Thursday, June 9, 2011

Steel by Carrie Vaughn - Book Review

Amazon Book Blurb:
Sixteen-year-old Jill has fought in dozens of fencing tournaments, but she has never held a sharpened blade. When she finds a corroded sword piece on a Caribbean beach, she is instantly intrigued and pockets it as her own personal treasure.

The broken tip holds secrets, though, and it transports Jill through time to the deck of a pirate ship. Stranded in the past and surrounded by strangers, she is forced to sign on as crew. But a pirate's life is bloody and brief, and as Jill learns about the dark magic that brought her there, she forms a desperate scheme to get home—one that risks everything in a duel to the death with a villainous pirate captain.

NYIA Teen Book Reviewer:

I just have to say it. I loved this book. Adventure and the pirate test. It used authentic fencing language. The main character, Jill, was honest and acted like a normal teen. Her crush was likeable and wasn't disgusting like the other pirates. The setting wasn't complicated and was easy to visualize. She had to find her way home and she had to go through the pirates, figure out who to trust, get a rapier back in order to make it home safe. Only sad part was...her crush couldn't go with her. I give this four star out of 5. The authentic language slowed the pace and I would have to go in the back of the book to understand what they meant. Oh, and some problems seemed unrealistic - but I really enjoyed this book in spite of those small little things.

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