[Reading] ➭ Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady ➵ L.A. Meyer – Uroturk.info
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 With each of these books, I love Jack 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 enriched by this author s work. 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 from becoming the fine lady Jaimy would like her to be Jacky soon realizes that the social rules and etiquette of Boston is much stricter that that of London With her tendency for impulsiveness and her temper, Jacky soon finds herself demoted to a household servant at the school There she finds friends and forms the dreaded sisterhood Many adventures await Jacky in this next volume of her story Readers will want the next volume close at hand as they reach the end of this story Upper MS HS Essential Allison Madsen Teen Librarian SJO Public Librarian 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 appeal, if sold the right way Because I can t go without complaining about something, I will say that maybe too much happens in this volume it seems there s not a situation Jacky can t get herself into, and the end sequence happens in a blur It sets up the next book nicely, though, and I ll be reading that one as an actual, honest to goodness book, since it hasn t been released to audio yet This volume has an awful lot of singing in it, and the reader has a wonderful voice for this aspect Worth a listen God, I hate this Jacky so much She s sly, shallow nonsensical bitch She gets in trouble, promises to never do it again, and then does it Again And again and again Honestly, she s such a Maru Sue All the good guys like her and the bag guys hate her 99% of boys around fall for her almost immediately She learns horse riding in a couple of months and apparently gets so good at it that wins race when competing against actual real jockeys who have had years of practice She always has some kind of useful powerful or knowledgeable friend who can manage to help her out of another trouble When accused of something she just starts crying and whining until though the accusations are completely accurate and she is guilty she is forgiven this instant and then the situation reverses and the friend who did the accusations starts to beg to be forgiven by Jacky.I hardly see why she s considered such a feminist role model Yes, she always goes talking about how she ll do this or that all by herself, but in fact, all by herself she gets only in trouble and sometimes in prison , and rarely gets out of them without somebody s help She s always pining after Jamie, her lover boy, and constantly repeats how she loves him and how she s promised to him But this fact, strangely, does not stop her from shamelessly flirting with any other boy sometimes even almost lust after one of them Worse she even uses her charm as a device in a revenge plan And she always repeats oh, that flirting can t do any bad or that won t hurt etc But that does bad and it does hurt people And she even has no guts to admit that she did all this on purpose, to get even with other bitchy girl yes, that girl was a major bitch, but why the hell steal her fianc e when you clearly doesn t need him To humiliate her It s mean and it brings you down to her level And frankly, that bitchy girl, Clarissa, as an antagonist doesn t serve half the role she should be First, she is cliche to an awful extent Just another blonde pretty rich spoiled little princess of the school academy Again Like we haven t read seen that for a bazillion times already As a character she is rather weak and as an antagonist Well, Clarissa clearly spent way less time on humiliating Jacky, than Jacky spent on plotting how to humiliate Clarissa I think that should say something about the protagonist Even Harry Potter, as I recall, didn t make so much effort to take crap out of Draco Malfoy.I think people tend to take no notice and ignore that this Jacky actually is not that much of a good person she s still mean and sly because of the villain in the book Oh, the villain who is a Reverend is good The author makes you despise this Reverend so much which he deserves that you don t notice loads of drawbacks the heroine has Compared to the Reverend Jacky is a white little innocent lamb whom you can t help but pity and feel sorry for and sympathize with, simply because she is a heroine and he is a villain and he is that bad and frightening. 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 wanted to spit on my hand and join the Dread Sisterhood and to scheme along with her as she plotted to take down the evil Reverend.While I certainly enjoyed reading the previous book, it did not come alive nearly as much as this book did I m NOT an audio book fan, normally I like to read at my own pace and get impatient when I have to wait for someone else to get to the good parts , but Katherine made every part of this book the good part I m raving here but her enthusiasm, spirit, accents, singing talents the songs came alive so beautifully , emotion and just love shone through.I m a huge fan of these books now This audiobook converted me and I highly recommend it to anyone looking to listen to a fantastic story especially if you are wanting to entertain an entire car full of folk on trips I cannot even imagine how much fun it would have been to listen to this in a group It s nearly impossible to talk just about the story and not about the audiobook, because they became one and the same but I will say this I found the story in The Curse of the Blue Tattoo to be filled with adventure, colorful characters, just a touch of improbability The Lady Lenore s maker was well, I did roll my eyes and to be a fantastic account of the misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady. 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 why are we forced to suffer through so much idiocy No wonder I stopped reading this series after this book when I was a teen While fairly annoyed, I will press on and read at least one volume before I give up on the series as a whole With thousands of positive reviews out there, there has got to be something redeeming in the series It took me forever to finally get through this book The Bloody Jack books are so long I feel like they drag on and on This one was okay but I still enjoyed the first one I will continue on with the series, I m hoping the third book is better than this one I found myself bored in some parts of this story. DNF at 97%Jack is still a fun character, she still has a knack to get into trouble But the setting I don t like I wanted adventure at sea, marine life, water, Jamie Instead we have a school for ladies, curtseys, sailors on land and letter from Jamie Not at all what I expected. HOLY CATS Not only did the nonstop action and adventure have me riveted, Katherine Kellgren s BLOODY PHENOMENAL narration brought the book to life Much, much, much love for this recording.