The Screaming Staircase

The Screaming Staircase When the dead come back to haunt the living Lockwood Co step in For than fifty years the country has been affected by a horrifying epidemic of ghosts A number of Psychic Investigations Agencies hav

  • Title: The Screaming Staircase
  • Author: Jonathan Stroud
  • ISBN: 9780857532015
  • Page: 331
  • Format: Hardcover
  • When the dead come back to haunt the living, Lockwood Co step in .For than fifty years, the country has been affected by a horrifying epidemic of ghosts A number of Psychic Investigations Agencies have sprung up to destroy the dangerous apparitions.Lucy Carlyle, a talented young agent, arrives in London hoping for a notable career Instead she finds herselWhen the dead come back to haunt the living, Lockwood Co step in .For than fifty years, the country has been affected by a horrifying epidemic of ghosts A number of Psychic Investigations Agencies have sprung up to destroy the dangerous apparitions.Lucy Carlyle, a talented young agent, arrives in London hoping for a notable career Instead she finds herself joining the smallest, most ramshackle agency in the city, run by the charismatic Anthony Lockwood When one of their cases goes horribly wrong, Lockwood Co have one last chance of redemption Unfortunately this involves spending the night in one of the most haunted houses in England, and trying to escape alive.Set in a city stalked by spectres, The Screaming Staircase is the first in a chilling new series full of suspense, humour and truly terrifying ghosts Your nights will never be the same again .

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    1. My YA recommendation of the month -- which is not really fair since I read the ARC and it doesn't come out until September -- is Jonathan Stroud's Lockwood & Co.: The Screaming Staircase. You may be familiar with Stroud's earlier series about the genie Bartimaeus, and like Bartimaeus, Lockwood & Co. offers us an alternate modern England -- a brilliantly rendered world in which "the Problem" has inexplicably caused ghosts to run rampant and disrupt the lives of mortals. In this new realit [...]

    2. This series is my Harry Potter. And I love it so much, forever rereading till I die.Anyways, review to come and feel free to visit the dumpster to scream about this book with me because I'M TRASH FOR LOCKWOOD AND CO.Pre-review:I swear my hand slipped.

    3. Lucy Carlyle has two special Talents: she can hear the voices of the dead and she can experience memories of the dead by touching belongings they once owned. Normally she puts her Talent to use for an organization that investigates paranormal phenomena, but when a tragic incident leaves her jobless, she wanders into the office of Lockwood & Co. hoping to find work. There she teams up with Anthony Lockwood and George Cubbins to tackle solving the mystery behind one of the most notoriously hau [...]

    4. MY LOVE FOR THESE THREE IS UNCONDITIONAL IF ANY OF THEM DIE DURNING THIS SERIES I’M DELETING MY GR ACCOUNT AND BECOMING A HERMIT, OKAY? #lucewoodThis book followed Lucy Carlyle, a teenage ghost investigator looking for a job in London during The Problem. The Problem is a ghost infestation, with the dead not staying dead. It resulted in houses being haunted and people winding up dead, and the only people capable of defeating the ghosts are children and teens.Lucy winds up getting a job at Londo [...]

    5. literally how does anyone not believe ghosts are real after reading this book 👻👻 because i feel like i'm being forced to confront the reality that i'm being observed by some otherworldly separate physical entities and idk where that leaves me other than terrorbut also i can’t wait until my psychic abilities blossom, like i just MUST be surrounded by ghosts all the time, that’s the only explanation about why i’m so cold physically and in my heart and why my hands and feet are always f [...]

    6. THE REVIEW IS POSTED3.5 Stars."My view is: with you andGeorge on my team, nothing can stand in our way."The problem has been happening for over 50 years. This problem is an epidemic of supernatural phenomena (ghosts) and there are agencies to help people to deal with their supernatural problems or the supernatural threat. Lucy Carlyle is a girl who works for an agency called Lockwood & Co. and the leader of this agency is Anthony Lockwood. So they have this one case that doesn't end well and [...]

    7. Edit 03/25 : Reread with my teacher glasses Well now, this is a success :) Let's see what the kids think now! Why an experiment? To be honest, I wasn't accustomed to discriminating Middle-Grade and Young Adult novels back when I read in French. WHY? This would be because they're similarly advertised (when in hardbacks) - and don't get me started about the New Adult ones which are blended with them : frankly, I applause all the parents who're trying to make some sense of the way books are sold to [...]

