YA Book Review

Beastly Bones by William Ritter (Jackaby #2)

The Book:

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Book Title: Beastly Bones

Book Author: William Ritter

Page Count: 320

Publishing Date: August 2nd, 2016

Publisher: Alonquin Young Readers

Date Read: January 19th, 2018

Synopsis: 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, members of a particularly vicious species of shape-shifters disguise themselves as a litter of kittens. A day later, their owner is found murdered, with a single mysterious puncture wound to her neck. Then, in nearby Gad’s Valley, dinosaur bones from a recent dig go missing, and an unidentifiable beast attacks animals and people, leaving their mangled bodies behind. Policeman Charlie Cane, exiled from New Fiddleham to the valley, calls on Abigail for help, and soon Abigail and Jackaby are on the hunt for a thief, a monster, and a murderer.

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The Review:

Beastly Bones is fast paced and intriguing! It is full of humor and mystery. For a ridiculously good read, look no further than book 2 in the Jackaby series!

I found this one very humorous, just like Jackaby. It was a jolly good time full of laughs and thrills. Though it was quite predictable, it was highly entertaining!

Ritter is known for his unique writing style. In both books, he was able to lay out the mystery in plain sight without spoiling the story for the reader. I found myself laughing at the humorous parts, and smiling so much at Abigail, that I didn’t mind the predictability.

Beastly Bones had some nice world building. We were brought back to the house on Auger Lane, the home of Jenny and Douglas and Jackabys “office”, but we were also introduced to a new part of the world, Gadston. The book was rich with imagery, allowing me to visualize the town of Gadston as the investigation was occurring.

I still loved Jackaby’s character. He was clever and asinine at the same time. He was the source of most of my laughs.

But, Abigail was still my favorite. I loved her positive “can do” attitude. I loved her fierceness and intelligence.

This one, just like Jackaby, was an insanely easy read. It required little to no thinking, but did require a sense of humor. I knew that I would love the humor in this one. So, if you were on the hunt for a fun, paranormal “mystery” with strong characters and plenty of entertainment, you should have picked up Jackaby by now, and then picked up Beastly Bones because the series has been extremely dynamic so far!


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29 thoughts on “Beastly Bones by William Ritter (Jackaby #2)

  1. I think the first book let me down because it was advertised as a cross between Sherlock and Doctor Who and…it isn’t. I also found the plot rather predictable. I really want to like the series and I always eye book two when I’m at the library, but I don’t want to be disappointed again. :/

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    1. See I thought it had bits of both, and Buffy. But it was a book I knew ahead of time not to take seriously. Book 2 was even more predictable, but I rather enjoy easy comedies where I don’t have to think. I guess its similar to people enjoying movies like The Hangover, minus the unnecessary nudity and sexual references. I just turn the critical portion of my brain off when I read books like this, lol.


      1. That makes sense! I do really like the premise of solving magical mysteries, so perhaps I’ll give it another try. For now I’m sticking with Jonathan Stroud’s Lockwood & Co. series, though. Mysteries and ghosts!

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      2. I would be interested to hear your thoughts on a second try. I like this series, and The Finishing School series by Gail Carriger, when I’m in the mood for light and funny. And I really need to start that series soon!

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