Gwen & Kate's Library

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

Gwen’s Thoughts on Mississippi Jack by L.A. Meyer

Mississippi Jack is by far one of my favorite installations in the Bloody Jack Adventures series, and the cover happens to be one of my favorites as well (that red dress!). In this book, Jacky is on the run (as always) from the British, who have a large price on her head for “piracy,” so she heads off into the wild west to hide out for a bit, on a flatboat on the Mississippi River. 

Series: The Bloody Jack Adventures, Book 5 (Being the Account of the Further Waterborne Adventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman, Fine Lady, and the Lily of the West)

Genres:  Young Adult, Adventure, Historical Fiction, Romance

Rating: 5+ stars!

Description:

The intrepid Jacky Faber, having once again eluded British authorities, heads west, hoping that no one will recognize her in the wilds of America. There she tricks the tall-tale hero Mike Fink out of his flatboat, equips it as a floating casino-showboat, and heads south to New Orleans, battling murderous bandits, British soldiers, and other scoundrels along the way. Will Jacky’s carelessness and impulsive actions ultimately cause her beloved Jaimy to be left in her wake?     Bold, daring, and downright fun, Jacky Faber proves once again that with resilience and can-do spirit, she can wiggle out of any scrape . . . well, almost.

Review:

Mississippi Jack is by far one of my favorite installations in the Bloody Jack Adventures series, and the cover happens to be one of my favorites as well (that red dress!). In this book, Jacky is on the run (as always) from the British, who have a large price on her head for “piracy,” so she heads off into the wild west to hide out for a bit, on a flatboat on the Mississippi River.

In this book, Jacky meets many new (and mostly lovable) characters who join her on her journey down the river, including flatboat owner and skilled drinker Mike Fink, talented cook Crow Jane, Cherokee Indian Lightfoot, sweet and charming Clementine Jukes, not-so pious Reverend Jeremiah Clawson, much-to-dashing Captain Richard Allen, sly Mr. Yancy Cantrell and his companion Chloe, Cherokee girl Tepeki, runaway slave Solomon, rowdy boys Nathaniel and Mathew Hawks with their new wives Tupelo Honey and Honeysuckle Rose, young and innocent Daniel Prescott, and Jacky’s new pig, Pretty Saro.

Of course Higgins, Jim Tanner, Katy Deer, and many more old friends also join her in her journey, and Mississippi Jack does focus quite a bit on dear Jaimy Fletcher, who faces plenty of his own perils on his trek to catch up with Jacky. Jacky herself gains more new names to add to the collection, so far starring La Belle Jeune Fille sans Merci, now also including Princess Pretty-Bottom and Wah-chinga-sote-caweena-que-tonk (She Who Dances Like Crazy Rabbit).

As with all the previous (and forthcoming) books in this series, the plot never stops for a minute, and Jacky gets in and out of trouble so fast it’s sometimes dizzying! Jacky’s misadventures on the Belle of the Golden West, her new flatboat for transportation and performances, cause many near-death experiences through another run-in with the infamous Lieutenant Flashby, a violent battle with cave-dwelling robbers, a livid and very strong Mike Fink, and a near hanging at the hands of a family of slave hunters.

All in all, I cannot recommend Mississippi Jack enough, especially Katherine Kellgren’s amazing audiobook narration of it. Coming up next is My Bonny Light Horseman, which takes Jacky away from America and to France, where she becomes involved as an important player in the war and fights alongside Napoleon!

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This entry was posted on July 3, 2014 by in Author: Gwen, Favorites, Review, Young Adult and tagged , , .
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