I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro
Genres: YA, Mystery
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on February 14th 2017
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Also by this author: A Study in Charlotte
In the second brilliant, action-packed book in the Charlotte Holmes trilogy, Jamie and Charlotte are in a chase across Europe to untangle a web of shocking truths about the Holmes and Moriarty families.
Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes are looking for a winter break reprieve in Sussex after a fall semester that almost got them killed. But nothing about their time off is proving simple, including Holmes and Watson’s growing feelings for each other. When Charlotte’s beloved uncle Leander goes missing from the Holmes estate—after being oddly private about his latest assignment in a German art forgery ring—the game is afoot once again, and Charlotte throws herself into a search for answers.
So begins a dangerous race through the gritty underground scene in Berlin and glittering art houses in Prague, where Holmes and Watson discover that this complicated case might change everything they know about their families, themselves, and each other.
It was late December in the south of England, and though it was only three in the afternoon, the sky outside Charlotte Holme’s bedroom window was as black and full as it would’ve been in the Arctic Circle.
Here is what I thought
So I didn’t love the first book, but I liked it enough to give the second book a try and now I kind of wish I wouldn’t have. I don’t know if it’s just me and my mood or what because it’s gotten a lot of great reviews on goodreads, so by all means if you liked the first one you might like this one. I don’t normally get all ranting but I feel ranty.
- The first 25% or so was mostly about Holmes and Watson bickering. So much teenage angst and whininess that I almost just stopped. I was BORING! Yes, I know that something traumatic happened to Holmes in book one, so I can see why she is leery of being close to a boy, so then don’t TEASE him! The poor boy has raging teenage hormones and well I was getting tired of his poor pathetic dribble angst of a teenage boy. 🙁
- Then something finally happens, Leander Holmes goes missing, and Charlotte’s mother has become very ill. Holmes is determined to find her favorite Uncle and Watson who thinks he is helping but mostly is just along for the ride because poor Jamie just can’t do anything.
- The only real reason I finished the book is I wanted to find out if the Moriarty’s really had Leander or not as I like him. Then the ending came and WTH, really!?!? I don’t know what to think and I finished the book and laid there and thought, really this is how it ends. That is really what happened, are you telling me this, oh no, that can’t be it. The epilogue, wasn’t any kind of help, I kept flicking my kindle pages hoping there was something more but there wasn’t. Then I just got mad and so the rant.
I know that Holmes and Watson types have always had this weird dynamic and maybe it works with Sherlock and John but to me it didn’t work that well here. I am thinking it might have a book three with the ending but then again, I am not real sure. I do know that I probably won’t be trying if there is one. This series is just not working for me. 🙁
Like I said I think I might be the only one who feels this way so don’t take my opinion to heart but I just needed to rant a little. 🙁 🙂
On a positive not, I really love the cover of this book! 🙂 I did enjoy parts of the mystery of finding the art forgers, and dealing with the Moriarty’s who were behind it, so there are parts I did like. It wasn’t a complete failure it just didn’t work for me.