About the story: It’s the year of 1982 and Abigail Rook just arrived in New Fiddleham, New England. In need of a job and place to stay she meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained. With her eyes for detail, Abigail is the perfect assistant and soon joins Jackaby’s investigation agency.
Abigail’s investigation career starts with a more than thrilling case. A serial killer is on the loose, terrifying everyone in New Fiddleham. While everyone is convinced the killer is an ordinary human, Jackaby knows better. And soon Abigail will now that there is a lot more to our world than she thought.
My thoughts: Ever since I saw this book I knew I had to read it. This cover is just so beautiful and it suits the book so well. With Abigail and Jackaby we have two very lovable characters. Jackaby is so extra you just have to love him.
The only problem I had with it was that it was too fast paced. The main plot happens in one or two days. I would have loved to see it take place over a week or even longer so we could have learned more about supernatural creatures and could have developed the case a little further.
While that’s what I thought most of the time, I’m gonna give you an actual summary of the journey to Book 4.
Evangeline Greene, or just Evie, starts to have very strange, dark and vivid dreams. She’s dreaming of Death, slimy zombie-like figures and a red-haired witch with a love for torture. Who is that boy talking to her about arsenal, foes, obstacles and the field of battle? And why does it seem like plants are reacting to her? On Day Zero she will learn exactly what her dreams and visions were telling her all along.
Prince Oliver has never been brave, and yet he is supposed to go and save the princess. On his quest he has to outsmart mermaids, escape from scary pirates and fight the monstrous dragon Pyro. In the end he finds his courage and saves his princess. What a fairy tale-like Happy-End. Right?
But not for Oliver. He is sick of playing the same story all over again. He just wants to live a normal life. A life far away from mermaids, dragons and evil wizards.There’s only one problem. Oliver is trapped inside a fairy tale, a book called Between the lines.
And then, on the other side of the pages, there is Delilah. She wants to get as far away from her normal life as she possibly can and escapes into a fairy tale. But not just any fairytale. Oliver’s fairy tale. She had found it somewhere in the back of the school library and lost her heart to it. For hours she sat over the opened book, reading the story over and over again until she knew the words by heart. Oh if Oliver only were real. But wait, he is.
Oliver fell in love with the girl on the other side, just as Delilah fell in love with the boy on the pages. But how is she supposed to get him OUT of the book?
After several attempts, both creative and reckless, failed there is only one way for Delilah. She has to find the author and ask her to change the story. Only then she would be able to get Oliver out of the book and into her life.
Firstly, I loved the idea behind it. Who didn’t wish for their favourite book characters to be real. How it would be if they lived in our world. Or just simply to talk to them. However, the thought that characters had their own life once the book was closed fascinated me the most, being so completely different from the person they play in the book.
The story quickly had me under its spell, only occasinally I put that book down. Merely to eat and sleep. I loved how the original fairy tale was included in this book. We don’t get to read the whole thing (tho I’d love to), but from Oliver’s word we can pretty much figure it out. I also loved how they used different colours and fonts for Delilah’s and Oliver’s view. Just like for the fairy tale and the narrator. And don’t even get me started on the illustrations.
I also loved how Oliver wanted to be more than just a character in a book. He wanted to be extraordinary. He wanted to change something, make a difference. While on the other side Delilah couldn’t be normal enough. She feels like she doesn’t really fit anywhere, besides her world of books.
Alltogether, it’s an exciting story with some twists and an unexpected end. If you love romancic YA novels this is your book!