Mini Audio Reviews: Jackaby and Shadowshaper

Mini Audio Reviews: Jackaby and ShadowshaperJackaby
by William Ritter
Narrated by : Nicola Barber
Series: Jackaby #1
Published by Highbridge Company
Release date : September 16th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Historical, Paranormal
Diversity: 1
Length: 7hrs 30mins
Source: Library | Format: Audiobook
Purchase at: Amazon (Affiliate Link) Audible

Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary--including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police--with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane--deny.

My Take:

I love this cover.

Jackaby has been on my TBR pile for AGES. I love historical paranormal and add in the “Sherlock” aspect and I was SOLD. When I saw it available on audio at the library, I was extremely excited to dive into this world! And the wait was totally worth it.

I love the characters. Jackaby is so fun and eccentric! I love his take on the world and all that he sees. Abigail was a fun character, as well. I love how adventurous she is and how she took her dreams and life into her own hands. The two together are fun and hilarious. They work well together and Abigail’s logical way of thinking goes well with Jackaby’s less than conventional ways.

The murder mystery was written very well – I had no clue who it was, or the whys. This is the book sole focus and I loved that I had no distractions. Ritter also mixes many different myths and paranormal creatures and I loved it!

The Narrator:

This was my first listen with Nicola Barber and I adored it! She does well with all the accents, which is hard to find (hear?) with audios. Her voice doesn’t sound too old for Abigail either which is a HUGE plus. To sum up – she nailed it.

Overall – I quite enjoyed Jackaby! I am excited for the sequel and where Ritter will take us next!



Mini Audio Reviews: Jackaby and ShadowshaperShadowshaper
by Daniel José Older
Narrated by : Anika Noni Rose
Release date : January 1st, 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Urban Fantasy, Romance
Diversity: 5
Length: 7hrs 21mins
Source: Library | Format: Audiobook
Purchase at: Amazon (Affiliate Link) Audible

Sierra Santiago was looking forward to a fun summer of making art, hanging out with her friends, and skating around Brooklyn. But then a weird zombie guy crashes the first party of the season. Sierra's near-comatose abuelo begins to say "No importa" over and over. And when the graffiti murals in Bed-Stuy start to weep.... Well, something stranger than the usual New York mayhem is going on.

Sierra soon discovers a supernatural order called the Shadowshapers, who connect with spirits via paintings, music, and stories. Her grandfather once shared the order's secrets with an anthropologist, Dr. Jonathan Wick, who turned the Caribbean magic to his own foul ends. Now Wick wants to become the ultimate Shadowshaper by killing all the others, one by one. With the help of her friends and the hot graffiti artist Robbie, Sierra must dodge Wick's supernatural creations, harness her own Shadowshaping abilities, and save her family's past, present, and future.

My Take:

I saw a review for Shadowshaper just one day before seeing it available at my library. It was like fate wanted me to read/listen to it so naturally, I did.

Shadowshaper is such a unique book. The world is fascinating and so different from anything else that I have read, it was refreshing. I am still a little confused on the details, because I feel like the world was never explored as in-depth as it could have been.

I loved Sierra. She is fierce, smart and loyal to her friends, family and history. She is no-nonsense and I love that about protagonists. I love how dedicated she was to figuring out what was going on and understood her frustrations about being left in the dark her whole life.

The romance is on the lighter side, which I applaud. I liked Robbie; he has this good boy shyness about him that contrasts against Sierra’s brazenness that I loved.

So why not 5 stars? This reads as a standalone, which is fine. But again, I felt like there were parts that would have benefited by more. More detail, more depth.  It’s also on the shorter side, which adds to it. Should this turn out to BE a series, then I can see development for more but it doesn’t read that way.

The Narrator:

I adored it! I don’t see many other novels narrated by Anika, but I sure hope she does more. She punches a lot of emotion into the story. I look forward to more form her in the future!

Overall – I enjoyed Shadowshaper. I love the unique world, the characters and hello diversity. I just wish it was longer and explored in more depth for me to fall in love with. I still highly recommend it though!

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