by Jonathan Stroud
Narrator: Emily Bevan
Published by Disney Hyperion on September 12, 2017
Genres: Middle Grade Paranormal
Length: 12 hours and 40 minutes
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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.
Additional Books in the Series
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
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