Book Reviews, YA book reviews

The Vanishing Place by Theresa Emminizer- ARC Review


My Rating ~ Three and a half Stars

RELEASE DATE:  1 April 2020

Format: e-ARC

Pages: 200

Publisher: West 44 Books



When Brooke, Eva, Nate, and Jay take a nighttime sail off the Florida coast, they never imagine that their lives are about to change forever. Shipwrecked by a storm at sea, the teenagers become castaways on an island that seems designed to test their very natures. Faced with loss, trauma, and the harsh reality of day-to-day survival, will they find the strength to confront their inner demons and escape the Vanishing Place? Or are mysterious forces at work to keep them stranded for all time?





Thank you so much to West 44 Books for providing me with a copy of The Vanishing Place, via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review!


The Vanishing Place is a short book about four teens who’s fun sailing trip turns into a nightmare when they’re shipwrecked on an island.  Battling the elements, food shortage and their own minds for survival, they need to find a way to get back home.

I really enjoyed this story, but honestly, I wanted it to be longer.  I needed a bit more than it gave.  They’d barely made it to the island when it felt like it was all over and I was finishing the book.  I’m a sucker for mysterious castaway type stories, so I enjoyed the struggles the characters faced and the truly scary situations they found themselves in, but I just wasn’t a fan of the choppy, almost poetic format of the writing.  I couldn’t relax into the story as much as I would have if it was in a novel style.

I definitely don’t want to put anyone off though – it is a fast past, gripping story that’s worth a read!






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