Retro Friday is a meme hosted by Angie of Angieville and "focuses on reviewing books from the past. This can be an old favorite, an under-the-radar book you think deserves more attention, something woefully out of print, etc."
Curse of the Blue Tattoo: Being an Account of the Misadventures of Jacky Faber, Midshipman and Fine Lady by LA Meyer
Publisher: Listen & Live Audio
Publication date: (book published in 2004)
Length: 14 hrs 13 min
Source: Audiobook from Library
Series: Bloody Jack Adventures, Book 2
After being set off shore in Boston to attend a ladies' school, Jacky misses her life on the open seas - and Jaimy, of course. She's finding that all of her training at sea and on the streets didn't prepare her for the horrors of being a lady. It seems that around every corner is a new disaster, waiting for Jacky to put her foot in it.
Things I Liked:
Are you prepared for more Jacky-raving? If not, skip right on by this review. Oh, Jacky. I love this series with a serious passion and I can't get enough of Jacky's hard-headed, foolish, impulsive charm. She goes from one disaster to the next, leaving a wake of destruction behind her, but you can't help but love her! I'm also quite impressed with the natural historical fiction details about Boston that Meyer manages to squeeze in. I once again must rave over the inimitable Katherine Kellgren, who does a fantastic job narrating the audiobook, keeping me enthralled in the story not only with her many and varied accents, but with the emotions she can portray with that voice. I am so happy to have more adventures with Jacky, and thrilled there are still more books in the series for me to devour (all with similarly awesome titles).
Things I Didn't Like:
Ok, I have to admit the adventures leave you a bit incredulous. It's a big stretch to imagine her literally going from stepping in one pile of poop right into the next with no break between. But honestly, I just can't help but follow her wherever she goes. Count me a fan of Miss Jacky Faber.
Start with Bloody Jack by LA Meyer (and prepare yourself to be entertained)
It kind of reminded me of (an irreverent, more lively version of) A Little Princess by Francis Hodgson Burnett
The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare
BOOK CONTENT RATINGS:
a fair number of cuss words
they do tend to get a bit bawdy
mostly for some scary situations she finds herself in
Overall rating: *****
Please tell me some of you are Jacky-addicts? I may have to create a week-long celebration for this character!
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