Hello and welcome back to my blog, today I have two kind of backlist reviews I’ve been meaning to post for a while now: Jackaby by William Ritter & Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell 🙂
Jackaby by William Ritter.
Publication Date: September 16th 2014
It’s with a heavy heart that I say that I was very disappointed with this book.
This is a series that I have been wanting to read for a while now. The covers for all four books are beautiful and the premise of “an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary-including the ability to see supernatural beings” was something that great interested me.
In my opinion I found this book to be very bland and predictable. I predicted a large sum of what went down in this book. There was nothing really driving me towards finishing it besides the thought of the books I could start once completing this.
I gave this 3 out of 5 stars. There was nothing specifically bad about this book but like I said it was a pretty dull read and that breaks my heart to say. Some aspects I did like include: Jenny the ghost, Douglas the duck and the relationship between the main character Abby Rook and the Sherlock inspired investigator Jackaby.
I haven’t decided if I want to continue on with this series yet. I might try book two, Beastily Bones, in the future by way of Kindle.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Publication Date: September 10th 2013
Can I get a hip! hip! hooray! to celebrate the fact that I have finally read this much beloved book!
And then can I get a “hang the witch” because I didn’t actually like this book as much as everyone else seemed too. Honestly I’d totally understand it, I’m a little annoyed at myself.
There’s nothing wrong with this book. I can definitely see how so many people have fallen so in love with the story and the characters, unfortunately I didn’t connect to this book in the same way.
I think my problem was that I saw too much of myself in Cath, the main character, and I didn’t like what was staring back at me. I related in so many ways regarding her anxiety, her writing and so when I got annoyed and frustrated with her I was really getting annoyed at myself. It didn’t help that this month my own anxious thoughts have been running riot inside my brain.
I enjoyed and appreciated all the different topics included in this story: anxiety, depression, drinking problems, a bio parent coming back into the picture, the overall first year college struggles.
I also really loved how fanfic writing, something I do partake in myself, was front and centre.
But overall I did come away feeling underwhelmed. And I ask why? Why?! Did I want more from the romance? From Cath herself? I genuinely have no clue.
I think this is going to be one I enjoy more upon rereading, now that I know how it ends and I don’t have to worry about what comes next, at least I really hope so.
The best news however is that I can finally read Carry On! I’ve been waiting to buy it till I got through this and I’m hoping to enjoy it, even if I don’t at least I’ll finally understand all the posts about it that come up on my Tumblr.