Review of Beastly Bones by Will Ritter

Ritter_BeastlyBones_jkt_COMP.inddBeastly Bones
By: Will Ritter
Release Date: September 22nd 2015
Publisher: Algonquin Young Readers
Format: Print ARC
Source: Publisher

A copy of this book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:

“I’ve found very little about private detective R. F. Jackaby to be standard in the time I’ve known him. Working as his assistant tends to call for a somewhat flexible relationship with reality.”

In 1892, New Fiddleham, New England, things are never quite what they seem, especially when Abigail Rook and her eccentric employer R. F. Jackaby are called upon to investigate the supernatural.

First, a vicious species of shape-shifters disguise themselves as a litter of kittens, and a day later, their owner is found murdered with a single mysterious puncture wound. Then in nearby Gad’s Valley, now home to the exiled New Fiddleham police detective Charlie Cane, dinosaur bones from a recent dig mysteriously go missing, and an unidentifiable beast starts attacking animals and people, leaving their mangled bodies behind. Charlie calls on Abigail for help, and soon Abigail and Jackaby are on the hunt for a thief, a monster, and a murderer.

My Thoughts:
I am such a fan of the character of Jackaby and Will Ritter’s writing in general. Beastly Bones was a strong sequel to Jackaby and I really could read as many adventures between Jackaby and Abigail as Ritter is able to create. I adore this duo and felt that they were just as strong in this book as in the first. We even get introduced to a few new characters that I found easy to love.

Ritter has an ability to create a quirky, fun story and still keep it from veering into corny. Some of the topics approached (an assistant turned into a duck, shape-shifting kittens, etc) could easily become silly but for me, they don’t. I adore the complexity he has created in Jackaby especially. I want to find out more about him and I love that in each book we get a touch of his back-story.

Abigail was just as easy to root for and once again she’s a great narrator. I loved seeing her more in her element in this story since she gets to go back to her roots and investigate a mystery surrounding dinosaur bones. I was thrilled to see Charlie back too! Again I loved the interactions between him and Abigail (though I think they were a tad less in this book).

Though the main story line was a tad simplistic in some ways (I could connect the dots a tiny bit faster than the characters in some instances)the way everything pulled together and especially more info into Jenny’s past really made this novel intriguing. I found it to be fast paced and a very quick read.

The new characters- a reporter, master trapper and archeologists were well developed and each unique in their personalities and dialog. I loved that the archeologists had a rivalry going on which added some rather humorous parts. One of the new character, Hank Hudson the master trapper, had a touch of a Harry Potter feel. I could totally see Hagrid in Hank because of the love of incredible beasts and their larger than life personalities. Though I saw a resemblance it still felt fun and original and not at all a copy. For me, these books give a lovely tip of the hat to some many things I adore (Sherlock, Doctor Who now a bit of Harry Potter). I’m so sold!

Final Thoughts:
I could go on and on about how entertaining, quirky, and addicting these books are to me. I really adore this series and will continue to read each and every book Will Ritter writes.


Top Ten Tuesday- My Top Ten Reads So Far in 2015

I saw Becca on Twitter talking about doing her Top Ten Tuesday (meme created by The Broke and the Bookish) post and I really liked the prompt this week so thought I’d jump in and do one. So, here I go, attempting to pick ten of my favorite books that I’ve read so far this year. I’m most likely going to forget a couple. These are not in order of my love and adoration.

Top Ten Books I’ve Read in 2015

23437156Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo- I love Leigh Bardugo. I’ve read everything I can find of hers and she is on my “read no matter what” list. I had high expectations for SoC and let me tell you- it lived up to ALL of them. I can’t recommend this one enough. I fell in love with the characters, especially Kaz. Go into this one expecting the Grisha world but a different feel than the prior series.
Release Date: September 29th 2015

23395680Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff- I’ll admit it I was worried I’d not like this one. I thought that the way it was written with e-mails, chats, etc would not allow me to bond with the characters or really connect to the story. How wrong I was! I fell in love with the characters and the story was sublime. I will be reading this one again and pushing it on my husband (who’s not a reader). This sci fi hit all the right notes for me.
Release Date: October 20th 2015

23719469An Inheritance of Ashes by Leah Bobet- If you’re like me you see the crow on the cover and you think- that looks similar to SoC. I decided to request it based on the description and I’m so glad I did. This book was slow paced and so atmospheric. I really loved the slow build and quiet eeriness Bobet provoked with her writing. I totally shipped the wrong couple (oops) and I’m still in love with one of the characters. I really, really need another book concerning this character! His story had so much more in my opinion. If you like Not a Drop to Drink then you might enjoy this one too. It is a much different story but the feel was similar to me.
Release Date: October 6th 2015

