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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.
Publisher: New York : HarperTeen, c2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780061547911
Branch Call Number: FIC/VAUGHN
Characteristics: 294 p. ; 22 cm.


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Oct 12, 2013

this book is so good!!!!!

Aug 27, 2013

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.

crystal_dark Jul 29, 2013

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

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

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

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

Sep 14, 2011

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

Aug 16, 2011

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

FlynnLives Aug 13, 2011

Fail. Disapointment. Could've been cool, but no.

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Jun 30, 2014

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Aug 27, 2013

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crystal_dark Jul 29, 2013

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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