Thursday, April 21, 2016

Review: "Beastly Bones" by William Ritter

Happy Thursday, Bibliogeeks!

Today I'm going to pick up a very good friend of mine at the airport. She's coming to spend a few week with me so we can catch up on all of the writerly/readerly awesomeness we've missed by living over 1,000 miles away from each other!

Hope you guys are having a splendid week! Here is a review for you! *book love to all*


Title: Beastly Bones (Jackaby #2)
Author: William Ritter
Genre: YA Historical/Paranormal
Publication: September 22, 2015
Pages: 304


“I’ve found very little about private detective R. F. Jackaby to be standard in the time I’ve known him. Working as his assistant tends to call for a somewhat flexible relationship with reality.”

In 1892, New Fiddleham, New England, things are never quite what they seem, especially when Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer R. F. Jackaby are called upon to investigate the supernatural.

First, a vicious species of shape-shifters disguise themselves as a litter of kittens, and a day later, their owner is found murdered with a single mysterious puncture wound. Then in nearby Gad’s Valley, now home to the exiled New Fiddleham police detective Charlie Cane, dinosaur bones from a recent dig mysteriously go missing, and an unidentifiable beast starts attacking animals and people, leaving their mangled bodies behind. Charlie calls on Abigail for help, and soon Abigail and Jackaby are on the hunt for a thief, a monster, and a murderer.


This was an enjoyable installment to the Jackaby series, and was certainly good enough to have me interested in the next one.

There were a few things that robbed this title of a 5 star. Mainly, I just have a really hard time being interested at all in the MC. I enjoy her interactions and the shenanigans she gets into with Jackaby and the other characters, but alone she's not of much interest. She's definitely a sight better than she was in the first book, where Jackaby carried the show on his shoulders almost entirely.

Other than this, everything was really entertaining. Jackaby is still a solid mixture of Sherlock and the Dr. (No complaints here), with a bizarrely quirky and oblivious way about him that endears him to the reader even when he's being a bit of a tukhus. In "Beastly Bones" we're introduced to more paranormal creatures and even a few from legend and lore. Basically, it's a grab bag of mythical beasts in this sherlockian-esque murder mystery.

I've learned that Mr. Ritter is not afraid at all to cozy you up to a new character and then kill them by the last page. I'm not yet sure whether this is going to be a positive or negative for future installments, but I'll certainly be a lot more wary of getting on with any new secondary character.

There's a smidge bit of romance going on, but it's actually not all that interesting in comparison to the rest of the story and only serves to give our MC something else to think about (since we're in her head the majority of the time).

Writing style is engaging and the story moves along at a nice little clip, never leaving you in a slump. Overall I'd say enjoyable read and I'll definitely be looking for "Ghostly Echoes" in August 2016.


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