It’s a Pirate’s/Lady’s Life for Me!

Whatever I’ve said before, I think I just changed my all-time favorite book, at least until I read another, to the Bloody Jack series by L. A. Meyer. I simply love his books – I’ve had the misfortune to stumble across them at a Borders that went out of business, and had to read them. That is, the two that were there (5 and 6). So don’t yell at me when I tell you that Under the Jolly Roger Being an Account of the Further Nautical Adventures of Jacky Faber is the third book, because it is, and I read it, and I loved it, so there!

Here’s a little blurb from the cover, courtesy of Harcourt Books, before I get too excited:
After leaving the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston – under dire circumstances, of course – Jacky boards a whaling ship bound for London, where she hopes to be reunited at last with her beloved Jaimy. But when she sees Jaimy holding hands with a beautiful young woman, Jacky’s bent for jumping to conclusions sends her off on an unexpected wild misadventure at sea.
Taken aboard a ship against her will, Jacky thwarts the advances of its crazy captain, rallies the sailors to her side, and ultimately gains command of a ship in His Majesty’s Royal Navy. But Jacky’s adventures don’t end there…. Before she knows it, she’s being called a pirate – and there’s a price on her head!
This is the hardcover:

If that’s not enough to convince you, I’ll add my two cents. Jacky Faber is a fifteen-year-old girl in Britain and the Atlantic seas in the early 1800’s – but purely fictional characters and plot, if not necessarily circumstance. It is the war between Britain and France that this former street urchin of London profits from. But the book is…. well, I’m not really sure how to describe it. It was quirky and adventerous, and you immediately throw your lot in with Jacky, especially if you’re a girl. She is much loved even by the characters, and her clever wit gets her out of more than one scrap. The best part about it though, would probably be the messes she gets herself into. Almost everytime she’s about to get away, she doesn’t, or when you finally thing something else is going to happen, she gets away! Jacky is resourceful and a commanding yet lovable figure from a sailor’s perspective. She’s not afraid to get things done.

This book was written in a strange way – a first person narrative, which really allows the reader to get to know Jacky, and then it’s also mostly in the present, with a few flashbacks from the future (as in, she told it in first person past). There are also letters that aren’t sent, simply written, by her sweetheart, Jaimy. They are quite humorous at times. For example:

How could even one such as you, willful, headstrong, reckless, and wildly impulsive as you are, have thought you would get away with something like that?… Jacky, I can only hope with all my heart that you get wind of this before you are caught and that you take both yourself and your ship to the other side of the world and live out your life happily there, for there is no life for you here. Not a long one, anyway. Oh, yes. I passed for Lieutenant.” (Under the Jolly Roger, Meyer, pg. 471).

Jaimy’s dry humor and worry for Jacky are placed very nicely just when you get really concerned, thereby delaying the satisfaction of finding out what happens next, making you laugh at the irony because Jaimy has told you something that Jacky either does not, has just, or will soon find out, and also making you wonder: how will Jacky get out of this scrap? Lucky circumstances? Her clever tongue that gets her into trouble as well as out of? Or her friends, which she has an uncanny knack of making? Anyway it turns out, I love L. A. Meyer and MUST buy the rest of this series and read them. I highly recommend this for anyone looking for a book of adventure, a bit of romance, and a lot of laughs at Jacky and other’s expenses.

Oh, and I love the softcovers! The hardcovers are okay, but seem more Middle Grade than Young Adult.

On to my summer reading book (but don’t worry, I’ll be back soon – I have three new books on my Nook to review afterwards!),
Yours Truly

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White Ladies of the Faeries?

I just finished reading O.R. Melling’s first YA/MG “The Chronicles of Faerie” book, The Hunter’s Moon. Sorry it took so long to read – been pretty busy. Anyway, here’s a little blurb, courtesy of Amulet Publishing:

Gwen and her Irish cousin Findabhair share an obsession for all things magical, especially the ancient fairy myths of beautiful creatures who lure humans into danger. Still, when Gwen arrives in Ireland for a summer of backpacking with Findabhair, she expects only the usualy road trip excitement: late nights, interesting strangers, and no parents. She does not expect to do battle with the King of Faerie himself.
On a lark, the two girls camp inside a scared grave mound on the mystical hill of Tara. That night Findabhair is kinapped by the King, and it is up to Gwen, alone in a different country, to save her. With the help of friends she meets alongs the way, including a leprechaun with bad driving habits, a girl farmer, and a gorgeous eighteen-year-old Irish king, Gwen chases the fairy court across Ireland, trying to outwit the masters of trickery. But all her bravery and resourcefulness may not save her cousin or herself, for it’s the time of the Hunter’s Moon and the fairies need a sacrifice.

