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In the follow up to Bloody Jack, May Jacky Faber is forced to leave the Dolphin and attend an elite school for girls in Boston. But growing up on the streets of London and fighting pirates never prepared Jacky for her toughest battle yet: learning how to be a lady....

Title : Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady
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Number of Pages : 207 Pages
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Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady Reviews

  • Kathryn
    2019-04-06 08:39

    I am rating the unabridged audiobook recording of this novel and I find it almost impossible to try to separate the text from the "performance" in trying to craft my review so I simply won't! This audi0book has won all sorts of awards and for good reason. Narrator Katherine Kellgren is a phenomenon! Truly, I think she is the female Jim Dale. You would think this was a full cast recording her various voices and accents are so spot on. She instills such an incredible passion and "voice" to Jacky and yet all the secondary characters are remarkably vivid, as well. I was absolutely rapt listening to this. I tried many times to imagine what just reading this would be like--I don't think the voices in my head could be half so fine and whether Kellgren is merely capable of giving the story its just "voice" or whether she breathes added life into it I do not know, though I almost tend to believe it's the latter as there are some cases where I just KNOW her voice brought out so much more in terms of characterization and excitement. I did not realize until I had checked this out from the library that it is actually a sequel but I kept listening because I was so engaged and I think any holes were quite well filled in and for those who aren't looking for a seafaring adventure they may just prefer to jump right to Book Two, as well. Although this is mostly a character-driven story, there is a fair amount of excitement/action and good historical details. And I really enjoyed reading about America as seen through the eyes of a Brit in 1804! All in all, highly recommended especially for the audiobook. I'm eager to listen to more in this series as well as other recordings by Ms. Kellgren.SPOILERS TO ANYONE WHO HAS NOT READ BOOK ONE:After being discovered as the female she is, British Jack/y Faber, midshipman (er, woman), is sent off her ship and, with the treasure she helped retrieve, is sent to a fine girl's school in Boston, MA where she is to learn to be a "lady." While she desperately misses her comrades and especially her fiance, and the open sea, orphan and former street urchin Jacky is keen to become a proper lady though there is just so much spunk in her she has a difficult time sticking to embroidery and learning to manage household budgets. But her spirit pours from a very kind heart and even though she gets herself in a number of troublesome situations, she somehow manages to pull through them with courage and goodwill--until it seems that she may finally have met her match in Rev. Mather who, she believes, murdered a poor servant girl some years ago but was never brought to justice. Jacky must strive to get him that justice while avoiding his noose!**************************************************************************Jacky Faber is my latest companion for the commute (too bad she won't count for the carpool lane, haha!) and what a delight she is! I got this out from the library after hearing all the awards the audiobook version won, though I didn't realize until after I'd got it that it is actually the second book in a series. No matter, this one sounds more my cup of tea than the first and Jacky is such an engaging character I feel that I am totally involved in her life already! :-)

  • Lala_Loopsie [fire breathing B!tch Queen]
    2019-04-05 04:46

    DNF at 97%Jack is still a fun character, she still has a knack to get into trouble. But the setting I don't like. I wanted adventure at sea, marine life, water, Jamie. Instead we have a school for ladies, curtseys, sailors on land and letter from Jamie. Not at all what I expected.

  • Allison
    2019-03-26 04:26

    Meyer, L.A. Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady, 496 pgs. Harcourt, Inc.; Language~PG-13, Sexual Content~PG; Violence~PG After her perilous encounter with the dread pirate Le Fievre and her discovery as a girl, Jacky is put off the Dolphin and sent to a finishing school funded by her shares from the spoils of capturing the pirates loot. Under the stern thumb of the infamous Mistress Pimm, Jacky discovers just how far she is from becoming the fine lady Jaimy would like her to be. Jacky soon realizes that the social rules and etiquette of Boston is much stricter that that of London. With her tendency for impulsiveness and her temper, Jacky soon finds herself demoted to a household servant at the school. There she finds friends and forms the dreaded sisterhood. Many adventures await Jacky in this next volume of her story. Readers will want the next volume close at hand as they reach the end of this story. Upper MS/HS. Essential Allison Madsen~Teen Librarian-SJO Public Librarian

  • Angela
    2019-04-07 03:55

    With each of these books, I love Jack more. The author has a great website about these books. I would love for these to be made into a PG13 set of movies. Listening to them has been a real pleasure. This installment is about Jack learning to be a real lady and the plots begin to thicken in her relationship with Jamey. Parts of the novels are not for the faint of heart and if one were to read them to one's children, I would recommend much discussion. The category of young adult fiction is being enriched by this author's work.