25068467Uprooted by Naomi Novak- Have you been on Twitter? If so you’ve probably seen the hype surrounding this book. It has many, many folks saying how wonderful it is so I was intimidated to read it. I had the feeling I’d love it because it hit so many of the things I adore but I was still nervous since I had HIGH expectations. I am so thrilled that I loved it. The writing was strong and I loved the fairy tale feel. The Dragon was such a great character and over all this book was just fabulous. MY REVIEW
Out Now

untitledRebel Mechanics by Shanna Swendson- I was really in the need for just this type of book when I read Rebel Mechanics. It was fun, fast paced and I loved Lord Henry. I couldn’t help but picture him as the 10th Doctor so I fell madly in love with him. That love drove me through the story and had me giddy for each of his scenes. The rest of the book was good too, haha! I really liked the mix of alternate history and steampunk and really just found it an all around good time. MY REVIEW
Release Date: July 14th 2015

Ritter_BeastlyBones_jkt_COMP.inddBeastly Bones by Will Ritter- Last year I fell in love with Jackaby so I immediately dove into this sequel when a copy arrived. I adored the writing, story and it had DINOSAUR BONES. I loved the archeology bits and really the characters are amazing. How can you not love Jackaby? I think these books are amazingly fun and I hope we get to see many, many more adventures in the future.
Release Date: September 22nd 2015

23719270Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman- THAT COVER. THAT SUMMARY. This book was so well done. I was surprised by the twists, I was horrified, I was moved. I was so happy to see a YA go with the western feel and really I can’t say enough about this book. I was really surprised with just how powerful and amazing this one was because it’s a standalone and I’ll admit that at times I feel those are rushed (with character development). Not so in VR. I felt attached to all the characters, main and secondary. I was very concerned for everyone’s well being which is saying a lot.
Release Date: September 1st 2015

18488433The Storyspinner by Becky Wallace- I didn’t hear a whole lot about this one when I requested it but based on the summary I felt confident it would be a ‘Kristen book’ I was right. I loved the pacing, story arc and setting. I thought the characters were wonderfully crafted and I loved the magic system Becky created. It had a fantasy feel but also sort of a history feel since the world was so realistic and easy to believe. MY REVIEW
Release Date: Out Now

A Darker Shade final for IreneA Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab- I really loved Victoria’s YA books but let me just say her adult (crossover?) books are AMAZING. I absolutely love the direction her writing has taken and this world building was stellar. Alternate worlds, cross dressing pirates, bad ass characters. What’s not to love?  MY REVIEW
Release Date: Out Now

T21569527he Heart of Betrayal by Mary Pearson- THIS BOOK. I was on the edge of my seat, completely gripped and blown away. Most sequels aren’t better than the first book but this one was. This book was so incredibly well done I must reread it, and soon. I really can’t wait to see how Mary breaks my heart with the next book. Do be kind Mary, please?
Release Date: July 7th 2015 

There are more I could add! Even as I type this I’m thinking of other books I loved (END OF DAYS, ANYTHING COULD HAPPEN, etc) the list could go on and on. I obviously have read some amazing books this year so far.

Link to your Top Ten Tuesday if you did one if not- what are some of your favorite books you’ve read this year?

Stacking the Shelves

Hi there. I hope you’ve had a decent week. It’s felt busy for me…the entire month of May has felt busy. This week was a bit slow on book mail but I love what I received.

Stacking the Shelves hosted by Tynga’s Reviews is a weekly meme where you show what books you’ve purchased, gotten from the library, received from giveaway, as gifts or for review.


Thank you Disney, Bloomsbury and Algonquin Young Readers for these lovely books! I’ve read Beastly Bones already and loved it.

Last Week’s Posts:

  • Review of Rook by Sharon Cameron
  • Review of The Witch Hunter by Virginia Boecker
  • Blog Tour5 to 1 by Holly Bodger
  • Blog TourThe Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

Next Week’s Posts:

  • Lego Cover Art for A Madness So Discreet
  • Review of The Novice by Taran Matharu
  • Discussion Post
  • Possible book giveaway

Have you been checking out #booksfortrade on Twitter? I think a ton of people (including myself) have been trading and it’s been really fun (and I’ve acquired a pretty hefty PO shipping bill I’m sure). I have a few pics posted if you wanted to take a look here , here and here Some have been claimed but if you’re interested in any pictured let me know.

I hope you’ve had a great week!