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Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady (Bloody Jack #2)

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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 Fren
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Published by Turtleback Books (first published January 1st 2004)
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Kathryn
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 a ...more
Allison
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 fro
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Angela
Nov 05, 2008 Angela rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Angela by: goodreads site
Shelves: young-adult
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 e ...more
Lydia Presley
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
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Tara Chevrestt
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 ...more
Nancy O'Toole
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 ne ...more
Brandy
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 a
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Lady Knight
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 wh ...more
Robert Delikat
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 Cur
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Jess
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
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
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Kim
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Tammy Dahle
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
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Courtney
Because I felt the first book wasn't quite finished, I had to continue to this book. I have to say, this series is pretty addicting once you get going. In the review of Bloody Jack I said that L.A. Meyer needed work on her storytelling skills because Jacky had a tendency to make decisions whether the plot pushed her into those decisions or not.

In this one, that problem is promptly remedied. I actually enjoyed this one more than the first. It takes place in Boston in the 1800's, just after the re
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Hannah
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 ...more
Margo Brooks
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 ...more
Julia
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 Jack ...more
kari
Mary "Jacky" Faber has been set off of her beloved ship, the first home she's had and sent to a snobby, snooty girls boarding school with the unsurprising result that she makes of mess of things.
The thing that I love most about Jacky is that she doesn't give up while at the same time she takes what happens to her and without whining or complaining, she makes her way. No one comes along to make things right, she just goes on and tries her best. She is a terrific heroine and she tries and tries an
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Lady Godiva
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Lori Twichell
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 an
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Tate Taczak
Curse of the Blue Tattoo was a fast pace book that was full of adventure. This book was not only told the reader about Jacky’s adventures but also gave a good sense of background, more specifically, what Boston was like at that time. I liked this book in many other ways then just how much background there is in this novel. Such as I liked that Jacky just wants to be good, and yet, she always finds herself getting in trouble,and no matter how bad the situation is she always seems to be able to ge ...more
Candi
I loved getting back to Jacky's story with this book, I've left it alone for a little while and it is a joy to come back to. I listened to this on audio book, and I don't always love audio, but this is the only way to absorb this book. It's worth it for all the songs and the way the British narrator does American accents.
This book takes place in Boston at a girl's finishing school, and although I missed Jacky's seafaring life I was soon invested in the lives of all her new friends. I was a littl
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Bryce
A pirate adventure... at a girl's school in post-Revolutionary Boston!

"Bloody" Jacky Faber is forced to become a lady, and unsurprisingly, is terrible at it. After The Dolphin drops her in Boston and a fine boarding school, Jacky spends most of her time mooning over her missing Jaime, ducking the law and generally getting into trouble. There is no bad decision that Jacky doesn't happily leap in to.

While I don't think I would have enjoyed these books when I was in my early teens -- some of the s
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Chris
This second entry in the tween historical Bloody Jack series is just as exciting and hilarious as the first. Jacky Faber, booted from the H.M.S. Dolphin for being a girl, is sent a to a proper school in Boston to become a lady. Though she tries her best for the sake of beloved midshipman James Fletcher, her high spirits and generous heart aren't suited for ladyship and Jacky finds herself in a variety of dangerous (but entertaining) situations. She also learns that the pirates and rough British ...more
Danceteacherkc
i didn't love this as much as the first and parts felt really long but it was a fun little adventure. jacky is an extremely fun character. will definitely read the next one.
Paula
I loved the first book, and this is a worthy sequel. What FUN! Cant wait to see what comes next. Its so refreshing to read a book that creates drama and excitement without the usual darker overtones of tragedy (be it murder mystery or themes of family catastrophe) that still keeps my attention and isnt overtly childish. Hooray for the adventures (and misadventures) of Jacky Faber
Eustacia Tan
It's the second book of the Bloody Jack series! This is really shaping up to be one of my new favourite series!

After the ending of the first book, where [SPOILER ALERT] Jacky's true identity as a girl was revealed, she was sent to the Lawson Peabody School for Young Girls, where she is to learn to be a "lady". But, the strict rules and mean girls prove too much, and Jacky's yearning to be free leads her into a host of adventures, which include her getting thrown into jail, and disguising herself
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Julie Decker
Jacky Faber, who started as a ship's boy and became a midshipman despite being a lady, has been discovered as a girl and is now being enrolled in a finishing school to straighten her out. Dumped in Boston and separated from her beloved Jaimy, Jacky sullenly cultivates manners (and ladylike techniques, such as "the Look"), learns ladylike tasks, and oh, makes a huge enemy of a girl called Clarissa (who happens to have a super hot older brother--not that Jacky would EVER cheat on Jaimy, oh no). Ja ...more
Ms. Gonzalez
I was a little concerned when I started reading this book because I thought it was just going to be a ye olde version of Mean Girls. But I was happily mistaken. True to form L.A. Meyer takes the reader on twists and turns one couldn't possibly foresee as Jacky continues to shock and delight.

Is she a lady or isn't she? Will she get a letter from Jaimy or won't she? This page-turner has a television show feel where every chapter feels like a new episode where you can't wait to find out what happen
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Garrett Longman
My favorite thing about these books are their wild adventure. There is no telling what will happen next and you are always ready for some change in the story! This book is just as amazing as the first book, and both tell an excellent story. It is always good to hear that there is more books in the series and that is just another reason why I love the Bloody Jack series!
The story takes place after Jacky is taken off the Dolphin to be dropped off into the Americas in the 1800's. She is put into th
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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.
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Other Books in the Series

Bloody Jack (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy (Bloody Jack, #1)
  • 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)
  • My Bonny Light Horseman: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, in Love and War (Bloody Jack, #6)
  • Rapture of the Deep: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Soldier, Sailor, Mermaid, Spy (Bloody Jack, #7)
  • The Wake of the Lorelei Lee: Being an Account of the Adventures of Jacky Faber, on her Way to Botany Bay (Bloody Jack, #8)
  • The Mark of the Golden Dragon: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Jewel of the East, Vexation of the West, and Pearl of the South China Sea (Bloody Jack, #9)
  • Viva Jacquelina! Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Over the Hills and Far Away (Bloody Jack, #10)
  • Boston Jacky: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, Taking Care of Business (Bloody Jack, #11)
Bloody Jack: Being an Account of the Curious Adventures of Mary "Jacky" Faber, Ship's Boy (Bloody Jack, #1) 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) My Bonny Light Horseman: Being an Account of the Further Adventures of Jacky Faber, in Love and War (Bloody Jack, #6)

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“I warn't never meant to be a lady, I know that now. I got streaks of wildness in me that trip me up every time, and just like streaks in clothes, there's some dirt that just won't wash out.” 43 likes
“I can smell the smoke now. I can see tendrils of it comin' up between the cracks in the shrikin' floorboards. There she is, calmly taking down the framed examples of fine embroideries, samplers, and needlework from teh hallway wall and tucking them under her arm.
"Mistress! Come on! You've got to leave!"
She calmly turns and faces me. "Why?" she asks. "The British are coming?"
"Only one, Mistress," I say”
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