A Study in Charlotte
A Study in Charlotte follows the descendants of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson as they solve crimes on a modern-day college campus. In this story, both Sherlock and Watson were real people and Arthur Conan Doyle was Watson's literary agent, who helped publish the tales of their cases.
Many years later, Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson find themselves caught up in some co ...more
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 fo ...more
“I felt like I was being pulled through a dark, dank wardrobe into some boozy Narnia.”
This was the most unexpected treat! I thought that I might enjoy this one, but I never expected to fall completely head over heels for it, especially after reading A Study in Scarlet the night before starting this! This is a reimagining of Sherlock and Watson, but told in the perspective of their descendants, Charlotte and Jamie, in modern day! And, oh my gosh, this was just fantastic!
Jamie Watson ...more
My heart has been needing this book for longer than I realized I needed this book.
- THIS. BOOK. IS. BLOODY. BRILLIANT. For a number of reasons
- Aside from the fact that I read this book in less than a day and that I physically could NOT stop reading it, this book is the murder mystery you’ve always needed
- You got a snarky know-it-all girl
- You got a nerdy precious boy
- WHO ARE DECENSANTS OF SHERLOCK AND WATSON I MEAN GOALS ANYONE????
- So after a murder took place on school gr ...more
After arriving though, he quickly finds himself elbows deep in intrigue and thinking nothing about 'shoddy ole' London.
In an alarming twist of fate, Charlotte Holmes, the descendant of the infamous Sherlock Holmes, also attends this very same boarding school.
I think not.
Jamie, the descendant of John Watson, the very one who penned those cute little Sherlo ...more
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 fas ...more
Fast paced, hooked me right off the bat. I appreciate books that jump right into the thick of things, especially mysteries.
Audio review: The narration was very good but I will admit that the mystery lost me a little and I would have probably preferred the print format to be able to flip around and put everything together better.
tw: addiction, rape, murder, poison, bombing on a school campus, inappropriate use of ...more
a sherlock holmes ya retelling? oof, count me in. as i love the bbc sherlock tv show and i’ve been craving rewatching it for the past few days, i knew this was the right time to read this one. and that was absolutely correct. i almost would’ve finished it within 24 hours since i only had about 20 pages left last night, but i was really exhausted and i didn’t want to rush it because i had enjoyed it so incredibly much thus far and t ...more
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 do ...more
I'm a fan of Sherlock Holmes, so when I saw this book is about the descendants of Sherly and Johnny, I know I have to read it because...
First of all, I went into this book with an expectation of murder, mystery and purely platonic relationship between the main characters. Despite shipping BBC's Sherlock and John (because how can you not ship Benedict and Martin?), I still love the relationship between the original Sherlock and Watson.
They have the best friendship ever and I was hoping that the ...more
DNF at about 50%
*This review contains spoilers*
I am going to lay this book aside for now. Maybe it has to do with me finishing The Winner's Kiss recently, which made me a mess and in no shape for reading anything else. At least partly The Winner's kiss is to blame, but mostly I am disappointed with A study in Charlotte, because it started like such a promising light funny read and then turned - abruptly - into something dark with serious issues, which weren't handled properly in my...more
I'll cut to the verdict: YES!!! PARTY AT 221-B!
Because Sherlock is back-- in female form, with a totally empathetic, very perfectly W ...more
I also really loved the dynamic between Jamie and Charlotte, their dialogue was always on point and their relationship was just complicated enough to be intriguing and interesting without being annoying.
Can't wait to finish the rest of the series!
I really don't know where to start. How about with the writing? Absolutely gorgeous. Cavallaro is an accomplished poet and even in this YA novel, that really shows. Her sentences aren't "purple" or overwrought, but they do shine. Her ...more
Brittany Cavallaro’s Sherlock and Watson may not tread a lot of new ground, but their story is still fresh and exciting. I love that we’re dealing with a whole family of Sherlocks and Watsons and Moriartys. There’s something really unique about that. But for ...more
I am kind of in love with Jamie Watson? He's the sweetest human being and his humor is 👌
I don't know why I picked this up, I think I felt overwhelmed by my audiobook TBR that day so I just completely ignored it and chose a new audiobook to listen to while walking from and to university. I'm glad I did, this was so fun! The narrator was simply perfect for this book and he read everything as if he was Watson, which is probably the best way to narrate an audiobook.
I found the first half of ...more
“I’d prefer to think... that we aren’t all so mercilessly bound to our pasts.”
FORMAT READ: Audiobook
SIMILAR VIBES: The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue
READ FOR: a Sherlock Holmes spin-off
READING LEVEL: Level 1-3 out of 5
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OVERALL THOUGHTS: 3.5/5
It took me some time to get into the writing style and the world but once I did I actually ended up really enjoying myself <3
As a person who watched every single ...more
We follow Jamie Watson, who is going to Sherrington on scholarship. He can be kind of stupid sometimes, but I do love his persona ...more
Well, this book handily won me over and then some. A lot, actually. Who knew that all I needed to love the Holmes archetype was to see him take the form of a ferociously brilliant teenage girl?
I loved everything about this book. The vo ...more
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
“We’re being toyed with,” I said. “But why would he want us to know he’s after us?”
If I didn’t have a rule about finishing books that I started, then I would have not finished this.
Firstly, I’ve never read any Sherlock Holmes books, so I have no idea if this is a good rendition, and I’m not even going to go there.
I didn’t really like the characters in t ...more
“We weren't Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. I was ok with that, I thought. We had things they didn't, too. Like electricity, and refrigerators. And Mario Kart.”
this is one of those times I just wanna reiterate that a THREE STARS means I LIKED IT. there is this weird thing here 3 stars = bad. This book isn't bad. I liked it. I just didn't REALLY like it, or love it. But I had a lot of fun reading it, and I plan to continue the series. I can see so much potential for this series, and these c ...more
WHAT THE HELL IS THIS MESS. This should not be allowed to be classified as some sort of Holmes/Watson retelling. It's very evidently only using that premise to sell books and for the author to not have to bother much with character building.
Let's start off with the writing style because it's so bad. I guess the author was trying to have some sort of distinctive writing style, but it ended up just being terrible with expressions like:
Holmes smiled in a ...more
“I began wondering if there was some kind of Watsonian guide for the care and keeping of Holmeses.”
When I first read this book, I LOVED IT. I was in such an awe that when I read the sequel, a year later, I was totally disappointed by how messy that book (The Last of August) was. It felt like a huge let down and so I unhauled it, discontinuing the series and pretending this first instalment to be a standalone. But it doesn't make sense to keep a book whose characters will grow in a series you ...more
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