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Steel It Was A Slender Length Of Rusted Steel, Tapered To A Point At One End And Jagged At The Other, As If It Had Broken A Thousand People Would Step Over It And Think It Trash, But Not HerThis Was The Tip Of A RapierSixteen 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 TreasureThe 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 CaptainTime Travel, Swordplay, And Romance Combine In An Original High Seas Adventure From New York Times Bestseller Carrie Vaughn ABSOLUTELY LOVED ITCarrie Vaughn is one of my favorite authors, so when she started to write young adult novels, I wasthan thrilled to get a sneek peek at this one Steel is just a fun and fabulous read that combines a bit of time travel with historical fiction It has great characters and a believable plot Well, as far as you can get with time travel and historical fiction I found myself transported back in time and spent the afternoon googling the pirates named in the story.Jill is an ABSOLUTELY LOVED ITCarrie Vaughn is one of my favorite authors, so when she started to write young adult novels, I wasthan thrilled to get a sneek peek at this one Steel is just a fun and fabulous read that combines a bit of time travel with historical fiction It has great characters and a believable plot Well, as far as you can get with time travel and historical fiction I found myself transported back in time and spent the afternoon googling the pirates named in the story.Jill is an overachieving sixteen year old that wants to be a fencing national champion While on vacation in the Carribean, she stumbles upon a a piece of rusty steel and immediately knows that it is a sword She goes for a boat ride with her family and gets washed overboard When she comes up, Jill is rescued by a pirate ship in the eighteenth century Let s just say that it is a really good thing Jill knows about sword play.There isn t much romance in this one and only one mention of a drunken situation where the pirates aregentleman than today s teens could ever be There is alcohol consumption, but with the time era, it is acceptable I hope the author delvesinto this type of story since I really enjoyed it Steel Ooh, shiver me timbers just thinking about it Can I just say epically amazing Oh yeah, this is the book It is brilliant I was so excited to read it and so ready to love it, and boy did it deliver It s everything it promises andIt s an incredibly exciting, roughish adventure that you can t just help getting caught up in I was engrossed from the very beginning, and couldn t stop reading it The characters were brilliant Jill was a strong heroine I mean pirate, oh yeah On Steel Ooh, shiver me timbers just thinking about it Can I just say epically amazing Oh yeah, this is the book It is brilliant I was so excited to read it and so ready to love it, and boy did it deliver It s everything it promises andIt s an incredibly exciting, roughish adventure that you can t just help getting caught up in I was engrossed from the very beginning, and couldn t stop reading it The characters were brilliant Jill was a strong heroine I mean pirate, oh yeah On a vacation with her family, Jill finds herself caught in a time travel mess from a magical shard of a hundred s old sword, and is thrust into a time where pirates run rampant A ship with a woman captain, the Pirate Queen, finds Jill floundering in the ocean, saves her, and basically say it s either the ocean, or she signs on as one of the crew So Jill agrees to become one of them And she soon finds her place amongst these dogs, she starts to feel like one of them, and she learns that there s so muchto piracy than she thought Like the killing But living with these pirates a long time from home doesn t deter her She presses on, hoping to find a way home, but even so, begins to like, if not love, life on the seas as a pirate And then there s Henry The cute, young pirate who lives life carefree and thrills at the thought of fighting And the description of Henry when Jill first saw him excuse me while I faint But the love aspect was barely there This story isabout the adventure and pirate intrigue than any budding romance But it was still there, if just a little, and it was done nicely.Carrie Vaughn throws you right into this tale, with vivid details of pirate life and fighting She weaves magic, pirates, and fencing into a completely engaging, thrill of a ride I couldn t have asked forIt was everything I was looking and hoping for I loved how Carrie integrated fencing into it, and the fencing terms as titles of the chapters Steel had a very Pirates of the Caribbean feel If you like those movies, or pirates in general, I highly recommend this book I really loved it, it s still got me worked up with excitement I think I will have to read Carrie s YA debut novel, Voices of Dragons soon, which I m guessing has the same type of adventurous, pure excitement feel to it There are a lot of elements to Steel that seem as if its bound to be a win Fencing Pirates Time travel A touch of romance They re all there But I never really connected to Steel the way I would have liked.I mean, it was enjoyable enough, but there were some things that held me back and created a bit of a disconnect Jill was a bit too moody and petulant for me I get that she s a teen and probably a spoiled rich one who else fences , and I get that super competitive people are There are a lot of elements to Steel that seem as if its bound to be a win Fencing Pirates Time travel A touch of romance They re all there But I never really connected to Steel the way I would have liked.I mean, it was enjoyable enough, but there were some things that held me back and created a bit of a disconnect Jill was a bit too moody and petulant for me I get that she s a teen and probably a spoiled rich one who else fences , and I get that super competitive people are really hard on themselves and can get pretty pissy when they don t do as well as they want anticipate But that s part of why I m not friends with a lot of super competitive people I don t want to watch you sulk, or listen to you bitch and moan.And realistically, I think this was part of the point Not only is it part of Jill s character, but