Friday, October 28, 2016

Review: The Lost Eye Of The Serpent by Jeremy Phillips + GIVEAWAY! (CLOSED)

Hello, everyone! Today is my stop on the blog tour for The Lost Eye Of The Serpent by Jeremy Phillips hosted by YA Bound Book Tours so a huge thank you to them! I'm such a sucker for mystery novels and when I read the synopsis of this one, I just knew I had to read it ASAP.

I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review as part of the blog tour.

Down below is my review, all the links to where you can buy the book for your own enjoyment, the author links and lastly, the GIVEAWAY! Be sure to enter and if you love finding new mystery novels to get sucked into, continue reading. Enjoy!

Rating: PG
Genre: Mystery, Historical
Score: 3.5 stars
Page Count: 244
Book #1 of the Rose Delacroix Files series
Publisher: Limitless Publishing
Published: August 6th, 2016

It may sound crazy, but Jonathan Delacroix is certain his sister Rose really is Sherlock Holmes...

Girls are not detectives. But in the summer of 1893, in the small western town of Hope Springs, Rose Delacroix is bound and determined to prove them wrong. When the famous Emerald Serpent Jewels are stolen from the Delacroix family hotel and the blame lands solely on her older brother Bill, Rose recruits Jonathan as her Watson-like counterpart to solve the case.

Proving your brother innocent is difficult when the evidence keeps stacking up against him...

Before Rose and Jonathan can properly start their investigation, another robbery is committed. The rusty revolver purported to have once belonged to Wild Bill Hickock has been stolen from the general store and found hidden amongst her brother's belongings. With Bill in jail, and the owner of the Serpent Jewels planning to sue the Delacroix hotel, Rose knows she has to find a lead, and soon.

1. I was sucked into this book as soon as I saw the cover since it looked to be mysterious and I just love a good mystery novel with an equally intriguing cover. Not to mention this book has characters that are very huge fans of Sherlock Holmes and since I love Sherlock myself, I was sold. I'm so happy to review this book for you all so let's get on with the review!

2. I really love the characters in this book for a few reasons. One being that I thought Rose was a very independent young lady that didn't want the white picket fence life for herself and instead wanted to be a great detective like Sherlock Holmes. With the help of her twin brother Jon, they were able to live that dream for a bit as the story played out. I liked Jon because he was a bit quieter but was nonetheless determined to clear his brother's name and find the real criminal. They were both such smart kids and very clever, not to mention risk taking and resourceful in their investigation for the truth.

3. I thought the pacing was nice and the writing was great. The town the characters live in is a very old town and a small one at that. It was the type of town where news gets around before you even finish forming a thought about it. It was interesting to get some history on the town even though I felt like there wasn't quite enough for me personally. It isn't a fast-paced mystery novel but I thought it was fast enough to keep the story moving without dragging too much or feeling a bit boring.

4. Overall, I just enjoyed this book and I liked where it was heading. I think it's a fun story about two kids conducting their own investigation and searching for the real criminal and piecing together why their brother was the target and who would want to hurt the family. The book reminded me a bit of Theodore Boone which is one of my favorite series so I think anyone who loves a mystery would really enjoy this book.

The reason why I didn't give this book a five-star rating is because while I really liked the story, I just felt like there wasn't enough of a surprise element and it wasn't as suspenseful as I personally like. It didn't have me on the edge of my seat and while the story was nicely written, I didn't find myself overly surprised as the ''plot thickened" as they say when new evidence was discovered to strengthen the case against Rose and Jon's brother being the criminal the town believes he is. It's a nice story, has a lot of potential and I think it's a promising start to the series. 

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My first novel will be available on September 8th, 2015. It's a Young Adult fiction story called: My Buddhist Christmas.

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  1. I really do like the sound of this! It's always nicer when you and the characters have something in common, and especially so when that something is a fandom! A bit of a shame about the plot not being surprising enough to give it the full rating, but it still seems like a great read :D

    1. Lol it's always nice when you and a character can fangirl over the same fandom! It's like you're best friends with them or something :D I just personally love suspenseful books and movies, especially when it's a mystery but I think this book is a great laid back mystery!