Young Delight: A Study in Charlotte by Brittney Cavallaro

Posted August 5, 2018 by Sophia Rose in Reviews, Young Delight / 26 Comments

Young Delight: A Study in Charlotte by Brittney Cavallaro
A Study in Charlotte

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Series: Charlotte Holmes #1
Genres: YA Romantic Suspense
Published by HarperAudio
Released on March 1, 2016
Format: Audiobook
Source: Free Book

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The Delight

Ever wondered what Holmes and Watson would have been like as teenagers?  Any Sherlockian would, but let’s keep going with the delightful surprises.  Holmes is female and the two come from a long line of Holmes and Watson partnerships.  Oh, and there might be an arch-villain Moriarity sighting and a brutal murder which all evidence points to Holmes and Watson in a modern boarding school setting   Gah! I honestly don’t know how I waited this long to start the series.

Review

I wasn’t sure what to expect when I settled in for the story.  The tone and character had a distinct connection to the classic though the author balanced this with modern elements so it was something of a variation, but also felt freshly original.

A Study in Charlotte introduces Jamie Watson as the narrator for this one.  Oh, and I do mean that literally as I listened to this one as one of the free summer Audio File Sync books offered earlier this year.  Graham Halstead did a great job bringing Jamie and Charlotte to life.  I wouldn’t say he captured the teen scene brilliantly or was perfect with the accents, but he did moderately well.   It was his storytelling that was the best part.  I was pulled right in and kept that focus though all the happened.   Julia Whelan got the one Charlotte narrative and she captured her personality and voice, nicely.

I enjoyed the way Jamie was portrayed.  This was no bumbling Watson who was oblivious and played the foil to Holmes.  This Jamie plays rugby, is a loner, has a bad temper, and is nobody’s fool.  He comes from a split family and carries all the baggage from that (I like how a secondary storyline explores this).  He is an equal partner.  But, he’s also just what Holmes ultimately needs.  He’s a loyal friend even when she is being a truly irritating and nearly drives him to box her ears.

That brings me to Charlotte Holmes.  If Holmes was female, she would be it.  She has the right genes, but her parents added a bit of Holmsian nurture in with that nature so that she never stood a chance of being average or normal.  This Holmes is drug-addicted, bored with ordinary school and conducts her own studies and yes, she has a lab and violin and a weekly poker tourny to have some spending money.  She has the deductive skills of the original, but a few vulnerabilities of a teenager.  She also values Jamie as a real partner in crime-solving though she can try his loyalty and patience like no other.

The mystery is a darker murder mystery and is more than it seems.  I enjoyed the twists and turns it took.  I had my finger on the right person, but missed the larger solution which came down in a few startling twists and turns.  Loved the tension of this one.

YA warnings:  moderate language and violence, off scene rape

All in all, I had a wonderful time and will definitely pursue the next in the series.  I’m so curious whether this pair will be a bit of something more to each other and what will come of that final reveal at the end.  Exciting and great tribute to the classic.  Lovers of darker YA romantic suspenses that shade more to the suspense should give this one a go.

Challenges

Romance Roundabout #237 YA
Audio #48
COYER Summer #36
Books N Tunes #34 ABBA’s Dancing Queen Tune:

Recommendations

Murder in Thrall by Anne Cleeland 

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I was born and raised near Sacramento, CA. I have read since I was four years old and developed tastes that run the gamut of literature. I went away to college and have a degree in education, a certificate in family history research, and a certificate in social work. I worked for a non-profit agency with low income families for 20 years which included being responsible for the children’s library and promoting/teaching adult literacy. I have lived in Southeast Michigan for the last 18 years and I am currently a book addicted homemaker with a cat and husband who keep me grounded. Recently, I made it a challenge to review each book that I have read as a favor to author friends who said reviews are important. I have done reviews for Good Reads, Amazon, eBay, and Smashwords, but mostly at Goodreads and Amazon.

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  • RO

    I’m dancing around the living room to Abba!(lol) I enjoy romantic suspense, but not always a fan of YA. Love your review and Happy Sunday! RO

    • So was Charlotte so I absolutely had to include the song with my review. ABBA is so fun.
      Yeah, I hesitate over YA reads, too. This one had a bit of that, but b/c of the personalities and the murder, it also lacked a lot of YA stuff, too.

      You enjoy your day, too, lady! 🙂

  • I’m so glad they gave Watson more character. I hate the bumbling around Watson.

    • Same here, Carole! I wanted a true partnership and got it with this one. I look forward to my next read from the series. 🙂

  • That sounds fun and sounds like a good mystery.

    • It sure is, Mary. I had a great time and can’t wait to keep going.

  • I’ve seen this book around a few times and it sure sounds like a fun read. I haven’t read the original Sherlock Holmes series, but it sounds fun how this story gives a different twist on those characters, while still staying true to the original ones. The mystery sounds interesting too. Great review!

    • It kept catching my eye, too, Lola. I was glad to finally take the plunge. It was neat to see the gender bender part, but also that the modern setting and situations worked well.
      Truthfully, those who haven’t read Sherlock Holmes can enjoy these just fine and I think it was meant for both groups the way it explains things.

  • I have a copy of this audiobook from the Sync program and can’t wait to get started with it. This sounds like such a fun spin on Sherlock Holmes.

    • Oh cool! That’s where I got my copy. I have a feeling you’ll enjoy it, Carole! It is a fun Holmsian story.

  • Greg Hill

    Oh my gosh Dancing Queen best song ever! I’m not even clicking on it because if I do- it will still be in my head tomorrow! Ha ha glad this was a good one though, I like the idea of a female Holmes and also them being younger!

    • Ha! I had to include it. Charlotte dances to it at the Prom, no less. 🙂
      Oh yup, I already have it stuck in my head.
      The gender swap for Holmes was fun and worked out well.

      • Greg Hill

        That would be like… one of the better Prom songs, I would imagine. 🙂

  • I missed AudioSYNC this year so hadn’t heard about A Study In Charlotte before. I love the ideas of the gender swap and the youthful duo. Sounds like this works well 🙂

    • Oh bummer, Stephanie! I caught a few of the weeks, but missed others. I was glad to snag this one. It was just the thing and had me so curious with a female teenage Holmes.

  • This sounds fantastic. I love how Holmes and Watson come with teenage vulnerabilities and their own unique character traits. Adding this to my TBR!

    • I thought giving them vulnerabilities was a great touch, too, Crystal. Crossing my fingers you have a good time when you get the chance to read/listen.

  • Ooo I worried this would be to light as its YA..but the dark murder mystery has me intrigued!

    • Yeah, I know what you mean. Honestly, this one had spots that felt YA, but for the most part I didn’t remember that I was reading YA half the time.

  • Well that does sound interesting. I love a good storyteller. It’s so fun getting wrapped up in the story.

    • Yes! It was a big hit and now I have a new series to follow. LOL

  • I’ve seen a lot of reviews for this one recently. It seems like it’s making a comeback! I’m glad you enjoyed this darker variation, Sophia.

    Great review!

    • I have had it on the list for a while and just dragged my feet. Glad it popped up as a Audiosync offering.

      Thanks, Angie!

  • I haven’t seen this one. It sound intriguing. I like that is a older YA book. I will have to get this one. Another to add to my ever growing list! =)

    Mary

    • I know what you mean. I have a towering pile between the wish list and the TBR pile. Hope you like it, Mary!