  • Lydia Presley
    2019-04-03 07:39

    I made the mistake of actually "reading" Bloody Jack (the first book) and this time chose to listen to the audio after reading an incredible amount of ravings over Katherine Kellgren. Let me tell you right now, the ravings were spot on.Kellgren makes these books come alive. I laughed, cried, hooted and hollared right along with Jacky as she navigated the perils of becoming a "fine lady". I felt her longing for Jacky, her confusion at the rules and regulations of this new place she called home. I wanted to spit on my hand and join the Dread Sisterhood and to scheme along with her as she plotted to take down the evil Reverend.While I certainly enjoyed reading the previous book, it did not come alive nearly as much as this book did. I'm NOT an audio book fan, normally - I like to read at my own pace and get impatient when I have to wait for someone else to get to the "good parts", but Katherine made every part of this book the "good part". I'm raving here - but her enthusiasm, spirit, accents, singing talents (the songs came alive so beautifully), emotion and just.. love shone through.I'm a huge fan of these books now. This audiobook converted me and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to listen to a fantastic story - especially if you are wanting to entertain an entire car full of folk on trips. I cannot even imagine how much fun it would have been to listen to this in a group!It's nearly impossible to talk just about the story and not about the audiobook, because they became one and the same - but I will say this. I found the story in The Curse of the Blue Tattoo to be filled with adventure, colorful characters, just a touch of improbability (The Lady Lenore's maker was.. well, I did roll my eyes) and to be a fantastic account of the misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady.

  • Brandy
    2019-04-12 03:39

    I wasn't sure about this going in--after all, a book about an uncultured girl being thrown into finishing school? How many of these awkward fish-out-of-water stories do we need?I should have trusted. This isn't any girl, this is Jacky Faber, who gets herself into any number of delightful scraps and mishaps. In spite of Jacky's constant mooning over her boyfriend (from whom she hasn't heard in several months), this is still at its heart a fast-paced adventure story, and I think it still has boy appeal, if sold the right way. Because I can't go without complaining about something, I will say that maybe too much happens in this volume--it seems there's not a situation Jacky can't get herself into, and the end sequence happens in a blur. It sets up the next book nicely, though, and I'll be reading that one as an actual, honest-to-goodness book, since it hasn't been released to audio yet.(This volume has an awful lot of singing in it, and the reader has a wonderful voice for this aspect. Worth a listen!)

  • Jennifer
    2019-03-23 06:45

    It took me forever to finally get through this book. The Bloody Jack books are so long I feel like they drag on and on. This one was okay but I still enjoyed the first one more. I will continue on with the series, I'm hoping the third book is better than this one. I found myself bored in some parts of this story.

  • Laura
    2019-04-09 06:37

    Oh Jacky! You sure can make the time go by!!

