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text 2018-05-11 14:34
The Screaming Staircase - Jonathan Stroud

This is my recommendations book from Jonathan Stroud.

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review 2018-01-17 06:35
Creeping Fear
Lockwood & Co.: The Creeping Shadow - Jonathan Stroud

I adore this series. I always look forward to the newest book. And I have to get these on audiobook because the narration is always excellent. I was not disappointed. At the end of "The Hollow Boy", Lucy leaves Lockwood and Co for what seems like good reasons at the time. She becomes an independent contractor ghost hunter and she's good at her job. But she's not happy, even with her glass jar skull for company. She misses the camaraderie of Lockwood and Co.: George, even Holly, and of course, Lockwood. But she left to keep them safe because her newer abilities to communicate with ghosts might cause her to make a mistake and get one of her friends hurt.

Lockwood shows up at her new digs and asks for her help with a case, and she agrees to help them out. It's one of their tougher cases, and Lucy finds her life in jeopardy shortly after, and realizing that she's more safe sticking with Lockwood and Co. until they fi

gure out who's trying to kill her. That's when their biggest case comes their way, a whole haunted village. They end up in a small town with serious ghost problems a conspiracy that will shake the foundations of the ghost hunting community.

I love how Stroud steadily builds on the foundation of the last book and the previous ones. The story just expands beautifully and he doesn't leave any plot elements dangling. While he turns a few things on their heads, it's organic as the reader realizes that things weren't as the characters thought or believed. The characters are very well developed and layered. While the main characters are all teens, they have a maturity that is realistic considering the world they live in and the dangers they face every day. Let's face it. The children are the ones on the frontline, confronting and dealing with the ghost Problem.

These books are delightfully eerie and downright chilling at times. Also, there's plenty of human menace. I mean, grownups trying to kill kids. How sick is that? While the paranormal elements are integral to the story, the heart of it is the characters. Everything is told from Lucy's point of view (it's 1st person), but the characters don't suffer from being seen through the typically narrow 1st person vantage point. Instead, they are richly described, with dialogue and action that shows you everything you need to know about them. Lucy also grows as a character as she faces significant challenges and comes to realizations about what she is and how to deal with the troubles she and her friends face. And that they are stronger together.

As with the last book, this has a nice conclusion but it also leaves the door open for the next book. Things are about to get even more intense, and I'm here for it.

Another book I'd love to see made into movies. And I just checked and it's going to be optioned for a tv series in the UK. This pleases me. Sadly, the next book is the last book. But all good things come to an end.

Highly recommend!
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review 2018-01-01 00:00
The Creeping Shadow - Jonathan Stroud I...I feel totally unprepared for book 5. Reading this only strengthened my fears of what might happen in the next book. and I'm so not ready to say goodbye. That said, I loved this installment of the Lockwood & Co. series, and loved listening to it on audio. This one focuses slightly more on Lucy, much like the first, but for a very different reason. Whereas in the first book Lucy had just met Lockwood and George, in this one she has recently left them after a ghost reveals a terrifying future for one of them, which places Lucy as the cause.

Against her better judgment, she does see Lockwood again, and we get to learn more about the Problem, as well as some key players in other agencies. While I am not ready for this series to end, after the cliffhanger in this book, I am anxious to read on! I want to know how things end, perhaps more so than I'm afraid of the end, and so I look forward to listening to the last book in this series soon! (I bought it on Audible as soon as it came out, but have been putting off these last two books because I want the series to go on forever. That said I plan to reread them, or rather listen to them again this year, so my review might change slightly in the future.)
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text 2017-10-24 13:25
The Screaming Staircase - Kindle Sale $.99
By Jonathan Stroud - The Screaming Staircase (Lockwood & Co.) (8/18/13) - Jonathan Stroud

The first in the Lockwood & Co. series, The Screaming Staircase, is on sale today. $.99 for the Kindle version.


This is a wonderfully imaginative Middle Grade story. I've really been enjoying this series. 


The Screaming Staircase on Amazon, Kindle Version



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review 2017-10-22 15:48
Lockwood & Co. Book Three: The Hollow Boy - Jonathan StroudĀ 
Lockwood & Co. Book Three: The Hollow Boy - Jonathan Stroud

I hate the fat-shaming and the cliche of girls competing for a bit as plot, because of course that's going to be the most important thing to terms engaging in nightly mortal combat with ghosts: who's hair is shiniest. Stroud can't imagine girls choosing to wear pants with pockets*, so take it as read that he's crap at treating female characters like people. But put all that aside and the mystery and the ghost-fights are quite fun.

The hell? The boys get to wear pants, but the girls have to wear skirts into battle, and never once complain. I suppose I should be grateful he lets them fight, or that he doesn't make them fight backwards in high heels, but really? Why are British authors so weirdly mired in sex roles of 1950s? Rowling does it too, and I just don't get it.


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