Book Review: A Study in Charlotte

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A Study in Charlotte
Brittany Cavallaro
Hardcover March 2016
Available Here

The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.

From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else. But when a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murder, and only Charlotte can clear their names. But danger is mounting and nowhere is safe—and the only people they can trust are each other.

The Good:

-I love love love the cover. It’s such a unique mix of colors and it’s quirky and eye-catching it’s what made me pick it up in the first place
-Unlike a lot of the readers’ I adore Charlotte she’s sassy, smart and doesn’t change for anyone. Plus there were parts where we did get to see her vulnerability and it felt organic and interesting.
-It was a true straight up mystery not so much the thriller I-lost-my-memory type mystery just a classic Sherlock or Agatha Christie styled mystery and I really really enjoyed that (not that I don’t enjoy the unreliable narrator twist-ending style book).
-The relationship between Jamie and Charlotte was interesting and fun to watch grow. I really like when he complained about her always taking the love seat so she bought him a fold out beach chair it was just really funny.
-The way Moriarty fits into the plot was fun
-The writing was smooth and sharp and definitely keeps the reader interested.

The Bad:

-Jamie was a little annoying at times. I liked the relationship between him and Charlotte (even the potential romance) but he was a little whiny with his mooning over her. I could have done with a little less of his questioning feelings.
-The rape could have been expanded on a bit more but since we don’t get to hear Charlotte’s voice (only in the epilogue) we don’t get to delve into as much as I would have liked

Rating:
4 Stars

This was such a fun and engaging read. I loved reading about a female Holmes and seeing the two leads as teens was a lot of fun. I’m super excited to read more about Charlotte and Jamie I even kind of wish there were going to be more than three books in the series. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who’s looking for a fun and engaging mystery novel.

What do you guys think about a Holmes and Watson romance? 

XOXO,
Mary

Summer TBR

So I am totally a mood reader thus making it hard for me to put together a reading pile for one month. So I’ve decided to do seasonal reading lists that way it gives me three months to get through the titles. Plus I’m trying to experiment more with reading multiple titles at the same time. So without further ado here is my summer reading list:

In Hope of MemoriesA Torch Against the NightWe Own the NightThe Curse of the Bruel CovenThe Square Root of SummerThe Unexpected Everything

Most of these are from Top Ten Beach Reads List so yeah I kind of need to read them during this 3 month period lol.

Replica.jpgEverlandGirl in Pieces16096824Glass SwordThe Heir

Yes you are seeing Replica on my list even though it doesn’t come out til October I was able to score an ARC (I’m still hyperventilating over that). And yes I still haven’t finished ACOTAR but not because I’m not enjoying it I’m just really taking my time. Depending on how the summer goes I might throw the sequel onto this list otherwise it will be one of the first reads for the fall.

So has anyone tried a system like this where you don’t really commit to specific books for the month? So what should I start reading next?

XOXO,
Mary

Review: Wink, Poppy, Midnight

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Wink, Poppy, Midnight
April Genevieve Tucholke
Hardcover Pub. March 2016
Available Here

Every story needs a hero.
Every story needs a villain.
Every story needs a secret.

Wink is the odd, mysterious neighbor girl, wild red hair and freckles. Poppy is the blond bully and the beautiful, manipulative high school queen bee. Midnight is the sweet, uncertain boy caught between them. Wink. Poppy. Midnight. Two girls. One boy. Three voices that burst onto the page in short, sharp, bewitching chapters, and spiral swiftly and inexorably toward something terrible or tricky or tremendous.

What really happened?
Someone knows.
Someone is lying.

The Good:
-The writing. The writing definitely falls into the category of phenomenal.
-After it ends it stays with you. I found myself thinking about this for days (weeks) after finishing it
-The character of Poppy I love me a well-written villain, if she can even be considered the villain in this.
-Multiple view points. I love getting inside the heads of multiple characters and I think all 3 MC’s had very distinct voices so there was no chance of getting confused.

The Bad:
-There wasn’t much of a plot at least not until almost 2/3 through the book and by that point it’s almost too little too late
-I really enjoy character-driven books but we were a little beaten over the head with the same reveals about the characters like Poppy smells like jasmine and Wink has curly red hair and freckles
-I couldn’t stand Wink she annoyed me to no end. She just felt too unreal for me to really connect to. And I couldn’t figure out why Midnight was so impressed with her. Also, what was so amazing about Midnight?
-At the end I sort of felt myself wondering what exactly was the point of this?

Overall, this is a hard book to peg in any category. It’s sort of magical realism but not and it’s sort of a mystery but not. I think I would have enjoyed it significantly more had the action started earlier. We would have been given much stronger character arcs for all 3 characters and that would add to the reader engagement. I would definitely read more books by the author though because it mastery of words is just amazing. In the end, I am giving this title 3 stars.

Have you read this book? Are there any books that totally capture you based on the blurb and when you close the cover it sadly didn’t live up to your expectations?

XOXO,
Mary

Cover Lust Friday

   Cover Lust Friday is a weekly meme that’s all about covers. Pick a cover that stands out to you, add your reason why you’ve chosen that particular one or what you like about it. Let’s have fun with it and share the love for our favorite covers. This awesome meme comes to us from Alice Reeds.

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The last thing sixteen-year-old Jamie Watson–writer and great-great-grandson of the John Watson–wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s enigmatic, fiercely independent great-great-granddaughter, who’s inherited not just his genius but also his vices, volatile temperament, and expertly hidden vulnerability. Charlotte has been the object of his fascination for as long as he can remember–but from the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else.

Then a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Holmes stories, and Jamie and Charlotte become the prime suspects. Convinced they’re being framed, they must race against the police to conduct their own investigation. As danger mounts, it becomes clear that nowhere is safe and the only people they can trust are each other.

Reason:

I choose this cover because I love the unexpected mix of teal and red and the dark blue cover. And I like the series of small drawings scattered throughout the cover as opposed to the seamless quality of most covers (especially those in ya). I also love the typography of the title because it looks like it could be someone’s handwriting.

What cover are you lusting for this week? 

Xoxo,

Mary