  • Nancy Meservier
    2019-04-02 07:37

    After Jacky Faber is discovered as being a girl, she is kicked off of her ship and sent to an upper-class school for girls in Boston. Only Jacky isn’t too good at being a lady, or upper class. She struggles with her embroidery, and quickly makes an enemy in the wealthy Clarissa Worthington. It doesn’t take that much time for her to start getting into trouble either. Before she knows it, Jacky finds herself bumped down from high-class lady in to serving girl. How will she manage to survive her new life in Boston?I was a little nervous about picking up Curse of the Blue Tattoo, the second Bloody Jack book, as it’s been well over a year since I’ve read the first. Luckily, I found that the book was very easy to pick up after so much time away. Jacky remains an incredibly likeable narrator, passionate and fearless, even though she can have appalling bad judgment at times. Although the nautical flare from the first story is mostly absent here, as someone that grew up pretty close to Boston, I found that I connected to this story very well. I really enjoyed picking up on the street names or landmarks that I have visited.I have to admire L.A. Meyer for this one. Not only does he accurately capture a female voice, but does a great job commenting on women’s issues in the early 1800s. Throughout the book, we see Jacky, who has spent the last year masquerading as a boy, really struggle with the concept of being a lady. Sure, she takes to her studies well enough, but when it comes to issues like decorum, no matter how much she tries, it’s impossible to fit her into the mold that society expects of her. We see this struggle on a smaller scale with her friend Amy, who on the surface, appears to be the model of a fine young lady, but has a deep desire to learn on an academic level, publish her writing, and teach. I found Amy to be a very likable character, and really enjoyed watching her friendship with Jacky. In fact, I enjoyed all of the female friendships displayed in this book. I often feel as if novels often lack strong female friendships, discarding them for romantic plotlines or, my least favorite type of story, the two close friends that are torn apart by their love for one man. This is not a problem here at all. I was surprised to see that Curse of the Blue Tattoo is not completely free of romance, as Jacky spends the entire book separated from her Jaimy, but it makes sense that as she picks up male friends, and female friends, that eventually they would start to pair off. This is another aspect of the book I enjoyed.Curse of the Blue Tattoo is a really fun book. It’s only drawback is that the ending feels a bit rushed, almost as if there were supposed to be one more chapter that we’re missing. This flaw feels trivial compared to the fun that is the rest of the book. Jacky provides a real unique viewpoint on Boston, not just due to her background as an orphan and Ship’s Boy, but even due to the fact that she’s English, as has entered a country that has recently freed itself from English law. I will be picking up the rest of the books in this series. Only this time I won’t wait as long to pick up the next volume!

  • Lady Godiva
    2019-04-06 03:34

    God, I hate this Jacky so much! She’s sly, shallow nonsensical bitch! She gets in trouble, promises to never do it again, and then does it! Again! And again and again! Honestly, she’s such a Maru Sue. All the good guys like her and the bag guys hate her. 99% of boys around fall for her almost immediately. She learns horse riding in a couple of months and apparently gets so good at it that wins race when competing against actual real jockeys who have had years of practice. She always has some kind of useful powerful or knowledgeable friend who can manage to help her out of another trouble. When accused of something - she just starts crying and whining until (though the accusations are completely accurate and she is guilty) she is forgiven this instant and then the situation reverses and the friend who did the accusations starts to beg to be forgiven by Jacky.I hardly see why she's considered such a ‘feminist’ role model. Yes, she always goes talking about how she’ll do this or that all by herself,… but in fact, all by herself she gets only in trouble (and sometimes - in prison), and rarely gets out of them without somebody’s help. She’s always pining after Jamie, her lover-boy, and constantly repeats how she loves him and how she’s promised to him. But this fact, strangely, does not stop her from shamelessly flirting with any other boy (sometimes even almost lust after one of them). Worse: she even uses her ‘charm’ as a device in a revenge plan. And she always repeats ‘oh, that [flirting] can’t do any bad!’ or ‘that won’t hurt’ etc. But that does bad and it does hurt people. And she even has no guts to admit that she did all this on purpose, to get even with other bitchy girl (yes, that girl was a major bitch, but why the hell steal her fiancée when you clearly doesn’t need him! To humiliate her? It’s mean and it brings you down to her level.) And frankly, that bitchy girl, Clarissa, as an antagonist - doesn’t serve half the role she should be. First, she is cliche to an awful extent. Just another blonde-pretty-rich-spoiled-little-princess-of-the-school-academy. Again. Like we haven’t read/seen that for a bazillion times already. As a character she is rather weak and as an antagonist… Well, Clarissa clearly spent way less time on humiliating Jacky, than Jacky spent on plotting how to humiliate Clarissa. I think that should say something about the protagonist. (Even Harry Potter, as I recall, didn’t make so much effort to take crap out of Draco Malfoy).I think people tend to take no notice and ignore that this Jacky actually is not that much of a good person (she’s still mean and sly) because of the villain in the book. Oh, the villain (who is a Reverend) is good. The author makes you despise this Reverend so much (which he deserves) that you don’t notice loads of drawbacks the heroine has. Compared to the Reverend - Jacky is a white little innocent lamb whom you can’t help but pity and feel sorry for and sympathize with, simply because she is a heroine and he is a villain and he is that bad and frightening.

