Steel by Carrie Vaughn

    Review by: Lisa

Title:  Steel

Author:  Carrie Vaughn

Collection:  Teen Books

When Jill, a competitive high school fencer, goes with her family on vacation to the Bahamas, she’s magically transported to an early-eighteenth-century pirate ship in the middle of the ocean.  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.

Steel has a little bit of everything:  teen angst, romance, thrills and suspense.  The pirates in the book are not cartoon-y, but they are not larger than life either, but rather humanized.  For instance, the pirate captain is both tough and vulnerable.  Jill is a character that you can root for, and the book is a quick read and engaging.


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