Title: Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady
Series: Bloody Jack, #2
Author: L.A. Meyer
Genre: Historical Fiction, YA
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: January 12th, 2011
Length: 504 pages | 14 Hours 13 Minutes
Source: Borrowed from my library
After being forced to leave HMS Dolphin and Jaimy, 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…
Despite her best efforts, Jacky can’t seem to stay out of trouble long enough to dedicate herself to being ladylike. But what fun would that be, anyway?
This continues to be a fun, rollicking series, especially charming on audiobook as the narrator is amazing. I liked this sequel better than the first book (how rare is that?!) and will definitely continue with the series. In this tale, Jacky learns some hard lessons and harsh truths about herself- something that feels authentic to her age in the story (15-ish). There were plenty of moments of me shouting at Jacky, but an equal number of admiring her attitude and fortitude.
In all, if you like swashbuckling historic fiction and coming of age YA, I recommend this series.
I’m a coffee-fueled, hobby-addicted bibliophage who makes cruelty-free mineral eye shadows (inspired by novels). I’m usually in front of a screen (writing, reading, or gaming), but I’ve been known to emerge for geekery, good food, and dark chocolate.