  • Tara Chevrestt
    2019-04-05 08:51

    There was no piracy or seafarin' in this edition of Jacky Faber's life, but I loved it anyway. Jacky Faber is probably my favorite heroine. Having posed as a ship's boy in the Royal Navy in book one and unfortunately, been found out, Jacky now finds herself set off her beloved ship, The Dolphin, and put into a school for ladies in Boston. This young gal has now gone from orphan to ship's boy to midshipman, to "fine lady" to chambermaid and finally to barroom performer, horse rider, and detective. Needless to say, the lady's school isn't agreeing with Jacky. She gets herself arrested for flashing her knee in public and the result is a deomotion in rank. No longer a student of the lady's school, Jacky finds herself cleaning chamber pots for the ladies instead of being a lady herself. There's an advantage to this new situation tho and that is now Jacky is free to come and go as she pleases and in the process, gets into trouble, sings at the bar, sneaks letters to her beloved Jaimy, and investigates the mysterious murder of a maid who worked for the possibly perverted priest next door who now has his sights set on Jacky. There was no end to the laughter and smiles. Jacky gets herself in and out of every scrape imaginable. She hates the school for ladies, but she loves her new friends and this creates a dilemma for her. Stay at the school and risk the wrath of the dangerous priest or hitch a ride on the next boat out and find her beloved Jaimy? Would Jaimy even want her anymore tho now that she has failed at becoming a lady? Guess book three may have the answers.

  • Rebecca L. Snowe
    2019-04-03 08:47

    Oh my gosh where to start? I really loved the first book in the "Jacky Faber" series which I read several months ago so when I picked up the second "The Curse of the Blue Tattoo" I had high hopes. I was not disappointed! Jacky is the finest and spunkiest heroine you could ever hope for and her simple yet exciting voice kept me on the edge of my seat throughout her long, exciting, romantic tale! I have to say that I loved Randall and I hope that he and Jacky get together in the future! The preacher got what he deserved and I'm glad for it; I hate it in books when they don't kill the horrible villain. Jacky reminds me of me in many ways with her wit, fearlessness and openness. I can see myself being with her in Girls School fighting against the evil and annoying Clarissa! Overall I can't begin to say how much I enjoyed this book and I can't wait to start the next one and see if I'm right in my hopes that Jacky and Randall get together!

  • Lady Knight
    2019-04-19 04:38

    I really did not enjoy this. Although it did have parts that made me smile, Jacky is just too impulsive, thoughtless and down-right annoying for me to take right now. I honestly got stressed out reading this. Meyer might have created a wonderful character, and I do understand her making mistakes because of sheer ignorance, but does she need to be downright stupid to make that point? No she does not. There are even parts where Jacky comes across as mature for her age and fairly intelligent, so why are we forced to suffer through so much idiocy? No wonder I stopped reading this series after this book when I was a teen! While fairly annoyed, I will press on and read at least one more volume before I give up on the series as a whole. With thousands of positive reviews out there, there has got to be something redeeming in the series!

  • Robert Delikat
    2019-04-01 11:27

    Narrated by Katherine Kellgren, this is one of my all-time favorite audiobooks. It is an audio book at its best. This is a performance and not just a reading. This book and its reader have won many awards and rightfully so. The book is entertaining to the point of addiction. I read the first two books in the series in two days and would be working on the third if my iPod were not fully discharged. There is not a dull moment in any of the first two books in this series: Bloody Jack #1 and The Curse of the Blue Tattoo #2. I have heard it said and read of listeners that they had fallen in love with the narrator's voice... well add me to her fanboys and girls. Katherine Kellgren is one of the best talents in this art form. In fact, certainly gender-wise, she is perhaps without peer.

  • Jess
    2019-04-19 08:38

    You can forgive the Bloody Jack books many things - unlikely plot points, melodrama, last-minute twists - because they have so much else going for them. I can't think of another historical fiction series that's as lively and comic, and I can't imagine reading them any other way than as audiobooks. Start with Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy. I know I'll roll my eyes when I hear what Jacky's up to next, but I also know I'll enjoy the ride.

