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When We Vanished (Call of the Crow Quartet, #1)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  41 ratings  ·  34 reviews
When Andi Lin overhears details about a harmful research study at the food corporation Nutrexo, she’s instantly worried that her dad is involved. He left home to participate in one of the company’s clinical trials, and was in frequent contact at first—but her recent attempts to reach him have been met with silence.

Fearing he may be in danger, Andi sets out to investigate.
Paperback, 332 pages
Published June 2nd 2020 by Rootcity Press
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Apr 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
First off: this book is great, buy it!

Why are you still reading this? Go get this book!!

So you're the persistent type, you want to know more before you pick this baby up. Okay then, a little about myself first. I am way past the target age demographic for YA. I am also way over YA, in fact, I usually steer clear of anything remotely close to YA. Peek up at that star rating again. Yes, 5 whole stars (even if Goodreads ever gave us half stars there would still be 5 whole ones up there). So ixnay o
A powerful YA eco-thriller

My thanks to Rootcity Press for making available an eARC via NetGalley of ‘When We Vanished’ by Alanna Peterson in exchange for an honest review. It was published on June 2 and I have now purchased its ebook edition in support of this author and independent imprint.

This is the opening title in Peterson’s Call of the Crow Quartet. I was drawn to this title by its cover art as well as the overall title of the series. I love the crow family and the novel’s Pacific Northwe
May 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who like YA thrillers and meaningful friendship
Shelves: ya, earcs, thriller, 4-stars, 2020
UPDATE [May 18th, 2020]
I just read the sneak-peek of When Shadows Grow, the second book in this series, and it is AMAZING. The first two chapters kept me thinking and worrying about the characters and grabbed my attention RIGHT AWAY. It’s so exciting! There is this feeling that something’s quite wrong, but you don’t who what it is, so you need to keep reading...I NEED TO GET MY HANDS ON THE ARC OF THE SEQUEL!!! The first two chapters are such an effective teaser. It makes me want MORE.
You can re
Mar 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A thoroughly enjoyable read! Although I decidedly do not count as a young adult in people years, the story was compelling even for an old(ER) fart such as myself. The characters are interesting, not cloyingly stereotypical. Diverse backgrounds, ages, personalities, family dynamics all come together neatly along with some pretty exciting events to form bonds among the main characters that leave you a little sad to see the pages end. Add to that important messaging about our food chain, food corpo ...more
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What an awesome book! It is a pleasure to read with a thrilling plot. I loved how each of the 4 main characters (3 teens & one elementary aged child) had their own unique voices, desires and story arcs, and how they all came together brilliantly in the end. I believe everybody will find things to love about this book. For me the "real-ness" of the characters (including the villains), the complex family relationships, the tight plot based around the corporate food industry, the setting (my belove ...more
Aug 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was an impressive book for first time author Alanna Peterson. It was fast paced, socially relevant and full of adventures. It was a real page turner. Alanna did an amazing job with having us care about the characters and the adventures and relevant dilemmas they experienced.
Erin A Epps
Mar 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was completely beyond what I expected. I requested the ARC on a whim on the description and cover. I enjoyed it so much more. I find it hard to talk about this book without a million spoilers. I would highly recommend reading it if you have even the faintest interest upon reading the description.

Thank you, NetGalley for the copy to review.
Lizzie  J
3.5 stars

I am very torn when it comes to this book. One the one hand, it has the very thing that I've been begging for in a book: a good, hard-hitting, not everything comes out right ending. But on the other hand, something about it just doesn't sit well with me. I'm really not sure why, and it's taken me a couple hours to wrestle together enough thoughts to write a coherent review on it.

The characters themselves are quite good. I enjoyed the voices of our small group of heroes, and they were a
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A trio of siblings - Naveed, Cyrus and Roya - and Andi are kidnapped after Andi and Cyrus are caught trying to infiltrate Nutrexo to find evidence of wrongdoing. The siblings mother used to work at Nutrexo and Andi's father is taking part in a research study there. They come to realize that things were way worse than they had imagined and fight to prevent more harm from being done.
This book was written really well. My favourite thing about it was that it made me care about the characters enough
David Ellis
Oct 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was a fun read. I enjoyed getting the perspectives of each participant as the adventure unfolded. Each chapter provided both the narrative as well as the inner feelings of the subject character. The story was fast paced with lots of action. I look forward to reading the future books to see how the characters continue to develop.
Evelyn Brown
May 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
I acquired a copy of this arc through Netgallery

I downloaded this off of Netgallery on a whim and I'm really glad I did because this was good.

