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!
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.
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!).
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.
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).