ARC Mini Reviews: Tonight the Streets are Ours + Lock & Mori

ARC Mini Reviews: Tonight the Streets are Ours + Lock & Mori
Tonight the Streets are Ours
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
Publication date: September 15th, 2015
by Farrar Straux and Giroux

Format: ARC

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Seventeen-year-old Arden Huntley is recklessly loyal. Taking care of her loved ones is what gives Arden purpose in her life and makes her feel like she matters. But she's tired of being loyal to people who don't appreciate her—including her needy best friend and her absent mom.

Arden finds comfort in a blog she stumbles upon called "Tonight the Streets Are Ours," the musings of a young New York City writer named Peter. When Peter is dumped by the girlfriend he blogs about, Arden decides to take a road trip to see him.

During one crazy night out in NYC filled with parties, dancing, and music—the type of night when anything can happen, and nearly everything does—Arden discovers that Peter isn't exactly who she thought he was. And maybe she isn't exactly who she thought she was, either.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Confession: I never read This Song Will Save Your Life, so I had no idea what to expect when I read this book. Let me tell you, the hype surrounded Leila Sales is not a lie. She is a fantastic writer and also a fantastic story teller.

For starters, this book features a main character who is a person of color. YAY! I adored the diverse set of characters but my favorte part about the characterization was that none of the characters were casted as the ‘bad guy’. With the kind of situation Arden was in, it would be so easy to make someone the villain of her story so that she could be the hero but Sales never did that. People make mistakes, things happen, but that doesn’t always make people despicable. Even Arden, the main character, isn’t perfect. She makes mistakes and sometimes she doesn’t always see what is right there.

Arden feels under appreciated. She feels like she always supports her friends and boyfriend but no one wants to be there for her. She is tired and fed up of feeling this way and when she discovers a blog called Tonight the Streets are Ours, she feels like someone finally understands.

This book could probably be classified as a coming of age story because this book primarily deals with Arden’s growth. Arden’s development over the course of the book was a joy to read. She is a realistic, relatable character that you cannot help but cheer for.

Is this book perfect? No. Sometimes Arden did bother me (even though she was realistically portrayed) and there were some things that never added up, but I still managed to enjoy the book and  loved the way things wrapped up.

Fair warning though, don’t pay attention to the blurb. The blurb is basically a spoiler. Arden doesn’t go to New York until the second half of the book and while her time in New York is a major catalyst for various realizations about herself, a lot of this book focuses on Arden’s initial struggle and those aren’t explored in New York but rather resolved.  I would have liked if more of the book took place in New York, especially since that is what I went in expecting. I felt like there was all this built up to her trip to New York and not much happened there (in terms of actual physical events.)

At the end of the day though, this was a fantastic read and I think there is much to be learned from Arden’s struggle.  Her story was beautifully told and I absolutely adored getting to be a part of it for the 300 pages or so. This is a book I wouldn’t fail to recommend for someone looking for a thought provoking coming of age tale.

4 Stars

ARC Mini Reviews: Tonight the Streets are Ours + Lock & Mori
Lock & Mori
Genres: Mystery, Contemporary, Young Adult
Publication date: September 15th, 2015
by Simon and Schuster BfYR

Format: eARC

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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.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Lock and Mori did not work out for me and this makes me a sad panda. I enjoy Sherlock retellings so I was excited to read this book but when I dove in, I was surprised by how meh I felt about it. If you want awesome Sherlock bits, this book isn’t it. Sherlock (yes that is actually his first name!) is barely present in the book. He is just a side character. In fact, this book should just be called Mori because Lock pretty much does nothing.

Lock has very similar characteristics to the Sherlock that we all love very well but unlike him, all Lock really does is get left behind. In fact, I kind of felt like Lock was a wannabe Sherlock. Even with the similarities, Lock wasn’t nearly as awesome as Sherlock.  He was bland and all he did was spout out awkward emotional stuff when trying to explain to Mori how much he liked her.

Mori was sometimes even harder to like than Lock. All she did in this book was keep secrets from him. I appreciate that she isn’t dumb and is probably even smarter than Lock but I hate it when characters who are supposed to be working together keep secrets from one another. IT MAKES NO SENSE. Also her reactions to some things made no sense to me. Mori also seems to look down on other women and has some very skewed ideas about certain issues.

