A Study in Charlotte, by Brittany Cavallaro
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.
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Before I start this review, I just want to give you a heads up and tell you that I felt like my reading experience with this book affected my overall thoughts a bit. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying that if I sat down and read this book in one sitting that I would’ve given it 5/5 stars. I just think that since life got in the way of having a little bit more love for this story.
SOOOOO with that being said, let’s continue on our bookish review journey!
While I haven’t read the original Sherlock Holmes stories (#shame. But they are on my TBR.), I am a HUGE fan of the BBC adaptation with Benedict Cumberbatch. When I heard that a YA novel adaptation was out in the world, I was so excited to read it. Usually, I’m not much of a mystery/thriller kind of person, but towards the end of the summer, I decided I needed to mix up my reading a little. August 16th seemed like the perfect time to start. The first couple chapters were okay. Nothing special, but they had my interest.
Then I looked up, and I’d gone almost two weeks without reading (#moreshame). I remembered enough to keep reading, but this was where my reading experience probably detracted from my enjoyment. But what do I know? I didn’t get to read it under normal terms to compare.
Even though I didn’t love this book, there was still quite a bit that I enjoyed:
I wish I got to experience this book differently, but maybe it just wasn’t for me. I can say that I won’t be continuing on with this series in the future, though.
BONUS: Tips for Dealing With Reading Slumps
Since my most recent slump was one of the worst I’ve ever experienced, here are three quick tips for dealing with slumps of your own.
Have you read A Study in Charlotte or any other Sherlock Holmes retelling? Let me know so we can discuss in the comments!
Your slump wrestler,
The two of us, we're the best kind of disaster. Apples and oranges. Well, more like apples and machetes.
― Brittany Cavallaro, A Study in Charlotte
Ashton is a high school girl with a passion for books. She also participates in other activities such as sports and musical groups.