Gwen & Kate's Library

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

Gwen’s Thoughts on In the Belly of the Bloodhound by L.A. Meyer

In the Belly of the Bloodhound is not my favorite book in the Bloody Jack Adventures series. What I love about this series so much are Jacky’s adventures all over the world, and this book does not satisfy that yearning for travel for me.

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Series: The Bloody Jack Adventures, Book 4 (Being an Account of a Particularly Peculiar Adventure in the Life of Jacky Faber)

Genres: Young Adult, Adventure, Historical Fiction, Romance

Rating: 4 stars

Description:

The British crown has placed a price on Jacky’s head, and so she returns to the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston to lay low. But laying low isn’t in the cards for a spunky lass who finds trouble even when she’s not looking for it.

A school outing goes awry as Jacky and her classmates are abducted and forced into the hold of the Bloodhound, a ship bound for the slave markets on the Barbary Coast. All of Jacky’s ingenuity, determination, and plain old good luck will be put to the test as she rallies her classmates to fight together to avoid being sold on the auction block in this new installment of the Bloody Jack Adventures.

Review:

In the Belly of the Bloodhound is not my favorite book in the Bloody Jack Adventures series. What I love about this series so much are Jacky’s adventures all over the world, and this book does not satisfy that yearning for travel for me.

This book features Jacky and her “sisters” at the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston, but they do not stay in Boston for long. On a special field trip with the school, Jacky and her classmates get kidnapped and hauled aboard the Bloodhound, a slaving ship with only the Lawson Peabody girls aboard, headed for the Barbary Coast. (Small, predictable spoiler:) What disappointed me is that they never actually make it there. The girls eventually make it off the ship in the middle of the ocean, without ever having any of the adventures I was looking forward to in the sultan’s harems that kept being threatened to the girls as their futures.

I did enjoy how this book cleverly combines Jacky’s two worlds up until this point: her saucy sailor side, and fine lady school girl personality. This dangerous expedition into unknown territory in the bottom of a slaver once again tests Jacky’s spirit, and for the 100th time proves it unbreakable. In the Belly of the Bloodhound treats readers to more amazingly written fight scenes and other near scrapes that L.A. Meyer is so good at writing, where you can never predict the outcome before it happens.

The next book to read and review in the Bloody Jack Adventures series is Mississippi Jack, which was by far my favorite the first time I dove into this amazing series.

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This entry was posted on June 19, 2014 by in Author: Gwen, Review, Young Adult and tagged , , .
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