Rating: Three out of Five Stars
Recommended for: Sherlockianssssss -whispers out in Parseltongue-
Read on March 25, 2015
I might even check out the sequel… depends on my mood, though.
Because if I told you that I’m not a tad interested in seeing where things go with Moriarty, I’d be lying through my teeth.
I read Sherlock fanfiction occasionally, and I cannot honestly say that there are always good ones out there. Considering it’s a Teen!Sherlock fic that was self-published, I did have to restrain myself from rolling my eyes too much when I stumbled across it this morning on Goodreads.
Let’s get the bad out of the way at first.
1. Both Grammar and spelling errors (there were even times when I noticed that Sherlock had been addressing Irene as “He did so-and-so” Gender Nouns goof: Spock is not impressed.). Bugged the shit outta me. If I were reading it as a fanfic, I would’ve forgiven things like this, but as a published book, it is SUPPOSED to have an editor who is supposed to EDIT errors out like these. I know it was self-published, but c’mon, this is not fair.
2. I felt there should have been more (i.e. some angst, something that touches me in all the right places) to Carol - the older and dead sister. It’s probably a “It’s-not-you-it’s-me” kind of situation, since what I experienced while reading Saving June is clearly missing in here. My bad, I guess.
3. I felt as though I was browsing through a BBC Sherlock parody while reading this, because in my opinion, the author tries reallyhard for Teen!Sherlock to come across as the BBC adaption of Sherlock Holmes we all have grown to adore (and fall for) while watching him trudge down Baker Street with Watson, but it didn’t really work out for me that well. Because it failed stupendously on paper. (DO YOU SEE THAT ENDING? I DARE YOU TO TELL ME IT WASN’T AT ALL BBC SHERLOCK LIKE!)
4. The Murder Mystery thing didn’t work for me as well as it should have. And we all know reading Sherlock Holmes without a nice murder (a juicy reward) is tedious. Or as Sherlock himself would put it: boring. Very easily boring.
(Because I had it figured out. Watson, do bring out my duffle bag;
I believe we are in need of a more interesting case.)
5. Watson. (Seriously, where the hell is he?) SHERLOCK IS SUPPOSED TO BE LOST WITHOUT HIS BLOGGER! I can sort of understand why, Irene Adler is supposed to be the Watson Figure, but that is me complaining because I love Martin Freeman and I LOVE Watson.
(Sherlock: …I used to think you loved me more.
Self: The last time you said that I told you that Mrs. Hudson was right: you are gay and you are in love with John. And quit playing the you-just-broke-my-heart card. Doesn’t suit you at all.
John: -rolls eyes- He has a penchant for dramatics I tell you.
Sherlock: -Scoffs in disbelief-)
6. Okay, another thing that I find hard to believe: no matter how insufferable the Holmes Brothers are, Mommy and Daddy Holmes don’t just abandon them out of nowhere. The Conan Doyle Version is different, but could someone please just watch the third season of the BBC adaption and tell me if my complain is valid or not?
Ooookay. Let’s embrace the good for a minute:
1. Irene. Irene. Irene. ( Beside the fact that she (view spoiler))
2. Sherlock’s notes (on -wink- random things)
3. The witty banters. Enjoyed every second of it.
4. The writing. Engaging and heart-warming. (Sherlock adds, “Despite all the gender goofs.” Whatever. Spock still does not approve.
Kirk: -nudges Spock with his arm-
Spock: -stoic mode on- Is there something wrong, Captain?
Kirk: I believe so. -rolls eyes-)
5. The Let-Her-Go syndrome. Didn’t think Sherlock had it in him. Not really.
Tired of crappy Fanfics? I advise you to go check out this one. Even though I don’t deem it wise to waste money on it, considering Susan Ee’s Angelfall came out in 99 cents and this is 3 US Dollars, the last time I checked. It’s not very bad of a read, and I somewhat enjoyed reading it too, but I’d suggest you give this the middle finger and walk away if don’t want to roll your eyes so much that they fall out. (Mine nearly did, if you were wondering where was the proof.)
Any other day, this would have got a Two Star rating from me, but somehow, today I’m happy and I want Sherlock and Irene to be happy as well.
Even though there are two exams tomorrow I haven’t yet studied for very well.
That, my friend, is the life of a Sherlockian. No pun intended.