Continuing on this epic buddy read adventure, Rebecca @ Bookishly Rebecca and I have moved onto the second in the Charlotte Holmes series: The Last of August. But THIS TIME, we have Sofia @ Bookish Wanderess joining!
When Sofia replied to me, she said the following: “Jenna, I was laughing so much while I read your answers because we have completely different opinions about this book. I think that’s gonna make the blog post more interesting, because it shows how two people can read the same book and feel so differently about it.”
I laughed SO hard because it’s true … we have rather different answers. That’s what makes this SUCH a fun blog post idea.
For more information on how these particular buddy reads work, please visit my first buddy read post here.
Buddy Read Partners
Rebecca @ Bookishly Rebecca: “I’m Rebecca and this is bookishlyrebecca. I mostly talk about books but sometimes, I talk about other stuff, too. Hope you find something you like <3” (About Page).
Sofia @ Bookish Wanderess: “Hi! I’m Sofia and this is the place where I get to talk about the thing I love most: books! From time to time expect to see posts about movies, tv shows, music or my life” (About Page).
Both of these bloggers are lovely individuals, who I had SO much fun buddy reading with. But don’t just take my word for it … VISIT THEIR WEBSITES! Trust me, you won’t regret it.
Q1. That ending was … wow. Without giving away spoilers, what were your thoughts? Were you expecting that outcome?
Rebecca: “I most definitely was not expecting it. Maybe it’s because I don’t read many mystery books or thrillers, but I did not see that coming. While I didn’t see it coming, I do think that the ending made sense with the tone of the story. It just wasn’t exactly what I had pictured.”
Sofia: “Even before starting this book I guessed one of the big things that happened at the end, but I did doubt it a bit throughout the book. So in a sense I was expecting the final outcome, but a lot of the situations and characters surrounding that outcome were surprising to me.”
Jenna: “Honestly, I liked how I did NOT see it coming. So to answer the second question, no … I did NOT see that coming at all. The last 3 chapters were probably my favouite parts of the novel, since the action started to pick up more.”
Q2. What elements and topics did “The Last of August” execute better than its predecessor, “The Study in Charlotte”? What elements and topics did it not execute as well?
Rebecca: “I’m going to agree with Sofia and say that I didn’t notice much that was executed better than the first book. I felt pretty middle-of-the-road about both so I didn’t see much difference. As for what wasn’t executed as well, I think that mystery was WAY more confusing than it needed to be. It felt like Brittany Cavallaro took the long way around to unravel this mystery rather than making it a bit more straight-forward.”
Sofia: “I want to start by saying that I think this book was a good book, BUT I can’t think of anything that it executed better than the first book. I’ll talk about the characters in the next question, so for now I’ll focus on the mystery. I think the mystery could have turn out to be more interesting that the mystery in the first book, but it ended up being confusing and frustrating, because for most of the book, the characters are chasing a lead that it’s not actually that important and even tho looking back I can see that there were hints about that not being as important, it’s still frustrating to feel like a lot of what happened was pointless.”
Jenna: “I found the character development and depthness to them was better executed in this novel, in addition to the mystery element. But I found the intensity and action was more well-balanced in the first book.”
Q3. Do you feel like Charlotte and Jamie went through character growth between books one and two? Do you feel like their relationship changed between one book and the other?
Rebecca: “I think so but maybe not for the better. If anything, I felt like Charlotte and Jamie both did a backslide in terms of their characters especially Charlotte. She seemed like a shell of her former self in this book compared to who she was in A Study in Charlotte and the same can be said for Jamie who played his sidekick role to a tee. As for their relationship, I think it was extremely unhealthy for both of them and that August only pushed a wedge further into it.”
Sofia: “As someone that absolutely loved Charlotte and Jamie in book one and that enjoyed their relationship immensely, I was disappointed with The Last of August. I didn’t feel like there was any character development, I felt like Jamie was childish at some points and I didn’t know how to feel regarding some of his thoughts and actions towards Charlotte and the sexual assault theme in this book. Also, I was very frustrated with Charlotte and how she handled the mystery and all the things she kept to herself. In terms of their relationship, that in book one was full of banter, tension and chemistry, in book two it became an endless, frustrating back and forth and for the most part it was not as entertaining.”
Jenna: “I do. I feel as though we get to know a bit more about them. But I also feel like they change themselves, adapting to their new surroundings and from the events that took place in the first book — especially Watson. Their relationship definitely changed … but I still feel like it wasn’t explored enough.”
Q4. Finally, what do you anticipate to occur in its sequel “The Case for Jamie”?
Rebecca: “I’ve already read book 3 and I have to say that it’s my favorite of the series. 🙂 ”
Sofia: “I think that Charlotte is gonna pull away from Jamie and try to solve all the problems herself. Now, for what I hope will happen, a lot of character development for Charlotte and Jamie and a mystery that doesn’t rely so much on Charlotte hiding things from Jamie as a way to keep the reader in the dark.”
Jenna: “From what I can tell with the title, Watson’s going to have his OWN troubles that will need solving. I also think there’s going to be a lot of Watson and Holmes growing as characters APART before they are the amazing dynamic duo we all know and love. And I think it’s going to get darker, since that seems to be the trend so far.”
Want to participate in a buddy read?
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