Book Review

Book Review | THE EMPTY GRAVE, by Jonathan Stroud

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The Empty Grave (Lockwood & Co. #5), by Jonathan Stroud

Publish Date: September 18, 2018 (first published September 12, 2017)
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 427
Genre: MG Paranormal/Horror
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

Five months after the events in THE CREEPING SHADOW, we join Lockwood, Lucy, George, Holly, and their associate Quill Kipps on a perilous night mission: they have broken into the booby-trapped Fittes Mausoleum, where the body of the legendary psychic heroine Marissa Fittes lies. Or does it? This is just one of the many questions to be answered in Book 5 of the Lockwood & Co. series. Will Lockwood ever reveal more about his family’s past to Lucy? Will their trip to the Other Side leave Lucy and Lockwood forever changed? Will Penelope Fittes succeed in shutting down their agency forever? The young agents must survive attacks from foes both spectral and human before they can take on their greatest enemy in a climactic and chaotic battle. And to prevail they will have to rely on help from some surprising–and shadowy–allies.


My Review:

Such a good ending! I loved seeing everything come together finally, have all the questions answered, and of course, the little family that is Lockwood & Co come out on top in the end.  Continue reading “Book Review | THE EMPTY GRAVE, by Jonathan Stroud”

Book Review

Book Review | THE CREEPING SHADOW, by Jonathan Stroud

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The Creeping Shadow (Lockwood & Co. #4), by Jonathan Stroud

Publish Date: September 12, 2017 (first published September 13, 2016)
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 435
Genre: MG Paranormal/Horror
My Rating: ★★★★★ (5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

After leaving Lockwood & Co. at the end of The Hollow Boy, Lucy is a freelance operative, hiring herself out to agencies that value her ever-improving skills. One day she is pleasantly surprised by a visit from Lockwood, who tells her he needs a good Listener for a tough assignment. Penelope Fittes, the leader of the giant Fittes Agency wants them–and only them–to locate and remove the Source for the legendary Brixton Cannibal. They succeed in their very dangerous task, but tensions remain high between Lucy and the other agents. Even the skull in the jar talks to her like a jilted lover. What will it take to reunite the team? Black marketeers, an informant ghost, a Spirit Cape that transports the wearer, and mysteries involving Steve Rotwell and Penelope Fittes just may do the trick. But, in a shocking cliffhanger ending, the team learns that someone has been manipulating them all along. . . .


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Book Review | TARNISHED ARE THE STARS, by Rosiee Thor

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Tarnished Are the Starsby Rosiee Thor

Publish Date: October 15, 2019 (audiobook published October 1, 2019)
Published by: Scholastic Press
Audiobook Narrated by: Rosie Jones
Length: 11 hrs 17 min (384 pages)
Genre: YA Sci-Fi/LGBTQ+
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

A secret beats inside Anna Thatcher’s chest: an illegal clockwork heart. Anna works cog by cog — donning the moniker Technician — to supply black market medical technology to the sick and injured, against the Commissioner’s tyrannical laws.

Nathaniel Fremont, the Commissioner’s son, has never had to fear the law. Determined to earn his father’s respect, Nathaniel sets out to capture the Technician. But the more he learns about the outlaw, the more he questions whether his father’s elusive affection is worth chasing at all.

Their game of cat and mouse takes an abrupt turn when Eliza, a skilled assassin and spy, arrives. Her mission is to learn the Commissioner’s secrets at any cost — even if it means betraying her own heart.

When these uneasy allies discover the most dangerous secret of all, they must work together despite their differences and put an end to a deadly epidemic — before the Commissioner ends them first.


