Animal Farm & A Study In Charlotte: Reviews

Something a little different, but not really. Because I read both books so close to each other, and I didn’t want to do a post overload, and Animal Farm is so short (there’s not much to say about it), I decided to combine the two reviews into one.

A Study In Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro.

Plot: Charlotte Holmes – descendant of Sherlock – and James Watson – descendant of John – meet at a boarding school in America. A student who they’ve both had run-ins with has been found murdered, and the scene is copied out of a Sherlock Holmes Story, and Holmes and Watson are being framed for the crime. The book follows them around, trying to find the real murderer and clearing their names.

My Comments: I’m not really sure how I felt about this novel. I think I enjoyed it, but I had to constantly force myself to pick it up and read it. It wasn’t very intriguing but it was nice to read. Complicated, I know.

I thought that the characterisation was really good. Charlotte is so clearly a Holmes, and James is definitely a modern day John Watson, which is probably my favourite part of the book.

I’m not sure why I can’t really find the words to describe my feelings towards this book, but I did like it. I know that my review doesn’t really help, but if you love mystery and teen fiction, I think you will like it, because I didn’t really dislike it.

Rating: 3 stars

Animal Farm by George Orwell.

Plot: The animals on Manor Farm are sick of being underappreciated and underfed, so decided to revolt and overthrow the farm owner, Mr Jones.

My Comments: I really liked this book. Not from a creative point of view, but from a social and political one. It’s a commentary of communism, and I find politics quite interesting, when it’s not Brexit, so I enjoyed it immensely.

I think it’s the perfect length. It’s long enough to make the impact and statement intended, and if it was any longer it would be unnecessary and would get increasingly boring.

Rating: 5 stars.


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