Title: Curse of the Blue Tattoo (Book 2 in Bloody Jack)
Author: L. A. Meyer
Publisher: Harcourt, Inc.
Release Date: June 1, 2004
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 Jacky ever become a proper lady? Not bloody likely! But whether she’s triumphing over her snobbish classmates, avenging a serving girl’s murder, or winning over a stubborn horse that’s as fast as the wind, one thing’s for sure: Jacky Faber finds adventure wherever she may be.
The second book is just as good as the first, if not a little better. Getting more into Jacky’s background, rather than her misadventures that are detailed in later books, is still exciting. She still manages to get up to mischief in her own special way, but the reader gets to know her a little bit better. She is by no means a perfect person, but my favorite trait of hers is her honesty. She doesn’t hide anything, and is, for the most part, completely honest with everyone around her about who she is (as a person – her morals/values, etc.). It’s a trait that gets her into trouble, more often than not, but at least the people around her know the risk. However, she is kind of a whiner, which comes out a lot more in this book that it does in some of the others.
I also loved meeting the new characters that are back in some of the later books. Seeing how she meets Amy, and Randall, and even the serving girls and classmates from the school both provided entertainment and put some things together from reading another book. They all have a special place in Jacky’s heart, and wriggle their ways into the reader’s as well. You can’t help but love people like Amy and animals like Millie and Gretchen and Sheik.
Even though I still can’t wait to catch up and finish the rest of the books, and at the same time hope that L. A. Meyer keeps spitting them out, I savor every word of the books. The writing somehow just attracts me – I love the plot, the characters, the format, everything. The cover artists also do an amazing job, even though I like the paperback covers better than the hardcover. They are both pretty nice, and detailed, too. I’m definitely looking forward to the next book!
**Note: I would not recommend this book to anyone 12 or under due to sexual content and profanity.