Monday, May 5, 2014

Book Review ~ Bloody Jack Series by L.A Meyer

Bloody Jack : being an account of the curious adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy / L.A. Meyer.

About the Series: Mary Faber's family dies of the pestilence during the eighteenth century, forcing her to join a gang of ragamuffins, hungry, desperate, and living in London's underbelly. When the nominal leader is killed, Mary sees but one way to survive: dress as a boy and get a job in the Royal Navy. Expecting this apprenticeship will provide her with regular meals and some time during which she can plan for the future, Mary adopts the name Jacky (which is quickly changed to Bloody Jack when she kills a man) and begins her short-term deception. Even though she enjoys the camaraderie of her shipmates and the promise of adventure on the high seas, Mary knows full well that one day her gender will betray her. Little does she expect, though, that she will fall in love with Jaimy, a fellow ship's boy. Stock minor characters (such as the boy who dies so that Mary can be reborn as Jacky,or the prostitute with a heart of gold) allow the plot to sail along at a fast clip. The ship's teacher molds the boys, Jacky included, into officers and gentlemen, and has them change their speech from street urchin-ese to more refined English constructions. Jacky's diary reflects this language growth but always retains her strong, proud voice. The abrupt ending ties up the plot but hints at more adventures to come

Summary: 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. . . .

My thoughts: This is one of my all time favorite series!!!!  I love Jacky Faber and all the adventures, or more accurately, mis-adventures that she has.  These books have it all... adventure, daring exploits, romance, danger and humor.  The author, L.A. Meyer,  is a master at weaving books that leaving the reader wishing they had half the "spunk" that Jacky has.  There are, at this point, 11 books in this series.  I'm on book 9 and am still loving the series!!!

Bloody Jack series

  • Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary Jacky Faber, Ship's Boy (2002)
  • The Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady (2004)
  • Under the Jolly Roger: Being an Account of the Further Nautical Adventures of Jacky Faber (2005)
  • In the Belly of the Bloodhound: Being an Account of a Particularly Peculiar Adventure in the Life of Jacky Faber (2006)
  • Mississippi Jack: Being an Account of the Further Waterborne Adventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman, Fine Lady, and the Lily of the West (2007)
  • My Bonny Light Horseman: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, in Love and War (2008)
  • Rapture of the Deep: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Soldier, Sailor, Mermaid, Spy (2009)
  • The Wake of the Lorelei Lee: Being an Account of the Adventures of Jacky Faber, on her Way to Botany Bay (2010)
  • The Mark of the Golden Dragon: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Jewel of the East, Vexation of the West, and Pearl of the South China Sea (2011)
  • Viva Jacquelina! Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber Over the Hills and Far Away (2012)
  • Boston Jacky: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Taking Care of Business (2013)
About the author: L. A. MEYER received a master of fine arts from Boston University, and is currently the curator and exhibitor at the Clair de Loon Gallery in Bar Harbor, Maine. He lives in Corea, Maine.