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I Belong

Review: The Year of Disappearances by Susan Hubbard

TitleThe Year of Disappearances

AuthorSusan Hubbard

Genre: YA Fantasy

Series: Ethical Vampire Series (Book 2)

Publication Date: May 6, 2008

Format: Paperback, 302 Pages

ISBN-10: 1416552723 (Simon & Schuster)

ISBN-13: 978-1416552727 (Simon & Schuster)

Reviewed by: Kayla


Having finally really discovered who she is, Ari is now living with her mother. Having been abandoned by her mother as a baby, Ari begins to develop a relationship with her mother, leaving her father behind. Making new friends Ari tries to leave the past behind and find a new life. A life without the lies and mysteries that encompasses life with her father. But soon enough she realizes that this will not be the case.

Ari struggles to find her place in the vampire world as if being only half vampire isn’t odd enough. To Ari’s surprise half vampires are extremely rare since the grand majority of vampires refrain from having children. But now she is left to rediscover her life and find her place in the world of vampires.

Finding her place however is not an easy task. As much as she may have no control it seems as if people around her are simply disappearing. With these odd events Ari is having a difficult task fitting in but more importantly finding out why they are happening in the first place. She is even forced to leave the comfort of her mother’s home in an attempt to dissolve the situation. It is truly the year of disappearances.

Quick & Dirty: The story centers around the life of a young girl who tries to fit herself into the world of vampires. This vampire book is not very entertaining but simply tolerable.

Opening Sentence: Someone is standing in my bedroom doorway, watching me sleep,then watching my eyes open.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

The book is about Ariella Montero, a young girl who tries to fit in her new lifestyle. She has finally discovered that she is a vampire but instead of making things easier they have been more complicated. Around her people are disappearing and the humans can only blame her. She is now on a quest to both flee from the situation but also to discover why they are happening.

Much like the first book this one does not have much of a plot line. The book continues without much of a lead of what might happen next or what the overall point of the book is. Of course there is the mystery with the disappearances but even this seems to be just a minor problem in the confusing book.

The style of writing also changes from the first book. While the first books tries to sound sophisticated and complex, this one sounds more simple. Honestly, this was a good change. The new style makes the book more tolerable and less bland.

One of the most concerning factors of the book however is the age of this girl. In the first book she is merely 13 years old but has the sophistication of an adult. Her boyfriend is 17. This age difference is not that disturbing but by this book her relationship consists of a boy in college while she is a teenager. I can only imagine how old her boyfriend will be next time.

Ariella is the main character. She is now 14 and experiencing many troubles. Her strength though is tremendous as she tries to figure out the reason behind all the disappearances herself.

Sara (Mae) is Ari’s mother. Having left Ari at birth she is finally re-acquainted with her daughter. They instantly get along and have a great time living with each other after being apart for so many years. Having abandoned her daughter as a baby, she is now caring and compassionate towards Ari.

Dashay is a friend of Mae and soon becomes friends with Ari as well. She is extremely friendly and outgoing. Her bubbly nature makes her an extremely likeable character. She is strong in many ways as an independent woman.

Autumn and Misty are two friends of Ari. Now that she is no longer living with her father, Ari has no choice but to find new friends. Although neither girl is someone whom Ari would typically befriend, both girls push to become acquainted with Ari.

This book is a light improvement from the first book of the series. The author has definitely improved when it comes to the actual writing style. It is no longer striving to be sophisticated but describing the life of this young girl. It’s not a book that is put at the top of the shelf but certainly readable.

Notable Scene:

The keynote speaker of the caucus was Neil Cameron, a thirty- year-old U.S.  senator from Georgia who had quit the Democrats to join the Fair Share Party. He ignored the podium and walked to the edge of the stage to a dress us. Walker and I sat in the third row. From the moment he appeared, we couldn’t take our eyes off him.

Was Neil Cameron good looking? Every woman in the room would have said so, although he was mot conventionally handsome. His nose looked as if it might have been broken once, and he was probably five-foot-ten at most. But his dark blue eyes were warm, I’d read the phrase “dancing eyes”, but I’d never seen them until that night. His eyes moved from face to face in the audience, lingering long enough to create the impression that he was fascinated by each one. His hair was thick and dark, his hands square and strong looking. As he spoke, his hands did a kind of dance of their own.

Ethical Vampire Series:

1. The Society of S

2. The Year of Disappearances

3. The Season of Risks

FTC Advisory: Simon & Schuster provided me with a copy of The Year of Disappearances. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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