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Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer

Ahoy mateys, it is time another review!

Street urchin.  That is the best way to describe Mary Faber.  Since the death of her family, Mary has been living on the street with a group of girls and Charlie, their leader/father figure.  The girls have to beg on the streets for money and only occasionally have enough to buy a meat pie to share with their gang.

But that isn’t the worst part about being on the streets toward the end of the 18th century.  The worst part is Muck, who goes around collecting the dead bodies or orphans to sell for medical experiments.  Swinging from the gallows is Mary’s other fear.  She is sure some day she will hang for her sins.

Mary’s life is once again turned upside down when she finds Charlie dead in the street.  She takes his clothes and runs away. 

When she stumbles upon a ship hiring new ship’s boys, Mary is desperate to be chosen.  She poses as a boy and gains employment on the ship by telling them she can read – a valueable skill.

Life on the high seas isn’t easy, but Mary enjoys the friendships she’s formed with the other boys.  Soon they’ve formed a Brotherhood and have sworn themselves to each other.  But things start changing as Mary starts to grow up.  Will she be able to continue The Deception and make the crew believe she is a boy?  Or will she be found out and swing from the gallows?  Or will she be run through by a pirate?

This book was a such a great read.  I love pirates and high-seas adventures anyway, so I was completely sucked into this story.  I like that this story involved action, adventure, and also a young love story.  It was really well written and I think boys and girls will both enjoy reading about Mary’s adventures on the high seas.

I haven’t figured out a rating system yet, so for now I’ll just give stars.

5/5 stars

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Coming Soon…

I’ve got a bunch of great books that are going to be reviewed soon.  See what you have to look forward to?

Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer
Somewhere in Time by Richard Matheson
Fat Hoochie Prom Queen by Nico Medina
A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
Girl at Sea by Maureen Johnson
Julie & Julie: 365 Days, 564 Recipes, 1 Tiny Apartment Kitchen by Julie Powell
Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland
Such a Pretty Fat by Jen Lancaster
The Interns: Fashionistas by Chloe Walsh
On the Bright Side, I’m Now the Girlfriend of a Sex God by Louise Rennison
A Girl Like Moi by Lisa Barham

I know some of these are older, but I don’t care.  They are new to me and I’m just getting into this whole reviewing thing.  Gotta start somewhere!

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Contest Bonanza

A lot of great websites are holding contests to give away books!  Make sure to follow the links and enter for your chance to win!

 Maws Book Blog is giving away awesome Stephanie Meyer stuff! Books, buttons, shirts and more! There are tons of ways to enter the contest, too!

Midnight Twilight’s Book Blog is giving away a copy of Undone by Brooke Taylor. This book sounds awesome, so you’ll want to head over there to read the review and enter the contest.

Finally, Mrs. Magoo Reads is giving away a copy of Francey by Martin Dubow. I added this book to me “to read” list as soon as I read the review.

Good luck with the contests fellow readers!

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Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff is about a boy named Sam who is about to turn eleven.  The problem?  Sam has a fear of the number eleven, but he doesn’t know why. 

Right before his birthday, Sam sneaks up into the attic in search of his birthday presents and he stumbles across a locked metal box.  Sticking out of the box is a newspaper clipping with a picture of him on it from when he was three.  There is a headline, too.  But Sam can’t read.  What does it say?  Ing.  He knows that word grouping.  And was is the other?  Miss.  Missing.  Sam is missing.

Not knowing what to make of the article, Sam knows he has to find a friend at school who knows how to read to help him.  He choses the new girl, Caroline.  Unfortunately, Caroline’s family moves around a lot so she agrees to help Sam if he agrees they won’t be friends.

Sam and Caroline work on a school project and the side project of what happened to Sam when he was three and develop a wonderful friendship along the way.

This was such a great read.  The plot is great.  I was sucked in as soon as Sam found the newspaper clipping in the attic and read the book in one sitting (it’s a quick 165 pages).  It book reads to a younger age group, but could definitely be enjoyed by all ages.  I recommend this book for anyone looking for an interesting mystery and a good story in general.

4 out of 5 stars

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1. One book that changed your life?

The Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough.  I got about half way through and started to panic that I was almost done with it.  I tried to read as slow as possible so that it wouldn’t end.

2. One book that you’ve read more than once?

Tons of them.  Most recently, I re-read Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.  I think I’m going to re-read Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding next.

3. One book you’d want on a desert island?

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (the complete set in one book)

4. Two books that made you laugh?

The Hitchhiker’s Guide by Douglas Adams to the Galaxy and Gil’s All Fright Diner by A. Lee Martinez

5. One book that made you cry?

Where the Red Fern Grows (Mrs. H, I’m still mad you forced us to read this AND watch the movie in 5th grade.)

6. One book that you wish had been written?

One by me the would become a best seller.

7. One book that you wish had never been written?

American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis.  If it was a little less graphic, it would have been awesome.  But come on…a habitrail?  EW!  Or The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown.  I’m sorry that book was crap.

8. Two books you’re currently reading?

Eleven by Patricia Reilly Giff and Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich.

9. One book you’ve been meaning to read?

Twilight.   It’s been sitting on my bookshelf since February and I recently ordered books 2 and 3 and pre-ordered 4…so I better get started!

10. Now tag five (or so) people.

I copied this from someone else, so I’m not going to tag anyone.  I just wanted to have another post.

 

I think my first review will be Airhead by Meg Cabot.

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Still alive

 I haven’t forgotten that I promised to start writing reviews.  Unfortunately, I haven’t had much time to read between work and enjoying the nice weather outside. 

This weekend promises to be overly hot, so I’m sure sitting in a chaise under some trees with a book is where I’ll be.

 

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