Bloody Jack, by L. A. Meyer

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. . . .


Excuse my borrowed plot description, but I couldn’t think of a good description. This is not so much a review as a warning.

I wanted sooo badly to like this book. It’s narrated by my all-time favorite narrator, Katherine Kellgren, but was unsure of the book so picked up the hard copy instead. And the librarian mentioned it as a good audio.

Not only does the awkwardness of Jacky being a girl on a ship filled with men get on my nerves, but aside from that the crew is very, well….crude. They’ll talk about anything and everything, and it was filled with more swear words than I’m comfortable with.

I’m sorry to say I didn’t finish the book. It was too inappropriate for my taste, or for any kid’s taste for that matter.

Overall Rating: 2/5

Violence: 4/10 (guessing…)

Language: 4/10

Inappropriateness/Romance: 5/10 (guessing…..)

Audience: Uhhh, no idea.


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