Two sisters' reviews of Young Adult and Middle Grade books, inspired by their lovely library.
Rapture of the Deep is again one of my more favored Jacky Faber books, along with Mississippi Jack and Under the Jolly Roger. This mostly has to do with the fact that this book contains much more Jaimy than readers have had to suffer through since the first book, Bloody Jack, and the fact that Jacky’s piratical side is very well explored in this journey to claim golden treasure off the sea floor.
Series: The Bloody Jack Adventures, Book 7 (Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Soldier, Sailor, Mermaid, Spy)
Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance, Adventure
Rating: 5 stars
On the very day that Jacky Faber is to wed her true love, she is kidnapped by British Naval Intelligence and forced to embark on yet another daring mission—this time to search for sunken Spanish gold. But when Jacky is involved, things don’t always go as planned. Jacky has survived battles on the high seas, the stifling propriety of a Boston finishing school, and even confinement in a dank French prison. But no adventure has quite matched her opportunistic street-urchin desires—until now.
Rapture of the Deep is again one of my more favored Jacky Faber books, along with Mississippi Jack and Under the Jolly Roger. This mostly has to do with the fact that this book contains much more Jaimy than readers have had to suffer through since the first book, Bloody Jack, and the fact that Jacky’s piratical side is very well explored in this journey to claim golden treasure off the sea floor. And again, another beautiful cover from talented artist Cliff Nielsen. I’d frame this one for sure!
In reading this book and the many other reviews of it, I will mention that I understand where the other negative reviews are coming from. Yes, the story is becoming very repetitive with Jacky’s constant separation from Jaimy and lack of resolution in almost every category, and yes there are some non-explicit but highly suggestive romantic scenes and conversations. I am certainly not blind to the fact that by Jacky’s 7th book not much new is happening in her relationships with romance and the law, but her adventures are nonetheless new and refreshing.
Again, I am amazed at the depth of plot that occurs in these books — unlike any I have read before. Instead of there being one common goal or quest with a clear rising action on the journey there, a climax at the discovery and falling action of the resolution, the Bloody Jack Adventure books have the spikiest plot diagram I have ever seen, with constant small actions and side plots to keep the entire book interesting!
Something else I love about the Jacky Faber stories and L.A. Meyer’s writing, as weird as this may sound, that we actually follow Jacky into the bath, to the bathroom sometimes, and really everywhere she goes! This is something I have always noticed before in books — that although the story is told in first person, the character never seems to need to go to the bathroom or bathe! So in these books, Jacky seems like a much more realistic character that actually has bodily functions like real humans! Luckily, L.A. Meyer does not make these scenes obscene in any way – just something along the lines of “doing the necessaries.”
In Rapture of the Deep we see Jacky revel in her inner pirate once more, and we follow her on a long boat voyage to the penal colony at Botany Bay next in The Wake of the Lorelei Lee!