Gwen & Kate's Library

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

Gwen’s Review of The Wake of the Lorelei Lee by L.A. Meyer

Unfortunately, The Wake of the Lorelei Lee may be one of my least favorite Jacky Faber books, following the first one, Bloody Jack. This is mostly due to the fact that while L.A. Meyer does a wonderful job of making the reader feel the same emotions as Jacky, this long voyage of hers is a slow and boring one, and the book dragged on and on.

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Series: The Bloody Jack Adventures, Book 8 (Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, on Her Way to Botany Bay)

Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance, Adventure

Format: Audiobook, Narrated by Katherine Kellgren

Rating: 4 stars

Description:

Jacky Faber, rich from her exploits diving for Spanish gold, has purchased the Lorelei Lee to carry passengers across the Atlantic. Believing she has been absolved of past sins against the Crown, Jacky docks in London to take on her crew, but is instead arrested and sentenced to life in the newly formed penal colony in Australia.

To add insult to injury, the Lorelei Lee is confiscated to carry Jacky and more than 200 female convicts to populate New South Wales. Not one to give in to self pity, Jacky rallies her sisters to “better” their position–resulting in wild escapades, brushes with danger, and much hilarity. Will Jacky find herself a founding mother of New South Wales, Australia? Not if she has anything to do about it!

Review:

Unfortunately, The Wake of the Lorelei Lee may be one of my least favorite Jacky Faber books, following the first one, Bloody Jack. This is mostly due to the fact that while L.A. Meyer does a wonderful job of making the reader feel the same emotions as Jacky, this long voyage of hers is a slow and boring one, and the book dragged on and on.

Again I do love the historical information woven into these books. In this case, it is the tale of the British settling in the continent of Australia, done by shipping convicts off to a colony there as breeders. Many of the new characters in The Wake of the Lorelei Lee are based off real people, such as Mary Wade, sentenced to hang as a ten year old girl for theft, and Esther Abrahams, another convict who married a ship’s officer and became the First Lady of Australia. In addition, the famous female pirate Cheng Shih plays an important part in the book.

There isn’t much more to say about the Bloody Jack Adventure books that I haven’t already said in the first 7 reviews — and the series is a 12-part! Next is The Mark of the Golden Dragon, in which Jacky goes overboard and finds herself stranded in China!

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This entry was posted on September 20, 2014 by in Author: Gwen, Review, Young Adult and tagged , , .
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