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review 2017-07-22 14:04
Jackaby - William Ritter

This book was an unexpected delight. It’s nothing new or groundbreaking; just your standard Sherlockian detective novel with a supernatural twist. But goodness me, it’s fun! And full of memorable characters, both living and formerly living, human and formerly human. Jackaby is adorably insufferable and Abigail is adorably ordinary. Jenny is adorably transparent (hah!) and Douglas is adorably, er, adorable. The one downfall for me is that the mystery is a bit lacking. I identified the murderer right away, but it didn’t lessen my enjoyment much (and looking at the GR reviews of people I follow, this seems to be a common occurrence). I’ll be picking up the next book in the series for sure.

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review 2017-06-14 21:06
Jackaby reads like a sort of Mad Hatter/Sherlock Holmes mashed up with Ghost Hunters...maybe???
Jackaby - William Ritter



Book Title:  Jackaby

Author:  William Ritter

Narration:  Nicola Barber

Series:  Jackaby #1

Genre:  Mystery, YA, Fantasy

Setting:  New Fiddleham, New England 1892

Source:  Audiobook (Library)




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Book Theme Song

Theme to Elementary the TV show on CBS  --what can I say I wasn't overly inspired when it came to a theme song for this book...♫





2.8/5 STARS




My Thoughts


Despite being smartly written and having a highly imaginative plot, I have to say that Jackaby was not for me.  I wouldn't say that it was wretched, by any means, only that I didn't find this to be overly engaging. I believe maybe the Sherlock Holmes style of mystery detecting; mixed with the paranormal elements, just isn't for me.  Although, the audio, is smashingly well done.  I only managed to finish this because I listened on audio, otherwise, this could have very well been a DNF.


Ratings Breakdown


Plot:  3/5

Main Characters:  3/5

Secondary Characters:  3/5

The Feels:  2/5

Addictiveness:  2/5

Theme or Tone:  3/5

Flow (Writing Style):  2.5/5

Backdrop (World Building):  2.5/5

Originality:  3/5

Book Cover:  5/5

Narration:  4/5

Ending:  3.3/5 Cliffhanger:  to be continued…


Will I continue this series?  Most likely, not.



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text 2017-05-31 17:54
May Re-Cap
Death and the Girl Next Door - Darynda Jones
Nil on Fire (Nil Series Book 3) - Lynne Matson
Of Metal and Wishes - Sarah Fine
A Million Worlds with You - Claudia Gray
The Clockwork Dynasty: A Novel - Daniel H. Wilson
Fairest - Marissa Meyer
Unrest (Unknown Trilogy Book 2) - Wendy Higgins
Hunted - Meagan Spooner
The Weight of Lies - Clara Emily Carpenter
Jackaby - William Ritter

While I'm seriously behind on my reviews, my reading and listening did not suffer too much this month.  (I've been preparing an Open House for this weekend)  The titles with links have reviews, the ones without are still pending.


(Audiobook) Death and the Girl Next Door by Darynda Jones
Finish Date: 05/04
2.8/5 STARS

(eBook) Nil on Fire by Lynne Matson
Finish Date: 05/09

(Audiobook) Of Metal and Wishes by Sarah Fine
Finish Date: 05/10

(Audiobook) A Million Worlds with You by Claudia Gray
Finish Date: 05/17
4.2/5 STARS

(netgalley arc) The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H. Wilson
Finish Date: 05/19
3.8/5 STARS

(Audiobook) Fairest by Marissa Meyer 
Finish Date: 05/21
4.3/5 STARS

(eBook) Unrest by Wendy Higgins
Finish Date: 05/24

(Audiobook) Hunted by Meagan Spooner
Finish Date: 05/26
3.7/5 STARS


(netgalley arc) The Weight of Lies by Emily Carpenter

Finish Date:  05/29

4.8/5 STARS


(Audiobook) Jackaby by William Ritter

Finish Date:  05/31

2.8/5 STARS


10 Books Total for May (3,428 Pages Read)

6 Audiobooks, 2 eBooks, and 2 Netgalley ARC's

and 1 DNF.  (Of Beast and Beauty, (that one I still might try again, just ebook form instead, the hoopla audio for it was terrible.)


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review 2017-04-30 04:33
Beastly Bones: A Jackaby Novel - William Ritter





Back to New Fiddleham, New England with Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer, R.F. Jackaby, supernatural investigator. From shape shifters disguised as kitten-fish to a dig for dinosaurs and a great of suspicious deaths, this book has a lot going on. But, in the end, it all ties together.


I like Abigail, she is smart and strong and also a bit unsure of herself. Jackaby is a bit crazy, but still a good-hearted person. I listened to the audio of this book and enjoyed the narrator's voice. I noticed things about the writing that didn't stand out as much when I read the first book. Abigail speaks in alliteration often... very often. It is sort of funny, for instance, at one point she talks about another character having a "propensity for peddling pilfered goods." Once I noticed this, it made me smile every time she did it.


This is a fun series, and I will probably read the next one... eventually. :)

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text 2017-04-20 04:54
Historical Mystery
Beastly Bones: A Jackaby Novel - William Ritter





 I've decided to go with a Jackaby sequel for my historical mystery. I really enjoyed the first book and have been planning to read more of them.

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