Vanished: When Lightning Strikes / Code Name Cassandra
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...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 ...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. ...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 ...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
So the main character, Jess(ica) is a total kick-ass, snarky, and nerdy 16-year old girl-and I love her. This story is written in her perspective, and she adds some hilarious little witty remarks. Oh, and she’s also sorta wanted by the FBI, due to her special psychic abilities. With that being said, a guy she requests help from quite ...more
I had heard of this series but had never read it, even though I’ve read most of Meg Cabot’s books, so I wanted to give this series a try.
I enjoyed Code Name Cassandra much more than When Lightning Strikes. Book 1 introduced Jess and her abilities, but a lot of it was just so far fetched, with the whole helicopter thing and all. In book 2, Jess is aware of her ...more
What makes it such fun is Jess's agression and tendency to just go charging into trouble. There is a Nancy Drew feeling to the stories, but with a short George in the lead. Twenty years out, some of the slang is outdated and/or discomforting, ...more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.
And there ...more
Perhaps due to the way how she goes about it unapologetically.
Another run to Meg Cabot's? No thanks, though. I'll ensure my ...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 ...more
"How did I ever get to be so lucky? Really. I want to know. I mean, have you ever, in your life, met anyone with worse luck than mine?" (Jessica Mastriani, Code Name Cassandra)
The 1-800-Where-R-You/Vanished series has an extremely interesting and unique concept: A girl gains psychic powers after being struck by lightning and can find missing people.
10 out of 10 points for plot execution.
I love the main character, Jess. She's a spunky and sassy tomboy with anger management issues and she's ...more
Another thing I love is all the action. Whenever something suspenseful happens it ...more
Jesus, I was feeling pretty dehydrated today because it was boiling here in down under, so I played a game while reading the book: every time the word ”slut” is said in the book, I’ll take a swig of water.
This is a remark about a girl who likes to sunbathe in her backyard:
”Well”, I said, ”you got to admit, she does look good in a bathing suit....more
Riveting in its own way, witty in a lot of different ways--Vanished is a book perfect for light reading with a dose of mystery and adventure (and detentions) on the side.
I really like how the heroine, Jess, isn't the typical girly girl superhero (i really like how she ...more
Since it's been over a week now, I don't remember much of the book itself. Of course, it was a bit more juvenile, a bit more unlikely than I remember from when I first read it years ago. I had also seen the first season of the television show, and that had messed with how I remember the book. For instance, Jess did not get ...more
I was quite disappointed in this book. I couldn't continuously read and found myself needing a distraction every now and then. Throughout the book, I found it had a couple of spelling errors, which bothered my flow and later, bothered me that a publication wasn't more careful.
I think the hype for this book is too high. I was genuinely excited to read this only to have it ...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 ...more