Gwen & Kate's Library

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

Gwen’s Review of Viva Jacquelina! by L.A. Meyer

Part of the reason the series just won’t end must be because Katherine Kellgren’s talents would then need to be used elsewhere. Again, it is her skill that makes these books continually enjoyable, along with Jacky’s every-changing adventures and wider world travels. 

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Series: The Bloody Jack Adventures, Book 10 (Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Over the Hills and Far Away)

Genres: Young Adult, Historical Fiction, Romance, Adventure, Humor

Format: Audiobook, narrated by Katherine Kellgren

Rating: 4.5 stars

Description:

The vivacious Jacky Faber returns in the tenth tale in L. A. Meyer’s Bloody Jack Adventures, a rip-roaring young-adult series applauded for its alluring combination of adventure, romance, history, and humor. Once again under the thumb of British Intelligence, Jacky is sent to Spain to spy for the Crown during the early days of the nineteenth-century Peninsular War. She finds herself in the company of guerilla freedom fighters, poses for the famous artist Goya, runs with the bulls, is kidnapped by the Spanish Inquisition, and travels with a caravan of gypsies… all while hoping to one day reunite with her beloved Jaimy Fletcher.

Review:

Part of the reason the series just won’t end must be because Katherine Kellgren’s talents would then need to be used elsewhere. Again, it is her skill that makes these books continually enjoyable, along with Jacky’s every-changing adventures and wider world travels.

Viva Jacquelina! is a fun story that takes Jacky to Spain, where she poses for Goya, a famous artist, is kidnapped by the Spanish Inquisition, and is taken in by a traveling caravan of Roma (also known as gypsies). Again, as I have said in so many of the past books, I love how L.A. Meyer combines Jacky’s fictional life with real history and mythology.

In Viva Jacquelina! Jacky even stars in a painting done by Francisco Goya, which with later research I found actually exists! They are a set of paintings, The Clothed Maja and The Nude Maja, painted c. 1800. Jacky’s role in this painting reminded me of Girl with the Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier, which also tries to tell the story of a female model in a painting.

This painting is (obviously) The Clothed Maja. You can look up The Nude Maja yourself!

The next book, book 11 in the series, is Boston Jacky, which unlike all the books previous I have reviewed, I have not read once before. Then finally Jacky’s adventures will come to an end in Wild Rover No More, which is now published (but I am waiting for the audiobook version to come out before I read it)!

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This entry was posted on November 28, 2014 by in Author: Gwen, Review, Young Adult and tagged , , , .
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