Jackaby Review (Spoiler Free)

I have been the biggest fan of everything Sherlock Holmes for the longest time.  Growing up I always secretly wanted to become a detective and solve crimes just like Sherlock.  Anything Sherlock that I can get my hands on is my guilty pleasure.  When I heard about this book I knew I had to have it no matter if I had to sell my soul to get it (which I didn’t…lol).

Set in a little port town in New England in 1892, Abigail Rook has just set foot on American soil and is looking for a job.  She ends up meeting R. F. Jackaby-an investigator with a keen eye for the supernatural.  He hires her due to her impeccable gift of noticing the ordinary yet very important details.  Soon the two are thrust into a case of a serial murderer.  The police-except for Charlie Cane-think they have an ordinary criminal, but Jackaby can’t help but think these dastardly deeds are that of an inhumane creature, the likes of which the authorities are quick to deny.

I freaking loved this book!  Not only does it satisfy my Sherlock craving, but it also has a supernatural twist that creates a whole new story line.  If you also like Doctor Who, you will like this book.  I also liked the fact that the “Watson” character (Abigail Rook) is played by a girl and she has no romantic feelings toward the “Sherlock” character (Jackaby).  I have seen a few romance books where these characters end up falling in love and all that jazz, and initially I feared this was one of those books.  But thank goodness it wasn’t.  That trope just doesn’t quite fit with the Sherlock character I know and almost expect him to be.

Overall, I was rather pleased with this book and couldn’t wait to read the next one.  I highly recommend this book if you like anything Sherlock and/or Doctor Who.

I gave this book a 4/5 stars on Goodreads.


September Book Haul (2016)

So much for curbing my book buying!  13!  I got 13 books this month!  Someone needs to take my money and hold it secure so I don’t buy so many books especially because these next few months are full of so many releases that I desperately want. Anyways, back to the books I bought last month:

1)This Is Where It Ends by: Marieke Nijkamp

This book has been on my radar since it came out.  With a lot of school and other shootings becoming prevalent in today’s society, this book’s premise really draws on that.  One thing that really interests me about this book is that it takes place in a span of 54 minutes.  That is one of the shortest timelines that I have ever seen in a YA book.  Needless to say, I’m very excited to get to this book.

2) Crooked Kingdom by: Leigh Bardugo

This book is gorgeous!!!  I can’t belive I have it in my possession.  This is the second and finale book in the Six of Crows duology.  I don’t know much about this series other than there is a large heist and it is set in the same world as the Grisha trilogy.

3) The Thousandth Floor by: Katharine McGee

I don’t know much about this book as I would like to go into it blind, but the cover and endpages are stunning.

4) The Diviners by: Libba Bray

This is yet another book that I don’t know much about. It has gotten many good reviews and I have heard a lot of people saying it’s creepy.  This book sounds like the perfect read for this time of year!  My hard cover copy is beautiful under the dust cover!!

5) A Torch Against the Night by: Sabaa Tahir

This is the second book in the An Ember in the Ashes series.  I don’t want to say too much because of spoilers, but this is one of my most anticipated reads of the year.  I heard some mixed reviews on this book so I’m nervous that it won’t live up to my expectations.

6) The Bone Season by: Samantha Shannon

What if you had a special ability that as long as you are living you are commiting treason?  Paige Mahoney has this issue.  One day she is kidnapped and forced to work for her natural enemy. She must play by the rules to get her freedom back.  I’m super excited to see how this series starts out. I can’t believe that there are going to be seven books and only the first two are out!!  I have no idea if I could wait that long to have the whole series!!

7) The Forgetting by: Sharon Cameron

Could you imagine forgetting everything?  Every twelve years in the city of Canaan it’s citizens forget everything accept Nadia.  Nadia remembers everything.  As the next Forgetting approches, Nadia and Gray, a handsom glassblower, must stop and unseen enemy that threatens the city before people forget.  Both the synopsis an the cover of this book had me hooked from the moment I found out it was being published.  I can’t wait to get to this book!

8) Three Dark Crowns by: Kendare Blake

Three sisters all battling for the crown.  Special powers and lies surounding having or not having them.  The moment they turn sixteen, they will fight to the death to rule.  Everything about this book sounds fast paced and action packed.  I’m definitely going to be picking this book during the winter as things can get slow for me that time of year and I’ll need a good action packed book.

9) Lament by: Alexandra Adornetto

I haven’t even read anything on this book.  I initially picked it up because of the cover and then saw who it was written by and just had to have it.  I still have to read the rest of Alexandra’s Halo series, but I’m interested to see how this book is.

10) Ruined by: Amy Tintera

Fantasy. Thats about as much as I know of this book.  Of course the beautiful cover won me over.  I heard that something happens within the first chapter that really sets the story rolling.  I’m hoping that this book is fast pageturner with lots of fight scenes.

11) The Graces by: Laure Eve

This story is about Graces, who I think are witches.  The storyline follows three of Graces and one girl that desperately wants to be one.  I think it will be interesting to see how everyone’s story intertwines and if River does become a Grace.

12) The Storm by: Virginia Bergin

This is the sequel to H2O, and again, I don’t want to say too much because of spoilers.  I find it interesting how the disease in this book is carried in the rain making it extremely deadly.  It’s almost scary to think of deadly rain.  If that happens I’m heading to the desert!

