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Boston Jacky: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Taking Care of Business (Bloody Jack #11)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  851 ratings  ·  156 reviews
Jacky Faber has a habit of making waves--even when docked in her adopted city of Boston, where she is attending to the business of Faber Shipping Worldwide. With big dreams and perhaps a bit too much exuberance for the very Puritan populace, she purchases the Pig and Whistle Inn, determined to revive her old stomping grounds and establish a musical theater.
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Hardcover, 364 pages
Published September 10th 2013 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2013)
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Aubrey
I guess I get why this book needed to happen- Jacky has *got* to start growing up- but, it was not a fun read.

Everything with Jaimy was infuriating. How he can hold every completely unconfirmed story against Jacky when he has *not* been faithful (Clementine and Bess)is inexplicable. He's going to have to make some major changes in the next installment to be a realistic romantic hero.

Everything else in the plot seemed tired. It felt very contrived to have so many characters from past books be in
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Liviania
Jacky Faber has returned to Boston, this time to discover that her shipping business is losing money, the Irish are becoming unwelcome in Boston, and that Jaimy Fletcher hasn't made it back yet. The first bit of BOSTON JACKY feels very same old, same old, and the new elements introduced never go as far as they might. The various extortionary fire companies are introduced, but I can only remember one fire in the book - and it's not a particularly big fire.

I did like the introduction of women's su
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Emily Dusicska
OHMYGODOHMYGODOHMYGODOHMYGOD!!!! I STARTED HYPERVENTILATING WHEN I SAW THE COVER!!!! Words can't even describe the excitement I felt when I decided to see if there was a cover and saw there was!!!! I'm crying now. There are tears of anticipation on my face and keyboard. THANK YOU SO MUCH L.A. MEYER!!!!!!
Bryn
I don't really know what I think. The story was more engaging than perhaps some of the past few have been. It had less of the feel of serialization, or an adventure that simply prolonged the story. I like that the Jaimy business had to be confronted, but I don't know if I care for how it went down (the feminist in me was feeling mightily uncomfortable towards the end). I liked how things did not go perfectly and how Jacky had to account for a few of her past actions. I'm still reading these so o ...more
J. Lynne
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Heidi
I have always loved Jacky's stories and everything about them, so I'm really sad to say this is the first time I've been pretty disappointed. Everything was awesome as usual except for one thing...Jaimy. I don't know about everyone else but I am getting real tired of the same old with the Jacky/Jaimy relationship. Seriously, where is the book where they actually meet face to face and discuss their relationship,instead of haphazard breakups and makeups they always have via letter. Just a little r ...more
Clickety
My prediction: NO! Jacky will thwart the thwarters and dodge being comeupped once more! :D
Brandy
The adventures are growing thin and very few characters are not despicable in one way or another (Jacky, get yourself under control; Jaime, you do not have the high road you think you have when it comes to philandering), but at least it seems like the adventures are winding down and we may be closing in on an eventual conclusion to this series.

I'm continuing with this series in spite of its shortcomings because Kathryn Kellgren is amazing and I want to listen to her all day, except that I worry
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Jean
as much as I love bloody jack books I want them to end...to manny
Indigo
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Hilary
A great book! It was fun to get to revisit some of the characters from the previous stories, and I wish Jacky and Jamie well in the next book in the series which I think will be the last. We will know the last book from the title which Mr. Meyer has decided will be called She Will Play the Wild Rover No more. Now, he *might* not keep to that title, but the hero's journey has been completed with this book. Well, almost. One more book should do it.

This is a quote from Mr. Meyer's Facebook page:

All
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Linda
I love Jacky Faber. I've read them all and always pre-order the new one. What is it about these books that makes me want to come back? Many things.

First, the stories are great. Young London orphan girl joins gang. When the gang leader is killed and Jacky thinks the killers are coming after her next, she ships out as a boy on a ship. From then on, hold on to your hats!! You never know what Jacky will do next!

Second, you learn some history if you bother to pay attention. Jacky serves as a messenge
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Lori Twichell
This most recent installment of the Bloody Jack series puts Jacky in even more hot water but it’s quite different in that her friends and the people she loves have gotten directly involved. After all, it’s difficult to keep the women’s temperance league happy when you own a bar. But what takes it all up a notch is Amy’s involvement with the league. And what is that Archie MacBride up to these days? Nothing but trouble for poor Jacky.

