycho.
I don't think you'll regret picking up Rosebush. It's a very good thriller novel, in which you will be totally engrossed at the beginning but later on it's very possible you'll lose interest. Recommended to Mean Girls, Private and Pretty Little Liars series fans.(less)