Sunday, 26 June 2016

Book Review: A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

A Study in Charlotte
By: Brittany Cavallaro
Pages: 321
Published: March 1st, 2016
Published by: Katherine Tegen Books
Format: Hardback
My Rating: 5/5 stars
The last thing Jamie Watson wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s great-great-great-granddaughter, who has inherited not only Sherlock’s genius but also his volatile temperament. From everything Jamie has heard about Charlotte, it seems safer to admire her from afar.

From the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more 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.

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Okay so before I read this book, I liked Sherlock and everything about that fandom. But now that I’ve read this book, man, I don’t like Sherlock, I fricking love Sherlock Holmes. My friends, Sondra and Megan, were bugging me about reading it, and when I finally started, I could not stop at all.

An amazing Sherlock-esque story with familiar yet different characters, an enticing plot, and giving me an intense craving for more, A Study in Charlotte deserves way more than the 5/5 stars that I’m about to give it.

The first thing that I absolutely loved was the fact that the main characters are descendants of the original Holmes and Watson! We are able to see little bits of the original duo in both Jamie and Charlotte, and while they are similar, they are also different in many ways.

Charlotte at the beginning seems a lot like Sherlock, but as the story goes on, her character begins to break the shell that she was taught to have since a young child, into a young woman who cares deeply for those important to her, and isn’t really all that stoic on the inside. Jamie has that similar “idk what you’re thinking Holmes but I don’t think that’s a great idea” thing like Watson, and like him, manages to keep their partner in check, but he has more of a reckless side to him that Watson never had.

What I really liked about their relationship was the fact that it was equally balanced since Charlotte often confided in Watson about his thoughts.

I loved the plot of the mystery, especially the twists at the end. I’m normally the type to guess at who was behind all the attacks, but I never could have guessed the outcome of this one. I loved the overall outcome of the story even if it was sort of an info dump at the end. It was purposeful so that they didn’t give away anything until the end. I felt it was done well.

I loved the pacing in this one. I just kept flipping and flipping the pages. I clearly remember how I was supposed to be doing a geography project, but instead I just kept speeding through it and was down in about 3 hours…. O.o The writing was so gripping and intriguing I just couldn’t stop. It'll definitely have you wondering how it ends... until the end.

Final Verdict:
A Study in Charlotte was an absolutely amazing rendition of Sherlock and I can't wait for the next ones in the trilogy to come out! Definitely pick it up if you are into Sherlock or mysteries with really cute teenagers!

Will you be reading A Study in Charlotte?

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Top Ten Tuesday - Top Ten Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year

Top Ten Tuesdays are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish over here. This week's theme is "Top Ten Favorite 2016 Releases So Far This Year." I know I haven't been very active on my blog lately, but I couldn't pass up this week's topic! Here are my top ten 2016 releases so far, not including ARCs that come out later this year:

1. The Abyss Surrounds Us

An epic story of a girl named Cas who is suddenly swooped up by pirates and is forced to raise a Reckoner pup for them. Super diverse and a must-read debut for sure.

2. Truthwitch

Written by the fabulous Susan Dennard, she introduces her new quartet with an amazing start in a story of friendship and magic.

3. The Love That Split The World

A beautifully-written debut with a story of true love and what it means to do things for love, Emily Henry writes a fascinating tale of Natalie and her adventures through worlds with Beau.

4. A Study In Charlotte

With characters who are the descendants of the real Sherlock and Watson characters, A Study in Charlotte was an amazing page-turner that will have you on the edge of your seat.

5. The Island

An amazing start to a new trilogy, S. Usher Evans will have you burning as her characters, who are enemies, are stranded on an island together with no clear way out.

6. Outrun The Moon

Historical fiction at its finest, Outrun the Moon is set in in San Francisco during the San Francisco earthquake in Chinatown, following stubborn, but witty, Mercy Wong as she attempts to attend a private school.

7. The Unexpected Everything 

Definitely one to read this summer, The Unexpected Everything is a story of a summer where nothing goes as expected and Andie must deal with it as well as her best friends and this really cute guy who keeps appearing.

8. A Court of Mist and Fury

The sequel to A Court of Thorns and Roses, this one absolutely blows the other ones away where we find out character motives and Feyre's true powers.

9. Rebel of The Sands

In an epic world, Amani must use her wits, powers, and maybe the mysterious stranger in town to get out of her town and save the world.

10. Signs of You

A story of beginning and endings, Signs of You was such a sweet conclusion of how Riley comes to terms with her mother's death while going on an adventure with her best friends.

In reality, all of the books I've read this year were amazing so far. I'll be writing reviews for all of the books listed here if I haven't already! The first one will probably be A Study in Charlotte later this week as my exams come to a close! I'm so done with exams omg. Anyways, I hope you all enjoyed reading about the books I love that have come out this year! 

