Review copy provide by Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review!
It took me forever to read this book, but it was so worth it!
I really loved the idea behind this book and that Cavallaro made Holmes and Watson different genders instead of having them be both male. These characters were amazing and the rapport that they had with each other was infectious and kept me turing the pages to see what would happen.
Another high point for this book was the setting. This book took place in what, at first glance, seems like a generic private school (like in Kate Brian’s Private series). But Cavallaro does a wonderful job at making the reader be able to picture the little details she puts in, making this setting unique.
One of the things that I felt were lacking in this book was the sequencing. Certain sections of the story felt out of place or took too long to get to the point. I also felt that Cavallaro could have delved a little bit more into Charlotte’s character a bit more, she was just so interesting and I feel we have just barely scratched the surface with her character and who she is.
I also loved the writing in this book. I don’t usually read a lot of mystery novels, so I was a bit skeptical going into this one, not knoeing what to expect. However, I was pleasantly surprised at how Cavallaro’s writing seemed to be mysterious and inquisitive when it needed to be and emotional when it needed to be.
Overall, I feel that this was a strong, fun and overall well rounded book for Brittany Cavallaro. There are not many mysteries in young adult books and I feel that she handled this genre fabulously. If this is a standalone, I am fine with that but I hope that there is more to come!