Review of Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty

Lock&MoriLock & Mori
By: Heather W. Petty
Release Date: September 15th 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young
Format: Print ARC
Source: Kelly from Effortlessly Reading

My Rating:

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.

My Thoughts:

Upon seeing this book on Goodreads I was instantly excited though a tiny bit hesitant. I had just fallen in love with Ellie Marney’s series and the two sounded a bit similar. I went into reading Lock & Mori with some trepidation but I shouldn’t have worried. This book was much different and I really enjoyed it.

Overall, I found this novel fast paced and even a bit heart breaking. It got me to cry which isn’t all that common for me (I pride myself on a stoic, cold heart). Yes, there was a bit of instant love between these two characters but somehow it worked for me. I guess it felt more like instant attraction that grew into something more…which is how most of my relationships happened. I loved the dynamic and chemistry between Lock and Mori. Knowing the history of Moriarty being Sherlock’s nemesis in the original books I was left at the edge of my seat waiting to see if things would blow up between them. These two do veer on aggravating by their secrecy (mostly Mori) and there were scenes where I wished I could push them together and make them talk it out.

As for the mystery involved it wasn’t too difficult to figure out and fairly early but all the details and the journey of the characters finding answers was incredibly captivating to me. I was mesmerized by what I was reading and this was the type of book that didn’t want me to venture far. I wanted to just keep reading no matter what was happening around me.

Final Thoughts:
Though the mystery wasn’t overly difficult to figure out the journey between the two characters, Mori and Lock was exceptional and I fell in love with the two of them. I’m ready for more please.

Review of The Creeping by Alexandra Sirowy

TheCreepingThe Creeping
By: Alexandra Sirowy
Release Date: August 18th 2015
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Format: Hardcover
Source: Publisher

A copy of this book was sent to me in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:

Eleven years ago, Stella and Jeanie disappeared. Stella came back. Jeanie never did.

Now all she wants is a summer full of cove days, friends, and her gorgeous crush—until a fresh corpse leads Stella down a path of ancient evil and secrets.

Stella believes remembering what happened to Jeanie will save her. It won’t.

She used to know better than to believe in what slinks through the shadows. Not anymore.

My Thoughts:
First I must comment on that gorgeous cover. The picture doesn’t even give it credit to how absolutely lovely it is in person. I really knew nothing about this book other than the cover was beautiful and the title seemed, well, creepy. Sadly, I wasn’t blown away with this novel. The characters really were not a match for me, the mystery was a bit easy to solve though it was a highly readable book and I was inclined to finish it to verify I was right about my theory of who done it.

I’ll talk about the characters first since they were my biggest issue with this book. The main character, Stella, wasn’t very likeable but I didn’t really need her to be. She does progress and grow as the story proceeds and I did appreciate her self discovery and fearless endeavor to figure out what happened to her and Jeanie when they were kids. She was the least of my issues…my biggest problem was with her best friend Zoey.

I really, really disliked how Zoey treated Stella and I was downright IRRITATED any time she was in a scene. Her language, attitude, everything grated on me. I understand she wasn’t meant to be likeable or really relatable but she was the epitome of a mean girl. She refers to Stella as a ‘slut’ and ‘whore’ in what I’m thinking was intended as an endearment and her personal (I think supposedly feminist) stance on that language being thrown around. Regardless to why the author chose to use it I was bothered. I failed to see why anyone would want a ‘friend’ like Zoey around and why she’d be the most popular girl in school. I might be showing my age here but she seemed extreme in her meanness to what she called the peasants (all the ‘losers’ and kids that weren’t in her chosen circle).

There was a romance and I found it to be okay but no butterflies took off in my belly. There’s no love triangle so that’ll make some folks happy and there are some cute scenes between the couple. The romance was present but not overwhelming.

I never found this book to be overly creepy and though I read it at night it didn’t have me looking over my shoulder. It read more like a contemporary mystery/thriller (which I was thinking it would be more fairy-tale/myth/paranormal). So, perhaps my expectations were wrong and that’s why this one wasn’t as much a success as I’d hoped. I had a suspicion fairly early on how things would play out and though I hoped I’d be wrong I sadly wasn’t.

Even with these faults I did find the book to be intriguing and I did continue to read regardless of any problems I had. The writing was easy to read and the descriptions clear. And really…for an author to get me to loathe a character so very much (looking at you Zoey) that does take some intense writing skill. I will always prefer a book that gets under my skin than one I can easily forget or feel nothing towards.

Final Thoughts:
Though The Creeping didn’t work for me I could see how it would appeal to many readers because of the mystery, contemporary setting and fast pacing.