Another raucous adventure surrounded by friends and familiar se
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Erika
I love Jacky. She is one of my favorite characters. This wasn't favorite of the Bloody Jack books, but also not my least favorite. Half the book is a recap of the series, while I was grateful for the reminders since it has been a while, it was a little tedious. The last half of the book was the best. I don't like Jaimy, maybe he is supposed to be cool now that he has some awesome ninja moves, but he spends the whole book dressed up like an old hunchback. Not particularly appealing. I have the pe ...more
Sarah
It's no secret that I'm a big fan of L.A. Meyer's Bloody Jack series, and clearly, if I've made it to book #11, I must be. Yet, I found myself a bit disappointed in this installment. Although many of my fellow reviewers have often balked at the repetitive nature of the plots (Jacky begins the book freshly out of a jam, quickly finds herself in another, becomes an intricate part of some important piece of history and then executes an elaborate plan to get herself free again), I've never minding b ...more
Jennifer
Summary:
This is the 11th book, so think of it as a repeat of other books in a new setting. Jacky has come home to Boston to work on the business of Faber Shipping Worldwide. Unfortunately for her, she is just a bit too much for the Women's Temperance Union and the town in general. The city is bursting at the seams with the influx of Irish laborers that came over on Lorelei Lee. Jacky of course has to overcome her enemies, attempt to acknowledge that she's not perfect, and fight/make-up with Jaim
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Anberlin
Well, I was surprised at the ratings of this book and after reading it I'm thinking 3 or 3.5 stars which is surprising for me as well given my other ratings for the series.

There isn't as much fun in this one as everything takes on a dramatic turn for the finale and Jacky becomes embroiled in the seedy business politics of Boston with old antagonists and new ones. Painful is not a term I'd use for the series but it was so during the reading of this book. Everything went downhill to the oblivious
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Marjorie Pfister

Jacky Faber and Miley Cyrus have the exact same career arc and predictable end. Now that's a surprise.
This is what happens to strong minded, strong willed, young girls who choose to rise above their less than ideal circumstances to challenge the world on their terms. They end up tied to a post while the love of their live, whom they've sacrificed everything for, endured being held against their will "for their own good" by their jealous cheating boyfriends.
Jacky who let wiser men who have ulti
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Garren
At eleven books in, it's hard to say anything about this series without spoiling earlier books. Suffice to say, my girlfriend and I are eagerly awaiting the release of the final book in November. We're not waiting for the audiobook version and, instead, have decided to take turns reading it out loud to each other.

We like this series, a bit. I've also started two other people at work on the Bloody Jack series and they've been voracious. Why aren't you getting started? :)
Bailey
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Bruce
It’s 1809, and Jacky Faber arrives back in Boston, headquarters of Faber Shipping Worldwide, to check on the state of her business enterprises, and more importantly in the hopes of rendezvousing with her true love Jaimy Fletcher whom she believes to be en route from Burma. But, financial need forces her to ship out before he arrives, transporting a profitable cargo to the demimonde of New Orleans. Unexpectedly accompanying her as a member of her crew is her former archrival, Clarissa Worthington ...more
Erin
I am growing a bit tired of Jacky Faber. She has become a static character who needs to start growing up. The characters in the novel around her are all maturing and coming into their own while Jacky continues to push her luck. Also, I am greatly unimpressed with how Jamie is developing. I think I will read the next book in the series, but I will be giving it up if there aren’t some changes made soon.
pdarnold
Review of Audiobook.

Awe jacky! That loveable imp of a girl. I've enjoyed the adventures with Miss Faber via the narration by Katherine Kellgren. I don't think I could "read" this series with my eyes and have the same vibrant exciting experience of each character that Katherine Kellgren gives.

But it is time for Jacky and Jaimy to FINALLY come together!!!

