“What’s the matter Jaimy? Ain’t-cha never seen a girl before?”
Jacky Faber is a ship’s boy. But Jacky is actually a girl called Mary. After spending years begging on the streets for some pennies, Mary decides that life would be much easy if she were a boy. She gets herself onto the HMS Dolphin as a ship boy called Jack. Now she has to spend the journey trying to keep the ‘Deception’ from being figured out.
This was an enjoyable book with some fun characters. Mary ‘Jacky’ Faber is a favourite of mine. She is tough and funny. She earns the nickname ‘Bloody Jack’ after a fight with a pirate ship when she saves her friend Jaimy from a pirate. She has other skills which make her valuable – she can read and sew and this gets the attention of the captain and she becomes a value member of the ship – in some people’s eyes. Jacky causes disruption on the ship, and nearly gets a friend hanged – but she is very brave about it. I really do admire her, and I also like watching her develop into a teenager, as well as her relationship with her friends and also Jaimy.
I also like the writing style. It is written how she would say it, and I personally liked this writing style as it felt like she was talking to you and it really did drag you into the story. It wasn’t an action packed story and in places there wasn’t really much happening at all, but I still found it interesting and it did keep my attention. That is also really saying something considering I was in a reading slump for a while and I started about 8 different books and couldn’t really get into any of them.
Overall, it was a good read and I really did enjoy it and if you are looking for a good historical fiction then I do suggest you check this one out.
MY RATING: ★★★★☆