Gwen & Kate's Library

Two sisters' reviews of Young Adult and Middle Grade books, inspired by their lovely library.

Gwen’s Thoughts on Curse of the Blue Tattoo by L.A. Meyer

This series is going to be very hard to rate and review, considering that they are all amazing, and each book is a continuation of Jacky’s numerous adventurous mishaps.

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Series: The Bloody Jack Adventures, Book 2 (Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady)

Genres:  Young Adult, Adventure, Historical Fiction, Romance

Rating: 5 stars

Description:

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?

Review:

This series is going to be very hard to rate and review, considering that they are all amazing, and each book is a continuation of Jacky’s numerous adventurous mishaps.

Curse of the Blue Tattoo is one of the few that does not take place on the sea, but entirely in Boston, a new setting and lifestyle for Jacky at the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls. But do not let this fool you into thinking that means any fewer daring escapades for Jacky and her new friends, both successful and utterly disastrous!

I think this book is definitely an improvement on the first book, Bloody Jack. Jacky is now older and less like a naive street-rat in her ways, but she looses none of her spirit or optimism! I see a lot of Jacky in myself, although I am more likely to learn from my mistakes and don’t go seeking out trouble as often as she does. She reminds me of a young adult version of Pippi Longstocking, with the same flair for mischief. Jacky is the type of person (she is indeed a real live person, her nature being so vivid she doesn’t seem at all like just a character!) whom everyone either adores and looks up to or despises completely, and she quickly makes both good friends and life-long enemies at the new school. She also meets another dashing young man… but Jaimy is never far from her mind.

The Bloody Jack series would make for an outstanding set of PG-13 movies, the perfect pirate, romance, and adventure film with a brave heroine to top it off! I cannot recommend this series enough (but they are definitely only for ages 14 and up), and the audiobook reading by Katherine Kellgren is one of the best I have ever listened to!

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This entry was posted on May 24, 2014 by in Author: Gwen, Favorites, Review, Young Adult and tagged , , .
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