Review: The City That Barks and Roars – J. T. Bird

My rating: 4.5/5 stars

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Animals rule the world.

They walk, they talk, they hit cafes for breakfast then nine to five at the office and spend their evenings in jazz clubs. But paradise remains a distant dream, for there are angels among the devils. Lucas Panda has gone missing and all evidence suggests he has been kidnapped. Enter Frank Penguin and Chico Monkey, because who else would you call to solve this case?

My thoughts

I expected that I would enjoy this book but I had no idea I would like it this much!

I was captivated by the world that was created. All of the characters were so original and well crafted that I couldn’t wait to meet more of them. Each one had a purpose and fit so well into the story that an enchanting world was created through the characters. Although the characters are all talking animals, this novel could be aimed at any age range and could truly be enjoyed by all.

I also loved that there was a backstory as to how animals had come to evolve to such an extent that they now ran the show. It was such a different concept but one that I thoroughly enjoyed. The fact that it linked back to the story of Noah and the ark, one I’m sure many of us are familiar with, was genius and such a great addition to an already brilliant concept.

The characters in this novel would have made me like it regardless, yet the storyline also had mystery and intrigue. As I followed Frank and Chico on their investigation, the novel became like any other cosy crime mystery, and I was too trying to work out what had happened to Lucas Panda, and why. I was even shocked at the reveal at the end, which I loved. If you have read any of my other reviews you will know I love an ending to be all wrapped up and this novel definitely delivered on that front.

The comedy elements throughout the novel added another element of entertainment throughout the novel. Whether the humour came from the dialogue of the characters or pure irony, it was greatly appreciated and fit the novel well.

This novel is a great and relaxing read. It didn’t take me long to finish it, in fact I think I finished it within the day. At 187 pages it would be a fantastic novel to help anyone out of a reading slump. If you are looking for a lighthearted crime mystery but are bored of the usual, then I would definitely recommend The City That Barks and Roars!

I was kindly sent this ARC by the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

The City That Barks and Roars is to be published on 1st August 2020.

Do you have a suggestion for the next book to add to my bookshelf? Let me know in comments.  

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