Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Meg-A Readers: When Lightening Strikes Review

Meg-A Readers 2013

My FIRST Meg Cabot Book

I was about to start 5th grade in 2003 when I discovered the amazing author Meg Cabot. Our local library had a program where you earned prizes for reading a certain amount of pages/books depending on your grade. I remember that I was trying to find a book at the library because I was a few books away from whatever prize I wanted. Searching the shelves I picked up the first book of the 1-800-WHERE-R-YOU series and decided to read it. It was devoured in one night. I went back and borrowed the rest of the series from the library and read it all that summer. I eventually purchased them because I loved re-reading the story. The Princess Diaries series was the next series I started and now I own all of these as well. I continued to follow her book releases and have read almost all of her young adult series. Since this is the book that started my currently vast collection of Meg Cabot novels I wanted to review it. I'm quite sure my opinions have changed as a now college junior from a then elementary fifth grader. But this remains my favorite of all Meg Cabot's series because it was my first and I still love picking it up to read, though I read it much faster now because I tend to rush to the parts I love!

The Goodreads Blurb: 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.

Jess Mastriani was my role model then and ten years later I still love her. She has a fiery personality, is intensely loyal, and has an strong moral compass. I'm from the midwest and I strongly relate to her for that, as well as many other personal reasons. I feel she is character that many can make connections with. Jess also became an example that taught me many life lessons. She teaches never to back down from what you believe in, fix your mistakes, and put family first. All things that I still believe today!
The first book strongly sets the premise that the rest of the books follow, which is to be expected. But it does it in a subtle way. In many series authors often make the first book an information dump, but Meg Cabot skillfully introduces us to the key characters, sets up the themes for the series, and tells an amazing story. When Lightning Strikes sets up relationships that the reader becomes very involved in, or at least I do! The book leaves you wanting to know whats next for Jess, as well as several other characters.
I think that Jess's newfound talent was also a very unique thing. I had never read another book like this when I first read it, and even now I can't think of another book quite like it. If you haven't already go read the 1-800-WHERE-R-YOU series. They are quick reads that tell a compelling, unique, and memorable story.
Check out When Lightning Strikes on Goodreads or Amazon!!!
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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Weekend Update: Apologies, Excitement, and News

Where in the World is Lisa Jean?

I mentioned I had news, but then I was too busy to announce it. Now my journeys at an end, but I want you to know why I have been gone from my blog for so long. I had meant to post during these past seven weeks, but I couldn't find the time.

I'm in London!!!

I have been on a study abroad in England touring for a few weeks, but mostly stationed near St. Paul's Cathedral. I even spent a weekend in Scotland. I am sorry that this update is coming when I only have a week left in my eight week trip. But that is what happens when you stay in a flat that limits the data (mb) and minutes you can use each week. And with travel blogging was a lower priority. But next time I am going to disappear I promise to let you know first!

Still I have been working on blogging plans in some ways. I have pictures from travel that are tributes to some of my favorite British Authors. Look forward to a post dedicated to my Harry Potter experience in London and Scotland. Also look forward to a post all about the amazing author of Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen. I took pictures of some other London landmarks featured in books I have read and re-read so I might do a blanket post for those books or individual reviews. This is still to be decided.

Either way I look forward to sharing some of my bookish experience on this trip with you when I return to the states the week of August 12th. I will also be participating in Meg-A Readers the next week as well, which I am very excited about since I followed that even last year! If you don't know what the Meg-A Readers Blog Hop is then check out the information here.

Lastly, Thanks to all my followers for dealing with an extended absence with little information. I'm grateful you didn't abandon my blog and I hope to continue to make it better!

I tried attaching pictures, but it seems my internet here won't let me. Those will have to wait as well! But at least you are informed now!!

EDIT: Seems the picture got on here but huge and 3 times. I have fixed that. It is a picture of me by the Peter Pan statue in Hyde Park.

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