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Perilous Journey of the Much-Too-Spontaneous Girl Paperback – September 20, 2016
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From School Library Journal
Gr 7–10—Lady Marguerite is back and as headstrong as ever in this sequel to The Perilous Journey of the Not-So-Innocuous Girl. A year has passed, and the heroine is one of the best in her class at flight school. Her handsome suitor, Jacques, is an instructor and remains determined to marry 17-year-old Marguerite. However, she is through having men rule her life and make important decisions for her. The teen is bound to make her own life choices. When Jacques is called to commandeer a mission aboard a dirigible, the Renegade, Marguerite maneuvers her way onto the ship. She doesn't care how dangerous hunting pirates may be or that Jacques has forbidden her to be a part of the crew. So begin a heart-pounding series of adventures that end up with her in more trouble than she bargained for. Fans of the first book will be thrilled with the Lady's new schemes, while newcomers can jump right in without missing a beat. Marguerite stays true to her independent nature, giving readers another complex female protagonist to admire. The love story is woven throughout the tale without overwhelming it, leaving the focus on Marguerite and her escapades. VERDICT Younger YA audiences and reluctant readers will want to strap on their own flight goggles and gear up for this fun sequel.—Carrie Finberg, South Park High School, PA
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This book follows the same 17th century theme as the first book. I love how it is not necessarily historical fiction. If you are looking to get into reading Steampunk, this is definitely the book (series) for you. Definitely read it in order so you don't get lost. And enjoy!
I liked the start of the book where we see Marguerite in flight school doing what she wants to do with her life. I liked that, and I also liked that we see her fail at something because the whole first book she was amazing at everything she did. I think it's good to show that you have to fail to figure things out for yourself, so I thought this book would be a lot about self-discovery and she would improve her behavior, but not so much.
It's clear that Marguerite was used to a life of getting what she wanted and we see this when she bribes her way into getting a pretty high position on a military ship. I thought that was so unrealistic, so I was actually glad that Jacques puts her onto the galley ship in the fleet. It seemed at first she was learning that she needed to work hard to achieve success, and I was really glad she finally found a girl friend. Unfortunately that growth in her personality didn't last, because again Marguerite thinks only about herself and what she wants, so she hatches a plan to leave the galley ship. A really stupid one.
I had a really hard time with this novel, and mostly because I just couldn't relate to this character. I felt like Marguerite was just always going to be a spoiled brat that was used to getting her way, so I just couldn't root for her. I honestly agreed with Jacques a lot of times in this book, and I found him to be a much more complex and interesting character. I kind of wanted to read a book in his perspective more. My biggest problem with the novel was that it felt like Marguerite didn't really grow from her experience in the first novel, and at the end of this one I didn't feel like she was changed either. I think that was why I was so disappointed with this book. I wanted to see a more mature, level-headed Marguerite but I just felt like she was even more immature than in the first novel. I don't know, maybe I'm showing my age too much here, but I had a huge problem with her behavior in this sequel.
My biggest issue with this novel was just the character, but I think the world building and the political plot was interesting. Steampunk is a cool concept, and I think I was able to stick it out with this book because I was curious to see how the fleet was going to outsmart the pirates they were fighting. There is something a little predictable in the plot regarding the pirate captain, but even if it was predictable, I really liked that I was right about it! I just don't think this series is for me anymore. When I can't get behind the main protagonist, I just have a huge issue liking a book.The setting was really cool, so if you enjoyed the first novel I would still recommend you try this one for yourself first.
Happy Reads Everyone!
Okay, all of this happened after the gorgeous cover caught me, but still, it counts.
What I didn’t count on was it being a sequel in a series. Oops. I ran out of time to read the first book and review it, so I read this first as a standalone. But that may have worked out for the best…
+easy fun read
+hooked me from the get-go
+liked all the characters
+perspectives were spot-on
+loved the character growth
+didn't see the surprises coming
The Bad & The Other
-Halfway through Marguerite almost lost me with her antics
- Iroquois men seen as exotic man candy, which is problematic and not called out like the classism is.
Right away, I was pulled into the story. It was easy on the eyes and flowed beautifully. There’s plenty of refresher information so I didn’t feel like I missed anything. It was quite comfortable just jumping in. My luck paid off and the good feeling lasted.
Marguerite and Outil, the automaton, were a blast. Marguerite’s voice was spot on with her airs and perspective. She really is too spontaneous. I was cursing her stupid actions from the beginning, but wasn’t put off; I was cheering for her to get it right. It was only after numerous occasions of the same kind of stunts and her persistent privilege that it finally got to me.
I was about to say f--- this, but she turned it around right after. And I mean RIGHT AFTER I was tired of her antics. Then the threads came together, and she stepped up. I loved how she was authentically flawed from this standpoint at first and thankfully she progressed so it didn’t become a liability. It can be right but irritating to read and the line in the sand was drawn in the right spot.
Besides are troublesome heroine and her voice of reason, Jacques the love interest plays the biggest role. They have a push-pull flirty courting-but-not relationship. Marguerite is all about her independence, while Jacques is the “protecting you for your own good” gentleman.
I was on Marguerite’s side at first and then became frustrated how she kept sabotaging herself. She became a liability to where I had to admit the fools had a point about her. That’s, again, when she stepped up. I was so relieved! Then ~stuff~ was revealed that I didn’t see coming because I was wrapped up in her narrative. Now I’m like “Well, you both learned your lesson. You’ll be better next time. I look forward to it.”
There’s one other thing to mention though…Minor Spoilers Below:
Marguerite grows from her elitist views of other airwomen and lower class women in general. Which is fantastic. Really. (Though she doesn’t spare the same thought for lower-class men.) And I was quite pleased how she was corrected in regards to the Iroquois and legitimately changed.
“I am Iroquois, and my people are native to this land, but we are not native in the way you suggest.” His voice was proud and sharp.
She stopped calling them “natives” very quickly. What also happened was being attracted to the man like *that*. It was all animal lust tied into how different he was. She had to remind herself OF Jacques. It’s hard to pinpoint, but all their interactions felt…improper.
She wondered what her father, or any of the upper classes of France, would say if she walked into a ball with Otetiani on her arm. My, but he was handsome.
She started with the sheltered perspective of what white academics thought of the “natives” in books, and grew a tiny bit. And swooned. But they remained curiosities and fantasies to her using stereotypes of men of color. Which made me uncomfortable to say the least.
Plus, given I though Iroquois were matrilineal I was rather disappointed we only saw the men and that the men weren’t different living in a society like that. I mean, why flirt with the white girl that would have nothing in your society so you’d have nothing too? How would that even work? Would the women decide to accept her in or shun them both? Why is it automatically assume he’d move with her to her society and not the other way around?