Teen ghost hunting competitors - Lockwood & Co. vs. the Phipps Agency – are tearing around London in a race to control “the problem”, ghostly hauntings singularly and in clusters. Why are the ghosts returning? The up and comers, Lockwood & Co. are on the job to get to the bottom of that. This book is filled with whispering apparitions, tools and tricks of the ghost hunter trade as well as sword fights with malevolent spirits. Is the whispering skull roused to help our heroes or does it have an agenda of its own? Beware lest you are ghost touched in the meantime!
The reader, Katie Lyons, has a good variation in tone and cadence to differentiate between characters as well as mood. She is a pleasure to listen to.
This is a good, old fashioned fun ghost story. It’s aimed at a Young Adult crowd so this story is not overly terrifying, just a wink and nod to the spirit world. For the listener new to this series, the author does well explaining the spectral folklore in his book series. It’s also a nomenclature for all terms ghostly. Ghost stories get me in the spirit of the season, see what you think.
This book was better than the first one. Suspenseful and full of mystery. Can Lockwood and Company figure out who took the mirror before it is too late!!! I love the skull in the jar. I hope we can learn more about him.
After The Screaming Staircase I read The Whispering Skull. One word......AWESOMENESS!!!!! Stroud really has a talent in the horror industry. The Whispering Skull tied right in and the end left readers speechless. (Although I kinda suspected as much) What interested me right away about the series was that it was like no other book I had read before, meaning, it was just about them and their stor
y. Not the heroes that will define the ghost busting age or conquer them forever. But the normal struggling agency and it' hilarious characters. ( if you could call living with phantoms and poltergeists in your world "normal.") I think all the characters are my favorite in different ways. I believe horror and humor is the craziest combo in a book that I have ever read. Somehow though Stroud manages to pull it off wonderfully. Keep it up!!! I just bought the Hollow Boy.........btw I agree with GhostWriterAt221B uhhh why aren' t Lockwood and Lucy together yet?
A very fun read. The team is hired for what seems a simple job in the cemetery. But nothing is ever simple for this trio.
What's found in and then stolen from the cemetery leads to a fast-paced and thrilling investigation. The skull jar introduced in The Screaming Staircase holds a vital clue in solving the mystery.
Stroud does an excellent job in providing some comic relief to the eerie tone of the book, keeping it from becoming too dark or gory.
This was slightly better than the first installment. I'm not looking forward to the next book. Not because I'm dreading it, but because I'm not invested in reading it.
So good! I love Lockwood and Co. This is the best mystery series for higher elementary kids. Plenty of suspense and not as predictable as most juvenile fiction tends to be. I highly recommend for any kiddo (or adult!) who enjoys Neil Gaiman.
Aimless, slightly amusing, but overall... it honestly did not meet the high standards that the previous installment had set. The entire plot line was, to be frank, dull and lifeless like the specters that the trio hunts. The team seemed slightly out of character, their conversations awkward and choppy. Obvious tension between Lockwood and Lucy. I have one question, though... Why haven't Lockwood and Lucy kissed yet? There was an ideal scene on the rooftop where it almost happened, but that's not enough for me... Overall, it was not worth the grueling wait of an entire year. I would still urge you to read it though, because the ending will cause you to participate involuntarily in spontaneous internal combustion. It is that amazing. Harsh, but true...
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