Bloody Jack Series – Guest Post

Book Reviews

Hello! My name is
Alyssa and I blog over at
Alyssa J Freitas (I know, I was so creative with the title…) about lifestyle,
etiquette, college, and a plethora of other topics. Today I am excited to be guest
posting for Jess while she is in the process of moving. Enjoy!
If adventures on the high seas are your thing, the Bloody Jack series by L. A. Meyer is a
must read. After randomly picking up the first novel in the library years ago,
I have been hooked ever since and have reread the series countless times. The
adventure begins when the heroine Mary “Jacky” Faber disguises herself as a boy
and boards a Royal Navy ship in the early 1800s after the death of her family.
For twelve books the reader follows Jacky as she crosses
oceans and continents in such varied roles as ship’s boy, tavern performer, serving
girl, privateer, spy, pirate, lady-in-training, captain, and countless more.
What makes this series completely captivating is the irresistible personality
of Jacky and her unique and inspiring relationships. Although, as she often
admits, the trouble she gets in makes her “so very hard on [her] friends,”
Jacky is a good person who demonstrates that caring for others and working hard
will lead to success (or at least survival!).
Jacky deals with action, romance, and challenges in such a
realistic, relatable and admirable way that I often find myself trying to
channel her spirit in my everyday life. That is when you know that a series has
made a lasting and profound impact! This coming of age story has illustrated
for me what all girls should strive to be; a woman who is confident in her
worth and intelligence, who is not afraid to stand up and provide for herself,
and who is quick to find the best in any situation and continually seeks to
improve her position in life. I will say that although it is technically a
young adult book, there are themes and scenes that are quite sophisticated and
not exactly ideal for a younger reader.
Now, here is the terribly sad part, L. A. Meyer passed away
last year and the final Bloody Jack book
was published posthumously in September of this year. While I am thrilled that
there is a conclusion, I am also in denial that there is indeed a last book. I
am in the process of reading the series again, culminating in my first reading
of the 12th book. Fingers crossed I am not disappointed (but I doubt
I will be).

If you end up reading the series connect with me on Goodreads or
visit my blog and let me know
what you think. Or shoot a tweet my way @alyssajfreitas.

By Jess

A bookworm since the tender age of whenever I stopped chewing on books and started actually reading them. A cat-mom, graphic designer, and introvert originally from Pittsburgh, but now resides in the humid, hot, state of Texas. Cheers!

  • Seems like an interesting read.

  • LOVE this series. I've been putting off reading the last book since I don't want it to be over. I'm even planning a blue anchor tattoo on my hip, sooner or later.

  • Kay

    Sounds quite intriguing!

  • I love this series! I read them feverishly in high school but stopped the series once I went to college unfortunately. I've been meaning to pick them back up but the idea of re-reading all 12 is so daunting for me right now!

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  • I'm going have to put this on my list ASAP then!

  • 12 books always does sound daunting, but I feel like they are really fast reads!