The story follows Andi as her dad leaves their family to take part in a secret research project at a food company, at the same time Andi overhears about a dangerous research project conducted by the same company at a party. Fearing her father is involved in this dangerous project Andi enlists the help of her neighbour, Cyrus, and together they try to fin
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-shelf
This was absolutely a 5 star read for me! The author masterfully penned a debut novel that kept you captivated the entire time and feeling like you were a part of the journey with the characters.

The book centers around the idea of GMOs, food justice, and corporations. I've never read a YA novel that focuses on these topics and the author's message never felt in your face. It makes you reflect on if and how things like human trials occur and the whole process of how food is made. The synopsis do
coty ⚡
May 16, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020, netgalley
A very lukewarm read for me. Too often it feels like the romances (which feel half-formed and somewhat forced) snag the bulk of the attention, and the actual plot of the book feels lost in between these moments; if it were a more compelling relationship, I wouldn't mind, the love square and related tropes (like realizing your feelings for someone after you understand they have feelings for you) are done in a way that I personally don't like. The characters don't seem to be too developed beyond t ...more
Jemima Reads
May 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A complex, deep story of family dynamics, friendship, and social responsibility with a mystery to solve!

Andi Lin’s dad left home to participate in a clinical trial carried by food corporation Nutrexo. Whilst he was in frequent contact at first, he is nowhere to be found anymore. When she hears details about the company’s harmful research, she is worried her dad is involved.

With the help of her neighbour Cyrus, Andi embarks in an investigation to find her father. But Cyrus has a secret of her own
May 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, thriller
Thank you to NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 stars rounded up.

I did enjoy this book quite a lot. The action starts within a few chapters, and it keeps going all the way through until nearly the end of the book. It is fast paced and keeps you on the edge of your seat.

The four main characters are great. I enjoyed reading chapters from each POV, and I especially loved sweet little Roya. I am glad that there was some cultural diversity in this novel,
Nancy Shepherd
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: young adult and adult readers
Recommended to Nancy by: the author
What a surprise this book turned out to be. The young, truth-seeking characters are believable, the plot is extremely well-developed, and the whole book kept me reading! I loved the mystery of the crow on the cover...the author really pulled it together! I will not go into detail for fear of spoilers. All I will say is you owe it to yourself to read this gem.
I received my copy free through a Goodreads giveaway.
Jun 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone who likes to read anything
Amazing! It is hard to believe this is a debut novel. I was hooked with the first sentence, and read this book faster than any book I have read this year. Yes, that is how good it is! The characters are interesting and real, and the plot moves along at a perfect pace. It is well put-together with just the right amount of descriptive detail. Good grief, now I have to wait for parts 2,3 AND 4! No pressure, Ms. Peterson, but please put that pencil to paper now!
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Rainy Reads Review
Thanks to #NetGalley for the free read of #WhenWeVanished being published on June 2, 2020.

So, when does the movie come out?!
I am giving When We Vanished 5 big stars because it was a fast paced and exciting read. Beginning, middle and end were full of great writing that made it so easy to clearly envision these characters and all the drama and danger they were in. The middle of this book felt like it could have been the climax which led me to be very interested in what was going
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It was an engrossing, enjoyable and interesting read. It's not your typical YA trope. It has shady corporates and GMO. I had to keep guessing through out the book. It's an eco thriller, a well written contemporary eco thriller. Fast paced. Definitely recommend it. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an early review copy in exchange of an honest review. ...more
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
A group of teenagers find themselves in the lab of a mad scientist and have to break out and that's far from the end of their trouble. When We Vanished takes you for a wild ride with interesting commentary on GMO foods and giant food corporations, while also exploring the nuances of family with interesting nods to Persian culture. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this and look forward to more. ...more
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: prof
Andi Lin and her mother are doing everything they can to keep anyone from finding out that her father's new job is actually participating in a clinical trial at the food corporation Nutrexo.

