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“Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. “I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion--and there are many illusions. All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain.”

Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby
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Hardcover, 299 pages
Published September 16th 2014 by Algonquin Young Readers
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Clover Ooi As a reader who likes both books i actually find them quite different but i can see how a person who likes one of them would like the other. I find…moreAs a reader who likes both books i actually find them quite different but i can see how a person who likes one of them would like the other. I find Jackaby's story to be more simplistic and light hearted in some ways. The character Jackaby is quite socially awkward in a funny way. Where as in Lockwood & Co. the overall vibe is more spooky and creepy. The humour focus a lot on sarcasm. The character Lockwood is quite charming and better at social interaction. The similarities in both books are the crime/mystery solving themes and are both set in a paranormal world. However, Lockwood & Co. only focus on ghost n Jackaby focus more on folklore/mythical creatures. I hope this helps. :)(less)

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Emily May
Genre-defying historical paranormal mystery with a touch of humour, anyone?

“What is it?” My question came as a whisper, my eyes straining to see the invisible.
Jackaby’s voice was softer still: “Death.”



I said in a status update that this book is basically BBC Sherlock with a paranormal twist and now, having finished the book, I stand by that description entirely. This book is so many things and all of them are good. It has all the atmosphere of a creepy Victorian mystery, all the humourous banter of BBC Sherlock; it has complanyone?
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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I love Jackaby and I think Sherlock would approve of him too and find him rather funny, which he is I might add.

Okay, like I said, I love Jackaby and I love Miss Abigail Rook! They are a perfect match as you get to read about them in the book, but the first meeting was what I found rather comical or disturbing - depending on how you look at it :-)

It was the eyes, I thinList
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Jesse (JesseTheReader)
This was a fun read, but it was nothing more than that! If you're looking for something light and fun then I would give this a go, but if you're looking for something that will blow your mind, I wouldn't pick this up. I had a few issues with the writing, as I picked up on several repetitive pieces of dialogue, that drove me insane! I also wasn't a massive fan of Jackaby, I found him to be a bit obnoxious. For the most part though, I enjoyed this book! I'll definitely be checking out the sequel. ...more
Lola
What a let down this book was.

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I was so bored. And it had to do with the story, not the writing or Jackaby himself. He was great. Strange and not always understandable, but different and fascinating. Not the sort of character we encounter in every read.

His eyes looked like they could be a hundred lifetimes old, but he bore an otherwise young countenance and had a ferveread.
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Adina
Sep 21, 2018 rated it liked it
This year I tried to clear my bookshelves (virtual and physical) a bit with feeble to moderate success. One of the directions I wanted to take is to read as much as I could from the books I owned and added to my TBR a long time ago (2014). I did not manage to do that too well but at least this is one of them.

I read this at the right time, exactly when I needed something light, short that I could finish in 1-2 days, with a bit of magic and mystery. It delivered on all these, I enjoyed while it l
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Shwey
Sep 11, 2014 marked it as to-read
Update 1:
I'm getting this book next week! So excited to start reading this!

Pre-review:
'...Doctor Who meets Sherlock...'
'...Doctor Who meets Sherlock...'
'...DOCTOR WHO MEETS SHERLOCK...'

Ben Alderson
Feb 06, 2017 rated it liked it
Average read.
I think the story is super interesting, may give the sequels a go.
But I just found the pacing really really fast!
The book is based over 48 hours mainly and it was sooooooo jam packed!

Still good though!
Inge
Sep 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
Jackaby was without a doubt my most anticipated read ever since I learned of its existence (you know, about two months ago). It sounded intriguing, especially with the way it was being marketed – “Sherlock meets Doctor Who”. I mean, that’s every fangirl’s wet dream, right?

Then the negative reviews started flowing in, and I grew wary of the book. Nevertheless, when someone gifted it to me during the Ninja Halloween Book Swap, there was nothing for me to do but to pick up this book and form m
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Nastassja
Sep 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: fans of supernatural detective mystery
“This world is full of dragon-slayers. What we need are a few more people who aren't too proud to listen to a few fish.”

“He's quite mad, you know. But adventure can be very appealing.”


