Tag: Brittany Cavallaro

Author Mention – Nov 2019

Hey everyone! Happy Tuesday 🙂

Can you all believe that we are half way through November?? Where has the time gone? Seriously time is FLYING BY! Soon it will be Christmas and then New Years and then next thing you know its half way through November again hahah.

Anyone start decorating for Christmas yet? I want to get everything organized and start decorating but now that I have a new little kitten I think I may need to reevaluate some of my Christmas decor lol she may try to eat some of it or break some of it. Anyone have any tips to make your cat not ruin all the breakable decorations? hahahah

Anyways, I am back with another Author Mention! This month the author is……. Brittany Cavallaro!


I am such a fan of the Charlotte Holmes series, which Im sure you all know since I have just been ranting and raving about them. I found out that Brittany Cavallaro has quite a few other books and I have many on my TBR list now! I really like her writing style. I find her books easy to read and entertaining!


About 👀

Brittany Cavallaro is a poet, fiction writer, and old school Sherlockian. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the Charlotte Holmes novels from HarperCollins/Katherine Tegen Books, including A STUDY IN CHARLOTTE, THE LAST OF AUGUST, THE CASE FOR JAMIE, and A QUESTION OF HOLMES. She’s also the author of the poetry collections GIRL-KING and UNHISTORICAL (University of Akron) and is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. She earned her BA in literature from Middlebury College and her MFA in poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She lives in Michigan with her husband, cat, dog, and collection of deerstalker caps.

Books 👀

A Study In Charlotte

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.

The Last Of August

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.

The Case For Jamie

It’s been a year since the shocking death of August Moriarty, and Jamie and Charlotte haven’t spoken.

Jamie is going through the motions at Sherringford, trying to finish his senior year without incident, with a nice girlfriend he can’t seem to fall for.

Charlotte is on the run, from Lucien Moriarty and from her own mistakes. No one has seen her since that fateful night on the lawn in Sussex—and Charlotte wants it that way. She knows she isn’t safe to be around. She knows her Watson can’t forgive her.

Holmes and Watson may not be looking to reconcile, but when strange things start happening, it’s clear that someone wants the team back together. Someone who has been quietly observing them both. Making plans. Biding their time.

Someone who wants to see one of them suffer and the other one dead. 

*** Check out my reviews for the first 3 books!! I have not read the 4th yet but hoping to get my hands on a copy soon 🙂

A Question Of Holmes

Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson think they’re finally in the clear. They’ve left Sherringford School—and the Moriartys—behind for a pre-college summer program at Oxford University. A chance to start from scratch and explore dating for the first time, while exploring a new city with all the freedom their program provides. But when they arrive, Charlotte is immediately drawn into a new case: a series of accidents have been befalling the members of the community theater troupe in Oxford, and now, on the eve of their production of Hamlet, they’re starting all over again. What once seemed like a comedy of errors is now a race to prevent the next tragedy—before Charlotte or Jamie is the next victim.

Hello Girls

Best friends are forged by fire. For Winona Olsen and Lucille Pryce, that fire happened the night they met outside the police station—both deciding whether to turn their families in.

Winona has been starving for life in the seemingly perfect home that she shares with her seemingly perfect father, celebrity weatherman Stormy Olsen. No one knows that he locks the pantry door to control her eating and leaves bruises where no one can see them.

Lucille has been suffocating beneath the needs of her mother and her drug-dealing brother, wondering if there’s more out there for her than disappearing waitress tips and generations of barely getting by.

One harrowing night, Winona and Lucille realize they can’t wait until graduation to start their new lives. They need out. Now. All they need is three grand, fast. And really, a stolen convertible to take them from Michigan to Las Vegas can’t hurt.


Brittany Cavallaro also has a few poetry books out as well:

  • Girl-King
  • No Girls No Telephone
  • Unhistorical

Have you read any of her books? What do you think of Brittany Cavallaro if you have read her books? Chat with me!

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.

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