  • AH
    2019-03-30 07:52

    This series is a lot of fun to listen to. The narrator is pretty entertaining - she does the different voices well and she can sing. In this book, Jackie is sent to Boston to become "a lady." Of course, Jackie never does things easily and she gets into a lot of trouble. She tries to be good, but...There is A LOT of description in this audio book which works because it is an audio book. It does get a tad tiresome, but it helps the listener get a feel for that time period. This is a perfect series for the younger reader - middle school and up and I would recommend the audio version for those long trips in the car.

  • Josiphine/Tessa
    2019-03-25 03:35

    I liked this even more than the first one (less annoying romance).

  • Herman Padilla
    2019-04-13 08:32

    Wonderful series!I shall read all the books in this fun and enjoyable series in the curse of the blue tattoo Miss Jacky Faber shows us young Boston, Blue-blood Boston, Puritan Boston, and dockside Boston, my can she ever get into some crazy adventures. Especially enjoy the class struggles at her school and I'm not talking about French, or Math or Embroidery, (Was that really a class) No I'm talking about Miss Howe, and Mistress Pimm, (I actually know one of the Howe's she is a direct descendant of the second John Adams and sixth President John Quincy Adams) but in this book well the Howe's are not the good guys anyway good book, fun book, five star book.

  • Bethany
    2019-03-21 06:53

    I just can't stop myself from listening to these audiobooks. There's so much that annoys me: Jacky's wild swings from fierce independence to blubbering mess, the stereotypical depictions of women, the ridiculously implausible cascades of adventure/trouble ... but Katherine Kellgren continues to enthrall. So I keep listening.

  • Kate
    2019-04-17 09:44

    I love this series and the narrator of the audio edition does a wonderful job, including singing short excerpts of period songs. I noticed L. A. Meyer passed away a few years ago in Ellsworth, ME where he had a gallery with his wife. I visited Ellsworth a number of times when I spent time in Belfast and am sad to think I missed an opportunity to tell him what wonderful books he wrote.

  • Alaine
    2019-04-10 05:52

    Oh, dang. It's number two in a series I haven't started before. I just picked it based on the title. It's the blue tattoo.1/22: This was so great! The narration is just about perfect. She acted out all the characters and sang, and well. Easily among the best narration I've heard in all the years I've been listening to audio books. The story was captivating too. I never got bored. I got impatient and switched off with the ebook to get to the next part faster when I could. I can't wait to read the rest of the series.

  • Maddie B🐱📚🐰
    2019-04-17 06:48

    4.5 ⭐ only that star because there was no Jamie in this one but oh wow it was just as good as the first!

  • Almeta
    2019-04-11 07:49

    The audio is an absolute must!

  • Carrie
    2019-04-13 10:49

    I really enjoyed "Curse of the Blue Tattoo." The book was full of adventure, mystery, DRAMA, and of course, singing and dancing. Meyer "forgets" about some characters, so they'll probably reappear in the next books (Gully, Amy, Jamie, etc.). I actually found the book darker than the first, but just as good. Reverend Mather and the issue of Janie Porter actually scared me a little, but I love how Meyer worked the history of Cotton Mather into it. I especially like the ending (no spoilers here) and how it flows into the next book. The third in the series has high standards to live up to!

