Beastly Bones (Jackaby #2) ★★★☆½

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Title: Beastly Bones
Series: Jackaby #2
Author: William Ritter
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: YA Fantasy
Pages: 305
Format: Digital Edition



Jackaby solves a case of a shapeshifting creature and when that creature’s owner is killed, ostensibly by a vampire, Jackaby and Abigal Rook are on it. When another victim turns up in Gads Valley, where Charlie Cane is now living and with the promise of dinosaur bones, both of our main characters are anxious to be off.

Once in Gads Valley, along with 2 competing archeologists and a strong willed journalist, Jackaby reveals that the bones belong to a dragon, not a dinosaur and there appears to be a live dragon as well. Carnage and mayhem ensue as the dragon, really a shapeshifter from the litter that Jackaby solved right at the beginning of the book, runs rampant. It violently explodes when Abigal throws a lit torch down its throat.

Jackaby and Abigal realize everything has been a distraction to keep them from the mastermind of it all. Abigal kisses Charlie at the train station and once back in New Fiddleham, both protagonists come to the conclusion that the death of their ghost Jenny is tied to everything. Solve her case and the mastermind of supernatural evil will be revealed.


My Thoughts:

A cracking fun read. Everything was a slow build up and I have to admit, I did not see the whole changling thing coming at all. That completely surprised me, in a good way.

Jenny the ghost does some poltergeist’y stuff near the beginning so I did know that her story was going to be important and sure enough, by the end of the book, her case is going to be the case that reveals who this supernatural meddler is.

The 2 archeologists and the journalist, along with a hunter who is a friend of Jackaby all provide nice background noise and are pretty much perfect side characters who are good for one book. Charlie and Abigal and their whole romance thing played a bigger part in this book, but more for various characters to tell Abigal what she should do or feel and for Abigal to finally decide on her own. Very modern young lady * eye roll * It was laid on a little thick, but considering this is YA bordering on middle grade, that is kind of to be expected.

Abigal is a great narrator and I’m glad the author didn’t try to change things from the first book and make somebody else do that. She’s feisty and smart and yet at the same time can be very human with being clumsy or not understanding something blindingly obvious to everyone else.

In many ways these remind me of Patricia Wrede’s Frontier Magic trilogy. The tone is very similar and while Abigal is a little bit older than Eff, Eff had to grow up fast while Abigal had the protection of money. But after this second Jackaby book, I suspect if you like one, you’ll like the other. I sure know I do.

And I have to end this review talking about the cover. I’ve included a large version if you click the pix by the info block. I’m not sure if it is the colors or the simplicity of it or what, but this is just as gorgeous as the first book.



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16 thoughts on “Beastly Bones (Jackaby #2) ★★★☆½

  1. Didn’t read your review seeing as I will be reading this book very soon as well and want to avoid any possible spoilers 🙈 But happy to see from your rating it was enjoyable as well

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  2. booksofb says:

    Thanks for a fun review. I haven’t tried these but they sound interesting. Just ordered #1. Cheers, Brian

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    • Bookstooge says:

      I have to admit, I never would have tried these without Simplyabookdrunkardblog’s review. She did the first book real justice and this later book definitely is just as good.

      Hope you enjoy Jackaby 🙂

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  3. I am hoping to make time for these at some point. So I am glad to see you enjoying them. I have to admit though, so how it slipped past me that they are YA. It is not an issue, I just was not aware after multiple reviews. And I agree, I love these covers. Shelf worthy!

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  4. I know you do spoilers in your reviews, and since I plan on reading this series some day, I skimmed over most of the post. Still, glad to see you had fun with this and rated it well!

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  5. Sounds like an intriguing series, so I will add it to my “wanted” list… 🙂
    Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Nicole says:

    Great review! I’m off to add book 1 to my TBR. I loved Wrede’s Frontier Magic, and I’m sad to say I never remembered to look for the rest of that trilogy.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      The rest of the Frontier Magic were pretty good. I thought 13th Child was the best, but I suspect that had more to do with the newness of it rather than the story actually being better.

      And the nice thing about Jackaby is that it is finished 🙂

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  7. It’s nice to see how much you enjoyed this. A book that can successfully do “fun” is definitely something worth visiting. Got to admit all four books are really pretty.

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    • Bookstooge says:

      I am really hoping that the series stays strong right to the end. If it does, Ritter will definitely be one of those authors I keep an eye on for new releases.


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