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The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro

Okay, so this book was not exactly what I expected. Given, it’s the second in the series and I haven’t read the first one, but when you’re panic borrowing before the libraries all close, you GRAB and GO.

So yep, I would definitely recommend reading the first book in the series first, because it seems like a better idea. It’s called A Study in Charlotte and this one (The Last of August) does give some spoilers, even though I have no idea what they mean.

This book is based on the stories of Sherlock Holmes written by Arthur Conan Doyle, but at the same time the story is completely different from those previous ones. The protagonists, Charlotte and Jaime, are descendants of the original Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, respectively (woah I didn’t even know what Watson’s first name was, I had to look it up, I can’t believe I didn’t really know that). I loved how Jaime Watson was the narrator, just as Dr Watson is in the original Sherlock mysteries. It was a nice little quirk that I wasn’t expecting.

What I was expecting was a mystery, pretty simple but with some nice plot twists, and by the looks of the blurb, a side of romance. Well let me tell you, it was a little more intense then that. The plot of the mystery was so complex and interwoven by the end I was having trouble keeping up, which wasn’t necessarily a bad thing as it could’ve just been me with my mushy isolation brain. The romance was getting up there in importance to the novel (not my favourite thing in the world, but I rolled with it).

I also felt the action/climax scenes were spread throughout the novel, so instead of having a narrative curve like this:

it was more like this:

Obviously not all novels follow that first narrative curve we learn in school, because that would be a tad boring, but just with The Last of August I felt it was definitely stepping away from that.

At the end I was still trying to get my head around who actually did what to who and did that mean whatchimacallit was evil and what the hooha was going on now when something BAD happened, there was a quick epilogue which didn’t really help to soothe my straining brain and then DONE. End of book. Those blank pages that always turn up at the end. And so I desperately want to read the next book but also don’t because I feel like it’ll just slowly kill me from the inside because WHY CAN’T EVERYONE JUST BE HAPPYYYYY!?!?!

Anyway, love this book, not to pieces, not to risking my life in a fire for it, but definitely a recommend. Read the first one first though if you can get your hands on it. Be sure to let me know how it goes and if it’s good I’ll try to stomach it before reading the third. Ohhh also love how the title has a double meaning, it’s fun (but absolutely not at the same time).

Hmmmm… 3.5/5 stars?? Less?? More?? I have no idea, I’m sorry. The book in 3 words: Mystery, dear-god-of-books/fictional-romance-please-help-me and sdkjfhksdjfhaiouvh.

Thanks for listening to me ramble, ciaoooo!




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What book would you risk your life for?

14th May, 20

I'm not sure if you'd genuinely like to know which book or whether it's a more worried 'You'd risk your life for a book???' haha. Sometimes I just wonder that if I was in a fire and everyone was safe (including my dog) and I had time to grab one book, what would I take? Harry Potter? The Book Thief? Tales from Outer Suburbia? I'm still not completely sure.

15th May, 20