Gwen & Kate's Library

Two sisters' reviews of Young Adult and Middle Grade books, inspired by their lovely library.

Gwen’s Review of Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer

Although Bloody Jack is not my favorite in the series (this is my second time reading through all the books), it is well worth the read if it gets you to some of my favorite books, including Under the Jolly Roger and Mississippi Jack.

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Series: The Bloody Jack Adventures, Book 1 (Being the Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary “Jacky” Faber, Ship’s Boy)

Genres: Young Adult, Adventure, Historical Fiction, Romance

Rating: 4 stars

Description:

Life as a ship’s boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of eighteenth-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas.
There’s only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret. This could be the adventure of her life–if only she doesn’t get caught…

Review:
Although Bloody Jack is not my favorite in the series (this is my second time reading through all the books), it is well worth the read if it gets you to some of my favorite books, including Under the Jolly Roger and Mississippi Jack.

It begins a little slow, with Jacky, then called Mary, describing her early life under Black Friar’s Bridge, in London. But soon Jacky is off on her first of many adventures abroad, catching a ride on the HMS Dolphin as a ship’s “boy.” She learns many new and valuable skills, including how to splice a line, play the penny whistle, and act the part of a boy to perfection.

Jacky is one of the most lively and unique characters I have ever read about. Her optimism, energy, lively spirit, bravery, and simple humanness are plenty to make you fall in love.

I can’t recommend the audiobook enough. The narrator, Katherine Kellgren, has millions of flawless accents in her back pocket, and sings all of Jacky’s favorite folk songs beautifully. She not only individualizes each character with changes in voice and tone, but emphasizes extreme feeling in Jacky’s voice, fully enhancing the story.

This is a series of twelve books (the final being published this November), each telling the tale of a different chapter in Jacky’s adventure-filled life all over the globe. If you enjoy this book and series, I would also recommend the book Pirates by Celia Rees (although Jacky is not a pirate).

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This entry was posted on May 18, 2014 by in Author: Gwen, Review, Young Adult and tagged , , .
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