Today I’m pleased to welcome Andra, from Unabridged Andra. I’m also really excited about the series she’s representing. The Bloody Jack series is a favorite with my students–and since they’re mine that obviously means they have good taste.
Hey everyone! I’m Andra from Unabridged Andra’s! I just want to say thanks to Ruby for letting me do a guest post today! I’m super excited to be here so I can bully you into reading one of my FAVORITE series ever….It competes with series both young adult and adult, and it is currently fighting with Harry Potter for “My favorite series EVER”…It’s a series that, in my opinion, has some of the best characters, twists, surprises and plots that I’ve ever read.
The series is called Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer, and it follows the extremely peculiar, oftentimes hilarious, and occasionally bloody life of one Jacky M. Faber…but Jack wasn’t born with that name no…in the dark days of childhood in London when Jack was unceremoniously thrown out of the family lodgings after the traumatic deaths of both parents and sister…well, back then…Jack’s name was Mary..BOOM! Shocker! That’s right…Jacky is a girl…and as you all know, England in the 1700′s for an orphan girl is probably not the best place for her to be. So Mary, now Jacky, decides to better herself and her situation by dressing like a boy and getting herself hired on as a Ships’s boy for the Royal Navy. This tiny yet monumental event catapults Jacky into the adventurous life at sea: hunting pirates, fighting slavers, tattoos and sea monsters…all while she’s trying to keep “her female nature” a secret.
Reasons Why I LOVE this series:
Now, most of you (if you follow me) know that this series is NOT what I typically read. I’m usually all about the vampires and werewolves, fairies and mermaids, ghosts and ghouls, angels and demons….you get it…I like the fantastic and the supernatural. But, at the risk of sounding super cheesy…this series is so fantastic, it’s supernatural…lol…The plot is absolutely, 100% original. Jacky’s adventures are charged with emotion and crazy twists that have you positively writhing in your seat because your so terrified or giggling with glee as Jacky steals a few moments in the foretop with her sailor-love James Emerson Fletcher. *sighs* I seriously can’t get enough of Bloody Jack. I re-read it whenever I need a pick-me up or if it’s been more than a few months since I caught up with Jackie…There are stories within the main story, and complex, interwoven plots that somehow manage to get tied up in the end in a crazy explosive way that shocks you out of your mind.
The Main Character:
There are countless COUNTLESS reasons why I love Jacky. She is possibly my favorite main character of all time….vying for that spot with Harry Potter and Katniss Everdeen…so you know that means a lot. Jacky’s voice is one of the most heartfelt, hilarious, real, and just….likable…that I’ve ever read. You bond with her from page one and she just keeps growing on you until you feel like she’s the best friend you’ve ever had. She’s also an amazingly strong “girl-power” type character. She’s taking control of her life and the situation that her society has set upon her and basically saying…screw you…She’s funny, witty, hilarious, and extremely clever. Also…she’s boy-crazy…kind of…Jacky and her completely outrageous ways has a detrimental effect on most of the officers,sailors, military men etc that she comes across, causing them to throw away their careers, pledge undying love, and offering wealth and riches if only she will say she’s theirs. Jacky certainly appreciates the attention..In her own words …“Hmmmm…There certainly are a lot of pretty boys in this world.” But at the same time, she’s always true to her one true love and usually ends up tricking these boys into falling for her best friends so she’s something of a matchmaker.
L.A. Meyer is a GOD of dialogue. Depending on where the character is from and what station they are in life, they have a specific, vivid and totally awesome dialect that really gives them personality. Jacky herself speaks in “street-cant” for most of the novel, until someone starts trying to teach her to better herself. Sometimes when an author writes in dialect, it makes it really hard to understand, but Meyer makes it so easy that you barely realize it’s there.That’s just the way Jacky is and it makes her come to life SO much. You really get a feel for who she is as a person, her roots, and where she’s going and it totally ROCKS.
The Supporting Characters:
I think that the supporting characters are really what makes this series so great. Jacky is such a strong character that you think she would outshine any other characters present…but no…they fight back with their enormous personalities and quirks. Each and every character has a story, has a past. They have goals and dreams and a lot of the time, those dreams conflict with Jacky’s. Things aren’t always easy for Jacky or her friends and that is something I love. Too many times in YA books, things just seem so easy with friends/love interests. The MC meets them, they fall in like/love then they are BFF’s forever…well…that’s not usually the case. There’s fights, jostling for position, feeling out the other friends emotions….all that angsty stuff…but that angsty stuff is what cements the friendships into something long lasting and fabulous. The incredible cast is truly what keeps you coming back more and more.
So some of you are probably thinking…um ew…historical fiction? Pirates? That’s SO not me…but i’m begging you BEGGING you to try it. When I first read it, I had 20 other books on my TBR pile on top of it. By the time I got to Bloody Jack I almost didn’t read it…but then I did….my eyes were opened, my mind was blown and I forever fell in love with Jacky and her friends. I felt a bit like Squidward when he tries Krabby Patties for the first time (ALL THOSE WASTED YEARS!!!) and I can bet that you will feel the same way. SO in order to get some of you to try it, I will be giving away 2 copies of the First Bloody Jack book!! It’s where all the magic began and I truly feel like once you read it, you will go into a reading coma as you attempt to read every other book in the series.
Guess what? Andra is offering a giveaway of Bloody Jack to TWO lucky winners. If you haven’t started the series, now’s your chance! To enter:
Fill out the Rafflecopter form below. Click on the “read more” button if you don’t see it.
Must be 13 years of age or older.
Contest ends January 31.
Winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is picked.