Then there was also the case of insta-love. I feel like Lock and Mori are a couple that you can root for, and I could totally understand all the hormones and physical attraction but then suddenly the L word was being thrown around and I just couldn’t understand how over the course of a week, they were in love.

The book also takes a shot at dealing with child abuse which is such a hard issue to tackle. I know sometimes I’ll blame characters for not getting out of an abusive situation earlier, but it isn’t as easy as just leaving. I think, for the most part, the author does a good job with the situation but I do wish some things had been handled differently.

The mystery aspect of this book was actually pretty intriguing and I loved connecting the dots even if I saw some of the twists coming from far away.

Unfortunately, that wasn’t enough to win me over. I am still curious about the sequel and where things will go from here but I just don’t know if I am going to want to pick it up. Neither Lock and Mori did anything for me and I ended up feeling more frustrated than anything else while reading the book since I hate secrets. I do know several people who enjoyed the book though so don’t give up if you were looking forward to reading the book! Maybe it’ll work out better for you.

2 Stars

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Rashika is a mysterious creature who likes to hide in the shadows. It's impossible to get to know her but if you must know, she is a huge bookworm. She also happens to have a huge sweet tooth so you can always lure her over the dark side by offering her something sweet (or bribing her with books).

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  1. says

    I’ve also heard so much about Leila Sales, so it’s great to know that all the praise it well deserved! Diversity, YES. Plus it sounds like it is more of a character driven novel, which I prefer in books like this. I’ll take your advice and ignore the blurb!

    I’ve seen Lock and Mori around but I don’t think I ever clicked on it, seems like I’m not missing too much! The concept sounds great so it’s a shame that it just didn’t work out well. Ah, well. Nice mini reviews! :)
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    • Rashika says

      Yup, Tonight the Streets is VERY character driven! I hope you like the book! :)

      It does, doesn’t it? The main characters are supposed to be modern day Moriarty/Sherlock and also sworn enemies but I never felt that way. I think it’s probably going to come in future books.

  2. says

    I’m trying to think if I’ve read the first author. I know I’ve heard of her debut but now I need to see if I have, especially after reading your review for this. I think I would really like her as well.

    Sorry the second book wasn’t as good as the first one was for you but hey, at least you got one really great read right? :P Great reviews on both of these!
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    • Rashika says

      I think This Song Will Save Your Life was the book that got her attention? I was looking through her GR and she has written a couple other books besides these two! Hopefully though, if you decide to read the book, you’ll like it! :)

      BAHAHAHA. TRUE. We cannot read great books all the time. Something is going to break the streak ;)

    • Rashika says

      YAY! I hope you like the book! Also, the blurb wouldn’t have ruined your life but I think it should be rewritten. You’re safe from its evils though!

      Thanks, Grace! :)

    • Rashika says

      Eeek! I hope that you adore Tonight the Streets and it lives up to all your expectations ^_^

      The thing with Lock & Mori is that I wasn’t even sure half the time if I am supposed to like the characters or not. They’d do such drastic things sometimes!

      Thanks, Lisa! :)

  3. says

    Ohhhhh. So jealous you read TONIGHT THE STREETS ARE OURS. I’ve been dying to get my hands on a copy since forever! I haven’t read THIS SONG WILL SAVE YOUR LIFE either, but the praise of Leila Sales’ work has been nonstop. Great to hear it’s well-deserved, also! And diversity? YAYAYAY.

    I’ve seen LOCK & MORI around but I haven’t really read the synopsis until now. Lock sounds a tad too problematic for me but the concept is undeniably interesting, so I may just consider it! Great mini reviews!

    • Rashika says

      RIGHT? I was worried that Leila Sales might have been overhyped but was glad that the book worked out for me!

      The concept for Lock & Mori is interesting! I hope that if you decide to read the book, it’ll work out better for you! :)

      Thank you, Peach :)

    • Rashika says

      YAAAS. So glad to hear that A Study in Charlotte has no insta love! I snagged a copy from EW the other day but am saving it for later in the year or early 2016. Hopefully I’ll love it too! :D

    • Rashika says

      RIGHT? I mean it’s not that big of a deal in this case but at the same time, the events described in the blurb don’t happen until around the 60% mark so, it’s a spoiler…

  4. says

    I really need to read something by Leila Sales. I didn’t even read the blurb for that book. I just read a review a friend wrote and it seemed like a powerful novel. Plus, I love books in which the character grows.

