A Study In Shifters (The Adventures of Marisol Holmes #1) by Majanka Verstraete

A Study In Shifters
Majanka Verstraete
(The Adventures of Marisol Holmes, #1)
Publication date: June 26th 2018
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult

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.

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Review:

Just one word WOW!!!

That is not my first book from Majanka, not too long ago I read and reviewed Ghost Slayer. If you read that review you know that I quite enjoyed it.  It is not every day that I read ghost stories.

This means that going into A Study in Shifters, I already had some expectations… Not a lot mind, I try to give each book a fair shot and not add extra pressure to them.

Tell you what though, I was impressed!

If you are one of my regular followers, then you know that I love it when books are smart.  By that, I mean that they have to be original, especially when you are borrowing from either pop culture or well known literary characters.

Majanka took Sherlock Holmes and put one of the greatest twists on it!

Considering that we currently have 3 Sherlocks on Tv and Film, we can safely say that I am SherLOCKED out! For this reason, I was super delighted when I met Marisol Holmes in all of her glory!

A direct descendant of Sherlock, just as smart and headed straight into solving a murder!

But there is more…

Marisol Holmes is half shifter!

The book title gives it a little away…

See told you… originally smart and I tell that I had a huge smile plastered on my face throughout the book.  It ought to come to no surprise that I finished it in one go! Full disclosure, I never read Sir Arthur’s books… I know! I have no excuses…

However, I do believe the first Sherlock appearance was in A study of Scarlet book and even the BBC’s Sherlock Season 1 Episode 1 was A Study in Pink… so it does make sense that for the first book of a Sherlock-related series is called A Study in Shifters!

Do you see that pattern?

Made sense to me, and again… Smart decision Majanka!

I am with you here…

I do not want to give you too much background, but I was really delighted in Marisol and how much she reminded me of… well you know!  She has a difficult back story that plays a huge part in what is going on… I really liked her very much, she has so much room to grow after all she is 17 here and I felt that in certain aspects she was very relatable.

I mean I was 17 once!

But really, I do not want to spoil it for you, but know that it was really well written, fantastic twists and some really big surprises that even I never saw coming! (Often times I do!!)

Majanka, you have done a fantastic job and now we need to discuss when the next book is coming out because I kind need it yesterday?!!!!  I am also curious as to how many books are planned in this series because honestly there is potential for tons as long as they get better and better with time!

Though containing elements of paranormal in the book, at the core it is still a murder/mystery… If you are a huge fan like I am of all the “Sherlockness” going on these days, you are going to LOVE A Study in Shifters!!

No ifs or buts about it!

Love I am telling you!!!!

Go and get this book stat!

You will thank me for it! Have I ever steered you wrong?

 

Author Bio:

Author Majanka Verstraete has written more than twenty unique works of fiction. A native of Belgium, Majanka’s novels explore the true nature of monsters: the good, the bad, and just about every species in between. Her young adult books include the acclaimed Mirrorland (YA Dark Fantasy) and Angel of Death (YA Paranormal) series of novels. At MHB, Majanka is currently developing a new YA shifter series with a fresh take on fierce female detectives called THE ADVENTURES OF MARISOL HOLMES.

When she’s not writing, Majanka is probably playing World of Warcraft or catching up with the dozens of TV series she’s addicted to.

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