Book Review: Black Box Inc. (Black Box Inc. Book 1) by Jake Bible

Chase has the unique ability to create things out of "dim," the space between dimensions, and he uses it to create boxes and hide things for people---for a fee. But his ability lands him and his friends in trouble when both Beezlebub and the Fae decide to get involved.

Book Review: Black Box Inc. (Black Box Inc. Book 1) by Jake Bible | reading, books, book reviews, fantasy, paranormal/urban fantasy
Title: Black Box Inc.
Book Number: Book 1
Pages: 257
My Rating: 3 Stars
More Info: Goodreads, Amazon, Publisher


*I received an ecopy of this book via NetGalley. This has not influenced my review.*

This was pretty much your typical urban fantasy. The plot was action packed with a bit of mystery. The main character was kind of snarky and rough around the edges but not really a bad person. The MC had a crew of all different supernaturals, including a zombie, a yeti, and a banshee (well, kind of—she was actually his lawyer). The writing style was conversational, like the MC was talking to you sometimes. The dialogue was mostly joke-y and banter-y, even when the characters were in serious situations. The MC’s thoughts were usually joke-y too. So I think whether or not you like this book is really going to depend on what you’re looking for. If you’re looking for typical urban fantasy fun with a well-paced plot and lots of banter between character, this will deliver. If you’re looking for something that stands out in the genre, like I was, this might disappoint—or maybe not, it really just depends on your taste. It wasn’t bad; it simply wasn’t what I was looking for.

The idea of the MC being able to create boxes out of the “dim” (the space between dimensions) was neat though, something I’d never read about. There was also a pretty good, twisty mystery, though I’m not sure I quite understood the whole explanation. And there was a nice dynamic among the friends at times.

So overall, while it wasn’t quite what I was looking for, this book was a light, easy urban fantasy read that others might enjoy.


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  1. Wattle

    I like the sound of the plot this book has, though I’m not sure about constant banter/conversation. Hmmm. I’m going to put this on my maybe list, for when I feel like something light hearted in the genre 🙂

  2. Becky @ A Fool's Ingenuity

    This book sounds like it could really go either way on the enjoyment scale for me. On the one hand, cool urban fantasy idea with banter and snarky characters. On the other, the writing style could totally not work for me and also it doesn’t stand out too much even with an original concept. I do think the ability to create stuff out of nothing (or out of the space between dimensions) is cool, I can think of a whole bunch of things I’d like to be able to pluck out of thin air.

    1. Kristen Burns

      Yeah, it was a cool idea, but I’ve just read so much UF that it has started to feel all the same, and so I really like UF books that stand out. And this one just didn’t for me. But it might for other people. Hmmm, yeah, I mean you can’t pluck food out of the dim or something, but you probably could make some cool stuff!

  3. Karen Blue

    This really doesn’t sound like something I would enjoy. I like the idea of the box, but not a group who uses the box for hire. Thanks for sharing your honest opinion!

    1. Kristen Burns

      Yeah, maybe don’t read this one if you’re looking for something to blow you away. But man, if only I could find one of those books that I could give a raving 5 star review to lol.

  4. chucklesthescot

    On the subject of banter…I think it depends on how it is presented. If it is non stop bitchy bickering it can get really boring and I tend to switch off. If they are a close knit team who exchange funny comments it can be quite funny. I’ve tried this author twice but his work doesn’t appeal to me personally as I hate the foul mouthed characters!

    1. Kristen Burns

      I agree, sometimes banter is good, sometimes not so much. And in this case it just didn’t work for me. I guess I didn’t even notice how foul-mouthed they were lol.

    1. Kristen Burns

      I just responded to your comment about dystopian sounding the same, but for me, urban fantasy is what has all started to sound the same. And this was one of those books that just didn’t stand out.