My Review:

I listened to this as an audiobook and so it took a little bit of getting into and understanding the world-building, but once I did I absolutely enjoyed it. I loved the characters and the plotline was intriguing, and it kept me completely enthralled throughout it.  Continue reading “Book Review | TARNISHED ARE THE STARS, by Rosiee Thor”

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Book Review | THE HOLLOW BOY, by Jonathan Stroud

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The Hollow Boy (Lockwood & Co. #3), by Jonathan Stroud

Publish Date: August 16, 2016 (first published September 15, 2015)
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 385
Genre: MG Paranormal/Horror
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

As a massive outbreak of supernatural Visitors baffles Scotland Yard and causes protests throughout London, Lockwood & Co. continue to demonstrate their effectiveness in exterminating spirits. Anthony Lockwood is dashing, George insightful, and Lucy dynamic, while the skull in the jar utters sardonic advice from the sidelines. There is a new spirit of openness in the team now that Lockwood has shared some of his childhood secrets, and Lucy is feeling more and more as if her true home is at Portland Row. It comes as a great shock, then, when Lockwood and George introduce her to an annoyingly perky and hyper-efficient new assistant, Holly Munro.

Meanwhile, there are reports of many new hauntings, including a house where bloody footprints are appearing, and a department store full of strange sounds and shadowy figures. But ghosts seem to be the least of Lockwood & Co.’s concerns when assassins attack during a carnival in the center of the city. Can the team get past their personal issues to save the day on all fronts, or will bad feelings attract yet more trouble?

Danger abounds, tensions escalate, and new loyalties form in this third delightfully terrifying adventure in the critically acclaimed Lockwood & Co. series.


My Review:

For a lot of this book I was kind of bitter and angry, but by the end I still loved it and these characters absolutely. Continue reading “Book Review | THE HOLLOW BOY, by Jonathan Stroud”

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Book Review | FOOLISH HEARTS, by Emma Mills

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Foolish Hearts, by Emma Mills

Publish Date: December 5, 2017
Published by: Henry Holt and Co.
Pages: 320
Genre: YA Contemporary/Romance
My Rating: ★★★★☆ (4.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

When Claudia accidentally eavesdrops on the epic breakup of Paige and Iris, the it-couple at her school, she finds herself in hot water with prickly, difficult Iris. Thrown together against their will in the class production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, along with the goofiest, cutest boy Claudia has ever known, Iris and Claudia are in for an eye-opening senior year.


My Review:

This was an absolute doll of a book. It made me laugh so much and I loved it. It was cute and funny, with some loveable characters (although I’m still not convinced Gideon Prewitt could actually exist. He is just too good for this world), and a storyline that was simple but full of such wonder, joy, and a nice touch of drama. Continue reading “Book Review | FOOLISH HEARTS, by Emma Mills”

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Book Review | THE WHISPERING SKULL, by Jonathan Stroud

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The Whispering Skull (Lockwood & Co. #2), by Jonathan Stroud

Publish Date: September 15, 2015 (first published September 16, 2014)
Published by: Disney-Hyperion
Pages: 424
Genre: MG Paranormal/Horror
My Rating: ★★★★★ (4.5 out of 5 stars)


Synopsis:

In the six months since Anthony, Lucy, and George survived a night in the most haunted house in England, Lockwood & Co. hasn’t made much progress. Quill Kipps and his team of Fittes agents keep swooping in on Lockwood’s investigations. Finally, in a fit of anger, Anthony challenges his rival to a contest: the next time the two agencies compete on a job, the losing side will have to admit defeat in the Times newspaper.

Things look up when a new client, Mr. Saunders, hires Lockwood & Co. to be present at the excavation of Edmund Bickerstaff, a Victorian doctor who reportedly tried to communicate with the dead. Saunders needs the coffin sealed with silver to prevent any supernatural trouble. All goes well-until George’s curiosity attracts a horrible phantom.

Back home at Portland Row, Lockwood accuses George of making too many careless mistakes. Lucy is distracted by urgent whispers coming from the skull in the ghost jar. Then the team is summoned to DEPRAC headquarters. Kipps is there too, much to Lockwood’s annoyance. Bickerstaff’s coffin was raided and a strange glass object buried with the corpse has vanished. Inspector Barnes believes the relic to be highly dangerous, and he wants it found.


My Review:

I think I found my new obsession, because I can’t get enough of this series and I am only on book two. I love these characters, love the plots, love the mysteries and ghastly ghostliness. It keeps me entranced and chilled to the bone, on edge throughout the entire book while I follow Lucy, Lockwood and George through their investigations. Continue reading “Book Review | THE WHISPERING SKULL, by Jonathan Stroud”