Two sisters' reviews of Young Adult and Middle Grade books, inspired by their lovely library.
While I didn’t enjoy My Bonny Light Horseman as much as Mississippi Jack, what I love about this book is how many different changes of scenery there are. This keeps the plot from getting stale, and maintains the “Bloody Jack feeling.”
Series: The Bloody Jack Adventures, Book 6 (Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, in Love and War).
Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance, Adventure
Rating: 4.5 stars
The infamous pirate, riverboat seductress, master of disguise, and street-urchin-turned-sailor Jacky Faber has been captured by the French and beheaded in full view of her friends and crew. Inconceivable? Yes! The truth is she’s secretly forced to pose as an American dancer behind enemy lines in Paris, where she entices a French general into revealing military secrets—all to save her dear friends. Then, in intrepid Jacky Faber style, she dons male clothing and worms her way into a post as galloper with the French army, ultimately leading a team of men to fight alongside the great Napoleon.In this sixth installment of the Bloody Jack Adventures series, love and war collide as the irrepressible Jacky Faber sets off on a daring adventure she vowed she’d never take.
While I didn’t enjoy My Bonny Light Horseman as much as Mississippi Jack, what I love about this book is how many different changes of scenery there are. This keeps the plot from getting stale, and maintains the “Bloody Jack feeling.” The various different adventures in this book begin with (minor spoilers) Jacky’s dreaded capture by the Royal Navy, then a second capture by the French, a job spying for the English while acting as a ballerina courtesan, then spying while acting as a messenger in the French army! Four quite different adventures all fused together in a very organized way to create one complete story.
More love follows Jacky around with the new character of Jean-Paul de Valdon, and more meetings with Jaimy Fletcher, Joseph Jared, and Randall Trevelyne (although again Jacky seems to only get serious with men whose first names start with J to match her own — interesting…). And again, L.A. Meyer brings the story full circle (although we are only halfway through the series!) with the repeat of Jacky’s cross-dressing habit, this time one land as an officer and messenger in the French Army.
Again I love how Jacky ends up in a famous battle, this time not the Battle of Trafalgar but the Battle of Jena-Auerstedt in the War of the Fourth Coalition. I do however wish that the date was mentioned more often and a little more historical background was given. The way that L.A. Meyer writes at this point, all the historical facts you pick up are sort of random and don’t tell the whole story.
Coming up next is Rapture of the Deep, book 7, in which Jacky does some deep diving for sunken Spanish gold (among many other of her escapades, of course)!