Monday, September 14, 2015

Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty

Title: Lock & Mori
(Lock & Mori #1)
Author: Heather W. Petty
Length: 256 pages
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Classification: Young Adult, Mystery, Retelling, Crime
Release Date: September 15, 2015
Source: e-galley via Edelweiss (Thank you, Simon & Schuster!)
Read: September 2015
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.

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***I received an e-galley of this book from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review***

Honestly, I only know general ideas about Sherlock Holmes based on various things I have watched like the Sherlock Holmes movies with Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, the BBC show Sherlock (only 1 episode) and Season One of Elementary. So I just mostly know about the main characters and their names and I know that I enjoy and like the characters. So I was really excited when I found out about Lock & Mori, a debut novel by Heather W. Petty, which is a Sherlock Holmes retelling! 

I enjoyed reading Lock & Mori! I think that it is a creative and entertaining retelling featuring a modern day Sherlock Holmes! It was a slower start in the beginning for me, though I was still interested in finding out what was going to happen. But the middle really grabbed my attention and made me not want to put the book down. I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen at the end. 

One day at school, James "Mori" Moriarty meets Sherlock "Lock" Holmes when she has to go get him from his lab. They both find each other intriguing. After hearing about the murder in the park, both Mori and Lock are curious to find out what happened and solve the murder. Lock decides to turn it into a game by challenging Mori to see which of them can solve the crime first. Only they have to share the clues so they both know what the other one knows. Only Mori finds out things that she doesn't want to share with Lock just yet. How long will Mori keep secrets from Lock? Who will solve the case first? 

There were some parts that really broke my heart and I was worried for the characters in the story. I really cared about what would happen to them and how the situation would turn out. 

Some things weren't completely shocking but there were fascinating details and twists that I didn't see coming which really kept me on my toes. As well as, a couple really surprising events. I enjoyed the mystery and clues. I am really intrigued to find out what is going to happen from here and am really looking forward to the next book! 

I really liked the main characters Mori and Lock. 
I love that Mori is smart, intuitive and protective. She is a great older sister and really cares about her brothers and their safety. She wants to do things her own way and can be secretive. But she does things this way because it is what she believes is the best way to go. 
I really liked the building relationship between Mori and Lock. I was very interested in how things were going to play out between them. And I am still looking forward to seeing where things go. Their banter is one of my favorite things, it was fun to read and made me smile. 
I did hope for a little more of Sherlock, specifically what was going on in his head and things that he was thinking. But I really enjoyed Lock & Mori being from Mori's perspective. 
I was also very interested in Lock's brother, Mycroft. I am hoping he will have a larger part in the next book. Along with John Watson. I am interested to find out if he will have a larger role in the next book.  

My Recommendation:

I enjoyed reading Lock & Mori. I think it is a great start to an interesting and entertaining trilogy. I will be watching for book two because I am fascinated to see where the characters will go from here and what is in store for both Mori and Lock. What crime they will be solving next. I do recommend reading this one if you are interested in mysteries. 

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