  • Hannah
    2019-03-22 04:52

    I listened to this during my 8 1/2 hour car trips and was definitely kept entertained, and pretty impressed by the narrator's singing and versatility in voices and accents, although it took some getting used to, since at first it almost drove me crazy. Jacky was close to endearing as a main character, but didn't quite make it for me - sometimes, her decisions were understandably naive or ignorant, but other times, they seemed ridiculous, and this was one of those books where one tires of hearing the main character be not-so-surreptitiously praised so much through others' mouths. I also found myself getting annoyed by the wandering plot: maybe it's more realistic to hear about the interesting little anecdotes that happen here and there that don't necessarily further the story in any way, but it is also made me as a listener wish that I was reading so I could simply skim through all of the fluff, of which there was a considerable amount.Enough gripes for now: the concept of the story, while not novel in itself (essentially, poor lower class girl has to learn to be a lady and mishaps ensue) was interesting in the way that it exposed the social mores of early 1800s Boston, especially for women: women's educations consisting of languages and some history and math, but also embroidery and manners/household management, no showing of "limbs" for females, a lot of class awareness, etc. I also liked the occasional brush with "real" historical characters: references to Cotton Mather, Paul Revere, and the like, and in the audio versions, the songs were fun to hear (I wonder if those are really songs from that time period, or if the author made them up - I'm guessing the former). The awkward (and gratuitous-seeming) sexuality sections in the book made me pause in the middle and look at the author's name - L.A. Meyer. Hmmm. And then look at the back of the cd case to look at the short author bio - a man, as I suspected. Not that women can't write sexual situations that are awkward too (and I mean this in a pretty innocuous sense in this book; there's nothing too overboard), but this seemed similar to another male writer's style that made me cringe. My other complaint would be the several loose ends: (view spoiler)[ Gully steals all Jacky's money and her cantarina and she sees it at a pawn shop for a few dollars (that she doesn't have) and complains about how she'll need to buy it back, and a few chapters later, inexplicably she has it back with her again, as if money suddenly isn't an issue. That's relatively minor, of course, but Ezra telling Jacky that the Reverend has hired a very competent lawyer and that he's trying to stave off the preacher's case to get custody of her in court but is not sure how he'll fare makes things seem very urgent in the fall, but winter and spring inexplicably pass without any further news of what beforehand seemed to be an impending custody crisis, as if Jacky's haunting trick had somehow made legal proceedings irrelevant (or inexplicably slow?). And what the heck happens to Ezra anyway? How can a relatively significant character in the book simply flicker out halfway through the book for no apparent reason?(hide spoiler)]I suppose some of this is sour grapes because I didn't like the ending - seemed calculated to provide enough closure that we didn't send the mob after Mr. Meyer, but not enough to keep us from feeling like we needed to buy the other 7? 9? books in the serious just to get some semblance of closure. Which I am loath to do. Jacky was entertaining for a car trip, but enough so to be a more permanent companion.

  • Lori Twichell
    2019-03-30 05:40

    This young girl’s adventures are hilarious, fabulous and at times, exceptionally heart-warming. Jacky is, if nothing else, vigilant in her survival techniques. It’s a delight to follow her as she gets into and out of her extraordinary messes. Things that seem absolutely inconceivable seem to gather around Jacky and throw a party in her presence.The parent’s view on this one stays the same as the first. Though these books aren’t for the very young (Jacky is pretty open about more mature things and some of her situations are definitely more on the mature side.) I can see how they’d be highly entertaining for high school or college students. Or if you’ve enjoyed Pirates of the Caribbean, you’ll love these books. If you’re a parent, these books are listed for 7th grade and up. That age strikes me as pretty young. I’d consider 14-15. If you have a mature reader, you might want to read along with them. The first few books in the series are definitely okay for this younger range but as Jacky gets older, so do her adventures, so keep that in mind if you’re starting a younger reader on this series.Now I need to take a moment to talk about the audiobook version. Once again, I was completely enthralled with these audiobooks. If you don’t have time to sit down and read but you’re in the car for a commute, working out, or just want some relaxing time with earbuds in, these audiobooks are MUST HAVE. I have listened to many audiobooks in my time and some are definite misses. These are must have. Even if you own the hard copies of the books and have read them, these audiobooks bring new life to the series. Far more than just listening to someone read a story, these are like movies that play out in an audio format. Excitement, adventure and intrigue follow these stories and I cannot possibly recommend the audio versions more highly.I received this review copy from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing the book.

