Don’t Call Me a Hybrid: A Review of Moonlocket

33148504. sy475 It’s hard to escape the secrets from the past.

Storm clouds gather over Lily and Robert’s summer when criminal mastermind the Jack of Diamonds appears. For Jack is searching for the mysterious Moonlocket – but that’s not the only thing he wants.

Suddenly, dark secrets from Robert’s past plunge him into danger. Jack is playing a cruel game that Robert is a part of. Now Lily and Malkin, the mechanical fox, must stay one step ahead before Jack plays his final, deadly card…

I know several other reviewers have said that “oh, you don’t really need to have read the first book in order to appreciate and enjoy this part of the series!”

They lied.

I found myself struggling to keep up with the characters, because there was SO MUCH backstory that I didn’t know. I had hoped that it would be akin to Harry Potter in the sense of a whole lot of rehashing at the beginning so you’re not like, HUH WHAT WHERE? (I have a weird knack for picking up series with the second book without meaning to.)

However! I will say, I want to read the first book, because the world Bunzl created is so enjoyable! I love that we’ve got this steampunk Victorian England world, complete with a talking steam-powered fox who’s this cute little smartass. Our heroic leader Lily likes to say she has three birthdays, since she’s (arguably) died twice (which is a spoiler for the first book, I guess?)

Plus, I mean, look at that cover! Can you blame me for picking this up based just on how pretty it is?!

While a struggle to read just because of how much is covered in the first book, I still really enjoyed this one. I give Moonlocket 3.5 (rounded up to 4) out of 5 brass noses. Thank you to NetGalley and Usborne Publishing for providing a copy in exchange for review.

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