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A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

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a study in charlotte.JPGTitle: A Study in Charlotte

Author: Brittany Cavallaro

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Publish Date: March 1, 2016

Pages: 336 pages


 

You’ve never seen Watson and Holmes like this before.

A Study in Charlotte was told in James Watson’s point of view. It all started when he received a scholarship to play rugby for Sherringford, a school in Connecticut filled with rich kids who use summer as a verb (eg. She summers in Italy). It is also filled with spoiled, rich brats who use daddy and mommy’s money for drugs or buy anything their heart desires.

It is also the school where Charlotte Holmes goes to.

Charlotte Holmes and James Watson are descendants of, you guessed it, Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. Charlotte inherited Sherlock’s temperament, quick wits, razor tongue, and his use of drugs. James also has Dr. Watson’s characteristics especially being a good friend to Charlotte.

I’m trying to keep my reviews spoiler free so I am going to keep this short.

Holmes and Watson can never seem to catch a break. Can Holmes solve this case? Will Watson make it out alive?


Have you ever bought a book purely because of its cover? Well, this book is definitely an example of that. I absolutely adore the color scheme of the book which boasts a beautiful shade of coral and a couple shades of blue.

I must admit that my Sherlock Holmes knowledge is not up to par. However, the author did a great job in making sure that no reader is left behind. She explains the copycat’s actions by telling the reader the story behind it (a story within a story = mind blown). Like every predictable antagonist, the author made sure the reader in the end knows how the antagonist did the crime and of course, who the accomplice is.

Overall, I absolutely liked A Study in Charlotte especially because Holmes and Watson’s relationship is very similar to Sherlock and Dr. Watson’s. I admire Charlotte on how smart she is in deducing the crime (even if it took awhile) because I know I would never be able to have solved the mystery. I even liked her more because the epilogue is written by her.

Rating: 3.5/5 stars

 

The Rest Of Us Just Live Here

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TROUJLHTitle: The Rest Of Us Just Live Here

Author: Patrick Ness

Publisher: HarperTeen

Publish Date: October 6, 2015

Pages: 336 pages


Everybody knows the lead character of every book. Who doesn’t, right? He/she is just the MAIN focus of the book; we all know every mannerism, everything they do, the shade of his/her eyes, the love interest, etc. They are the ones who make sure the world doesn’t end or the damsel in distress gets saved (is this still a thing?) and manages to do all of that without getting killed or maimed.

However, nobody knows about the supporting cast — the people who live their normal lives while the super hero saves the day, the people who just want to be safe, the people who just want to go to work or graduate, the people who don’t know that an invasion is about to happen and their fate is in the hands of a teenager who helplessly fell in love with the invader’s son who double crossed her in the end because he is, surprise, his mother’s son.

This is what Patrick Ness did with The Rest Of Us Just Live Here (and that is how some of his writing is too). The ordinary, supporting casts gets the lime light instead of the heroes who tries to save their small, sketchy town. Sure, their town gets their share of crazy bat shit paranormal phenomena more often than they need, but life goes on when you’re not the one responsible for saving your town from the Immortals. Life goes on when you’re not an “Indie.” Life goes on when you are a normal teenager.

The book doesn’t really have a plot per se. All they (Mikey, Mel, Henna, and Jared) really want is to survive the rest of their high school life, and spend all of their time together before everybody graduates and moves out of town. It does have a short synopsis in every chapter about the crazy things that are happening in their town while the “supporting casts” try to survive their day to day lives.

I must say that I fell in love with Patrick Ness after I read A Monster Calls. This book threw me a little off because of it’s different type of writing. But, that does not mean I dislike Patrick Ness now. This book actually made me like him more.

Wait, what? You just said the writing is different but you still like him?

Yep. You read that right! I rarely read the acknowledgment section, but in this book I did. I was so surprised that this book was a fund raiser for the Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) for the Philippines.

“Authors donated various prizes for which people bid.”

Patrick Ness auctioned off the chance to have the winners name in this book and the winners were Henna Silvennoinen and Jared Shurin. Lucky!


Overall, The Rest Of Us Just Live Here was a good way to start the new year. It shows us that even if we feel that nothing is really happening in our lives, it doesn’t mean it’s not a life worth living. We all get caught up with our everyday lives that sometimes we forget to thank God for the blessings we have received. We all get so upset at work that sometimes we forget that we are lucky to be employed, that  we are able to bring food on the table, and keep a roof over our head.

“Sometimes you have to find the EXTRAORDINARY in the ordinary.”

. . .this I certainly intend to do.

By the way, the book sleeve GLOWS IN THE DARK!

Rating: 3.5/5 stars