There's something special about this book: it's well-written; has nice, reliable characters; touches the topic of women's position in late 19th century society; has an intriguing addition of supernatural element, and, of course, let's not forget about the fact that it's a Sherlock Holmes retelling!

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Amelia
This book was so enjoyable to read!

I love Jackaby as a character, he reminds me so much of Sherlock but then he is different in his own way. Some of the things Jackaby would say would make me laugh, he definitely is such an interesting character.

On the note of characters, all the characters, not just Jackaby, are great in their own way. As you read you grow to love all of them.

I highly recommend this book if you love historical fiction, mystery, the supernatural and Sherlock Holmes
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I would probably have given this book a solid five-star review if the mystery had been better. But I figured out the bad guy very early on and then I just waited for everyone to catch on. But, despite that I really, really enjoyed this book.

William Ritter has created a superb paranormal world with wonderful characters. Is the mix of ordinarily and paranormal that makes the book so good to read. Most of the people don't know that there are banshees and werewolves, troll and goblins around them and t/>
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Richard Cardenas
Nov 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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5 STARS!!!

"Sherlock Holmes meets The Spiderwick Chronicles" that's what comes to mind after reading this book. I loved it. I loved how fantastical and dark and eerie this was and I'm excited to check out the rest of the books in the series. Jackaby was a my favorite character of course. He was odd, stubborn, insane at times, but fantastic as well. I really enjoyed Abigail's POV and thought she was an amazing heroine too, unlike a lot of female protagonists in YA who always feel the need to be saved or let a man
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shady boots | #WatchPOSE
Sep 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommended to shady boots | #WatchPOSE by: Emily May
I still stand by my opinion that the book's synopsis being called Doctor Who meets Sherlock seems like such an obvious way of the publisher wanting to make this book sound like a fangirl's wet dream. I still don't understand the obsession of YA publishers these days and always pinning every book Something meets Some Other Thing, but oh well. Guess it puts food on the table.

Regardless, I really enjoyed this! It wasn't at all what I expected. I expected for the main character to have some kind of romance with J
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Liz
Pretty dang solid book, y'all. The character of Jackaby is definitely inspired by Benedict Cumberbatch's portrayal of Sherlock, but has an Eleventh Doctor childlike quality to him. I don't know how realistic Abigail's character is... I mean, going to a different country by herself in those days? With parents who seem pretty fancy pants? Hmmm... But I did like her stance on how she chose to work with Jackaby and her choices henceforth. The paranormal and fantasy aspects were pretty good. I was gl ...more
Eliza
1.5 / 5 ~

First DNF/skimmed book of 2019. I hate skimming, but this one was just so boring. I didn’t care for the investigations, the "funny" banter, and I especially didn’t like how the book just jumps into everything from page one; it made the characters feel bland and unbelievable. It’s upsetting because I think the cover is gorgeous. But I guess that goes to show that even books can be beautiful on the outside and not-so-good on the inside.
TL
Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to TL by: Emily May
Shelves: favorites
My personal vision of Jackaby and Abigail:





My pick for Jackaby is probly predictable but oh well haha. We can agree to disagaree ;-).

On to the review:

It's easy to compare this to Sherlock and Jackaby/Abigail to Sherlock/John... there are some similarities in character but for me, Jackaby was a magical/fun adventure with interesting characters all around.

Abigail is thrown into the strang
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Ashwood (애쉬 우드).
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! Really reminded me of Sherlock and I was hooked from the first page! Will definitely read this one again.
Debby
2 stars

I start this review with a very heavy heart. No one is more upset than I am about this dismal rating. Though I would never say this book is bad or the worst, I had fully expected to absolutely adore it and be head over heels for it. I'm immensely disappointed, because this book was just average at best and a cheap knockoff at worst.

To be fair: Jackaby is upfront about what it is - Sherlock meets Doctor Who. That blurb is what caught my attention and the reason why I picked it up, because as my friends probably know, I am
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♛ Garima ♛
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
oh this was awesome! May have found new favorite series.

