Book Review: The Last of August – Brittany Cavallaro

Hi my fellow book lovers 🙂

I hope everyone is doing good. I hope that everyone is getting lots of reading in and that you are enjoying fall. I am starting to decorate my apartment. It is my first Halloween in my new place, so I am VERY excited to decorate. Wish decorations weren’t so expensive though. If anyone knows of some cheaper places for Halloween decorations, please share!!!

Anyways, I just want to start off by saying that I can’t get enough of the Charlotte Holmes series by Brittany Cavallaro. Overall they are just such fun reads that let me escape from reality without having me use my brain too much. So awesome!

Let me know in the comments below if you have read these books!!

Now to the review…


Synopsis

Watson and Holmes: A match made in disaster.

Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes are looking for a winter-break reprieve after a fall semester that almost got them killed. But Charlotte isn’t the only Holmes with secrets, and the mood at her family’s Sussex estate is palpably tense. On top of everything else, Holmes and Watson could be becoming more than friends—but still, the darkness in Charlotte’s past is a wall between them.

A distraction arises soon enough, because Charlotte’s beloved uncle Leander goes missing from the estate—after being oddly private about his latest assignment in a German art forgery ring. The game is afoot once again, and Charlotte is single-minded in her pursuit.

Their first stop? Berlin. Their first contact? August Moriarty (formerly Charlotte’s obsession, currently believed by most to be dead), whose powerful family has been ripping off famous paintings for the last hundred years. But as they follow the gritty underground scene in Berlin to glittering art houses in Prague, Holmes and Watson begin to realize that this is a much more complicated case than a disappearance. Much more dangerous, too.

What they learn might change everything they know about their families, themselves, and each other.

My Thoughts

OKAY – this book gave me a sort of roller coaster emotional feeling. There were times I was so happy and then times I felt angry at the characters or sad about something that had happened. It was a lot honestly. I think I felt way more emotions in this book than the first in the series.

To start it off – this was well written and overall, easy to follow. The book is from Jamie’s perspective, but there were 2 chapters from Charlotte’s perspective which I loved!! We didn’t really get to see much of Charlotte’s thoughts and feeling in the first book so it was really interesting to have 2 full chapters of her!

This time – Jamie and Charlotte find themselves in Berlin (I loved the European setting!!) looking for Charlotte’s lost uncle Leander who was investigating an underground art forgery ring. They work together with Milo (Charlottes brother) and find themselves working with August Moriarty as well. August plays a large role in this book which is nice. I really enjoyed his character. At the beginning I didn’t really like him all that much to be honest. He gave off a weird vibe that I just felt was going to be very negative. However, by the end of the book I had completely changed my mind about him!

The story line was interesting. They are trying to bust an illegal counterfeit painting operation. Charlotte’s uncle was investigating it and went missing which sparked their involvement in the whole operation. I enjoyed this story line for a few reasons. First, Jamie tends to be more on the artistic side so I felt he was more helpful in solving the mystery. Also, there was a lot of the Holmes family involved which I enjoyed because her life begins to open up and make more sense. Lastly, it felt sort of real. It took me into a world where people really do sell fake art to rich people at fancy art galleries. It opened my mind to how that really happens and who does go undercover to figure it out. Pretty interesting!

I have to touch on Charlotte’s and Jamie’s weird relationship. This is going to be ranty…. Sorry! I understand that Charlotte is naturally cold and would push Jamie away from any romantic relationship. It makes sense due to her upbringing and just overall lifestyle she has. She has a hard time getting close to people. However, Jamie is just SO sweet and nice and caring. I can’t say enough nice things about him. It KILLS me that their relationship is so hot and cold. It is also confusing during the story. Sometimes they are just friends; sometimes they are romantic and sleep in the same bed… I can never figure out when they are good or not. It frustrated me because I want them to live happily ever after and solve mysteries and be cute and lovey. But I also don’t really want Jamie to be with her if she is so cold to him. We understand her feeling more during her 2 chapters which made me have some empathy but also I just shook my head a few times at the ridiculousness. *rant over*

There were actually so many twists and turns and I felt I never knew what was going to happen next. I don’t even want to get into how many times I felt I knew a character but then something happened and they were not the way they seemed. It was crazy! By the end of the book I was left in pieces. What I knew at the beginning of the book was just completely different than the reality at the end of the book. I was actually SHOOK by the ending. I was left hanging, confused, sad, angry… it made me want to just throw the book down and then pick the next one up because I couldn’t just leave it like that. I needed to know what the hell was happening!!

I have to say that I did enjoy this book and would 100% recommend this book (and the whole series) to anyone who enjoys mysteries, YA books, or is just generally interested in Sherlock Holmes stuff. I don’t think it was as good as the first book though – I felt it missed the mark just a little bit.

Some random thoughts I had while reading the book:

** Enjoying Jamie’s dad more and more. Still think he’s a little crazy but actually loving the craziness and how much he wants Jamie to be a part of mystery solving

** Holmes’ deductions are ON POINT! She is always just on it mentally. She is so smart and independent. She always amazes me with the things she notices in people and situations

** Jamie a super cute. Love his character. He is my favourite by far!

My Rating

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Thanks for stopping by 🙂

2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Last of August – Brittany Cavallaro

  1. My favorite part about fall is shopping for new clothes! I love earth tone colors and they always have more options in autumn. Great book review! I love when a book can really get me emotional in every way! It also is nice when they change the perspective from another character to get us even more engaged with the other characters.

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