Book Review: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

An enjoyable book, full of twist and turns!

Book CWs

  • Child endangerment
  • Bullying
  • Cheating
  • Sexual Assault
  • Rape
  • Profanity
  • Character Death/Murder

Premise

When James Watson (descendent of John Watson) receives a full rugby scholarship to a boarding school in America, he finds himself face to face with the famous Charlotte Holmes (descendent of Sherlock Holmes). Charlotte wants nothing to do with James at first, but the two are quickly forced together when they are framed for the murder of fellow student Lee Dobson.

It’s a battle against time as Watson and Holmes “reunite” to clear their names before it’s too late.

Review (No Spoilers)

This was the second book that my partner bought for me for Christmas and it was pretty darn enjoyable! My memory is terrible but I think I had never even heard of the Charlotte Holmes series before receiving this book. It’s pretty much marketed as a modern gender-swapped Sherlock Holmes story and as a fan of mystery, I was super excited to try it out.

The story itself is told through Watson’s point of view and I cannot be more thankful for this choice. I imagine that writing a Sherlock story is hard enough and I have no doubt that if this was written in Holmes’ POV, it would have been incredibly disappointing (she probably would have needed to be “dumbed” down to progress the plot if that were the case).

The main reason why I couldn’t give this book 5 stars is because I think it tried too hard to be like the original series. Watson’s and Holmes’ personalities seemed to be specifically molded to be exactly like their predecessors. I would have preferred there to be more variety when it came to that. There was also a specific scene towards the end of the book where I had no idea what was going on (in a bad way) so if anyone read this book and wants to talk about it, I really want to discuss this.

Book Review: Well Met by Jen Deluca

Rating: 3.5/5

An average love story that had some good laughs but an incredibly foolish protagonist.

Book CWs

  • Abuse (Emotional)
  • Profanity
  • Sexually Explicit Scenes
  • Character death
  • PTSD

Premise

Following a tough break up, Emily relocates to a small town in Maryland to live with her sister, April for the summer. April is temporarily immobile due to a car accident, so Emily finds herself forced to volunteer for the towns Renaissance Faire in her sister’s place. Roleplaying the part of a tavern wench for a few weekends doesn’t seem to be a terrible gig for Emily until she learns that the Faire is run by Simon, an uptight and arrogant jerk that Emily cannot stand.

But when Emily and Simon’s Faire personas become betrothed to each other for the rest of the summer, Emily is drawn to this new, flirtatious side of Simon. Is this all part of the act? Or is there a spark between them that can be sustained–even out of costume?

Review (No Spoilers)

My partner bought me this book for Christmas and I’ve basically been wanting to read it ever since I opened that wrapping. After reading Red, White and Royal Blue, I’ve been very interested in the new-to-me genre of “YA” Romance novels. Basically, I want to read feel good love stories that don’t rely 80% on juicy sex scenes.

Although Well Met didn’t meet the high expectations that I had set for the book, it was still an enjoyable story. I laughed several times while reading it and I enjoyed basically all of the side characters. In fact, I liked the side characters more than I did the MCs.

One of the reasons that this book fell short for me was that Emily seemed to be incredibly oblivious to basically everything around her the entire time. It was as if all the signs could have been pointing to “THE SKY IS BLUE” and Emily would have been like “What’s up with all these people talking about the sky and the color blue? DOES THIS MEAN THEY ALL HATE ME?”

The sequel is expected to come out this year and it focuses on the side character that I most wanted to know more about. Keep an eye out for my review of Well Played by Jen Deluca sometime “soon”!

Book Review: In Paris With You by Clémentine Beauvais

Rating: 2.5/5

A “love story” that felt more like a tragedy/horror than a romance.

Book CWs

  • Profanity
  • Violence
  • Suicide/murder

Premise

Eugene and Tatiana were thrown together when they were just teenagers. Eugene’s best friend was dating Tatiana’s sister so they often found themselves in each other’s company. They might have even fallen in love if things went a little differently.

Ten years later, they meet once again, and though a spark is still there, they can’t seem to figure out how to move on from what happened all those years ago.

Review (No Spoilers)

I borrowed this book from a local library because it was December (of 2019) and I wanted to read as many cheesy romance stories as possible by the end of the year. The books that I went to the library to try to find weren’t there so I ended up grabbing a bunch of random books that I found in the Young Adult section that seemed romantic.

The blurb on the sleeve of the book seems very promising. It even says that the book is “a timeless love story for the ages” but that is SUPER not what it is (as you can probably tell from my CWs). Sure, the two MCs have romantic interest in each other, but for most of this book I just found myself wondering wtf was wrong with Eugene because he genuinely seemed like a sociopath.

Another thing that contributed to my low rating is that the book is written in verse, which was a first for me. In my opinion, the style mostly just took away from the experience. I admit, there were times where it offered more emotion than prose would have provided, but I often found myself confused on how I was supposed to be reading. On top of that, the narrator is some kind of omnipotent being or something and I still don’t understand what was going on with that.