TBR Up-Date: The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro

Hi Everyone!  It’s Becky.  I put Brittany Cavallaro’s The Last of August on my TBR list as soon as I finished A Study in Charlotte in August (you can read my review here).  I was excited to read the sequel and I was quite happy with the book.

30759334.jpgTitle: The Last of August
Author: Brittany Cavallaro
Note: I listened to the audio book.

Summary: After a semester of mystery and murder Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson are trying to enjoy the holidays in England.  However, when Charlotte’s beloved uncle, Leander, goes missing the two are pulled into an international mystery leading them to Berlin and August Moriarty.

Review: This book was just fun. The second book in Cavallaro’s take on the classic Sherlock Holmes story picks up the story of the teen detective duo just where the first novel left off.  Jamie and Charlotte are still trying to muddle their way through their complex relationship.  Their chemistry, romantic and otherwise, is a delight.  They flirt, argue, and work together in a wonderfully entertaining way.  Charlotte is a complicated damaged girl who is much smarter than anyone else in the room while Jamie is an idealistic boy who is on the cusp of falling in love.  Their push and pull banter is just one of the many reasons to read this book.  The mystery that Cavallaro crafted is ingenious while being believable.  You can see where the story is going but the path it takes to get there is filled with twists and turns and just entertaining.  Also, entertaining are the surprising burst of humor Cavallaro sprinkles into the story with some of Charlotte’s observations being laugh out loud funny.  Cavallaro uses these moments to give her story a personality that isn’t always seen in YA mysteries and makes The Last of August standout.  It is the book’s originality and personality that that keeps you on the edge of your seat until he final page and leaves you wanting more.

Final Rating: 4 out of 5

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