Vaughn, Carrie

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
When Jill, a competitive high school fencer, goes with her family on vacation to the Bahamas, she is magically transported to an early-eighteenth-century pirate ship in the middle of the ocean.

Publisher: New York : HarperTeen, 2011.
ISBN: 9780061956508
Characteristics: 294 p. ;,22 cm.


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Oct 12, 2013
  • natalie_f rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

this book is so good!!!!!

Aug 27, 2013
  • karahclover rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Wow! there is really not enough good things i can say about this book. I loved the plot and the realism; it was altogether amazing. With just a touch of romance and a little suspense, I was satisfied to read a chapter or two a day or more. Even to a little good pirate music, this book really comes alive. I loved all the characters and I wish there was sequel, but some books aren't meant to have a followup. Steel was an amazing read, and one of the only books I have ever read that
actually portrayed pirates as the really were. I most heartily appreciated the fact that the author didn't make the entire story revolve around Henry and Jill's romance, and that the book was mostly action and Swashbuckling adventure.

Jul 29, 2013
  • crystal_dark rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This book was really entertaining with a fun plot & engaging characters that pull you into the story & make it hard to put the book down. I plan on reading more by this author, especially if she writes another book involving pirates.

Feb 26, 2013
  • izzyb14 rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

This book is more of a light, fluffy read. The characters are shallow and the plot doesn't make a whole lot of sense, but for the most part it was interesting. I liked the idea of the book, though it would have been nice if there was more depth to it.

Oct 21, 2012
  • sportsbookspce rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This was a fairly good book. There was not a lot of romance but I did not mind that too much. I really liked the idea of the book: A competitive fencer looses a match and then goes on vacation with her family where she is transported back in time to the time of pirates, where fighting is not just for fun but is a matter of life and death. I enjoyed the plot and characters but felt the book was missing something. I also really liked how the pirates actually spoke and acted like how I imagine real pirates from the eighteenth century would.

Jul 28, 2012
  • Pinkirishrose rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This book was so good! I couldn't stop reading it. I didn't like how it ended so suddenly but it was still a good book.

Jul 25, 2012

I really liked this book!! It was really interesting and unlike other books this one kept me hooked until the end. :D

Feb 09, 2012
  • purplebrickroad rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This book just didn't do it for me. It had a lot of potential with pirates, fencing, time-travel and magic, but lacked in details and depth.

There were some parts such as pirate life that were enjoyable and made a nice touch. However, many of the characters, including Jill, lacked emotional depth, and many parts of the story were becoming unrealistic, such as when Jill is suddenly unbothered by stabbing people.

The ending was very sudden and lacking in emotion, which was dissapointing. However, the loose ends are wrapped up decently, even though it was dissapointing.

Sep 14, 2011
  • dprodrig rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This was a lot better than her first book for young adults and it was a light and interesting read.

Aug 16, 2011
  • Sonic123Amy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Simply an amazing book to read if your into swords fights and pirates.

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Jun 30, 2014
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Aug 27, 2013
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Jul 29, 2013
  • crystal_dark rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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 homeā€”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. (From Goodreads)


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