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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Vanished (Books Three & Four) by Meg Cabot: Book Review

Vanished (Safe House & Sanctuary)
by Meg Cabot
Simon Pulse (Simon and Schuster)
ISBN: 978-1-4424-0631-5
Suggested Ages: 13+ (Some mild violence and sexual inuendo - nothing objectionable)
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Description: Safe House: JESS MASTRIANI was on vacation when Amber went missing. Most people blame Jess for Amber''s brutal slaying, but how could Jess -- even with her psychic ability to find anyone, anywhere -- have stopped the cheerleader from turning up dead, without having known she was even missing? When yet another cheerleader disappears, Jess has a chance to redeem herself. If she can just find the girl before it''s too late, maybe Jess will finally have a chance to be part of the in crowd. Except that it''s starting to look like being "in" might just get you -- not to mention your loved ones -- killed. So much for popularity.

Description: Sanctuary: JESS MASTRIANI Knew she wasn''t going to be able to hide her psychic powers from the U.S. government forever. But she never thought that she and Dr. Krantz, the special agent brought in to convince Jess to join his elite team of "specially gifted" crime solvers, would have something in common. When a local boy''s disappearance is attributed to a backwoods militia group, it turns out that Jess and Dr. Krantz have the same goal. Suddenly Jess finds herself collaborating with one enemy in order to stop a far worse one. In an atmosphere of hate and fear, Jess and Dr. Krantz must work together to unite a community and save a life...without loosing their own.

The Good Stuff
  • Jessica is one of my favorite literary characters. She's spunky, snarky, funny, and a huge heart
  • Love her relationship with her friends and family is is very true and honest
  • Great storyline in both books - funny, exciting with lots of twists and turns and funny as hell quips by Jess
  • A little more dark (nothing too dark tho) than the first two stories, which gives it a bit  more of an edge
  • Just go get a copy of this (and Vanished Books One and Two) you will fall in love with them
  • The relationship between Jess and her brother Douglas is so wonderfully written
  • Love the scenes between Jess and Rob - hilarious
  • Nice moral lesson snuck in so you barely notice, sign of a gifted author
  • I know I am repeating myself but the dialogue is awesome! She could write for Whedon
  • You lose yourself in the story and feel sorta sad when you finish the book
  • I would recommend reading the first two books in the series first, but you really don't have to

The Not so Good Stuff
  • Jessica's mom is a bit of a b***h -- I just can't seem to like her
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Who would strangle a cheerleader, and dump her body at the bottom of a limestone quarry?  I can certainly understand wanting to strangle a cheerleader. Our school harbors some of the meanest cheerleaders in North America. Seriously. It's like you have to pass a test proving you have no human compassion whatsoever just to get on the squad."

"Hey, I know its uncool to be scoping on boys at the same time as I was trying to solve a murder. But Nancy Drew still had time to date Ned Nickerson, didn't she, in between solving all those mysteries? Except of course, Ned wasn't on probation."

"I mean, sex is a big enough step in any relationship without doing it in an old barn. Um, no thank you. I am willing to wait until the moment is right - such as prom night."

"Can you imagine having that blowhard in your living room the day after your brother got murdered? That has to be one of those circles of hell Dante was going on about. We are doing Inferno in English. Well, everyone else is. I am mainly playing Tetris on my Nintendo DS in the back row with the sound off."

"Not because I had anything to say to him. What can one say to someone like him? He is never going to realize that we were right and he was wrong. People like Jim  Henderson are incapable of changing their ways. They are going to believe in their half-assed opinions until the day they die, and nothing and no one is ever going to convince them that those beliefs might be mistaken."

What I Learned
  • That I wished I was as cool and fun as Jess when I was a teen - she's such a little spitfire
  • I have to read more Meg Cabot YA stuff

Who should/shouldn't read
  • Perfect for YA's and even preteens as there is nothing really objectionable
  • Not for those who need angst y dark stories, this is light fun.  Really reminds me of Buffy
  • Fans of Kiersten White will enjoy
  • Adults will enjoy just as much as Jess is hard not to love

5 Dewey's

Canadian Book Signing Alert: Meg Cabot will be at Chapters Queensway on  Thursday May 12th at 7PM - deets here

I borrowed this from Natasha and did not have to review, just loved it so much and wanted you guys to go out and get it

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