Personally, I felt an immediate affinity with the main character, Gwen. She feels insecure and feels as though her fancies are childish, just as sometimes I do to my favorite children’s books (yeah, I still have, um, all of them…). But I enjoyed the relationship between the two cousins. There was friendship, even as there was frustration that comes with having a sibling. It was obvious that the two girls were practically sisters even though they lived a continent apart. Especially at the end of the book, I felt as though, even though they had both grown up a little, their friendship was still just as strong, which I admired.

I also liked the characterization of the two Kings, and the romance that was in the book. There was danger and adventure, and the people Gwen met along her journey were simply fabulously written. And I won’t give anything away, but my favorite part of the book was at the end – it was so unexpected and different from everything. I appreciated the lack of a stereotypical ending.

Now I’ll have to read other books by thing author, but for now, a Bloody Jack novel is up next for me!
~Yours Truly

Websites

Have you ever wondered if there were actual websites for books? Not where you can look up information about them, but I mean like a character’s blog or anything? Well here are a few real ones:

Maximum Ride:
http://maximumride.blogspot.com/ which moved to http://www.max-dan-wiz.com/page/maximum-ride-blogs but http://www.max-dan-wiz.com is the home where you can explore James Patterson’s Max Ride, Daniel X, and Witch and Wizard books.

Yoda (from Star Wars):
http://masterjediyoda.blogspot.com/ This is actually a fan’s character blog, so don’t think that it was created by the producers.

If you want to know if any other of your favorite books have blogs or “real” websites, let me know, and I will check it out for you!

Meanwhile, here are two TV shows that have “real” sites:

iCarly:
http://www.icarly.com and to be more specific, http://www.icarly.com/iBlogs/ for their blogs.

Victorious:
http://www.theslap.com

So yeah. I thought that was interesting. And yes, I looked up those two websites from the MG shows.
Still a 12-year-old at heart,
Yours Truly

The Fountain… Uh, I Mean Vial… Of Eternal Youth

I’m going to say something that some of you are going to judge me for, but don’t. Trust me. Here it is: I just finished a book written by Hilary Duff.

Hey! No judging! It’s title is Elixir, and actually I really enjoyed it. Of course, when I first heard about it, I kind of pushed it off because it was written by Hilary Duff – Lizzie Maguire and all that. But think about it – she hasn’t ended up like Disney’s Miley Cyrus. She’s a humanitarian, and her book proved me wrong about her on so many points. He writing is very good – her plot was very smooth. I warmed up and was sucked into the book just as easily as I am into any other book – this one just took a little longer to draw me in, but still left me aching for a sequel.

A soulmate for life … Or death.
Seventeen-year-old Clea Raymond has felt the glare of the spotlight her entire life. The daughter of a renowned surgeon and a prominent politician, she has become a talented photojournalist who takes refuge in a world that allows her to travel to many exotic places. But after Clea’s father disappears while on a humanitarian mission, Clea begins to notice eerie, shadowy images in her photos of a strange and beautiful man – a man she has never seen before.
When fate brings Clea and this man togeth, she is stunned by the immmediate and powerful connection she feels with him. As they grow closer, they are drawn deep into the mystery behind her father’s disappearance, and they discover the centuries-old truth behind their intense bond. Torn by a dangerous love triangle and haunted by a powerful secret that holds their fate, together they race against time to unravel their pasts in order to save their lives – and their futures. ~
Courtesy of Simon and Schuster

I absolutely loved Clea. She was such a strong character, fighting to have freedom even in her parents’ spotlight. I liked her characterization, and that of her best friend, Rayna. I did think that the other characters, though, like her mom, could have been worked on more. I didn’t feel a connection to Clea through her family life – only through her emotions and feelings and friends. Even Ben could have been a little more characterized, although I did like him. And then there’s the love triangle. Yeah, yeah, they’re overrated, blah blah blah, but admit it – you love them. You love the feeling of not knowing which guy is going to be chosen, or maybe which girl. You love that you either hate or love the guy/girl the main character ends up with, and the frustration of feeling bad for the other one. And here I’ll tell you something – this book is like Aprilynne Pike’s series in that the first book is not final – we don’t know what could happen next. I won’t tell you too much (don’t worry, no spoilers) but the plot was inconclusive, and even though the end of the climax was abrupt, I still hope that Duff writes the next part of Clea’s stories too!

So tell me what you think!! I have yet to hear from someone other than my school friend 😀
Yours Truly

Mermaids, Not Vampires

I just finished the second book from my library run, Tempest Rising. It is about a girl who must choose within three months of her 17th birthday to be a mermaid or a human. Meanwhile, her human life basically falls apart. It was a very good book, even if the plot only picked up in the second half of the book. The first half did provide, however, a very solid background and characterization of all the people.

I loved the main character, Tempest, and the love triangle woven into the story as well. I almost didn’t like either of her possible beaus, but in the end I was thrilled with her choice. However, I was so upset at the ending! I won’t give anything away, but I will say that I love her dad and little brothers. I also really want there to be sequel!!!! And that’s really all I have time to tell you, so just go out and read it!

Love,
Yours Truly