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"Vanished" Kat Richardson

Vanished is the fourth book in Kat Richardson's Greywalker series - I'm getting these out of the library so sadly I skipped over book 3 because the library don't have it. I don't think this'll be a long post - I'm not sure how much I can say about this book while staying spoiler free. When I started reading the series I thought they were going to be very episodic monster-of-the-week stuff, but this one (and perhaps the last one too, I don't know) is much more concerned with series arc. And my initial criticism of the protagonist, Harper Blaine, feeling in the first book like she came out of nowhere is even more off base than I thought with the last book! Here we get to meet some of her family, and other figures from her past, and we find out both why she's kinda bad at interpersonal relationships and something about why she's a Greywalker.

Read the rest of this (brief) review on my blog.

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tibbywolf
Feb. 4th, 2014 04:56 pm (UTC)
I'm reading the first one right now for book club and it's just kinda fell flat for me. The characters, particularly Harper seem very 2D and I just didn't find the story very exciting. The first book had mixed reviews on Amazon, but after that they all seem to get high ratings. Is it worth keeping up with? How are the sequels?
pling
Feb. 4th, 2014 06:10 pm (UTC)
Of the three I've read, the first one was the weakest in my opinion. I thought it suffered from Harper feeling like she'd appeared from nowhere - which may be the same criticism as what you mean by 2D. In retrospect I think her lack of deep attachments is intentional on the part of the author, given what you learn of her backstory in the book I've just read. But it's not handled as deftly as it might be.

I was intrigued enough with the first one by the premise of Greywalkers and ghosts to carry on reading them, and the other two are better. They're still in my category of "fun once" - I'll read them from the library, but not worth devoting shelf space in my house to.
tibbywolf
Feb. 4th, 2014 06:42 pm (UTC)
hmm...in that case I may try the next one. I really liked the premise with Greywalker as well, being able to see ghosts and such. Just couldn't really get into the characters. This was a recommendation because I'm really into the Dresden Files series and was looking for an equivalent with a female protagonist. The first Grey just wasn't as "whizz pow!" as Dresden is I guess. lol
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