    As for Lock & Mori… you may call me stubborn, but I avoid at all costs Sherlock retellings. They never manage to capture the essence of the original stories, and tbh, this one looked like a drama from teh blurb alone.

    Great reviews!
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    • Rashika says

      Same! I love me a book where there is some fantastic character development! :D

      Definitely not stubborn! I haven’t even read the original series but if I had, I would probably feel the same way about retellings!

      Thank you, Vane :)

    • Rashika says

      I HOPE YOU LOVE IT, KEERTANA! There have been mixed reactions with some people loving it and others not being able to connect but I hope that won’t be the case for you <3

  5. says

    Oh I am VERY excited about Tonight the Streets are Ours! I wasn’t sure what to make of it, because I haven’t read TSWSYL either. I am also not reading the blurb at all before reading TTSAO. THANK YOU for the heads up! Why do they do this?! I have seen this in multiple books- why, publishers? Just… why?

    Lock and Mori… is it weird that I knew I would hate this book and steered clear of it? I don’t even know why, I just had a “feeling”. And now, I KNOW I won’t be reading it. Secrets, insta-love, AND bland characters? Goodness, talk about a trifecta of fail. Thanks for the heads up on both of these, good and bad :)
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    • Rashika says

      TBH, it’s not that the thing in the blurb will absolutely ruin the book, it’s just that the events described in it don’t even take place until around the 60% mark, so it makes NO SENSE that it should be included. *shakes head* *shakes fist* Publishers need to fix this!

      Your spidey senses are obviously on point, Shannon! :P I WISHED I POSSESSED THEM (although given all the good books I’ve read over the past year, I think my ability to detect books that won’t work for me is improving.)

    • Rashika says

      Misleading blurbs have to stop! *shakes head* TTSAO is a pretty good book though, so I’ll have to forgive it for that little bitty thing.

      Thanks, Ksenia! :)

  6. says

    Nooo I wanted Lock and Mori to be a good book! I have it and I am crazy about all things Sherlock so I was counting on this one to be wonderful so I could love it DD: Such a shame about that! It seems the characters are really annoying in that one. But the other book is one I haven’t read too many reviews for but seems pretty cool now that I have read your review. I will look into that one more ^.^
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    • Rashika says

      You might still like Lock & Mori, Olivia!!! I know a couple of my friends have so hopefully you’ll have better luck with the book! :D

  7. says

    Oh good!!!! I’m so glad you enjoyed Tonight the Streets are Ours Rashika! I have that on my list for next week and am looking forward to it. Good to know that she doesn’t go to NYC until pretty much the second half, I was expecting for majority of the book to unfold there. I like knowing things like that upfront, so thank you:)

    Sorry Lock & Mori wasn’t quite as successful for you!!!

    • Rashika says

      TBH, sometimes I feel like our reading schedules are ridiculously similar O_O (I don’t actually know if you work on a schedule but we always seem to be reading/reviewing the same books around the same time!)

      If I had known about the NYC thing upfront, I would have been sooo much happier. I personally like the idea of the entire book not taking place in NYC but the blurb made it seem like more of it would take place there so I had different expectations? Does that make sense? I feel like I just wrote a gigantic run on sentence…

    • Rashika says

      I feel like it would have been so much nicer if the series started off with them as mortal enemies. That way, we could have gotten a hate-love romance, instead of the complicated mess I think it will probably become in the future books… (although I am definitely partial to love/hate romances :P)

      Thank you, Danielle! :)

  8. says

    What a bummer that Lock and Mori didn’t work out better for you… I’m intrigued by it but not sure having seeing you had issues with how Lock was portrayed…

    I read and adored This Song Will Save Your Life, and unfortunately didn’t love Tonight The Streets Are Ours as much. The writing is fantastic as always but I couldn’t connect with Arden as a character at all, so there’s that…

    Great reviews Rashika!
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    • Rashika says

      I am so sorry to hear that TTSAO didn’t work out for you as well as it did for me :(

      Also yeah Lock was mostly just a side character and does nothing and I was pretty annoyed about that :/

      Thank you, Pili <3

    • Rashika says

      The thing is, Lock is pitched as a MC? Like his name is in the title and everything so I went in assuming he would play a far bigger role than he did. Plus his character kind of just sucked :P