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Stephanie
May 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Two things I love: Sherlock Holmes and Fantastic beasts.
So you can bet your bottom dollar that this book is right up my alley. I love that Abigail isn't a weakling, that she sticks up for herself and isn't afraid to get dirty. Jackaby is your typical Sherlock-type minus the drug problem and add in the ability to see fantastic beasties.

Basically - I really enjoyed this and once my book buying ban is over I will be purchasing the rest of this series.
Sandra
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Doctor Who meets Sherlock!?!?

Doctor Who meets Sherlock!?!?




SUCH A WONDERFUL STORY

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Keertana
Sep 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Rating: 2 Stars/DNF

I nearly made it to the half-way point of Jackaby before admitting that I didn't know the contents of the last six chapters I had read and, really, should just give up. With such a captivating cover and compelling plot line, you'd think Jackaby would enchant me; hook, line, and sinker. Unfortunately, however, I found this novel to be just a tad too--dare I say it?--unoriginal. Ritter's concept of creating a character like Jackaby, a detective who could see the supernatural realm
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Pop Bop
Apr 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed
When Is Sherlock Not Sherlock? When He's R. F. Jackaby.

I understand why Sherlock Holmes is so appealing to younger readers. I would suggest that his matter-of-fact approach, occasional shyness and awkwardness, eccentricity, independence, and direct speaking style make him a very accessible character. I also understand why so many authors have created so many different young Sherlock Holmes characters for younger readers. The problem I encounter in many of those books, though, is that
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This book was pretty good. A young and normal lady named Abigail Rook came to America from Europe escaping her past life and parents. She starts looking for a job and, against the town's prejudice and opinions, starts to work for Mr. R.F. Jackaby. Jackaby is an eccentric man who is used to the unnatural instead of the normal. He is reluctant to hire Abigail but soon relents and they work together to solve the mystery of a serial killer/unknown monster. There is a hint of romance between Abigail ...more
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
An advance copy of this title was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This review, however, is based upon a purchased copy of the audiobook version.

This review can also be found at The Starry-Eyed Revue.

I put off reviewing this book, well, because I'm lazy. And honestly, that summary does a great job of telling you what you're going to get with Jackaby. When it says Doctor Who meets Sherlock, it means it. You've got the paranormal aspects of Doctor Who set as the backdrop for a murder mystery the likes of which Sherlock would love to ge
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Vanessa
“I have ceased concerning myself with how things look to others, Abigail Rook. I suggest you do the same. In my experience, others are generally wrong.”

Oh gosh, you can't even imagine how much I wanted to love this book! Even because, then, I would have had the opportunity to buy all the physical copies of the novels of this series and admire the amazingly gorgeous covers they have! Ugh. However, I couldn't really appreciate Jackaby. My rating reflects the description Goodreads gives to it: "it was ok".
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R.F. Gammon
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a lovely, refreshing, old-fashioned romp.
Brigid ✩
For some reason it took me like a month to get through this book, even though it wasn't very long. There was a point where I literally thought I'd finished it even though I hadn't, for some reason ... and I don't think I picked it up for like two weeks. Anyway, I thought this sounded really intriguing and was really excited to get an ARC of it. Ultimately, though, I just found it to be okay. I might've set my expectations too high, because I expected this to be really scary and it didn't scare m ...more
ambsreads
DNF @ 50%

This is another DNF of mine that won't be getting a full review. The reason behind Jackaby not getting a full review though is that I simply wasn't enjoying this book. It's almost been sitting in my currently reading for a month.

I just find myself with the premise and characters. For now, it's just not for me. However, I will probably simply mark it as on hold and come back to it later.

Also, this book got two stars and not simply one because I could see it was going to be in
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Eliza Crewe
Mar 31, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Adorable, fun read. It didn't hurt that I pictured Benedict Cumberbatch the entire time I was reading it, either! I also adored that the romance was minor and was not between the MCs.
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WILLIAM RITTER is an Oregon educator and author of the New York Times bestselling Jackaby series. He is the proud father of the two bravest boys in the Wild Wood, and husband to the indomitable Queen of the Deep Dark.

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“I have ceased concerning myself with how things look to others, Abigail Rook. I suggest you do the same. In my experience, others are generally wrong.” 125 likes
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