Jul 9, 2012

REVIEW: Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer


Title: Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky Faber"
Series: Bloody Jack, #1
Author: L.A. Meyer
Rating: 4.5 Stars

“Life as a ship's boy aboard HMS Dolphin is a dream come true for Jacky Faber. Gone are the days of scavenging for food and fighting for survival on the streets of eighteenth-century London. Instead, Jacky is becoming a skilled and respected sailor as the crew pursues pirates on the high seas.

There's only one problem: Jacky is a girl. And she will have to use every bit of her spirit, wit, and courage to keep the crew from discovering her secret. This could be the adventure of her life--if only she doesn't get caught. . . .”

                 I discovered Bloody Jack about a year and a half ago and it has quickly become one of my favorite books, Its an easy and fun read. I love Jacky and how she has to prove how brave she is so that she can pretend to be one of the boys. My favorite shipmate of Jacky’s is her friend and fellow ship’s boy, Davy. He is hilarious and exactly the kind of character that I love. One character who just rubs me the wrong way is Jaimy Fletcher. Jaimy plays a pivotal role in the books and I’m sure many people love him, but I am just not a fan!
                 The best element of the story has to be the writing style. When the book first starts Jacky isn’t properly educated so she uses a lot of street slang. Not only do Jacky’s thoughts use this street slang but the whole writing/wording of the first few chapters are like this. As Jacky finds herself more educated the writing and speech becomes a whole lot smoother and proper.
                 Bloody Jack is a fun read for anyone who love a good seafaring story or who loves a strong female lead.