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Curse of the Blue Tattoo by L.A. Meyer
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Jun 09, 2009

bookshelves: 2009, audiobooks, ya-historical-fiction
Read in June, 2009

Fresh off the H.M.S Dolphin, Jacky Faber arrives in Boston with her heart still at sea but with strict orders that she is to attend the Lawson Peabody School for Girls. She is to become a lady, and the intimidating Mistress Pimm will - literally - go down in flames trying to discipline the sailor girl out of Jacky. But, while you may be able to take the girl away from the sailors, you can't take the sailor out of the girl. No matter how hard Jacky tries, she ends up in one unlady-like scrape after another. There is just no repressing the irrepressible Jacky Faber. The cruel-hearted Reverend Richard Mather takes note of Jacky's irreverence and, in his deranged mind, interprets it as a sign that Jacky is an evil sorceress. While Jacky has many adventures throughout the course of this book, the focus is her attempts to thwart Reverend Mather's plan to gain custody of her. Because surely, nothing good can come of a life in the care of this evil and insane "holy" man.

As with the first book in this series, I can't stress enough how much I loved it AND how much the experience was enhanced by listening to it. Katherine Kellgren is a brilliant reader, and she makes Jacky come alive. I am already listening to book 3 in the series (Under the Jolly Roger) and hope that there are more audio versions to follow. Highly recommended, especially for those who enjoy audiobooks.

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