Author: Peter Bunzl
Genre: Historical – Fantasy – Science Fiction
Age Classification: Middle Grade
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Release: May 1, 2017
Lily and Robert find themselves in the middle of a mystery that involves family secrets and an escaped criminal. With their Mechanimal fox, Malkin, and their friends Anna and Tolly in London, Lily and Robert have to solve puzzles and riddles to save themselves and maybe discover where a stolen treasure has been hidden for fifteen years.
The characters of Lily and Robert are courageous and adventurous, though they each have their own personal struggles that are playing on their minds. I like that these characters had to work through feelings and mental barriers in order to move forward and tackle the next roadblock to figuring out the mysteries surrounding them.
Malkin is a sarcastic little fellow which makes for a nice hint of humour in intense moments. Malkin was also my favourite character.
I found the world interesting, specifically the mechanical people and pets, but that was not the focus of this book. The mystery was rather intriguing, tugged at a few heartstrings and had multiple moments of discovery, some of which were a surprise.
The events all take place in a few days and the pace of the novel works to convey that without feeling like the story drags out over the 384 pages (according to Goodreads). It was an easy read and the content is suitable for older children, but it still has elements that will appeal to older readers who enjoy middle-grade novels.
Star Rating: ☆☆☆☆
This is the second book in a series and I have not read the first book, Cogheart, but Moonlocket works as a standalone. However, based on comments from other readers, reading Cogheart before Moonlocket may provide some background knowledge to bring more significance to elements that are not the focus of this story.
Have you ever read book 2 before book 1?
Let me know in the comments!
Until next time bibliophiles!
A digital copy of this book was supplied to me by Flux via NetGalley