Friday, May 4, 2012

The Vanishing Game by Kate Kae Myers

The Vanishing Game
by Kate Kae Myers
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Publication date: February 14, 2012
Genre: YA Suspense/Mystery

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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(synopsis from Goodreads)

The Vanishing Game is the debut novel of Kate Kae Myers. It is a young-adult paranormal fiction that was thoroughly entertaining.  Complete with an evil house, creepy characters and a slew of clues that kept me guessing. The synopsis promises an ending that will shock you and shock me it did. This was an intense, action packed, spooky thriller that kept me enthralled.

We are introduced to protagonist seventeen year old Jocelyn. We learn that her twin brother, Jack, died in an auto accident and she has been having trouble dealing with it. She lives with her foster parents and is planning a camping trip with friends, when she receives a letter in the mail that changes everything. It is a letter written from her dead brother. The letter has her heading back to Seale House, a horrible foster home that she and Jack lived in. When her car and clothes are stolen, she reaches out to their childhood friend Noah. Together the two of them begin a scavenger hunt to collect clues and unravel the messages that Jack is sending them. It has them visiting historical sites, solving riddles and hiding from danger. It turns out that Jack’s former employer and a very dangerous man are both searching for something Jack had. This places Jocelyn and Noah in danger as they become the prime targets. The tale that unfolds is fast paced. Fans of suspense and intrigue will love the chase to uncover clues. The ending was a complete shock and totally brilliant.

The characters Myers created are all unique and well fleshed out. I liked Jocelyn and despite the flaws created by her history, she is smart and at times fearless. Noah was a little mysterious and I wasn’t sure of him, but thankfully Myers sets me straight. The foster kids from Seale House were terrifying, especially Corner Boy. The men pursuing them definitely added to the tales creepiness. The romance while a side story was cute and seeing these two flawed characters interact was fun.

Myers does a fantastic job with world-building and flashbacks. She brings Seale House to life and the horror that occurred and occurs when Jocelyn returns kept me on the edge of my seat. Myers feed us clues as she delivered suspenseful moment after suspenseful moment. All of which kept me turning the pages waiting to catch my breath.  The tale was believable and had my mind racing with questions. Is Jack alive, if not who is sending clues? What did he uncover? Who are the good guys and what dark entity is in Seale House? It’s been a week since I finished this and I still get chills thinking about the house.

I highly recommend The Vanishing Game to fans of mystery, suspense and mild horror. This was an entertaining and suspenseful read. I will be adding Myers to my list of authors to watch.  The Vanishing Game is currently available in eBook and paper formats.

I gave this novel 4 coffee cups out of 5.  

Kate Kae Myers

Have you read this and do you like suspenseful creepy novels? 

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At May 4, 2012 at 9:26 AM , Blogger Caitlin said...

I still can't get over how AWESOME the ending is! I wasn't expecting that twist at all. I think I love a book even more when it manages to surprise me like that.

And yes, that house was uber creepy!

At May 4, 2012 at 9:33 AM , Blogger Carmel @ Rabid Reads said...

I've been curious about this title for a while now. Your review really helped to clear a few things up. Adding it to my wishlist now. Thanks a bunch and have an excellent weekend! :)

At May 4, 2012 at 9:56 AM , Anonymous laura thomas said...

Sounds like a scary good read. I would love to read it. Thanks for the great review. As soon as I refill my book budget I will check it out. This would be a good book for review.

At May 4, 2012 at 10:13 AM , Blogger Book Whales YA Reviews said...

Great review! makes me want to buy this book. I shall put it on my reading list. Thanks for sharing :D -TheUnseelieNerd

At May 4, 2012 at 10:42 AM , Blogger Barbara W. said...

I've heard a lot of good things about this one too (and you-know-who up there loved it although I never take her word for anything - LOL). Great review, you guys are making me inch towards Amazon and that One-Click button!

At May 4, 2012 at 12:00 PM , Blogger Blodeuedd said...

I do not know if I have read anything suspenseful, And creepy. Suspense yes, creepy on its own yes, but

At May 4, 2012 at 4:13 PM , Blogger Chrissie (Once Upon a Series) said...

I must admit that I don't normally read creepy books but your review of this one has got me intrigued! Great review :)

At May 4, 2012 at 8:31 PM , Blogger Books And Beyond said...

I have seen this book & thought it looked pretty good. I am glad I finally got a chance to see a review. Now I know I can add it to my TBR :)
Thank you for stopping by, always nice to see you.

At May 7, 2012 at 6:08 AM , Blogger Rebecca (Kindle Fever) said...

Yay, K! I'm soooo glad you liked it. :D I thought it was seriously fantastic (which you might know by now, lol.) Great review, of course! As always \o/

At May 7, 2012 at 10:26 AM , Blogger Cayce said...

I was shocked by the ending, too. And I just loved the last chapter.
Great review! :)

At May 11, 2012 at 9:27 PM , Blogger Catherine Coffman said...

I liked this one too! The only thing that made me sad was that I was expecting it to be scarier than it was. But definitely good!


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