it s this whole transformative growth mumbojumbo wherein Jill realizes that losing a fencing match is maybe not so important in the grand scheme of things And her turnaround begins pretty quickly, so it really shouldn t bother me the way it does But the fact is, the Jill I met in the beginning of the story stayed with me throughout in my head, at least and prevented me from really loving the book It felt a little too after school special, and I ve always doubted that the spoiled rich kids who learn the value of blahblahblah in those specials actually change and remember said value for long.Now, lest you think I completely dislike Jill, let me correct you I did like her and root for her, but part of that, I think, was just that she s the main character and therefore who I was supposed to root for My irritation with her was for the most part slight, but it was there, and it contributed to my mehness about the book Also a contributing factor was the unreality of it all I mean, yes, she s a fencer and she ends up on a pirate ship where she learns where her skills really come from, historically, and how to put them to good use and actually swordfight, not just playact, and golly isn t that swell But I never had a real sense of time in the book was she there days Weeks Months I don t frakking know , so I found it sort of silly when everyone is willing to let her fight Mr Big Bad She s a high school fencer, for jeebus sake I think it would have taken him about.02 seconds to run her through in reality Again, it was kind of after school special which I ve just realized abbreviates to ASS , and I just didn t buy it I think maybe younger kids, tweens and early teens, would eat this up and not have a problem with the lack of believability in this respect, but it nagged at me.Those two larger things aside, I liked the book well enough, though I never felt compelled to read it The piracy was rollicking and fun, and pretty well researched, I d say though a bit sanitized , and there was a good feel to the book, a good sense of place Whether in the Caribbean or on the ocean, it all felt very scenic and pretty fully realized, and I enjoyed that The reader gets to learn the world and explore it through Jill, and from that aspect it worked for me In the end, I didn t feel it was a waste of my time, but it didn t keep me on the edge of my seat, either I think it will find a welcome audience with younger girls, and I think seeing strong women like Pirate Queen Marjory Cooper and Jill later in the book, when she s left bratty behind will be welcome to the young girls who do read it But I wanted , and have a feeling it will fade from memory pretty quickly Unfortunately, this was a huge disappointment I stopped reading at about 75 pages, simply because I was overcome with how heinous this all was And my reading resolution for 2015 is to not waste time on books that I do not enjoy Trust me, I did not remotely enjoy this one.With that being said, en garde to the reasons I detested this novel.1 The watered down plot When I think of pirates, I want the gritty, dangerous, and driven by greed variety Something along the lines of Pirates of the Cari Unfortunately, this was a huge disappointment I stopped reading at about 75 pages, simply because I was overcome with how heinous this all was And my reading resolution for 2015 is to not waste time on books that I do not enjoy Trust me, I did not remotely enjoy this one.With that being said, en garde to the reasons I detested this novel.1 The watered down plot When I think of pirates, I want the gritty, dangerous, and driven by greed variety Something along the lines of Pirates of the Caribbean would suffice just fine Instead, Carrie Vaughn introduces us readers to cutesy Disney bullshit Pretty much all the pirates are helpful and kind hearted These aren t villainous people out to pillage and plunder as real pirates would have done Really, they re normal people, just like you and I, with a sensitive side Look, they can even be cuteA young man stepped forward, and Jill s heart jumped a little He was cuteAthletic, skin the color of a rich brown wood, short black hair, and a wry smile No matter the fact that Jill was about to DUEL this man It s okay though He s cute It will obviously work outExcessive eye rolling Just because something falls under the category of Young Adult does not give the author an excuse to dumb things down or make themsuitable for five year olds Plus, not every story needs a cute boy to fulfill the slot of love interest Frankly, in this scenario, it seemed inappropriate and random 2 JillFirst of all, I hate that name Loathe it entirely, actually It s plain and boorish and it too seems to be made simple as to appease younger audience s pronunciation Anyhow, Jill is one of the most flat and underdeveloped characters I ve encountered.Aside from her ability to fence and whine for hours even though she s on a vacation in the Bahamas with her family I know absolutely nothing about her She s a two trick pony, apparently From what I ve gathered she doesn t even give much thought about her family, aside from her mother excessively caring about how she s doing the horror and how excited her younger siblings are about the trip The most I got from Jill is that she s a self centered brat Maybe she found redemption on the boat, complete with a kiss and a heat wrenching finale Who knows.Likewise, Jill is just dumb When she falls off the party boat with her family, she warps time and ends up being pulled out of the water by a couple pirates Three hundred years in the past They pull her out, she gets on their little lifeboat and sits calmly The entire time they re paddling back to the main ship, she just sits there and thinks it might be a ruse and part of the party scene No matter that she can t see her family anywhere, there s debris everywhere, and she has no idea where the large ship came from.Face, meet palm.The writing Middle grade, at best Lots of Jill said or she said No diversity No elaborate prose Straightforward and mind numbing Again, just because something is YA doesn t mean this age group can t handle well crafted sentences and words bigger than one syllable

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