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I came to this series very late, but made up for that this summer by devouring all nine then available in an embarrassingly short time. For those very familiar with the series, take what I write with the knowledge that my favorites were the first, second, fourth, sixth and eighth, and that I ccan only be said to have been disappointed in the ninth. I was so disappointed that I worried about this book as much as I eagerly awaited its release.
Mark of the Golden Dragon with what I considered to be an overly convoluted plot and uneven pacing made me wonder what the rest of the series would hold, particularly with its emphasis on Jacky's nights on the town and involved scheming. This time around though, we have something I think is far more akin to Bonnie Light Horseman, with Jacky hopping from place to place, balancing her attempts to learn what's going on in a given locale and building relationships with the friendly or not so friendly people she meets, particularly every young male in sight. There is also action distributed fairly regularly throughout to keep things lively, and of course, Jacky is cursed with as much bad luck as she's blessed with good. I think Jamie's side-chapters were at their best with Mississippi Jack and Lorelei Lee, where he was actively pursuing her. Having him on his own, while better than watching him go insane, doesn't really add much if you're not overly invested in that aspect of the story aside from wanting it to reach some sort of conclusion. All the same though, it is not so distracting as in the last installment. Also, there is no nautical action in this outing, but a return to running around continental city streets and countryside looking to bring confusion to Napoleon's forces.
Happily, this book continues to deliver the constants that will always make this series a favorite, regardless of the odd turns it might take. The writing is still hilarious, Jacky is still a lovable scoundrel and Katherine Kellgren's performance is simply top notch.
If you were at all hesitant, I urge you to sail on. And if you haven't tried the series before, this installment means you now have one more adventure to look forward to than you did before.
17 of 17 people found this review helpful
This story was as great as all the previous ones, with one exception. The ending. I felt a little cheated. I think the story should have continued for one more chapter. But it does leave me breathlessly waiting for the next book, as ususal. Katherine Kellgren was awesome, as I have come to expect.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
What did you like best about Viva Jacquelina!? What did you like least?
As usual this narrator is the best I have heard, unfortunately the book is the worst in the series by a country mile.
What could L. A. Meyer have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?
He could have come up with a much better story and also every man and boy Jacky meets falling for her and she being attracted to them is tiresome, the trend started after book 5 The excellent Mississippi Jack, but now it seems she can't meet anyone without them being gorgeous, were there no unattractive men in the 19th century?
What does Katherine Kellgren bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
As always she is the jewel in the crown of any audio book, and can lift even pedestrian material like this to new heights.
Did Viva Jacquelina! inspire you to do anything?
It nearly inspired me to stop reading the series but im glad I carried on as the next one Boston Jacky is a major improvement.
Any additional comments?
Just again to say I wish Audible would stock all these titles.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful