Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Jackaby Review + November Hiatus

October's book was Jackaby! Touted as Doctor Who meets Sherlock, I was definitely intrigued...


Unfortunately, it didn't really live up to that. Well, it did, actually, and that might be where it fell flat for me.

I love Sherlock and Doctor Who. Y'all know how much I love Doctor Who. I really felt like there were too many similarities / straight up copying going on and it didn't sit right with me. For example, there was a police officer who didn't like Jackaby, like the guy in Sherlock. There was even a character named Jenny...


I certainly can't hold it against the book, as it is quite upfront about what it is. The trouble is, though Sherlock and Doctor Who are both amazing, they don't have much else in common, in my opinion. So a mash-up is just odd. It's like trying to combine two people who are very different into one, and sometimes the person is more like Doctor Who and sometimes they are more like Sherlock, but it's not consistent and therefore the person has no real strong character.

On top of that, the book never grabbed me. It was fine, I was curious, and I will most likely read the sequel, but it was not amazing. There was a bit of repetitive dialogue and that always annoys me. The characters weren't very developed, neither was the story, it was a bit predictable and ... simple. Simple as in where everything seems to work out perfectly in some areas. Hard to explain. 

This was not a bad book, not by any means, just not a great one. It was hard not to compare the book to the movie / tv shows I love, and honestly it's not like a lot of books like this exist, so I didn't hate it. I would be interested to see what a non-Whovian / whatever the Sherlock fandom is called thinks of the book.


Kay and Kari have been busy bees lately, and might not have their reviews up first thing. Speaking of being busy, we decided to take a hiatus for November, and will most likely resume in December (with book club or another reading challenge!). ETA: a hiatus from book club, not from blogging!!




If you read Jackaby and want to link up, please do so below. Or just tell us what you thought in the comments.

31 comments:

  1. Simple, yes. Maybe that's why I used the word cute. I don't watch either show, so I'm sure I gave Jackaby more credit than he may deserve. But, I still thought it was cute. Not sure "cute" was what the author was going for though......

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  2. I'm a fan of Sherlock, have yet to really get into Dr. Who. Isn't it interesting when you read a not great, but not bad book? I just had that happen and thought, well that was fun but not amazing.

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  3. The cover is awesome but sad to hear the book wasn't as outstanding! A predictable story is definitely a sure fire way to make a good book an eh book. <3, Pamela Sequins & Sea Breezes

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  4. I hate when a book just never grabs you--I always end up feeling like I'm just reading to finish the book rather than enjoying it.

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  5. when i got it, i briefly read a few pages and felt like it was going to be Meh...so i put it back in circulation. glad i was right!

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  6. Not so shockingly I still have to finish, but your review is interesting because I love Sherlock but have never watched Doctor Who.

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  7. That is an awesome cover, and my "judging the book by it's cover" self would have been really disappointed. Yay for a hiatus in November as you have a very exciting trip coming up ;-)

    Green Fashionista

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  8. When I saw "November Hiatus" I thought you meant from blogging in general and I may have pooped a little.

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  9. Interesting... I didn't know it was a Doctor Who/Sherlock mashup! I might have to read it just to see for myself (and I'll be going in with low expectations, which always helps for enjoyment :P).

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  10. I havent even heard of this book yet...
    smart girl - the holidays are busy enough - enjoy the hiatus from reading challenges... but we both know you'll still be inhaling books :)

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  11. I can't imagine what the mashup of those two would be like. I don't know if I would give this book a chance since I love Sherlock and Doctor Who separately lol.

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  12. You deserve a month of from reading challenges!! xo, Biana -BlovedBoston

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  13. I'm much better at not finishing books that never truly grab me anymore.

    A break is good! Freshen up that brain!

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  14. Maybe I can catch up on the million books I have to review in the next month so that I can join you once again when you guys come back! Given that the book sounds like it is up my alley :) I dont like when I compare a book to another movie or TV show. I feel like it takes away from the story. So I get why this wasn't great for you.

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  15. I really liked your book challenge categories so would totally participate again. Sorry the book didn't live up to the hype.

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  16. Well I'm glad to hear I didn't miss out on much with this book since I didn't get to reading it! I finished the October book late and then went rogue. And I'm not getting much reading time these days, which is sad. :( VERY relieved you said you were taking just a book club break, not a blogging break! I mean it's okay if you need one here and there but NOT an entire month!! hee hee.

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  17. Love the fact that you talk about books you're reading/read! I love love love reading but I've been feeling like I've been having a hard time finding books worth reading. Thanks for sharing!

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  18. I hate when a book fails to grab, it's so frustrating - especially when you want it to so badly! I do like that cover (sacrelig', I know).

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  19. Books that are just fine bother me more than ones that are terrible. Because a just fine book means you'll keep reading until the end since it's not awful enough to quit and then you feel like you wasted your time.

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  20. I love Sherlock but can't really get into Dr WHo

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  21. I love a good mystery novel – bummer that this one wasn't that great!

    xo Jen
    Skirt The Rules

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  22. I'm putting my review up tomorrow! I don't watch Dr. Who and I haven't watched a ton of Sherlock movies either, so I think my review will be a little different than yours.

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  23. Aw that stinks the book didn't live up to its expectations! I think I want to read it just by it's cover haha! I have never seen Dr Who so maybe I would enjoy it more!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

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  24. I'll have my review up next week for the monthly book link-up because I DID read this! I had the same reaction as you: it was just okay. I kept picturing Johnny Depp to be honest. It reminded me of Sleepy Hollow.

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  25. I'm just so impressed that you can not be impressed with a book, but still want to read the sequel! I can't even finish a book I"m not impressed with... I can barely finish books I AM impressed with! Because, kids. I'm blaming kids.

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  26. You are a total baller for even wanting to read the sequel for a book you weren't totally in love with! Haha. I am known to walk away from the whole series if I can't get into the first book. I'm hoping I can join in on the book club fun in December once we're a little more settled down! xo

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  27. hmm interesting. I guess since I haven't watched either show yet... I shouldn't bee too thrown off by that comparison! Oooh I think a break from Lit Ladies will be good. Because I feel behind everytime, maybe knowing when it's coming back will help. :) hehe XO -Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

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  28. I've been hearing similar thoughts from many people lately. I'll probably read it if I get my hands on a copy but it's not high on my list.

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  29. Booo. That sucks that the book didn't live up to expectations (in a good way). I was looking forward to hearing about it. I may pick it up out of curiosity, but I won't be as excited to after reading this, haha.

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  30. Looking forward to December then! I missed the October book somehow.... Oh I know, because I've been terrible at reading posts lately!

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  31. I'm so glad the hiatus isn't from blogging! I was worried at first when I saw that title at first. Bummer about the book!

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