The Last of August (Charlotte Holmes #2) ★★★★☆

4 stars

I wasn’t entirely sure I was going to read this book when I finished the first one but when I saw it at Target the next day I figured why not. I really did enjoy this book more than the first one but it still wasn’t an absolutely amazing book if that makes any senses.

I also thought I would recommend the audio I was listening to while I was writing this because it is amazing. Not only is it calming but there are a multitude of videos that anyone could listen to.

Goodreads Summary:

Watson and Holmes: A match made in disaster.

Jamie Watson and Charlotte Holmes are looking for a winter-break reprieve after a fall semester that almost got them killed. But Charlotte isn’t the only Holmes with secrets, and the mood at her family’s Sussex estate is palpably tense. On top of everything else, Holmes and Watson could be becoming more than friends—but still, the darkness in Charlotte’s past is a wall between them.

A distraction arises soon enough, because Charlotte’s beloved uncle Leander goes missing from the estate—after being oddly private about his latest assignment in a German art forgery ring. The game is afoot once again, and Charlotte is single-minded in her pursuit.

Their first stop? Berlin. Their first contact? August Moriarty (formerly Charlotte’s obsession, currently believed by most to be dead), whose powerful family has been ripping off famous paintings for the last hundred years. But as they follow the gritty underground scene in Berlin to glittering art houses in Prague, Holmes and Watson begin to realize that this is a much more complicated case than a disappearance. Much more dangerous, too.

What they learn might change everything they know about their families, themselves, and each other.

My Review:

I feel like I don’t know exactly what to say about this book because I just haven’t been in the mood to write in a while. But I’m going to write anyway so consider this a rough draft and I hope you will read it as such.

This book was one that I read almost completely in one night. I sat in bed and ended up reading almost 65% of it without stopping because I was really engrossed by the story. This book might not have been the best book out there and it may have gotten a little dull towards the end but I really do think it was a nice read.

I liked reading about how the characters developed, even if I didn’t really like what was happening between Charlotte and Jamie. I spent a good deal of time thinking about how I wished they would just talk to each other so they weren’t always running in circles around each other. It was just annoying how they continuously kept important things from one another.

While this book is considered YA I might go as far to call it middle grade except for the fact that rape is mentioned in the books. These books do have childish aspects but I mean there is murder involved so, to me, it seems like these books fall in the middle of these two categories. I can see young teens reading these books but I can also see older teens and new adults reading them so I don’t know exactly what that means. I’m rambling but I guess what I’m trying to say is that these books have a childish feel to them and as of right now I can’t tell if I like it or not. I get that the characters are children but some of the things that are said just don’t fit.

I think that if I’m still interested in this series when the next book comes out then I will definitely be picking it up. I really do love reading different versions of Sherlock Holmes and I am always looking at the ones that are currently in store. Like I said in the review for A Study in Charlotte (the first book in this series), I would definitely recommend this book series to any fan of Sherlock Holmes.

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