Book Reviews

Jackaby by William Ritter

Hello blogging friends! I know it has been a while since my last post, but as I’m sure you all understand, things have been absolutely upside down lately.

Anyway, on the bright side, I’ve had more time to read. I’ve missed being able to sit down with a book so I am looking forward to tackling my to-read list. The first book I chose to read was “Jackaby” by William Ritter

“This world is full of dragon-slayers. What we need are a few more people who aren’t too proud to listen to a few fish.”

Now, to be honest, I usually don’t care for books written by men. (No offence guys!) I just find it harder to relate to the characters especially since it is written primarily from a male POV. However, Jackaby is written entirely from Abigail’s POV which I was a little leery of at first. But my skepticism quickly dispersed! Actually, I must applaud Ritter. I was pleasantly surprised by how he presented Abigail and in fact, how he portrayed all of the characters.

Firstly, Abigail was courageous, if not a little reckless, and intelligent and quite obviously eager for adventure. At one point she is a little down because the people around her seemed to be special in some way and she was not, but I actually found this quite compelling. We so often read about heroines who have all kinds of special abilities and whatnot, but Abigail still accomplished much even though she did not. What can I say about Jackaby….? I loved his quirkiness! Even his crazy hat. He is a unique and intriguing character who is, of course, modelled quite closely after Sherlock Holmes. I enjoyed this, though, and found that the supernatural element was a fun twist.Beastly Bones (Jackaby, book 2) by William Ritter

My one qualm was that although the setting was America, I got London vibes the entire time. The atmosphere felt very English for some reason.

Lastly, this was a delightfully clean read.

I am quite sure I will be reading the next book and am especially interested to discover if Charlie Cane will appear again.

TTFN! Stay healthy and well! ❤

Emma

Book Reviews

The Legend of the Blue Eyes by B. Kristin McMichael

It’s hard to know what you’re getting yourself into with Amazon freebies and I picked this one up quite a while ago. So when I started, I thought, “Oh boy, I forgot that this was about vampires.” I’m not a fan of vampire books, but I had committed to so I thought I’d give it a try.

This could have been an interesting concept, however, it was not executed well.

I liked Arianna to begin with – she was sweet and innocent. Yet, there was not a lot of growth. Most of the time, she just went along with what everyone.Image result for face palm gif

“It’s time to sleep.”

“Okay.”

It’s time to eat.”

“Okay. After all, he knows best.”

Maybe he does know best and it was okay at first, but I started to wonder if she ever thought for herself. She did somewhat redeem herself, though,  when she helped to heal the injured people. The other characters were rather bland…and those boys. (Oh boy here I go). First off, Devin was a creep! He seems to pick her up and carry her all the time! (She has two feet and a heartbeat) Also, he knows he favourite bra?!? (Gag!) Is that supposed to be romantic?? Because I find that rather disturbing. In fact, all three boys have a super unhealthy obsession with Arianna. They saw her when she was a child and instantly fell in love. Unrealistic and weird? Or is that just me? Also, about her aunt and uncle… I think her relationship with them added a lovely familial flare. But she believed that they were married? I’m not sure how that worked. Either they showed affection for each other and that would be weird because they’re siblings or they never showed affection, in which case, wouldn’t Arianna wonder about that?

Anyways… the writing was okay. There were some grammar mistakes and typos and the writing wasn’t really creative. The plot was a little slow. I kept waiting for things to develop and for the intrigue and adventure to really kick in, but it didn’t happen.

I hate having to say this… But I really don’t recommend this one.