The sequel to Bloody Jack, Jacky Faber has now been removed from the Dolphin, her “ships boy” role stripped from her now that they know she is a girl…. and she has been placed instead into The Lawson Peabody School for Fine Young Girls.
The Jacky Faber? Tom boy, loud, adventurous, pirate fighting, occasionally obnoxious, Jacky…. in a school for fine young ladies?
It is soon discovered that the high seas fighting for rations was a piece of cake compared to the stuffy girl for schools where you have to master “the look” ( sucked in cheek bones, lips slightly parted, and eyes lowered), and how to sew and…
well… as you can imagine… Jacky finds her way into mischief by sneaking out of the school playing her music in bars at night and scaring a preacher who does not deserve the title… she learns to ride a horse not only like a girl, but also like a guy with a leg on each side…. she struggles learning the ways of being a lady, but at the same time finds a way into some of the girls hearts and earns the name, “friend”.
Yet Jacky still missed her first love Jaimy, and feels the draw of the sea….
I have made my way through this second audio. It didn’t take long that Jacky would have troubles in school with some of the snooty rich girls like Clarissa, and yet admired for her high spirit and dedication to anyone who is kind to her, like Amy.
I enjoyed the mystery around the reverend and wish that would have been a bit more in the book. There is a lot of action happening between Jacky’s trips to Amy’s home, and meeting her brother Randall, and making friends, and
dancing, and making money, and getting into trouble…
yeah about that…
by the end of this audio book I was a bit stretched on the amount of trouble that Jacky kept getting in to. It seemed like she keeps making major mistakes and causing her friendships to strain. I realize that is part of the thrill of Jacky Faber and the series but in the end… I am going to have to say it was all a bit too much.
Still a delightful listen, incredible narration by Katherine Kellgren who does a lovely job with the rough accent of Jacky, to the polite voices of the girls from school….
Yes I will move on to audio book three as I think Jacky is on her way back to the ship and maybe if I can get her back in the water, I will find what I loved about the first audio again.
The 2011 WHERE Are You Reading map has been updated to include Curse Of The Blue Tattoo
I borrowed this audio from our local library