Vanished: When Lightning Strikes & Code Name Cassandra (1-800-Where-R-You #1 & 2)
A gift…or a curse?
Jessica Mastriani has never liked attention. All she wants is to make it to high school graduation like any ordinary girl. But when Jess is struck by lightning, she becomes anything but ordinary: suddenly she has the ability to locate missing children.
Now Jess is getting noticed in all the wrong ways and by all the wrong people. The media is obsessed wi...more
Jessica Mastriani is not your typical...more
There are kids missing every day. Either because someone stole them, or they got lost. However, wouldn’t it be fascinating if you had the power to find kids? To know the exact location of where they are? That way, you would be able to save millions of kids every day.
After a regular day at school, Jess Mastriani, the protagonist, walks home from school with her best friend Ruth. Everything is going fine until a thunderstorm hits and of course, Jess and her friend goe...more
Jessica Mastriani was your average sixteen year old girl... until she got hit by lightning. Did she die? Was she injured? No. She seemed fine. That is, until she discovered she came find missing people dead or alive. In the second book, she had already discovered that not everyone wants to be found. So...more
I really really enjoyed Vanished. Meg Cabot is absolutely hilarious. I loved Jess. She is a great snarky and sarcastic character who you can't help but think that...more
WHEN LIGHTNING STRIKES
I've decided that it really doesn't matter what Meg Cabot writes about, she's such a talented author that I'm pretty much guaranteed to like any of her books. Meg Cabot novels have solid, fast-paced plots, wonderful characte...more
Meg Cabot has such a great writing style. Like Jess, it's sassy and kick-ass, smart and funny, sarcastic and biting. Time flew when I was reading Vanished, because one thing after another happens and the pages seem to just turn themselves - the pacing is amazing, easing into the story a bit and then just taking off!! The funny things is that even when ridiculous things that don't seem very plausible happen, everything still feels so real.
I love Jess. With...more
Plus, two books in one?
When Lightning Strikes
Jess Mastriani was struck by lightning. So, she's dead? No. Coma? No. She's perfectly healthy. Until she dreamt of the exact location of missing children and called 1-800-where-r-you. And... voila! The missing children are back! But is she doing the right thing? What if some of the children didn't want to be find?
Written in typically Meg Cabot'...more
This book covered the first two books of the infamous 1-800-where-R-U series. Jess Mastriani’s your average 16-year old girl. Except that she got struck by lightning and got this great super powers- knowing where missing kids are. Really. It’s this unusual super po...more
The Good Stuff
* Absolutely positively delightful heroine. I would totally adopt this girl in a heart beat
* Hilarious dialogue
* quirky and different plot
* Parents of Jess are realistic and only slightly clueless. I really don't like the Mom though
* The storyline is so absorbing and fun you will not want to put it down and even-though the book looks huge, you will have it read in no time at all
* Loved the realistic and honest relationships between Jess and her family and friends
* The scenes...more
Jessica Mastriani is struck by lightning on the way home after school, and wakes up the next day able to find missing children once she sees their photograph.
This turns out to be both a blessing and a curse, as we see through the two books combined in this omnibus edition. Some kids don't want to be found ... and the Dept. of Defense wants her to use her powe...more
Ruth, prissy and snobish is kind of well how do you say nieve probably best describes it and she has a high IQ...
Mike is totally and I mean totally obsessed with the girl down the street.
Jess's mom is out in left field bless her heart you live with crazies and it...more
The first book I ever read by Meg Cabot was Insatiable which was directed at an older audience. The storyline of this book sounded really interesting to me so I guess I was expecting it to be written more like Insatiable. The writing style is similar (of course) but defiantly directed and a younger audienc...more
I, for one, wanted to read Vanished because of how much I loved Cabot's Mediator series. If you haven't read that one yet: It's awesome. Really. And I see a lot of the things I liked in the Mediator series in this one, too.
Now, on to the book. Books, I mean. I'm very, very glad this was a volume of the first t...more
Vanished by Meg Cabot is a romance mystery story. It's about a girl named Jessica who has never really liked attention from anybody. one day jess and her friend ruth are walking home in the rain and she gets struck by lighting. over night she gets these weird pictures of kids in her dreams. and the next day she notices one of the kids pictures is on the back of a milk carton as a missing kid. she finds out that at night she dreams of missing children and knows where they are.
"which was how, an h...more
Jessica's inner dialogue was tiresome at first. I didn't find anything she said to be believable and there was just way too many pop culture references for my taste towards the beginning (I hate it when a book ages itself). But she grew on me, so much so that I really love her now. She's sarcastic, witty, mature, and underneath that effort to not appear that she cares, she has a heart of gold. I really enjoyed her character growth and ho...more
Really liked it, just like the rest of the rest of her writing. It's wonderfully paced, and just a cute read.
Getting struck by lightening has lead to Jessica's ability to find missing children, but what about those who don't want to be found? She has to decide how she can manage to do more harm than good...
And Code Name Cassandra...
Of course, put the psychic in charge of a bunch of children. No way one of them will be lost. But again, it was an enjoyable read. Still doi...more
When Lightning Strikes
Jess Mastriani is an average tomboyish 16 year old girl who needs speed. But when jess gets struck by lightning she is not average anymore, she is anything but average. Jess has the amazing ability to find missing children all over the world. With the News reporters always knocking on her door and the FBI on her case Jess doesn’t know who to trust. Later Jess finds out that some of the kids she is finding don’t want to be found. Jess has to figure out how to use h...more
So, this book called Vanished is actually two separate books in one. Too bad Goodreads will not recognize this book as two separate ones in my book goal for 2012. Oh, well! Anyways, I w...more
Jess Mastriani is a sixteen year old girl with issues. It just so happens that her issues are somewhat more complicated than most teens. When Lightning Strikes sees Jessica’s rather geeky existence take a turn for the paranormal when, you guessed it, she gets struck by lightning on her way home. Suddenly Jess has the strangest ability she can find missing people. She goes to bed the night of the lightning strike...more
This book is so good. I've laughed and cried. Jessica has come by so many life or death situations, and she's come thro...more
Jess Mastriani is a sixteen year old girl living in Southern Indiana with an average l...more
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Why did I read it?
I was very intrigued by the blurb. I had no idea it was a rerelease until after.
I love these books! I was amazed that I had never heard of them before. I found them very unique - a young girl getting struck by lightening develops a physic power - AWESOME. They were very quick and simple to read. There was enough description and surprise to the plot that I was ca...more
(1)In this book Jess gets hit by lightning and finds the ability to find missing kids. Though sometimes the kids do not want to be found. She accidentally finds a kid that was taken from an abusive parent. So when she takes him from his mom, he is back to his abusive dad. So then she rescues him from his dad and...more
Meg Cabot was born on February 1, 1967, during the Chinese astrological year of the Fire Horse, a notoriously unlucky sign. Fortunately she grew up in Bloomington, Indiana, where few people were aware of the stigma of being a fire horse -- at least until Meg became a teenager, when she flun...more