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Preview — Vanished by Meg Cabot
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
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
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
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
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
Jessica Mastriani is not your typical...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
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
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
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
The great things about this book
1) I can really relate to it. And it's so true, it really felt like someone was really telling their life story, if we lived in a world where we would find missing children with the power of our minds.
2) great detail, I loved how it really described everything, I felt so connected to Jess.
Jess is hit by lightning, but tries to keep the effects secret. Hard to do when it gave you the power to find missing people and you ring in the addresses to the Missing People hotline...they tend to notice these things. Unfortunately it can hinder your attempts at saying out of the spotlight and your mum's attempt at being a normal family.
Jess knows the Feds are still watching her, which is why Rosem...more
meg cabot is hilarious, and this series combines thriller tension with normal teen angst in a very uncomplicated way. this jess actually reminds me of jessica darling from sloppy firsts - which is another series that i liked a lot despite myself.
i mean, sure. there's the part where jess talks about wearing short skirts and can't stop thinking about a certain grit . . . but it really didn't bother me. she's 16 and it makes sense...more
I’ve been kind of in a reading funk lately. Nothing has really appealed to me. So, what do I reach for when nothing else will do? That’s right. Meg Cabot.
One of Meg’s older series is the 1-800-Where-R-You series (which, was actually originally published under the name Jenny Carroll, silly authors and their pseudonyms). It has recently been released as Vanished- which features the first two books in the series in one volume. It has b...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
An imprint of Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing Division
“Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does all the work”--Mark Twain. Vanished is written by Meg Cabot, this novel's genre is fantasy. The main character of the novel, Jessica Mastriani, was just a normal girl but everything changed when lightning struck her. Meg Cabot is a fantastic writer and she wrote many other novels for instan...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 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
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
Jess Mastriani is a sixteen year old girl living in Southern Indiana with an average l...more
When Lightning Strikes: Unlike the first Mediator book, this doesn’t really grab me into the series at first. Which is a let-down seeing that a lot of the book focuses on how Jess gets her power in the first place.
The problem is the pacing of the plot—the whole book takes place within a week, two weeks tops. Jess hasn’t explored the limits of what she can do after three phone calls, although she doesn’t seem particularly disturbed by the fact that she knows where people are...more
Basically, Jess is struck by lightning on her way home from school one day, and it gives her the ability to locate missing people. If she sees a picture of a missing child, the next day she wakes up knowi...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
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
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
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