There is adventure as usual but with a twist in the form of Miss Clarissa Worthington Howe, and ohhhhh what a twist that is! Worth reading just f
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Karen Loveridge
The Jacky Faber series is one of my favorite series and I was so excited when I saw she was returning to Boston. I was so disappointed in the actual story. There were many things they could have done with Jacky taking over "The Pig and Whistle." While I am ok with Jacky and Amy having a falling out, I hated how Amy remained aloof even after Jacky had Amy's play about the Bloodhound produced and Jacky's establishment was destroyed. The fact that she was at Jacky's trial with Mr. Pickering was way ...more
Jessie
Mr. L.A. Meyer--- it's time to end our little Jacky Faber books. We have loved them, but this is a book that proves you have no more to write. Half of the book was reminders of what had happened in other books. If anyone is reading this book, we have read the others already. TOO REPETITIVE! After the book was almost over we finally had some normal Jacky fun. I do love the times when I laugh out loud. Jacky is good for me; she keeps me smiling at the world, but I'm afraid that I won't read the ne ...more
Juliet
I have read all of the Jacky Faber books and always eagerly wait for the next book in the series to be released so I can devour it just as hungrily as all the previous ones. However lately they are starting to taste the same. The plot is always fantastic and I love all the little tid-bits of history thrown in, but sometimes Jacky just gets on my nerves, her constant flirting and kissing etc etc is just mean to Jaime, which is why I absolutely loved the book and Jaime's revenge. I also loved it w ...more
Chelsea K.
You know those book series that you started so long ago, have invested so much time and emotional effort into, and whose characters you have grown to love so much, you can't quite tell if they're actually good books anymore, or if you're just so personally tied into them that they feel like good books? I wonder if that's what the Bloody Jack series has become for me, because I really can't tell. I'll find myself rolling my eyes at some of Jacky's inner monologue, but then again, that's just Jack ...more
Venus
Jacky Faber is at it again in this eleventh installment in the Bloody Jack series. Having made port in her adopted city of Boston, Jacky is hoping to extend her fortunes by buying and Inn and a Theater. However, the rather puritanical attitude of those in Boston as well as the ethnic tension between the native born and those coming in from Ireland are making her time there difficult to say the least. Making more enemies than friends, Jacky is a little out of her depth when it comes to things on ...more
Kristen

Short & Sweet: Boston Jacky is the reason I resubscribed to Audible, needing the audiobook and not willing to wait any longer. The narrator of these books is Katherine Kellgren and her level of awesome is through the roof. Jacky is back in Boston as is her love Jaimy. Again there's a wedge drawn as Jaimy finds a painting from her latest travels that makes him believe Jacky's innocence has been compromised. Instead of letting her know he is in Boston, he decides he will stay undercover as a h
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Barbara
Having survived a stint in Spain where she functioned as a spy and worked as an artist's model, Jacky Faber has returned to Boston. Of course, being Jacky, she doesn't always act in the wisest way and never errs on the side of caution. As she reunites with her friends, works to pull the Pig & Whistle out of its perilous financial situation, and waits to be reunited with Jaimy Fletcher, she also finds herself in the middle of tension over the increasing numbers of immigrants arriving in Bosto ...more
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Louis A. Meyer is best known as the author of the Bloody Jack novels. He is also a painter and the author of two children's picture books, and he and his wife own an art gallery called Clair de Loon in Bar Harbor.

Louis A. Meyer passed away on July 29, 2014 from refractory Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. His final Jacky Faber book, Wild Rover No More, will be published posthumously in September.
More about L.A. Meyer...
Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy (Bloody Jack, #1) Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady (Bloody Jack, #2) Under the Jolly Roger: Being an Account of the Further Nautical Adventures of Jacky Faber (Bloody Jack, #3) In the Belly of the Bloodhound: Being an Account of a Particularly Peculiar Adventure in the Life of Jacky Faber (Bloody Jack, #4) Mississippi Jack: Being an Account of the Further Waterborne Adventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman, Fine Lady, and Lily of the West (Bloody Jack, #5)

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“Thanks, Tink, for being a good brother to me," I say, misting up a bit. "She's a fine girl, and I just know you'll be very happy together." I give him a kiss on the cheek.

"The Brotherhood forever, Jacky," is what he softly says in return, encircling me in his warm embrace. "Forever.”
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