    8. See this review and more like it on bookbastion!_________Well that was fun and basically everything I hoped it would be! Every once in awhile, in the midst of all my fantasy and YA reads I get a craving to read something just a little bit spooky. When I first came across some friends on my feed raving about this book, it immediately called to me. What's spookier than ghosts? To me, not much! I wasn't sure when I could fit this into my reading schedule until Netgalley emailed me a widget for the [...]

    9. 3 StarsOverview: ^ Basically my entire feelings about this book. I can appreciate it, but something about it didn’t click. I just don’t think it was for me. I liked it. I just didn’t love it. Buddy Read with the lovely Frankie! Who enjoyed this much more than I did! Pros: There’s some super cool worldbuilding. It’s ghosts mixed with science and somehow it works. This is set in a London where the world is almost over-run with paranormal activity, and children are the only ones able to d [...]

    10. This was a very fun middle grade book, with interesting world-building and a great writing style! I had a lot of fun reading it. I do feel like it's not one that will really stick with me much, but if I continue the series I might become more attached to it!I loved the setting. It's pretty unique; I'm not sure what the time period is, it seems to blend different aspects of different eras together in a way that somehow works pretty well. The world itself is quite ambiguous but still believable as [...]

    11. 4.5 starsSee this review and others at A Thousand Lives of Frankie LovelyBuddy read with my girl Kaylin who did not love this as much as I did.Ok so I LOVED itAlso, my inner child has a new book boyfriendThe StoryPerhaps better titled “The world”, because I am going to avoid telling you anything about the actual story. Some things are better left to your own discovery and I feel like this book is one of those instances.Lucy can hear things not the things you and I can hear (for we - at least [...]

    12. This book was one of the most entertaining books I’ve read in a while. (s) Reasons Why this books is Epicsauce- Anthony Lockwood- The whispering skull that lives!!for!!the!!roasts!!- Ghosts and scary things like staircases that scream and walls that bleed and young girls with creepy pasts- Ghosts - Even tho it was categorized as middle school genre, it had me SHOOK- But not toooooooo scary so you’ll be okay- Fast paced - Strong build up- Sass - THEY DRINK TEA- George and his unconditional lo [...]

    13. Man, this book was awesome and impressive. To be honest, although there are a lot of good MG stuff out there, I'm still a bit wary of this demographic because there is a fair amount of books out there in this category that is absolutely juvenile. But The Screaming Staircase screamed unique, it screamed different, it screamed FANTASTIQUE! in big, bold letters. There is so much to love in this book: the endearing, well-polished characters; the enchanting, well-written narration; and the hypnotic, [...]

    14. This YA spooky series was a surprise for me! I enjoyed the book more than I thought I would.The writing was well done, the plot was complex and the scary moments were fantastic. I really enjoyed the world building that Jonathan Stroud has produced with the hauntings, how to destroy them and the type of world the characters live in because of this ghostly issue, aka "The Problem".The Problem is the epidemic of hauntings currently affecting Britain and how only young children and teenagers can act [...]

    15. Update: 8/1/17Rereading this because Lockwood ❤️ and Lucy 💕 and George ❤️Also because I miss them 💕❤️💕-------ALL THE STARSI LOVED THIS SO MUCHUM WHERE HAS THIS BOOK BEEN MY WHOLE LIFEBECAUSE IT IS AMAZINGAnd now I want a Percy Jackson/Lockwood crossover book(Can someone make this happen?)I usually shy away from ghost books cause that's just not my thing. But the wifey told me that Lockwood would be my next book boyfriend and since she knows best I figured I needed to check i [...]

    16. well this was totally freaking spooky and scary 👻Ghost hunting, mansion hauntings, screaming staircases, murder and a trio of best friends? This book really does have it all, it's got All the Good Stuff“Of the first few hauntings I investigated with Lockwood & Co. I intend to say little, in part to protect the identity of the victims, in part because of the gruesome nature of the incidents, but mainly because, in a variety of ingenious ways, we succeeded in messing them all up.” I'm s [...]

