Julia Vanishes

Julia Vanishes

Book - 2016
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Julia has the unusual ability to be . . . unseen. Not invisible, exactly. Just beyond most people's senses. It's a dangerous trait in a city that has banned all forms of magic and drowns witches in public Cleansings. But it's a useful trait for a thief and a spy. And Julia has learned--crime pays. Her latest job is paying very well indeed. Julia is posing as a housemaid in the grand house of Mrs. Och, where an odd assortment of characters live and work: A disgraced professor who sends her to fetch parcels containing bullets, spiders and poison. An aristocratic houseguest who is locked in the basement each night. And a mysterious young woman who is clearly in hiding--though from what or whom? Worse, Julia suspects that there's a connection between these people and the killer leaving a trail of bodies across the frozen city. The more she learns, the more she wants to be done with this unnatural job. To go back to the safety of her friends and fellow thieves. But Julia is entangled in a struggle between forces more powerful than she'd ever imagined. Escape will come at a terrible price.
Publisher: Toronto, ON : Doubleday Canada, 2016.
ISBN: 9780385684651
Branch Call Number: FIC Egan
Characteristics: 375 p. : map ; 22 cm.

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darladoodles
Jan 28, 2017

I was disappointed by this book. The title held so much promise. Julia/Ella did not come across to me as a likable character. As the book progressed she painted herself more and more into a corner and will no doubt become even less appealing.

The world that is presented in this book seemed to fragmented to me. There was too much history and geography that was in splinters.

There was so much darkness and evil and so little hope for me in this book. I will not be watching for the rest of the trilogy.

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creativecorinne
Nov 11, 2016

This book was AMAZING!! I loved it so much. It combined witches, murder, thrills, and mystery along with humor and a likable young girl. It skips the insanely boring get to know your characters part, and start off with Julia's first job. This book exceeded and blew up my expectations. READ IT!!

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lostintheshelves
Sep 12, 2016

A great YA fantasy with a fascinating and flawed female lead and wonderful world-building. Julia, a thief with a magic ability to pass unseen, finds her latest job as a spy brings her into contact with wolfmen, witches, immortals and other dangers. The world is realistically complex, with multiple religions and class distinctions, and the romance elements are well-tied to Julia's growth as a person and the mystery plot. It will definitely appeal to fans of Kristin Cashore's Graceling, though being first in a trilogy and not a stand-alone makes it not quite as strong as that instant classic.

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