Bloody Jack: Being An Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary 'Jacky' Faber, Ship's Boy by L.A. Meyer is a fast-paced, coming-of-age story of Jacky, a girl who decides to don boy's clothes to escape the dangerous streets of early 18th century London. Gaining entrance on a Navy ship called the HMS Dolphin to seek adventure on the high seas.
I quite enjoyed the adventure that is 18th century London from the point of view of a lower/middle class girl who is forced into poverty and the underworld of London after her family dies from sickness. Barely making a living by dancing, singing, and begging on the streets, Mary's world is shaken by the death of her gang's leader, Charlie. She decides to leave London and pursue her dream of becoming a ship captain and sailing around the world.
Of course, deceiving hundreds of men on a Navy ship isn't easy, but Mary or Jacky, as she calls herself, manages to do so while making friends with the other ship's boys. With learning the ways of the ship and sailing around the world in pursuit of pirates, Jacky's greatest adventure is yet to come....falling in love with her fellow ship boy, James!
For those of you who want to read the book, I won't ruin the book for you ;) Thanks to Marissa for hosting The Young Bluestockings Book Club. I can't wait to discuss this one!
Until next time ^____^