Mini Reviews: Jackaby & Fangirl

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

Goodreads Synopsis


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

Goodreads Synopsis


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.



6 thoughts on “Mini Reviews: Jackaby & Fangirl”

  1. I have heard SO much hype about Rainbow Rowell over the last few years but unfortunately I haven’t read any of her books yet. ‘Eleanor and Park’ is sitting on my shelf so I’ll probably read that one first. I’m not really interested in ‘Jackaby,’ it just doesn’t seem like my type of book. I’m sorry these last few books have been disappointing for you, I hope you find some that you really love soon! 🙂


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