Title: A Study in Charlotte
Author: Brittany Cavallaro
Age Group: High schoolers and up
My Rating: 4/4 Stars
Synopsis: “Jamie Watson has always been intrigued by Charlotte Holmes; after all, their great-great-great-grandfathers are one of the most infamous pairs in history. But the Holmes family has always been odd, and Charlotte is no exception. She’s inherited Sherlock’s volatility and some of his vices—and when Jamie and Charlotte end up at the same Connecticut boarding school, Charlotte makes it clear she’s not looking for friends.
But when a student they both have a history with dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.” (Amazon.com)
I first heard of this book on Epic Reads, which is a team of people dedicated to Young Adult book releases, reviews, and other goodies. I’ve taken to watching their monthly TBRs and new release videos. They created a book trailer for this book (who knew there were book trailers now?!), which you can see here. As soon as I saw this trailer and read the description I was already hooked, because I like anything Sherlock Holmes.
I loved reading about these characters. They have many similarities with their ancestors, Sherlock and John, but also face their own problems. The way the characters are presented is a bit of a dilemma. The dilemma is that Jamie and Charlotte both have similarities with their ancestors, which I think is a good element in the story. However, I think it might make the story a little more interesting if we could see other traits that could surprise readers. I really appreciate seeing a new take on Sherlock Holmes, but with a new duo and new adventures. I’m hoping to continue to see the main character’s personalities and relationship with each other progress and be shaped even more within the next two books.
As for the plot, I think the author did very well with creating a suspenseful mystery. I liked the idea of the story being somewhat based on some of the original Sherlock Holmes novels, but also having an original twist. To me, the plot was very exciting and I was easily drawn into the story. Charlotte and Jaime had a hard time trying to figure out the truth, mostly because they are staying in their boarding school and are possible suspects themselves. This might make the plot seem like it was dragging to some, even with the fact that Charlotte is a genius, but I think it lent the story a sense of realism that isn’t always easy in the mystery genre.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed everything about this book and can’t wait to read the next installment!
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