  • Tammy Dahle
    2019-03-21 07:43

    From Inside Cover:After being forced to leave HMS Dolphin and her true love, Jacky Faber is making a new start at the elite Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls in Boston. But growing up on the streets of London and fighting pirates never prepared Jacky for her toughest battle yet: learning how to be a fine lady. Everything she does is wrong. Her embroidery is deplorable, her French is atrocious, and her table manners-disgusting! Then there's the small matter of her blue anchor tattoo.... Will Jacky ever become a proper lady? Not bloody likely! But whether she's triumphing over her snobbish classmates, avenging a serving girl's murder, or winning over a stubborn horse that's as fast as the wind, one thing's for sure: Jacky Faber finds adventure wherever she may be.I LOVE LOVE LOVE Jacky Faber! She is one of my most favorite heroines. Mostly because she is so completely imperfect, you can't help loving this girl. She is smart, quick witted, emotional and full of flaws. Though her adventures and mishaps Jacky grabs ahold of your heart and won't let go. This historical young adult novel is set in 1803 where Jacky finds herself enrolled in an all girl's school in Boston. Coming off a ship full of men where she learned to survive for three years leaves her ill prepared to deal with a school full of snobby girls. Quick as she can Jacky learns to navigate through art, music, equestrian, penmanship as well as making new friends. But of course Jacky just can't stay out of trouble and soon she is dodging the police while singing in pubs, fighting the school bully and solving the murder of a serving girl. This is the second book in the series of Jacky Faber and I can't wait to read about her next adventure in the third book.I would recommend this book for ages 12 and up. It is available for check out at the Salmon Public Library

  • Margo Brooks
    2019-04-21 04:48

    Audiobook. In the tradition of Pipi Longstocking and Anne of Green Gables, Jackie Faber is the newest and best girl role model for young teens. Brave, honest, loyal, interested in bettering herself through education, but understanding her flaws, including acting without thinking and craving the limelight, Jackie is the girl we all want to be. In this second installment of the Bloody Jack series, Jackie, the poor orphan from the London streets who signed onto a British warship as a ships boy has been uncovered as a girl. She is let off the ship with her prize winnings and installed at the Lawson Peabody School for Girls in Boston. Anyone who knows Boston and its history will follow Jackie’s tromps through the historic city of 1805 with pleasure and recognition. As she struggles to become a lady, sidetracked somewhat by a demotion to servant girl and tavern entertainer, she works tirelessly to make her way in a city that frowns on eccentricity. Along the way she earns the admiration of friends in both high and low stations, rides a racehorse and helps solve a dastardly murder.The audiobooks of Bloody Jack series are read by Katherine Kellgren who brings Jackie to life. The magic of listening to Jackie’s Cheapside accent as she recounts her thoughts and actions in breathless gasps or moans at her own folly is untouchable. I’ve never heard an audiobook live before your eyes as these do. They are a great way to bring the adventure of reading to a young non-reader or for an adult to immerse themselves in the past through Jackie’s eyes.These books will be classics. Not only do they provide fantastic lessons in how to get along in life, make friends and deal with adversity, but they bring the past to life in a very detailed and remarkable way.

  • Julia
    2019-04-02 11:25

    Welcome to the very grand and never dull adventures of Jacky Faber. Jacky Faber was an orphan in London who was living under a bridge, begging for money, and stealing what she had to stay alive. That was all before she boarded a British Naval Ship, the Dolphin, as Jack, a small but strong and spirited “boy.” By the time the Captain realized Jack was really Jacky, she had already been promoted to midshipman and fallen in love with Jamie. When the ship pulls into Boston, the captain can’t get Jackie off fast enough. They enroll her in a boarding school for ladies run by the strict Mistress Primm. This is where Jacky’s adventures begin. Whether she is dancing for sailors, singing in a tavern, riding a race horse, or haunting the wicked priest, she is always jolly, free-spirited, witty, and resourceful.The exceptional talent of Katherine Kellgren, the narrator, makes listening to this book so enjoyable that I was hardly able to do anything else until it ended. The versatility of both her many authentic accents and range of pitch was very impressive. Whether it be excitement or dread, the listener can hear and feel it in Kellgren’s voice. There were many times I closed my eyes and imagined the scenes she described. I thought the horse race was a particularly spectacular performance.My favorite thing about Jacky is that only moments after being knocked down, she is back up grinning or playing her penny whistle. While she acknowledges that she is hard on her friends, she is a good friend to all those around her. I can’t wait to catch up on the other adventures of Jacky Faber, and I plan on listening to those too!

  • Stacy Koster
    2019-04-18 03:47

    I enjoyed this book. Jackie sure does manage to get herself into all kinds of scrapes. I listened to it as an audiobook. The narrator is awesome, and a great singer!