Miss Baillot's book sparkles with humour and wit, while at the same time delivers a hefty dose of suspense and intrigue. Her characters are unforgettable; their personalities come alive with sharp dialogue and clever description. Once begun, Haphazardly Implausible is impossible to put down.
Incredible! I absolutely loved it! The characters are all so entertaining and loveable, and the plot is very exciting and kept me wanting to read more! All in all a great book!
This book by Jack Baillot is an exciting read, great byplay between characters and lots of fun. One that will keep your interest all the way through.
I have been reading Jack's blog for quite a while now, and watched her work through all the details that publishing a book requires - editing, creating the cover, the trailer, and all that. So when she finally released her book, I knew I needed to buy it. And what can I say? I loved it! (Surprise, I know.) I am a voracious bookworm but especially enjoy fantasy-type books (in addition to the good old standbys like Shakespeare). Jack's writing made her characters come alive, and I eagerly anticipated each new plot turn! This book was engaging and enthralling - in fact, I think I was quivering slightly from excitement at times because I was so into the story (a good sign that a)I am enjoying the book, and b)the suspense is palpable). [The other main time I remember being so nervous was when I was reading The Return of the King and didn't know if Denethor would burn Faramir alive. :)]
All in all, I think that Jack did a fabulous job making her characters come alive, especially Isidore, Darcy, and Steed. I was slightly confused as to Isidore's previous relationships that are often referenced, so hopefully Jack will clear that up in future books. There were also a few formatting issues, but these can be easily overlooked when one is in high suspense. :D
I cannot wait to find out what will happen in each of the fascinating subplots, and am highly anticipating future books in this series. Bravo to Jack - and I urge you to read this book! It won't be a waste of your time!
Haphazardly Implausible... I mean, the title just begs you to crack open the cover, right?
It's not the genre I usually read, it's more steampunk than anything else. But I really enjoyed it. Despite the typos (which I happen to know are currently being fixed in another round of editing) I absolutely fell in love with the story and characters.
This story has a very complex plot. You will follow three main characters, who are all seemingly unrelated at first, and who are all operating in different parts of the world. Despite this fact, however, I found that the author handled these various story lines quite well, and I never felt like skimming through any part of the story to find out what was happening in another part of the story. (Sometimes that happens, when an author is following one main character, then switches at some crucial moment to a totally different character for a chapter or two). However, with this book I never wanted to skip ahead. Every plot line had me thoroughly hooked. I spent the entire book wondering how these various characters' stories were going to intersect.
The characters are very well-developed, despite there being quite a few of them. (I love a story with a large cast, though).
This is definitely the first book in a series, and the end leaves you hanging a bit. So, if you don't like waiting for the end, you may want to wait until the rest of the series is finished and available. The story wraps up fairly well, answering enough questions that you don't feel like you just stepped off a cliff and found nothing but air beneath you. But there is a lot of story left to discover. I can't wait to read the sequel, and I look forward to reading more of this author.
I also love that I can recommend this book without reservations. It is intense, and I'm a little worried that some of my favorite characters are going to end up dead before the story is over, because Jack is always talking about how she's having to kill off characters over on her blog (never revealing which ones, though!!!), but the writing is clean and family-friendly.
Overall: 4/5 stars because 1) I don't give 5-star ratings to any book I haven't read the entire series of yet, and 2) the typos. However, I have a feeling this series will eventually earn a 5-star rating from me.
Jenelle Schimidt, Author of King's Warrior and Second Son
This book was brilliant! I can't wait for the next one! Miss Jack, you did a wonderful job on this book.
This is a fabulous book for kids ages 4 to 104. Miss Baillot's sense of adventure is on display at its very best in this delightful tale of three young men and their unique friends. I read it to my younger brothers, ages seven, twelve, and fifteen respectively, and they all absolutely loved it. Haphazardly Implausible would make a great Christmas present for your son, nephew, brother, best friend, etc... Or a treat for yourself! The Steampunk aspect of the book isn't absolutely central, so if science fiction isn't your cup of tea, you can still enjoy the story, but on the other hand Miss Baillot's inventions and devices are highly imaginative and will quickly become familiar throughout the course of the story. The book sparkles with humour and wit, while at the same time delivers a hefty dose of suspense and intrigue. Her characters are unforgettable; their personalities come alive with sharp dialogue and clever description. Once begun, Haphazardly Implausible is impossible to put down
Abolished Impracticability is a fast interesting read that really pulls you in. The characters quickly become favorites and there are plenty of "oh YES!" moments as well as page-turning suspense and quirky humor. I had the pleasure of being part of the beta team for this book and would recommend it for anyone who wants a good cold weather book. It's the sort you like to read in gulps, preferably with something chocolate for comfort as you near the end. Miss Balliot is a master of the lovable yet annoying character and I personally think that Darcy is one of the best female side characters I've read in a long time.
Anneliese Blakeney, Author of The Princess and The Sage