Have you, or will you be reading any of these?

Sunday, 5 June 2016

3 Signs that you should've been a dragon, and what to do about it! (Ft. Pamela N.)

Hi guys! As you can tell by the title, I have another super special guest on my blog today. So I'm going to be handing this post off to my good friend , Pamela @! Take it away Pamela!

Hi people! First, I'd like to thank my favorite penguin lover girl for having me on her blog. Thanks Em!

I've been in a bit of a blogging slump lately, and this was exactly what I needed to get back on track. As you can see from the title, this has quite a lot to do with my favorite fantasy creature, dragons.

If you've spent your whole life being a human, then these are 3 signs that show that should've been born a dragon.

1. One of your favorite superpowers is flying

Let's face it, there too many cool superpowers to have only ONE favorite, but if flying is anywhere in the top of your top favorite superpowers, then you might be on to something *wink*.

2. You're supremely tempted to call yourself a bookdragon instead of a bookworm

Recently, Cait from Paper Fury prompted a twitter convo in which we discussed the potential of being not just bookworms, but BOOKQUEENS, AND YES BOOKDRAGONS. Because, why not?

3. You're slightly partial to stories in which people can turn into dragons rather than the ones that just feature dragons as another separate race


4. You love all dragon stories

They'll never be enough to satisfy your dragon instincts.

5. Sometimes, when you're angry, you wish you could spit fire, turn into a dragon and be a sexy, powerful dragon queen

Surely no one would give you any crap then, right?
So, what to do about this disastrous situation?
The answer will always be, surround yourself by dragons!

Dragons in TV

Go right now to watch How to Train your Dragon. You know what, go and watch both movies, and also, the TV show. Why not? Having dragons as pets would be so awesome *dreamy sigh*

Dragons in Music

If you know anything about me, you'll have known this was coming. Say hi to Imagine Dragons! These guys are the best! They make my favorite music, and are just so talented! Alright, they don't actually sing about dragons, but they're still amazing so we're going to forgive them for that.

Here are some of my favorite songs from them:

Spotify playlist:

Dragons in Books

If you haven't already, you should go ahead and start reading Julie Kagawa's Talon series. Peeps who turn into dragons, secret organization with hidden agenda, dragon hunters, betrayal, deception... All the fun stuff. ;)

Also, you give Eragon by Christopher Paolini a chance. If you're into the Tolkien-like writing style, then I think you'd enjoy it :D

And that's all! I hope the dragon inside of you is pacified now!

Rawr you later!

Thank you Pamela for your lovely post about dragons! As a dragon at heart (with a penguin everything else of course), this post really touches home!
Are you a secret dragon?

Thursday, 2 June 2016

May Wrap-Up + June TBR

Soooo much to dooooooo! Hey guys, it’s been awhile since I’ve posted consistently on this blog, and I am so, so sorry. School’s really been getting to me, so I decided to take a short unannounced semi-hiatus lol! Don’t worry, I’ll definitely be back posting every once in awhile! Gahhh, I can’t wait for the summer where I can read, and blog alllllll dayyyyy! So with this post, I thought I’d update you guys with what I’ve read this month:

- The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson (OMG SOO GOOODD - 4.5 STARS)
- A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas (LIKE KABLAM MY MIND - 5 STARS)
- The Crown by Kiera Cass (This one was like crack man - 3.5 STARS)
- Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry (DAMMIT SONDRA I AM HOOKED - 4.5 STARS)
- Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare (Definitely not my fav, but decent - 4 STARS)
- Dare You To by Katie McGarry (I NEED MORE BOOKS IN THIS SERIES - 5 STARS)

And once again I completely failed to finish any of the books in my TBR from last month, so I didn’t bother putting it here lolol. Anyways, I feel that I had a decent reading month for the overload of work that I did… I mean, I read, right? All the ones I read this month were absolutely amazinggggg reads! I can’t wait for school to end so that I can read moreeeeeee! Here’s what I plan to read this month now that school is ending soon:

- The Chasm by S. Usher Evans
- Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
- Crash Into You by Katie McGarry
- Take Me On by Katie McGarry
- Signs of You by Emily France

*prays I can finish that* So here I am again with the low expectations lol! Hopefully I actually complete some of these this time around hahaha…

So here’s some cool things that happened in May:
- My band and I got gold at a music festival!
- Althea @ GirlsThatRead won my six month giveaway!
- I drew a hell lot of Rhysand.
- I got absolutely hooked on Legends of Tomorrow and Agents of Shield.

I wasn’t very active on Twitter during May, but I hope I will be more active this month! *nervous laughs because exams* As always thank you guys for reading!
What cool things happened to you in May?