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Reviews from Nepean Centrepointe's Teen Advisory Group

18/01/2016

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro

Jamie Watson has always felt a special connection to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective's great great-great-granddaughter. But the Holmes family has always been peculiar, and the complex Charlotte is no exception. She has inherited not only Sherlock's genius but also some of his vices. When they end up at the same Connecticut boarding school, it's clear to Jamie that he should only admire the secretive girl from a distance. But when a fellow student is found dead under mysterious circumstances, the crime scene taken straight from the most horrific Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer stay away. They are being framed and only Holmes can clear their name. Danger is around every corner and nowhere is safe-and the pair can only trust each other.

A Study in Charlotte is a modern world mystery. Its ties to Sherlock Holmes were clever and I was quite impressed at how seamless the connections were made between the two. The novel is fast-paced, hooks you from the very beginning, and keeps you on your toes until the very end. Cavallaro did a fantastic job with keeping the suspense of the novel until the very end by using a singular first person narration which allowed information to be revealed layers at a time in a dramatic fashion, causing maximum impact.

I give this book 4 out of 5 stars and would most certainly recommend this novel. A Study in Charlotte has a thrilling plot, real and spot-on characters, whit-smart writing, and puzzling mystery that will keep you on the edge until the very end.

This book is recommended for readers ages 12 and up.

 

What We Hide by Jocelyn Marthe

What We Hide is a story about how everyone has something they feel they need to hide, and how you cannot keep a secret forever; the truth always comes out. It’s a young adult, fiction novel. The story includes the point of views from several different characters. The characters are made up of all genders, there are some characters who are gay, although they are required to hide that fact. This book is great for any gender, as there is nothing in the book that makes it intended for any specific reader. The story is about secrets, and anyone is able to keep a secret. I think this book would be best for ages 14-16. I’d definitely recommend this book, but I would only recommend it to someone who likes to put pieces together to complete a story. I make this suggestion because the many different points of view in the story could make it hard for some people to follow along and understand the entire story. I would rate this book 4 stars.