Book Review: Curse of the Blue Tattoo

Book Review: Curse of the Blue TattooCurse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady by L.A. Meyer
Series: Bloody Jack #2
Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on June 1st 2004
Pages: 504
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After being exposed as a girl, Jacky Faber is forced to leave the Dolphin and attend 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 lady.

Everything she does is wrong. Her embroidery is deplorable, her French is atrocious, and her table manners--disgusting! And whenever Jacky roams the city in search of adventure, trouble is never far behind. Then there's the small matter of her blue anchor tattoo. . . .

So will Jacky ever become a typical lady? Not bloody well 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's new life in Boston is just as exciting as her old one on the high seas.

Poor Jacky has been left ashore at a school for young ladies, where she can't help but get into loads of trouble. Her new nemesis is a cocky girl named Clarissa and Jacky falls out of favor at the school quickly with her rash nature and quirky need to bend rules. Although Clarissa is harsh to deal with, Jacky also finds that the preacher is after her to adopt her and to strip her of her wicked ways. Jacky generally doesn't worry much, but this preacher seems to have a past that screams murder.

Definitely another tale filled with music, daring adventures, and the wonderful nature of our dear Jacky.

I just love Jacky and how vibrant she is. Definitely still a bit naive and way braver than she really should be, she's the type of girl that goes headfirst into an adventure without thinking it through. I love her brash and cheerful nature and can't get enough of her character.

Final VerdictDefinitely a novel for those that love a good adventure and female main character who is definitely nowhere close to meek and mild.

Audio commentary: Love love love this voice actress. She really captures Jacky, she certainly does.

Kristen

Kristen is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. Kristen is an Elementary School Library Media Specialist in the Chicago suburbs who loves reading. Why else would she be a librarian?

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2 responses to “Book Review: Curse of the Blue Tattoo

  1. Read Now Sleep Later

    Kristen, my husband agreed that someday when we start having kids, first girl gets the name Katherine Kellgren… I tweeted that to her and she *blushed* 😀 Hubs was particularly impressed by the horse race scene reading. “Come on, Sheiky!!!” He got tired and out of breath just listening in the car.

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