The Empty Grave Blog Tour – Review & Giveaway

Posted September 22, 2017 by Kathy in 5 stars, Audiobook Review, Blog Tour, Book Review, Giveaway / 2 Comments

The Empty Grave Blog Tour - Review & Giveaway

The Empty Grave Blog Tour – Review & GiveawayThe Empty Grave Series: Lockwood and Co. #5
by Jonathan Stroud
Narrator: Emily Bevan
Published by Disney Hyperion on September 12, 2017
Genres: Middle Grade Paranormal
Length: 12 hours and 40 minutes
Format: Audiobook
Source: Purchased
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After the dramatic events of The Creeping Shadow, the Lockwood team (plus Quill Kipps) deserve some well-earned rest.

So naturally they break into the Fittes Mausoleum, on a perilous mission to discover the truth about London's top ghost-hunting agency, and its sinister leader.

What they discover will change everything.

But there's little time to ponder. A near-miss at a haunted fairground is only the start - as the Fittes agency closes in on the team, an epic struggle commences.

With the help of some unexpected, and rather ghostly, allies, Lockwood & Co must battle their greatest enemy yet, as they move ever closer to the moment when the earth-shattering secret of 'the problem' will finally be revealed.

Jonathan Stroud once again delivers a rousing adventure full of danger, laughs, twists, and frights. The revelations will send readers back to Book 1 to start the series all over again.


A 5-star finale for Lockwood & Co!

I LOVE this series and The Empty Grave is another exciting adventure with the Lockwood & Co. gang.  This is the fifth and final book of this series, so you must read the books in order.  Trust me you will love every minute you spend with this group of friends.

This series is set in an alternate universe of London, England.  England has been plagued with ghosts (called “visitors”) and they aren’t your normal hauntings.  These ghosts are dangerous and the living can be killed by just a simple touch from the ghosts (aka ghost touch). To save the day (and the country) teams of gifted children battle these visitors and exorcise them to “the other side”.  There are many companies for hire to do the job and Lockwood & Co is one of the best teams out there.  The team consists of Anthony Lockwood (owner and leader with the heightened hearing of ghosts), George Cubbins (researcher), Lucy Carlyle (investigator that speaks with ghosts) and Holly Munro (admin assistant).  For this last adventure Quill Kipps (a former investigator from a rival agency) joins the team for their ultimate battle.  I’m not going to spoil the story for you but you should know this had the edge of your seat action, chilling mystery and hilarious moments I’ve grown to expect from a Jonathan Stroud book. In this final book we see the groups relationship grow beyond colleagues and friends.  They have become a family and would make the ultimate sacrifice to protect each other.

I hate to see this series end! But I sense this really isn’t a goodbye. The ending felt like a beginning to a new chapter for the group (or is it me wishing this for more or a spinoff lol). But I’m going to miss Anthony’s charisma, George and Skull’s sarcasm, Holly’s perkiness and Lucy’s noble spirit.  Lucy will forever be one of my favorite heroines.  I love her witty nature and her loyalty for her friends.  Fans received exciting news this week that this series will be coming to TV.  I can’t wait to see this show.

Lockwood & Co is a middle grade series for readers of all ages.  I highly recommend this series to readers looking for a fun adventure with creepy twists and a group of characters that will have you laughing and cheering them on.

5 Star Audiobook Review

Emily Bevan returns as the narrator and it is another excellent performance.  She has become one of my favorite narrators and the reason why I prefer to listen to the audiobooks for this series.  She brings all the characters to life, with unique voices and captures their personalities perfectly.  I especially love the sarcasm she brings for George and Skull. In this book she also brought Anthony’s shyness to life and just made me love him more. Listening to this series as an audiobook reminds me of listening to ghost stories in front of a campfire. Ms. Bevin and author Jonathan Stroud had me laughing and jumping throughout this fun adventure.

Rating Report
Audiobook Performance
Overall: five-stars

About Jonathan Stroud

Jonathan Anthony Stroud is an author of fantasy books, mainly for children and youths.

Stroud grew up in St Albans where he enjoyed reading books, drawing pictures, and writing stories. Between the ages seven and nine he was often ill, so he spent most of his days in the hospital or in his bed at home. To escape boredom he would occupy himself with books and stories. After he completed his studies of English literature at the University of York, he worked in London as an editor for the Walker Books store. He worked with different types of books there and this soon led to the writing of his own books. During the 1990s, he started publishing his own works and quickly gained success.

In May 1999, Stroud published his first children's novel, Buried Fire, which was the first of a line of fantasy/mythology children's books.

Among his most prominent works are the bestselling Bartimaeus Trilogy. A special feature of these novels compared to others of their genre is that Stroud examines the stereotypes and ethics of the magician class and the enslaved demons. This is done by examining the perspective of the sarcastic and slightly egomaniacal djinni Bartimaeus. The books in this series are The Amulet of Samarkand, The Golem's Eye, and Ptolemy's Gate, his first books to be published in the United States.

Stroud lives in St Albans, Hertfordshire, with his two children, Isabelle and Arthur, and his wife Gina, an illustrator of children's books.


Additional Books in the Series


a Rafflecopter giveaway


Tour Schedule:


Week One:

9/11/2017- Twirling Book Princess– Excerpt

9/12/2017- Life Within The Pages– Review

9/13/2017- A Magical World Of Words– Review

9/14/2017- The Book Monsters Review

9/15/2017- BookHounds YA– Guest Post


Week Two:

9/18/2017- Morbid Romantic Reviews– Review

9/19/2017- YA and Wine Interview

9/20/2017- books are love– Review

9/21/2017- Mythical Books– Guest Post

9/22/2017- My Nook, Books & More– Review

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • 2017 Audiobook Challenge
  • 2017 New Release Challenge


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2 responses to “The Empty Grave Blog Tour – Review & Giveaway

  1. How have I not heard of this series? Probably because I don’t read much YA, more less Middle Grade (which I actually like more, but I don’t see a lot of it). Adding book one to my TBR. Great review.

    • Kathy

      I’ve just started to read Middle Grade but I find it difficult to find a story that I like. I hope you’ll listen to the audiobooks. The narrator is different for the first book but she also does a great job. I don’t like horror but I had fun with these ghost adventures. And the characters are crazy and lovable (reminds me of the Harry Potter series). Thanks Melanie!