13) The Girl of Fire and Thorns by: Rae Carson

I first heard of Rae Carson when her book Walk On Earth a Stranger came out, but I had no idea she wrote another series prior to that one.  So now I am slowly getting this series and plan on reading it before I get to her newer series.

Phew!  That’s all of them!  If you made it to this point, thanks for sticking with me :).  I’m definitly going to try and curb my book buying next month, but there are so many good books coming out.  My poor wallet!

September Wrap Up (2016)

Well, this month was a bit of a let down in the reading department compared to last month.  Granted I did have a week-long vacation last month, but still, I wish I was able to read a bit more this month than I did.

1)Ghostly Echoes by: William Ritter 4/5 Stars

Jackaby is back with more mysteries, and things are starting to get really complicated.  As this is the third book in a series, I don’t want to say too much because fo spoilers. I flew though this book and I desperately need the next book.  Overall, I loved third book and getting to delve deeper into this world and learn more about the characters.

2) Rot and Ruin by: Jonathan Maberry 4/5 Stars

With my zombie withdrawal in full swing, I decided to finally pick this book up off my shelf.  I tried reading this book a few years ago, but only got about a third of the way into it before i put it down for a different book.  Now I’m kicking myself for doing so because legit within the next 4 pages were I initially left off fit hit the shan hard-core.  I loved this book and am currently bingeing the rest of them.

3) The Invention of Hugo Cabret by:Brian Selznick 4/5 Stars

This book has been on my radar for years, but I just never picked it up.  I ended up grabbing my brother’s copy and read it.  The illustrations were amazing and added a lot to the story.  I cannot say that I was at all disappointed with this book.

4) Miss Peregine’s Home For Peculiar Children by: Randsom Riggs 5/5 Stars

With the release of the movie, I knew I had to pick this book up this month.  This book sat on my shelf for a while as I was waiting for the third book to come out in paperback so I could binge read the series, but with the movie coming out, that was not an option so I picked up the book.  I loved all the photographs that were in the book and they definitely added a ton of character to the book.  Overall, I loved this book and it’s story and I still have yet to go see the movie.

Even though this month was a bummer for reading, I still got to read a few really great books.  I’m definitely hoping to read a bunch more next month and have a crazy tbr planned. What are some of the books you got to read in September?

August Wrap Up (2016)

I’m sorry I didn’t get this post out sooner, but I have been a bit busy and put my blog on the back burner as of lately.  in August I read an astonishing 9 books! Yay!  Granted, I read 4 of these while on my week-long vacation.  But I still was able to read 5 more books after that.

1) Jackaby by: William Ritter 4/5 Stars

This is the first book in a Sherlock retelling series.  From the first page, I fell in love with the characters and the mystery they would come to solve.  I will talk a bit more on this book in my review, but I throughly enjoyed this book.

2) Beastly Bones by: William Ritter 4/5 Stars

This is the second book in the Jackaby series.  The characters are back at it and solving some more mysteries and falling deeper into a web of hidden truths.  I don’t want to say anymore as I don’t want to spoil it.

3) Dreamology by: Lucy Keating 4/5 Stars

If you are looking for a cute and almost bubbly contemporary, look no further.  Now I am not really one for contemporaries, but I really liked this one.  The concept was very interesting and had me hooked.  It almost makes me wish my dreams would come true.

4) Vengeance Road by: Erin Bowman 5/5 Stars

This book! I freaking loved it!  I’ve always loved the Old West and everything about that time in history, and now I have a YA book set in this time period.  These pages are chocked full of revenge, horses, gun fights, and thieving bandits.  My review will have more of my thoughts on this book, but I loved it with my whole heart.  It will definitely be one of my favorites forever.

5) Furthermore by: Tahereh Mafi 4/5 Stars

Tahereh has outdone herself again!  This was such a cute and interesting Middle grade novel.  I did have a minor issue with this book, but other than that it was really great.  You can read more of my thoughts about this book in my review.

6) Orange: The Complete Collection 1 by: Ichigo Takano 4/5 Stars

The feelings are strong with this one.  I was so excited to read this manga after seeing a lot of my friends had read and loved it.  Needless to say, I was not disappointed.  If you would like a quick, easy read this manga is for you.  Plus the art is amazing!

7) Orange: The Complete Collection 2 by: Ichigo Takano 5/5 Stars

The second collection of this manga series was even better than the last!  It definitely kept me on my toes and craving to know more of what happened to the characters.  I was also very nervous about how it would end, but it ended exactly how I hoped it would.

8) Saga Volume 6 by: Brian K. Vaughan 5/5 Stars

Saga, Saga, Saga.  I loved getting back into this world and following the characters on their journies.  There were so many twists and turns that had me flipping through the pages so fast.  The ending!!!  I need to know what happens next!!!  If you’ve read this you know exactly what I mean.  If you would like to start reading a graphic novel, pick this one up.  You will not be disappointed.

9) An Ember In the Ashes by: Sabaa Tahir 5/5 Stars

I’ve heard so many good things about this book, and with the release of A Torch Against the Night I knew I had to pick this one up.  Right from the first chapter, you are thrust into the world and constantly wondering what will happen next to the characters.  I also loved the little bit of fantasy that is thrown into the world.  It’s not super overwhelming, but it does add to the suspense in this book.  Keep a look out for my review.

Again, I apologize for posting this late, but I promise I will try to post more often than I have been.