Flashback Friday: Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer

Flashback Friday

Flashback Friday is a new weekly feature hosted here at Read Hot Reviews. The goal of this feature is to bring back older reviews of books (at least a year or more!) to try to bring new readership to them, or to bring back a rant I may not be particularly over yet ;).

If you want to participate, grab the image above and link back to this original post. Don’t forget to leave a comment sharing your refreshed review! Let’s spread the lovin’ for some older books!


Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer (originally written 9/24/2010) Rating: 4/5 Stars

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I really enjoyed this book.


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. . . .

It’s basically Mulan.. but with pirates instead! COOL.  It’s a lot darker than I thought it would be. I was expecting something for younger audiences but it’s definitely more on the mature spectrum of YA. It took me a long time to get through this book (not for any bad reason) but I’ve just been so bogged down with schoolwork this semester. I’m starting to get worried that I won’t make my count. Anyway.

Jacky is hilarious and so much fun to read about. I really enjoy the fact that most of the book is written in “pirate speak” because it makes me want to go around saying things like, “I contains meself and don’t tell him to sod off.” I can guarantee that I will read at least the second in the series (there’s a lot! I didn’t realize there were so many). I’m pretty excited about them as well!

4/5 stars


So this review was incredibly short, and I feel the need to expand on it a bit. Originally my blog was mostly in place to keep track of the books I was reading while I was participating in the 100 book challenge, so some of the reviews were not very verbose.

The Bloody Jack series is just fantastic and I have since finished all twelve (!) books. The first one is the only one out of the twelve that I have read the physical book for, and that is because the audiobooks are MAGIC. Magic I tell you. Kathrine Kellgren narrates them and completely brings them to life. I cannot imagine consuming these books in any other format after being exposed to the wonder that is these audiobooks.

If you love audiobooks I HIGHLY recommend you check out this series, and if you don’t think you like audiobooks, then I EVEN MORE HIGHLY recommend that you check out this series.

I feel like Bloody Jack does not get the love and attention it deserves and if this book seems at all interesting to you,  please, please consider giving it a try. If you have read them, let me know in the comments! I don’t know anyone else who has read them and I would love to talk about them with a fellow reader 🙂




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