Steel by Carrie Vaughn

Steel by Carrie Vaughn
Series: N/A
Published by HarperTeen on March 15, 2011
Genres: Pirates, Adventure, Action
Pages: 291 : Hardcover edition
Source: Checked out from my local library
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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 her.

This was the tip of a rapier.

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.

Time travel, swordplay, and romance combine in an original high-seas adventure from New York Times bestseller Carrie Vaughn.

Action! Adventure! Pirates, oh my! Lately I’ve been on this weird pirate kick (insert images of me obsessively rewatching the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, and trying to get my hands on any pirate literature. Speaking of which if anyone has any suggestions, please leave them below). This definitely sated my appetite for young adult pirate literature!

The whole novel focuses around Jill and her struggle with going back in time and getting back home and battling some fierce pirates along the way. Even though the book is fairly short and extremely fast-paced, Jill definitely goes through some major character development which is always awesome to see! All the women in this novel are totally kick ass too, which is always exciting for me to find, since most of the time they’re simpering in the background. Not here! Here we have women working alongside men, female captains, and just generally awesome female pirates.

I would pick this up if you are looking for something light to read and love pirates! This will not disappoint!

(Also, hello! That cover is gorgeous! Her face clearly says, I will murder you then sleep like a baby)

0 Replies to “Steel by Carrie Vaughn”

  1. ccplteenunderground says: Reply

    We just had this book on our International Talk Like a Pirate Day booklist, but I haven’t read it, so I’m so interested to read your review. I’m glad to hear that it delivered with both the action and the characters.

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