Jiddy Vardy by Ruth Estevez

I received Jiddy Vardy by Ruth Estevez from the publishers* for the purpose of this review. While I’m always happy to receive books, this will not guarantee a positive review unless I’m happy with the book. In this case I wasn’t and I gave it only 2.5 stars.

Jiddy Vardy was born in 1779, on a ship that is boarded by pirates. Her father is killed, her mother is thrown overboard. She is given to a family in Robin Hood’s Bay (a real place in Yorkshire). At sixteen her life should have changed dramatically, finding out things from past she had no idea about, but it doesn’t.

Jiddy Vardy by Ruth Estevez

The first 200 pages or so were interesting, but then the story started to get dull, the last 40-50 pages being quite annoying. She doesn’t seem to grow at all, but remains the same despite everything she learned. Also, the rich characters in the book are all bad or boring or selfish, while the poor are “honest” and seem better despite killing each other and smuggling for a living.

“Sometimes, I feel I don’t fit in and I’m like a cuckoo in a sparrow’s nest.” Jiddy, an uneducated girl, barely literate, from a small fishing town in Yorkshire, in the 1790s was aware of this bird’s rearing practices… when the bird was brought into the attention of the public in 1820. Oh dear. If only Estevez would have used “artistic licence” and made the characters speak in a proper, grammatically correct way instead.

She had no idea what “sole heir” means, but needed something to do to calm her “anxiety”, on the same page. It’s just strange. If the author would have said that she was worried it would have been better, more realistic. Maybe this is why I was so bothered with the “he were” repeated over and over again on almost all the pages from the beginning to the end.

Jiddy Vardy by Ruth Estevez

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My rating: 2.5/5 Stars
Would I recommend it: Yes
Published by: ZunTold Publishing
Year it was published: 2018
Format: Paperback
Genre(s): YA
Pages: 450

About the author: Ruth Estevez was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire. Her father was of Spanish descent, while her mother, was from Yorkshire ancestry.
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*PR sample.



4 thoughts on “Jiddy Vardy by Ruth Estevez”

  • The premises of the book sound promising, what a pity you found it dull at times. I’ve never heard of a name Jiddy. Somehow it doesn’t sound like a name given to a child in Yorkshire. I also find it annoying when the books use modern language and notions in the historical setting.

    • Jiddy comes from her real name, Jianna. Her mother was not from Yorkshire and that makes sense in the book. 🙂

  • A shame this one didn’t work well. It does seem awfully long for a YA novel. For that matter, many novels these days seem overly long, giving the reader far more than is necessary for a good story. Perhaps this one was in need of better editing.
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