{ARC Review} A study in shifters by Majanka Verstraete

Posted June 18, 2018 by Lucy in Review, Young Adult / 0 Comments

I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

{ARC Review} A study in shifters by Majanka Verstraete
A Study In Shifters (Adventures of Marisol Holmes Book 1)
By: Majanka Verstraete

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Genres: Mystery-Thriller-Suspense

Series: The Adventures of Marisol Holmes #1
Published on June 26, 2018
Published by Monster House Books
Pages: 300
Format: eARC

Seventeen-year-old Marisol Holmes may be the great-great-great granddaughter of Sherlock Holmes, but it’s hard to live up to the family name when only one mistake can spell your downfall. After trusting the wrong guy in a case gone totally wrong, Marisol convinces the Conclave, an underground organization of detectives solving supernatural cases, to give her a last chance to prove her worth, and maybe even heal her broken heart
After all, as a half-blood jaguar shifter, Marisol is uniquely qualified to solve this murder—and every scrap of evidence points toward the culprit being a fellow jaguar shifter. But is one of her own people involved, or is this all a ploy to kick Marisol’s mother off the shifter throne?
Then Marisol discovers her best friend, Roan, is missing, and maybe the killer’s next target. The stakes just got higher than political intrigue. Just when things couldn’t get worse, Marisol’s ex-boyfriend-turned-nemesis, Mannix, starts leaving sinister clues for her. Marisol fears this case might be far more personal than she could’ve imagined.
It’s time for Marisol to prove her worth, or her people could fall into chaos while her best friend loses his life.

I think I liked the concept of this book, the idea of Marisol being the descendant of Sherlock Holmes with a paranormal twist was attracted to me. However, I am not sure if this book was intended for younger audiences, but the writing style didn’t quite worked out for me. The constant reminders and emphasis on certain things were annoying and repetitive, it had made the story transition awkward and seem juvenile. View Spoiler » were both used far too many times throughout the book.

I thought the world building was interesting, and the hierarchy of shoplifters was intriguing, and I would like to learn more about them. However, as the first book of the series, the story mainly focused on Majanka, therefore the information only presented a general concept of the world structure.  I found the transition of the story was not always smooth, very often the story stressed about Marisol’s past with her ex-boyfriend. Which I understand it may be important in order to explain Marisol’s background and her struggles, but as her past were inserted randomly throughout the story, they have essentially diverted the focus of the investigation. I also found Majanka’s feelings about her ex and her past have consumed her, and it didn’t feel like she gotten over him at all.

Overall, this book felt like a prequel to the series, and a set up to the forthcoming storytelling of the mystery adventure of Majanka.

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