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Under The Jolly Roger: Being an Account of…

Under The Jolly Roger: Being an Account of the Further Nautical Adventures…

by L. A. Meyer

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Series: Bloody Jack Adventures (3)

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Under the Jolly Roger by L.A. Meyer is the third book in the adventures of Mary “Jacky” Faber. In this one she is back on the sea, swashbuckling her way through the British Navy as well as spending time as the captain of a privateer, attacking French ships and making a fortune from the goods that they carry.

I was happy to see Jacky back in the action again as the second book which covered her years at school in Boston was rather tame. After arriving in London and suffering a disappointment, she is taken by a press gang and finds herself on a British ship of the line. Originally mistaken for a boy, the is kept on this hell ship by a deranged and cruel captain. Making the best of a bad situation, Jacky is able to fend of the advances of this gruesome man and gain the respect and love of her fellow crewmates and eventually take over control of the ship. Given a Letter of Marque by way of thanking her for the riches she turned in, Jackie builds herself a loyal crew and spends a couple of years as a privateer. It was a shock to her when she finds that her Letter of Marque has been revoked and there is a price on her head. The story comes to an exciting climax at the Battle of Trafalgar and I for one can’t wait to get my hands on book number four.

Jacky is a wonderful character, high spirited and smart she leads with her heart, tends to leap into things before thinking them through and always seems to be having the most incredible adventures. These books are fun reads and the author appears to have been very accurate with his nautical and historical research. They are aimed at a YA audience, but I find the stories keep my attention and are enjoyable. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Sep 20, 2015 |
Description: A Pirate at heart, unlikely heroine Jacky Faber returns to sea in a truly swashbuckling tale filled with good humor, wit, and courage. After Leaving the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston--under dire circumstances, of course--Jacky boards a whaling ship bound for London, where she hopes to find her beloved Jaimy. But things don't go as planned, soon she is off on a wild misadventure at sea. She thwarts the lecherous advances of a crazy captain, rallies the sailors to her side, and ultimately gains command of a ship in His Majesty's Royal Navy. but Jacky's adventures don't end there...soon she is being called a pirate, and there's s price on her head!

Thoughts: More fun with Jacky Faber getting into trouble and making miraculous mischeif. My biggest complaint right now is that the incessant change in fortunes is starting to wear on me and this one in particular feels like it's going g to end in about 5 different places. Nice that some misunderstandings are resolved.

Rating: 3.83

Liked: 3.5
Plot: 3.5
Characterization: 4
Writing: 3.5
Audio: 5

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  leahbird | Jul 5, 2015 |
Jacky's rollicking adventure continues in one of my favorite novels in the series. She's heartbroken to find that Jamie's eyes are for another and so manages to get herself into a highly irrational situation- she's pressed into the navy. Unfortunately, the Captain she's assigned to is the absolute paragon of the bacteria that feeds on the scum that grows in ponds. A fun book that leaves Jacky in an unexpectedly high position. ( )
  Rosenstern | Sep 14, 2014 |
3.5 stars. Not quite as good at the first, but still an enjoyable read. ( )
  Mirandalg14 | Aug 18, 2014 |
This review contains spoilers for previous books in the series.

After her boarding school in Boston burned to the ground, Jacky joins up with a whaling ship and returns to England to find her true love, Jaimy. Unfortunately, when she finally tracks him down he’s holding the hand of another girl; broken-hearted Jacky flees before Jaimy can introduce her to his cousin. Before she has a chance to consider her next move, Jacky is pressganged onto another ship, the captain of which is both cruel and not quite sane. Once he realizes Jacky is a girl, he decides that she should join him in the captain’s quarters. Horrified, Jacky is in a truly desperate situation – until a brilliant stroke of luck gives her the chance to take command of the ship and start over as a pirate, taking booty from any ship that crosses her path!

I just love Jacky Faber. She’s impulsive and reckless, but clever and so very lucky. She’s constantly plunging into new adventures, and it’s so much fun. The series becomes a bit meta in this volume; when Jacky arrives in London at the beginning of the story, she learns that her old friend Amy Trevelyne, a classmate at the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls, has written a book called Bloody Jack, Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary “Jacky” Faber, Ship’s Boy - which was the full title of the first book in the series. It’s apparently quite popular, and Jacky’s escapades are known all over town – which does make it a wee bit harder for her to get up to her usual trouble. It’ll be interesting to see if Meyer carries this through the rest of the series, so that the other novels will slowly pop up in Jacky’s universe.

It’s been interesting to trace Jacky’s relationship with Jaimy, especially through the events of this novel. They obviously adore each other, but I wonder if they still will once they finally get a chance to spend some time together. Jaimy seems to grow increasingly prissy and stuffy with each volume; when he writes letters to Jacky in Under the Jolly Roger, he always seems to be writing to the girl that could have been if Jacky had grown up in a normal, middle-class household. He seems to think that the Jacky who wishes to own her ships and travel the world as a merchant of fine goods will somehow morph into a perfectly normal wife. Jacky isn’t much better. Although I think she’s more aware than Jaimy of how divergent their goals are, she’s also much sillier because she ends the relationship over one little incident – a misunderstanding, as she finds out much later – and doesn’t allow her true love the chance to explain himself. It’s even funnier, this double standard she holds him to, because Jacky isn’t exactly faithful in the strictest sense. She has no trouble with flirting and even a bit of snogging if it’ll help her get what she wants. They’re just such a bad couple, and I’m always wondering which of them will finally realize this and break it off for real.

Also, piracy! Taking plunder! What’s not to love?

I can’t wait for Jacky’s next adventure. I’ve been listening to the series as audio, narrated by Katherine Kellgren – and I must say, if you’ve never given audiobooks a try, this just might be the series to do it with. She does an amazing job, singing sea shanties and giving Jacky a flamboyant bounce to her narration. ( )
  makaiju | May 5, 2013 |
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After leaving the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston—under dire circumstances, of course—Jacky Faber boards a whaling ship bound for London, where she hopes to find her beloved Jaimy. But things don’t go as planned, and soon Jacky is off on a wild misadventure at sea.

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In 1804, fifteen-year-old Jacky Faber heads back to sea where she gains control of a British warship and eventually becomes a privateer.

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