Title: The Last of August
Author: Brittany Cavallaro
Age Group: High schoolers and above
Rating: 3.5/4 Stars
Synopsis: “Jamie and Charlotte are looking for a winter break reprieve in Sussex after a fall semester that almost got them killed. But nothing about their time off is proving simple, including Holmes and Watson’s growing feelings for each other. When Charlotte’s beloved Uncle Leander goes missing from the Holmes estate—after being oddly private about his latest assignment in a German art forgery ring—the game is afoot once again, and Charlotte throws herself into a search for answers. So begins a dangerous race through the gritty underground scene in Berlin and glittering art houses in Prague, where Holmes and Watson discover that this complicated case might change everything they know about their families, themselves, and each other.” (Amazon.com)
The first book in this trilogy was one of my favorite books I’ve read this year for sure (see that review here). I actually dressed up as Charlotte on my schools ‘book character day’ and found out my chemistry teacher had read the book (she’s the bomb). Anyway, I was super pumped to read the second book, and overall, I wasn’t necessarily disappointed. I plan to read the third book soon since I think it just came out, but for now here are my thoughts on this one.
So, one of the things I really wanted to see from this trilogy that wasn’t in the first book was character development. I know it’s to be expected that Jamie and Charlotte have similarities to their predecessors, but I really did also want to see some originality appear. I was super happy with this second book because their characters did definitely start developing more and I could see their personalities shine. I also love the fact that we got a slight glimpse into Charlotte’s perspective (I swear that’s not a spoiler).
One character I would like to talk briefly about is August, who is pretty important in this story if you didn’t guess from the name. He has a very interesting story, which I will not mention here, but his personality is hard for me to comprehend. After reading the first book I was very ready to hate him, but he just…was…nice?!! I still have mixed feelings about his character.
Now, for the main beef of this review, we will speak of the plot. For the most part, the plot was interesting, but it wasn’t as extraordinary as the first book. The mystery seemed slightly less engaging and go-go-go (is that a word? I’m gonna go with it since there’s no red squiggly). There are two elements of this book, though, that pretty much make up for the fact that the plot seemed slightly less exciting. Firstly, the dialogue. I just totally love the author’s dialogue because of how witty it is and how it makes the story flow. I’ve seen some reviews for these books myself and they said this, but after reading the book myself I can attest to this as being the truth. The other thing that really helped save the plot was the ending of the story.
UGH I can’t even talk about it though because this is a mystery book. The book had a… slightly twisted ending?
To conclude, I didn’t enjoy this book quite as much as the first one, but still love the series and characters. I’m planning to read the third book soon and I have pretty high expectations for an epic finale *fingers crossed*.