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A Study in Shifters by Majanka Verstraete - Book Tour & Review + Giveaway

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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.

My Review
 A Study in Shifters is the first book in a fun new series that puts a feminine (and paranormal) spin on Sherlock Holmes. 
Marisol Holmes is a great x3 granddaughter to the infamous Sherlock, but she's also a jaguar shifter. And her mother's the head of the jaguar shifter clan. That makes her a half-blood, and not every other shifter is keen on having a half-blood in line for the throne. 
Marisol has had her ups and downs, but lately it's been a lot of downs. She put her trust in the wrong guy, and let's just say that didn't have a happy ending. Then, to make matters even worse, a girl at a private school turns up dead, and all signs point to a jaguar shifter. It's up to Marisol to figure out what's really going on before it's too late.
I found the story to be an entertaining, quirky, and fun read. I've always loved Sherlock mysteries, and mysteries that were similar in vein (like Encyclopedia Brown), so A Study in Shifters was right up my alley. Plus, it had a paranormal aspect, which I found to add even more intrigue to the story. I'm not a huge fan of shifters, but I think that's because most shifter stories are more adult romance rather than YA mystery. I enjoyed the shifter aspect in this story.
I found Marisol to be a smart, albeit a little naive, girl who could hold her own, even against some not-so-nice characters. She's relatable, but still someone you wish you could be like. 
I also really liked the girl who was a fox shifter (her name slips my mind right now). She was intelligent, and even though she only shows up a couple of times, she became a character I couldn't wait to see again. It might be my love of all things foxes, though, and that's why I liked her so much. I'd be a fox shifter if that were possible. lol
Of course there are characters you love to hate, too. The Head of the Conclave is one of them (his name also slips my mind right at the moment), as is Mannix. 
The plot chugs along at a nice pace. It's not too slow, but not so quick that you speed through it. The storyline is intriguing and holds you rapt with attention, and you actually want to help Marisol solve the mysteries that are going on around her. There's an almost interactive quality to it, which I liked.
I also really love this cover. 
The only thing I would have liked more of was shifting. I get why Marisol didn't shift into her jaguar until closer to the end, but it would have been fun to see some of the other characters in their animal form. Like a fox. Or an otter. That would've been fun.
Overall, I quite liked A Study in Shifters, and I am definitely looking forward to more books in the series. 
Four stars from me!
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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