Sorry for disappearing the last few days. I was feeling massively under the weather and basically slept all weekend or listened to audiobooks. I did attempt readathonbyZoe and actually got some books read. I’ll have that wrap up ready for you guys soon.
That aside, it is (well was when I planned to have this up) Monday, which means its time for this week’s Goodreads Monday. For those of you not familiar with this meme, Goodreads Mondays originated on Lauren’s Page Turners’ blog. To participate, you just showcase a random book from your Goodreads page. The twist is that I’m only going to feature my TBR shelf (aka the “want to read “shelf) like many other people do so I guess it’s not that much of a twist, BUUUUUT, I’m also going to predict my star rating of the book! I’ve seen both Regan (PeruseProject) and Sam (Thoughts on Tomes) do 5 Star TBR Prediction YouTube videos and have been inspired to do a video or post but was struggling to find some 5-Star predictions. This is kind of my middle ground where I can predict my star rating and why and then revisit this post after I read it to see how close I actually was.
To pick the books for this, I’m putting my Goodreads want to read shelf number in a random number generator and letting fate pick the number for me. The lucky number was 408 and as you can see from the title, the luck book was The Case for Jamie by Brittany Cavallaro.
Title: The Case for Jamie
Author: Brittany Cavallaro
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Publication Date: March 6, 2018
Genre(s): Young Adult, Mystery, Retellings
Source: N/A – Not currently owned.
The hotly anticipated final book in the New York Times bestselling Charlotte Holmes trilogy, in which Charlotte and Jamie finally face their longtime enemy…and their true feelings for each other.
It’s been a year since the shocking death of August Moriarty, and Jamie and Charlotte haven’t spoken. Jamie is going through the motions at Sherringford, trying to finish his senior year without incident, with a nice girlfriend he can’t seem to fall for. Until strange things start happening to him. Strange things that might mean nothing at all—or that someone is after him again.
Charlotte is on the run, from Lucien Moriarty and from her own mistakes. No one has seen her since that fateful night on the lawn in Sussex. Charlotte wants it that way. She knows she isn’t safe to be around. She knows that her Watson can’t forgive her.
Holmes and Watson may not be looking to reconcile, but there is someone who wants the team back together. Someone who has been quietly observing them both. Making plans. Biding their time. Someone who wants to see one of them suffer and the other one dead.
In this final explosive book in the Charlotte Holmes trilogy, Holmes and Watson face the ultimate test: they must unravel the case of their lives without unraveling each other.
Star Rating Prediction
So, I loved the first Charlotte Holmes book. I thought it was a clever and unique retelling of Sherlock and was excited to see where the story went. As for the second book, The Last of August, I wasn’t as pleased. I thought the focus shifted too much from the mystery and spent way too much time on the romance angle. Several parts of the book were irritating from Jamie’s lack of insensitivity to Charlotte to the pretend-kinda love triangle and it was…eh. I think I would have preferred it if we got a female Moriarty character and there was a male Irene Adler character that stirred the pot. I still gave the second book 3 or 3.5 stars, like I didn’t loathe it, it just wasn’t what I wanted. However, this last book feels likes it’s going to mimic the tone of The Final Problem (which Last of August mimicked as well) and The Adventure of the Empty House (where Sherlock is presumed dead). I will definitely be picking this one up and I’m hoping it’s a strong conclusion, but I am a bit apprehensive.
What are some books on your TBR you want to get to?
Have you read any of the Charlotte Holmes books?
Let me know below!