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This book isn't amazing, but this series is really good. The first book can be slightly boring at times. When you get past that you really get into her adventure. If you don't love this book, you are sure to love one of the others.
My favorite so far is the third one. If you can hold out until then, you are in for a treat. It only gets better.
Though the book had a good storyline, Jacky's confusing style of naration takes a long time to get used to (I had to read chapter 1 twice before I understood what she was even talking about). There was far more sexual content then I expected, including a pedefile which brought about several extremely disturbing and pretty graphic scenes. The stuff with the French pirate felt rather jumbled into the storyline, and the whole episode of Jacky flying away on the kite was ridiculous. On the up side, the historical content and details of life at sea seemed pretty accurate (this is a personal point of interest) and some of the dialogue was entertaining. But, in the end, I wish I hadn't wasted my money.
Publishers Weekly, 2007-07-09 The tale of Mary, an 18th-century London street urchin who dresses as a boy, renames herself "Jacky" and goes to sea as a ship's boy, soars to new heights in the audio format. Mary's distinctive Cockney dialect is tailor-made for reading aloud. And with award-winning narrator Kellgren at the helm, the result is pure magic. She creates authentic character voices, switching effortlessly among Mary's Cockney, the melodic Irish lilt of sailor Liam, the educated American voice of schoolmaster Tilden, the chillingly sinister, leering tone of Jacob Sloat and many other voices without missing a beat. Her acting is also first-rate: her tone of pride as Mary boasts of her achievements, her tenderness as she speaks of Jaimy, the boy she secretly falls in love with, and the sheer terror in her voice during scenes of violence and danger will have listeners on the edge of their seats. For tweens and teens caught up in this summer's Pirate Fever, Bloody Jack is the perfect audiobook to make those long family car trips fly by. Ages 12-up. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2002-10-07 "I prays for deliverance," confides Mary Faber, orphaned at eight years old by a pestilence that relegates her to a life of begging and petty crime on the streets of London. After her gang's leader is killed, she dons his clothing, trading in the name Mary for Jack, and takes to the high seas aboard the HMS Dolphin. Meyer evokes life in the 18th-century Royal Navy with Dickensian flair. He seamlessly weaves into Jacky's first-person account a wealth of historical and nautical detail at a time when pirates terrorized the oceans. Interspersed are humorous asides about her ongoing struggle to maintain "The Deception" (she fashions herself a codpiece and emulates the "shake-and-wiggle action" of the other boys when pretending to use the head, for instance), she earns her titular nickname in a clash with pirates and survives a brief stretch as a castaway before her true identity is discovered (the book ends as she's about to be shipped off to a school for young ladies in Boston). The narrative's dialect occasionally falters, but this detracts only slightly from the descriptive prose ("He's got muscles like a horse and looks to have a brain to match") and not at all from the engine driving this sprawling yarn: the spirited heroine's wholly engaging voice. Her budding sexuality (which leads to a somewhat flawed plotline involving a secret shipboard romance) and a near-rape by a seaman mark this one for older readers, who will find the salty tale a rattling good read. Ages 12-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 2004-06-21 PW called this story, of an orphaned girl who assumes the name Jack after her gang's leader is killed and takes to the high seas, "a salty tale." Ages 12-up. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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