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A Study in Charlotte Book Review

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro is a young adult mystery novel. It was published in March of 2016. It is the first book in the Charlotte Holmes series.

Sherlock Holmes reimagined. Charlotte Holmes and James Watson are third-generation descendants of the both very famous Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. James or rather “Jamie,” (he cannot stop people from calling him by his childhood nickname) has just moved from London to attend a boarding school by the name of Sherringford in Connecticut. He received a full-ride scholarship to play rugby there and it just so happens that Charlotte Holmes attends the same boarding school as well. Jamie has always dreamt of meeting Charlotte and becoming partners to solve cases. When Jamie and Charlotte first meet, however, it becomes apparent that Jamie’s dreams may have been just that—dreams. Charlotte is quick-witted and calculated and has a bit of a dark, untamed side. Jamie is kind, supportive, and grounded. Though a bit impulsive. If anything, the two seem like complete opposites who are destined to never get along. Until that is, Jamie and Charlotte are being framed for murdering one of their classmates. The clock is ticking and Jamie and Charlotte band together to solve the case and clear their names before someone else gets hurt or worse.

This is definitely one of my favorite books I have ever read. The pace of the story was quick and efficient. The twists and turns kept me on my toes and I was genuinely surprised about some of the plot twists. (I usually try to figure out who did it, etc.) I did not see a few things coming and I appreciate that immensely. This book and series are written terrifically well and I cannot recommend it highly enough.

--Mackenzie Slusser

All Our Waves Are Water Review

All Our Waves Are Water follows Jaimal Yogis’ journey toward enlightenment and the perfect ride. For Jaimal, surfing is the path toward enlightenment. And while surfing is largely spoken of in this book, it is more about finding the balance and peace that is necessary for a fulfilling life. Yogis weaves interesting stories from when he was a twenty-year-old struggling through grad school, juggling journalism jobs, and traveling all over the world in a way that will make one unable to put the book down.

Even if you do not particularly care about surfing, you’ll still enjoy this book. The plot moves along easily, which made it the perfect summertime read. Jaimal’s style of writing is conversational and makes you feel as though you actually had an intense conversation about life with him. He writes of facing fears, letting go, and life’s challenges, making it an inspirational read. I loved the vivid descriptions and portrayal of all of the people that Jaimal met along his travels. Each of them are so unique and have such interesting stories. It made me feel like I got to know them on a personal level.

It is safe to say that All Our Waves Are Water is quite possibly one of my favorite books. This book helps one realize that struggles will pass. In Jaimal’s case, he survived them with a sense of humor and compassion. This book is one that makes you want to slow down and appreciate his lessons and thoughts. Whether you want to learn from this book or sit back, relax, and just enjoy the story, this is the book for you. --Madison Slusser