A Study in Charlotte Book reviews

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Author(s): Brittany CavallaroDownload  

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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.

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Emma Giordano

Emma Giordano rated it      

I have to say, this book really took me by surprise! I knew as soon as I heard about a YA-Sherlock Holmes retelling that I would take well to this story, but I was not prepared for how much I loved it!

CW: murder, talk of rape, substance abuse

A Study in Charlotte is a truly fun and entertaining young adult mystery novel with a fabulous first installment. The plot was engaging, well-written, and unexpected. I especially enjoyed how the author weaved in actual tales of Sherlock Holmes as a way for the antagonist to taunt the famous pair of comrades. I felt the mystery was really well-done, keeping me guessing throughout the entirety of the story and surprising me in the end.

I found Jamie and Charlotte to be complimentary protagonists to one another. Charlotte is extremely intelligent and calculated, albeit a little unhinged, and Jamie is grounded and supportive, if a little impulsive. I adore the fateful friendship between these two and adored getting to watch their shared ancestry develop into an individual connection. While romantic feelings are formed during this story, Charlotte and Jamie are best friends first, and I would not consider A Study in Charlotte a romance novel. It was refreshing to see a true friendship develop into what MIGHT be a very slow-burn romance in the future, but to focus on their platonic relationship first.

I really love this series so far and absolutely plan on completing it! I would definitely recommend to those who enjoy some fun young adult thrillers with interesting protagonists!

chan ☆

chan ☆ rated it     

oxy addicted female sherlock holmes & a soft hipster watson

this was fun and dark and twisted. everything that one could ever want from a sherlock story, right? i’m not sure what i was expecting but i don’t think it was this. i guess i assumed since it would be a retelling that it would be a little lighter and more fun.

but i didn’t laugh a lot. i did feel things though.

first off, the characters were great. watson was easy to read, probably because he was narrating. and holmes was just fucking fascinating as most renditions of holmes are. both were well adapted for the 21st century and i liked that they were related to the original holmes and watson. and that their meeting was sort of destined to happen (even though it was cleverly orchestrated).

one little thing that i liked was the way that watson talks about holmes before he’s gotten to know her. it’s a subtle sort of hero worship that i think we can all in some part relate to. like meeting a favorite youtuber in person. the warring feelings that he has… that he feels he can innately trust her but how stupid that sounds. it just resonated with me strangely. and was something that definitely stood out to me.

obviously, the mystery aspect of this is what kept me from setting this book down. it was satisfying and the twists were great. the conclusion was less showy than i would have liked but it worked to an extent.

and honestly, i’m just interested to see what happens next. what crimes will be solved. will holmes and watson fall madly in love? dunno but i’m definitely going to find out.

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i’m just a big dumb sucker for boys named jamie; can’t wait to read this

Erin

Erin rated it     

I first have start off by stating that I have never read any Sherlock Holmes books, I’ve never seen a Sherlock Holmes movie, and I’ve never seen any of the tv shows about Sherlock Holmes. I don’t really know all that much about Sherlock Holmes at all.

I liked A Study In Charlotte but I don’t know if I would have liked it more or less had I not gone into this book almost completely blind of the history. This book has been sitting on my shelf for ages and I don’t even know where it came from. I don’t remember buying it but I could have and I don’t remember receiving it as a gift but its possible. Where ever it came from, I’m happy I had it because I think this book has opened up a whole new world for me. Now I not only need to read the rest of this series but I need to read the actual Sherlock Holmes series and watch the shows too.

No rec because I’m not sure Sherlock Holmes lovers would like this book and non Sherlock Holmes may like myself become slightly obsessed with all things Sherlock.

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Bridget Hodder

Bridget Hodder rated it      

I was well and truly Sherlocked before picking up this book–which I did with both hope and trepidation. You see, those of us who love the Sherlock world always want more. And there’s a limited supply. Or, to qualify that statement: a limited supply of quality additions to the oeuvre. (Do you like that word, “oeuvre”? I hope so. I feel it is a very Sherlock word.)

I’ll cut to the verdict: YES!!! PARTY AT 221-B!

Because Sherlock is back– in female form, with a totally empathetic, very perfectly Watsonian guy as her Watson, writing down her exploits, narrating the story, and falling in love with her. Although he knows way better than to do that. Because they’re both descended from their original namesakes, and we all know the original Holmes & Watson were soul mates, but not precisely healthy.

Did I hear you say that Sherlockian gender-bending’s been done already? Yes. But not like this. Not by someone who really understands the characters and their relationships (oh yes, I did say “relationships”, which is a close relative to the word “ship”, and if you ship Sherlock/ Watson, be of very good cheer). All our favorites are here in this story– and the essence of their personalities, what makes them who they are, is unaltered. The author shows us that, even if you put these two sleuths (or one sleuth and one best friend) into different bodies, a different era, different situations with different problems…at least two things can stay the same: who they really are, and how we feel about them.

I just finished this book, and I feel fantastic about it. How are you feeling? Hey kid, wanna awesome Sherlock story?

Try this one. I got it for free in exchange for an honest review, but for you–I don’t know, maybe 17 bucks when it comes out next year?

Sara (sarawithoutanH)

Sara (sarawithoutanH) rated it     

So I enjoyed this way more than I thought I would. It reminded me a lot of the sort of books I enjoyed when I was younger and gave me a BBC Sherlock meets Veronica Mars sort of vibe. The writing style also pleasantly surprised me because I expected it to be a lot more elementary than it was. I really liked both Charlotte and Jamie as characters. The only thing I found a bit cheesy was the whole being related to the original Sherlock and Holmes; it was a little too “Disney Descendants” for me. Other than that, I had a great time reading this book. Although, I listened to it on audio and the narrator wasn’t anything special – his British accent was fake and terrible – so I don’t necessarily recommend reading it that way.

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