After Andi hears executives whispering about a dangerous research study at a company party, she worries it might be the same study her dad is involved with--especially since she hasn't heard from him in over a week. When Andi asks her neighbor Cyrus Mirzapour to help, they wind up in over their heads when a
Celeste Miller
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Netgalley for the free read in exchange for an honest review!

First the cover caught my eye, then the description sounded interesting. I rarely read YA but I am so glad I decided to read this! Turns out it is set in Seattle (where I live) and it is just so good!
The main characters are teenagers who uncover disturbing information about a large food corporation that is doing research on human subjects. It involves their parents in different ways and they jump headfirst into trying to sa
Apr 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
When we vanished is Book 1 in Call of the Crow Quartet series. Most of the YA novels have either romance or magic or fantasy as the main theme with plot surrounding that theme. But When We Vanished has an interesting plot about devious food corporations, greed and desire for success. This book kinda shattered the YA stereotype for me!! A fast, compelling and thought provoking read with reliable diverse characters, familial situations and a good amount of mystery and thrill that we usually look i ...more
Jenn of The Bookish Society
Jun 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved that this in no way was the typical YA plotline. Teens should have more mystery type thrillers available that aren't fantasy. Anyway, this story kept me guessing up until the end. Highly recommend! ...more
ARC Review: Received for free via NetGalley for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

DNF: 68%

CW/TW: ableist slurs, racism, parental illness, mention of drug overdose, mention of drug use, protests, hacking, needles, kidnapping, human experimenting, animal testing, mention of execution, mention of War, animal death, animal mutilation, animal gore, torture, imprisonment, human testing, dementia, bullying, emotional abuse, mention of drug addiction, mention of underage drug use, rape/sexua
Jun 03, 2020 rated it liked it
Thank you to NetGalley for allowing me to read an e-ARC of this title in exchange for an honest review.

First off, the beautiful cover drew me in. I hadn't read a preview of the book before I read it, so I was surprised at its content, based on the cover. The story is a bit dark and sinister.

Andi Lin and the Mirzapour kids, Naveed, Cyrus, and Roya are tipped off to the idea that the Nutrexo food company is hiding something. The kids sneak into the Nutrexo labs to snoop around for clues, but are
Lala (Daily Dose of Books)
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs-read, favorites
FULL REVIEW ON MY BLOG: https://dailydooseofbooks.wordpress.c...

One of my biggest flaws is that I always judge a book by the cover. I have been doing it for years now, and I simply can’t stop. I rarely read a book with a cover that does not appeal to me (maybe that is why I am not the biggest fan of the full-on romances). When We Vanished was one of my victims. I saw it on NetGalley a couple of months ago and fell in love. I liked the contrast between the colours, the font, all that. I dove in i
Jun 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
While there were truly magical parts, I had a hard time believing the arc of this story. I think the agenda that corporations are bad, GMOs are bad, processed foods are bad, was pushed to the detriment of the story itself. Then there were the parts that felt like they were trying to be quirky but instead clashed with the overall story like corporate business being conducted within the confines of a video game. Add to that a very odd situation with love interests. Combined it all just didn't make ...more
Jun 05, 2020 rated it liked it

A solid, fast paced read.

Told in multiple POVs, the story mainly revolves around this huge food corporation called Nutrexo, who are conducting various clinical trials, including human trials, genetic engineering and such. Andi Lin, who happens to overhear a conversation about the human trial and whose father also being a part of the trial, sides with Cyrus and decides to find out the truth, which leads them to serious trouble and more shocking facts about Nutrexo.

It is a solid read. There w
Jul 04, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish, 2020
*I received a copy of this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I really enjoyed the first two chapters of this—both Andi and Cyrus seemed like interesting characters and I was excited to see where they'd go. Unfortunately, it couldn't keep that momentum up for me. I lost interest in the characters and plot pretty quickly and nothing could reignite that original excitement. I think a lot of that had to do with the fact I was expecting more of sci fi sort o
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