Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Literary Ladies Book Club: Jackaby by William Ritter

I don't normally participate in book clubs.  I'm more of a book challenge kind of girl.  But, when I participate in a book challenge (like I did with the Literary Ladies Book Challenge) and win prizes that include a FREE book...then, heck yeah, I'm reading that book and participating in the book club too!

Thanks to Kristen, Kari, and Krystal for free book goodies!

The book of the month for the Literary Ladies Book Club is Jackaby by William Ritter.  First, things first...when it comes to books, I do judge a book by its cover.  I love the cover of this book...the silohuette, the girl running down the cobblestone street, the font, the splash of red.  Great cover.

This is not a book that I'd regularly select for my reading pleasure.  I like a variety of genres, and I like stretching myself to read something I normally wouldn't.  In light of this being a free gift from some lovely literary ladies, I thought I'd give it a go.

What about this book isn't my usual taste?  Well, there's appearances from a ghost, a banshee, a werewolf, a troll, and other mystical creatures.  Heinous, violent murders are happening in town, but the story is almost cute and whimsical...not scary and brutal. The lead character has been described as a combination of Doctor Who and Sherlock Holmes.  (I've never watched either series.)

I found Jackaby to be a quirky, intelligent, delightful character.  The narrator is his new assistant, and she is a strong, bright character herself.

No, I would not normally choose this book for myself, but I sure am glad I was given it.  Part murder mystery/part fantasy world, and quite fun.

Linking up with the Literary Ladies Book Club.


  1. The cover intrigues me too.
    Sometimes it good to try out new books,never know until you try, right? :)

  2. I'm not a huge fan of fantasy, but I do like dark mysteries...so the murder mystery part was intriguing at first but then...cute and whimsical? Sounds kind of strange.

  3. That is not my normal genre either but glad you liked it!

  4. ahh yes! seriously. cute is spot on. i love the cover as well. i really think this was meant for a younger audience, perhaps? i'm glad it was fun though :)

  5. I don't know that this is a book I'd enjoy. It sounds like it's a bit all over the place and that gets on my nerves. But the cover IS pretty great.

  6. I loved it too! I thought it was the perfect pick for Halloween! I'll be submitting my review tomorrow!

  7. I liked the first half better than the second half. It was almost historical fiction...then the ghost appeared.

  8. This is the pick for November?? I've been so out of the loop for the book club choices. :( but this sounds like a good read!

  9. That book cover does look good. I absolutely judge books by their covers!


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