Saturday, April 26, 2014

W for When Lightning Strikes

Day 23 of the A to Z Challenge. Today's offering:

W is for When Lightning Strikes (1-800 Series) by Meg Cabot

Jess Mastriani has never been what you'd call a typical Midwestern teenager—her extracurricular activities, instead of cheerleading or 4-H, include fist-fights with the football team and month-long stints in detention. A part of Jess would like to be the prom queen her mother has always envisioned her being, but another part is secretly counting the days until she's saved up enough money to buy her own Harley.

Then something happens that guarantees Jess will be one of the least until her newfound talent ends up getting her dead.
COVER RATING: On a scale of 1-9
So covers 13 years ago weren’t exactly fantastical, but this series doesn’t need great covers to be fantastic
Here we have another book from my teen years. It’s paranormal-lite, full of action and suspense, and of course hot guys! By hot guys I mean, wrong side of the tracks Rob Wilkins.
Jessica is our heroine in this series, but after being struck by lightning (gee didn’t see that one coming) she is able to locate missing children. She sees a picture of them and then she dreams about them and can help people locate them. But Jess ain’t no typical YA girl. No, no, no. I still remember when she was in a her cafeteria and this guy was saying some nasty stuff about her, and Jess turns around and decks the guy, breaking his nose. Detention anyone? How freaking fantastic is that?
Okay not the punching part, but standing up for herself and others and not worrying about being the prom queen her mom wants her to be. Nope, Jess wants her own Harley and to help the kids she’s suddenly able to find.
Now a gift like that will definitely get noticed, and boy does it ever. By the Federal government. That’s enough to ruin any girls day. But she’s got Rob on her side, and when he’s on his motorcycle he’s her knight on a shining Harley!
This is a six book series, originally published under Meg Cabot’s penname Jenny Carol. But after the first 4 books didn’t sell so well, they reprinted it under her real name and sales popped, sort of. The fifth in the series was written four years after the fourth, and Jess was 19. Then the last book #6, came a few years after that one.

This is a great series! Meg Cabot can do no wrong in my opinion. But I think it's been made clear by now that she is also one of my 5 hero authors so... I may be biased by my love of her greatness. Just like all her other teen series, it’s perfect for younger and even older teen readers, and of course al lovers of YA.
There you go, come back tomorrow for day 24!
Later lovelies!
<3 L.H.

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