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    Loved it!!

    Like many of the other reviewers, I chose to read “A Study in Charlotte” because, as a fan of anything Sherlockian, the idea of a YA novel featuring two of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson fascinated me. I was not let down. The characters, Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes, were perfectly accurate to their famous forebearers; however, Brittany Cavallaro has chosen to add them to a modern setting which is more likely to appeal to YA readers. Personally, I adored Jamie and Charlotte; watching their relationship and interactions develop over the course of the narrative. As for the plot, I was hooked; I didn't want to put the novel down. Perhaps one of my favourite aspects of the plot was that the mystery itself was a tribute to Arthur Conan Doyle's books; taking bits and pieces from the Sherlock Holmes' mysteries. Overall, I truly loved "A Study in Charlotte," and I can't wait to see what the series has in store for Jamie and Charlotte. I would certainly recommend this book, especially if you are looking for an engaging mystery that isn't overly gruesome.
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    Enjoyed it more than I was expecting to!

    4 stars — This book is totally outside of what I normally read, so I think I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it! I definitely enjoyed Graham Halstead as the voice of Jamie — his narration was solid, and I’ve enjoyed him in the past. His pacing was great, his voices were solid, and I felt his emotions. I will admit, I was surprised that it wasn’t dual POV…I always hate it when the narrator list is misleading. Only the epilogue was in Charlotte’s POV, the rest was Jamie (as a warning to other readers). Jamie was pretty adorable. Uncertain, eager…he was a good foil for Charlotte. And he was the perfect character to narrate the stories — because he’s the normal one. Honestly, they both emulated a lot of the qualities that I think of with Sherlock and John (originals). I enjoyed that. They were still their own people, but the overarching impressions of those characters could be seen in both of our MCs. As such, Charlotte was a bit harder to get to know, and I was a bit more reluctant in liking her. But I think I did in the end. I got enough glimpses of humanity from her, and I felt enough based on the things that she’s experienced in her young life, that I connected more than I expected to. I wonder if part of the reason for that is that we see her through Jamie’s eyes. I will admit, the drug stuff took me a bit by surprise. It was kind of abstract in this one, and I wonder if they’ll deal with it in more depth in the next few books. It definitely made this book more of a mature young adult story. I suppose I shouldn’t have been completely surprised given what I know of Sherlock, but…I guess I wasn’t expecting what we got in this YA. As for the mystery, I wasn’t very good at figuring it out! There were certain points where they were looking beyond the current suspect when I was pretty sure they were still good for it, but I didn’t have the overall figured out. I also suspected one side character of something, and I was vindicated when I was right (even though it wasn’t big mystery/murder stuff). I found that while I enjoyed the story, I wasn’t as sucked in as I’ve been with other stories. Hence why the rating isn’t higher. I just wanted the pacing to be a bit faster at times, or I don’t know…something just didn’t completely capture my attention. At the same time, I’m tagging the rest of the series at my library, cause I could see wanting to read more of these 2 misfits. I think I also liked that this story is so different from what I normally read.
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