After a lot of thought, I've decided to take a break from blogging for the foreseeable future. With my little C creeping its way back into my life and possible long term treatment now, I need to take a couple of things off my plate for the time being, and the blog is going to be one of those things. As it is, it felt like it was becoming more of a chore than anything else. I need my reading time to be more enjoyable right now, more of the escape that I really need, and what I don't need is the little voice in the back of my head telling me how many reviews I'm behind and trying to come up with what I need to say about the book.

I simply want to read.

I'll more than likely occasionally post on here what I've been reading, and if there is something that really blows my mind, I'll probably have more to say about it and may write up a proper post, but for right now, things are going to be very quiet around here.

As always, happy reading!
2017 edit
I will continue to blog according to my health and ability, and connecting my posts thru Goodreads, so please be patient if things get quiet around here again this year.

2017 edit #2
I am happy to report that my bone marrow transplant was a success and that I'm feeling more like myself everyday. That said, I'm going to try to start blogging a little more frequently, but please bare with me as I still continue to recover.

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Map: A Jackaby Story by William Ritter

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by William Ritter
Published by Algonquin Young Readers, June 15, 2015
57 Pages • ASIN B00YBAOT0W • eBook

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Book description:
Perfect for fans of Jackaby who are desperately awaiting the release of its sequel, Beastly Bones, this novella-length story follows the rollicking events of Abigail Rook’s birthday celebration.

Abigail hopes that her birthday will slip by unnoticed and uncelebrated, but her employer, detective of the supernatural R. F. Jackaby, has other plans. Using magical party crackers that teleport the pair to unknown destinations in time and space and a cryptic map that may lead to a forgotten treasure, Jackaby intends to give Abigail what he considers to be the best gift of all--adventure.

Abigail and Jackaby must tame an enormous (and carnivorous) rabbit, defend a castle, and master a dirigible if they want to find the treasure and get back to New Fiddleham alive.

A quick little tale to whet our appetites while waiting for Jackaby and Rook's next adventure, Beastly Bones, The Map finds Jackaby whisking Rook away on an adventure for her birthday, whether she likes it or not. After taking her to a magical market and buying her a treasure map, Jackaby and Rook follow the map in search of buried treasure.

There's still so much about this series that reminds me entirely of Doctor Who (possibly too much so...). Jackaby is clearly based on Four, and while I haven't pinpointed which companion Rook takes after, you know she has to based on one of the Doctor's companions. I'm still excited about the characters, and this was a great little teaser for the upcoming book.

And just to be clear, by Four, I mean...

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...and not...

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