Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty

I received this book for free from Simon & Schuster, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Lock & Mori by Heather W. PettyLock & Mori (Lock & Mori, #1) by Heather W. Petty
Series: Lock & Mori #1
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers on September 15th 2015
Genres: Mystery & Thriller, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 256
Format: ARC, digital ARC
Source: Simon & Schuster, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
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In modern-day London, two brilliant high school students, one Sherlock Holmes and a Miss James "Mori" Moriarty, meet. A murder will bring them together. The truth very well might drive them apart.
Before they were mortal enemies, they were much more.
FACT: Someone has been murdered in London's Regent's Park. The police have no leads.
FACT: Miss James "Mori"Moriarty and Sherlock "Lock" Holmes should be hitting the books on a school night. Instead, they are out crashing a crime scene.
FACT: Lock has challenged Mori to solve the case before he does. Challenge accepted.
FACT: Despite agreeing to Lock's one rule--they must share every clue with each other--Mori is keeping secrets.
OBSERVATION: Sometimes you can't trust the people closest to you with matters of the heart. And after this case, Mori may never trust Lock again.

This book review is part of The Book Geek’s Genre Spotlight. It’s where we explore and choose one of the myriad genres. We’ll showcase it by having each Book Geek read and review at least one, but possibly a few books belonging to that month’s chosen genre. 
As we fall into September, our spotlight is on Mystery & Thrillers!

Don’t hate me, but I’m going to share a secret with you all: I know next to nothing about Sherlock Holmes. Yes, I’ve never watched any show/movie about him, nor read any piece of literature related to him. Phew, now that I finally got that off my chest, we can talk about Lock & Mori.
This book was not what I was expecting–in a bad way, unfortunately. And I think the aspect that contributed most to my disappointment was the writing. The “awkward” and sort of “quirky” (in a way) writing just didn’t mesh well with the story. In a quick contemporary it might work, sure, but in what’s supposed to be a spine-chilling mystery? Err.
Lock himself was the epitome of this annoying quirkiness. Again, I don’t know if this is really how Sherlock acts, but there was this John-Green-character vibe (there’s no other way to describe it, really) that just doesn’t work. Also, he’s moody as heck. And take note: if we’re really thinking about it, Lock isn’t really even the main character of this book. Mori is.
Mori herself was pretty moody too, and an overall inconsistent character who made some questionable decisions. I don’t really have anything against her character, but she just lacked a strong personality, something I was looking forward to and was expecting from this book.
This book could’ve done without the romance as well, since, in Math, negative plus negative equals negative. Hence Moody Lock + Moody Mori = Very Moody Romance. I couldn’t feel anything for their tandem at all–except maybe annoyance and frustration.
The actual plot of the book was completely underwhelming, and mostly unbelievable. I’ve still never come across a book where the author pulls off a legit teens-are-smarter-than-professional-police trope, and Lock & Mori just adds to the pile of disappointments.
Overall, this isn’t a book I’d recommend to you if you’re looking for something exciting and heart-pounding. Lock & Mori’s way too inconsistent and boring for my taste. I can’t even write a detailed review because of how underwhelming it was.

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  1. I’m actually a GREAT fan of Sherlock Holmes (the books, becasue believe it or not, I haven’t watched the show, even though I REALLY want to), and all I’ve heard about this book is that it is pure drama. I’m not in for a moody Sherlock and Moriarty, so I’m going to skip this. Great review, though.

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