Thursday, August 27, 2015

Lock & Mori by Heather W. Petty

Lock & Mori
Author: Heather W. Petty
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: September 15, 2015

The instant I was approved for Lock & Mori on Edelweiss I dropped everything I was reading and started it. Would you like to know why? It’s because I’m a sucker. I have read all of the original Sherlock Holmes stories and so a modern day YA retelling had my name written all over it. Unfortunately, I need to stop doing that because my expectations are always so high and I end up finishing Sherlock retellings feeling underwhelmed.

Lock and Mori follows James “Mori” Moriarty and Sherlock “Lock” Holmes, both are brilliant high school students that inhabit different worlds, until a murder brings them together. The two teens band together to solve the crime and to mend the broken parts of their own lives.

I expected this novel to follow the original series more. I noticed almost immediately that Lock and Mori are NOT Sherlock and Moriarty. They don't feel, or act, like the real Sherlock or Moriarty. They are two completely different characters who happen to solve crimes and share names with famous characters. There also was almost no rivalry between Lock and Mori. Instead of an epic rivalry the two characters begin having feelings for each other.

The romance in Lock and Mori was a little weird. I wanted the two characters to get together but when it finally happened it felt like things were moving too quickly. It also didn’t help that Mori was a rather detached character. Although she was the narrator I never really felt like I got to know her.

Overall, I think if Lock and Mori had had different names I would have enjoyed this novel more. The mystery was interesting but it was basic and I wanted to be wowed. Still, I plan on picking up the sequel because 1. I’m a sucker and 2. I’m curious about what happens next.

1 comment:

  1. I was really hoping they would follow along the lines of their namesakes.