Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine where we get to talk about the books we are pining over that we may not get to bask in the glory of for a little while still. If you follow me, you know I don’t participate in this meme weekly, but I’ve got another book I’ve been wanting to talk about, and this seemed like the week to do it. It’s another of my most anticipated reads for 2016 and as we inch closer to its release I just keep hearing more and more great buzz about this book!
It’s a gender-bending start to a YA series retelling of SHERLOCK HOLMES told from the perspective of Watson’s great-great-grandson Jamie upon meeting up with Sherlock’s great-great-grand-daughter Charlotte, at prep school.
Title: A Study in Charlotte
Author: Brittany Cavallaro
Genre: YA, Mystery, Romance
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Release Date: March 1, 2016
The last thing sixteen-year-old Jamie Watson–writer and great-great-grandson of the John Watson–wants is a rugby scholarship to Sherringford, a Connecticut prep school just an hour away from his estranged father. But that’s not the only complication: Sherringford is also home to Charlotte Holmes, the famous detective’s enigmatic, fiercely independent great-great-granddaughter, who’s inherited not just his genius but also his vices, volatile temperament, and expertly hidden vulnerability. Charlotte has been the object of his fascination for as long as he can remember–but from the moment they meet, there’s a tense energy between them, and they seem more destined to be rivals than anything else.
Then a Sherringford student dies under suspicious circumstances ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Holmes stories, and Jamie and Charlotte become the prime suspects. Convinced they’re being framed, they must race against the police to conduct their own investigation. As danger mounts, it becomes clear that nowhere is safe and the only people they can trust are each other.
Equal parts tender, thrilling, and hilarious, A Study in Charlotte is the first in a trilogy brimming with wit and edge-of-the-seat suspense.
Why I’m Waiting on This Book:
Maybe I should explain that I’m a bit of a Sherlock fan. I spent last night sitting in bliss in a dark theatre, watching Sherlock: The Abominable Bride on the big screen to the befuddlement of most of my friends and family, who didn’t really get why I wanted to pay money to go watch a TV show in the theatre. But seriously, why do we pay to watch anything in the theatre? Umm, Because it’s awesome. I think I might be spoiled for watching television at home for the rest of my life. But I digress.
HOLD UP! Can we just go back to the book and stop to ponder the implications of that premise for a moment–that Sherlock was actually… a Dad!
As if that fun little twist isn’t enough to get your imagination firing on twenty cylinders, there’s the fantastic gender-bending take on this. CBS’s Elementary has done it of course with John Watson’s character becoming Joan, and we’ve seen lot’s of pushes into the modern era, but this is really a triple threat with a modern era, gender swap of the title character, and a refresh for a teen audience!
Of course, one of the reasons that people still love the character of Holmes so much stems really not from sexy modern film and television adaptations so much as from what they have highlighted about this classic character’s BEAUTIFUL MIND both in the form of brilliant deductions and wit; both of which from early reports seem to be intact in the character of Charlotte in this YA adaptation.
And come on! You know you’ve been dying for some real romance action going on between Watson and Holmes!
So, if you haven’t already, go check it out.
And PLEASE let me know what you thought in the comments below! I really do love having someone to fangirl over these books with! Also, What are you Waiting on this Wednesday? Feel free to leave your links in the comments!