    17. I mostly requested this because I'd heard good things about it, and boy am I glad I did. This book is awesome!I think that this is a children's book (middle grade maybe?) but don't let that put you off. This book is ridiculously well written, reading with the flair and complexity of only the best books (ever) and I freaking loved it.This book is creepy and a little bit scary, set in a terrifying alternate world where ghosts have taken over the night and have the power to kill. When only the youn [...]

    18. I was really excited to start this series, because someone *cough* Sana had hyped it up so much. Needless to say, it more than met those expectations. The Screaming Staircase follows the story of a team of teenage ghosthunters, set in an AU London plagued by dangerous paranormal apparitions. It was somehow fun and cute and creepy all at the same time. I don’t read very much middle grade, and I appreciated that while this was easy to read and its content is appropriate for a younger audience, S [...]

    19. I can't believe I almost forgot about Jonathan Stroud. His Bartimaeus trilogy was one of my favorites when I was in middle school/high school, but I never thought I would find another one of his books, because for some reason I believed that he hadn't written anything else after that series. It was pure chance that I learned about this book at all - I can't remember which of my friends put this on their to-read list, but someone did, and I happened to be looking at my feed at the exact right mo [...]

    20. 4 stars! “Of the first few hauntings I investigated with Lockwood & Co. I intend to say little, in part to protect the identity of the victims, in part because of the gruesome nature of the incidents, but mainly because, in a variety of ingenious ways, we succeeded in messing them all up.” Who knew a middle grade novel could be TERRIFYING! It took me a while to get through this book because I was too scared to read it at night!The Screaming Staircase takes place in England, where an epid [...]

    21. 4.5 Lockwood Stars!Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ and a half / 5 starsLead Male Character: ★ ★ ★ ★ and a half / 5 stars (Lockwood and George)Lead Female Character: ★ ★ ★ ★ / 5 starsPlotline: ★ ★ ★ ★ and a half / 5 stars Genre: Thriller, mystery, adventure, action, middle-gradeWill I recommend this book to others?: YESWill I reread this book?: YES Overall story summed up in one word: Brilliant! Minor Spoilers Ahead!Sauna, I thank you for recommending me this book because it was b [...]

    22. Arc received from the Publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Teenager Ghostbusters in Londonand in a haunted mansion with lots of tea, fright and all kinds of otherworldly creatures. Scary, funny, tense and exciting in equal parts from beginning to end. What more do you need to celebrate Halloween?Normally I give a wide berth to ghost or horror stories on all levels, be they adult or even middle-grade, but the fact that the book was written by Jonathan Stroud was irresistible. [...]

    23. I have two confessions1) I have NEVER read a Jonathan Stroud book before. I am aware this is a shocking error and shall have to be rectified before I end up in library purgatory.2) I am a complete scaredy cat and do not read ghost stories.So, when I received a review copy of Lockwood I wasunsure to say the least, but I thought give it a go - expand your reading horizons, and I am SO glad I did.Ghosts are real. The Problem is widespread with many reports of Visitors and fatal cases of ghost-touch [...]

    24. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEHHHHHHH I loved this so much!I picked this up because I wanted a Spooky October read and since I don't handle actual Horror necessarily all that well, I decided to read this instead. (Yeah total marshmallow over here and despite of it, one of my fav TV-Show is American Horror Story *Snorts* You can imagine After watching a season I basically don't sleep for a month.)This was so, so good! And funny! And so well written! I highly recommend this. And it was actually scary too!! [...]

    25. 3.75 stars*Please note that an seller sent me an uncorrected ARC of this instead of the hardcover I actually ordered so the book I read may be different than the final product.*Initially I liked the concept of this book: young, psychic ghost-hunting sleuths who use an array of gadgets to solve mysteries in haunted houses. The problem is that the writing is sometimes too dry to keep your attention. Though the dialogue is realistic for the characters, not the overly snarky way adults writers thin [...]

    26. I’m sick of historical fiction. I’m sick of contemporary fiction. I’m sick of realism and science fiction. Fantasy I watch with a wary eye. I don’t always feel this way but when I’ve read seven depressing meaningful middle grade books for kids in a row the old noggin screams for something enjoyable for once. And to place into this mental desert a book like The Screaming Staircase well, it’s the best possible cure for what ails ye. A pleasure from tip to tail, this is the book you ha [...]

    27. This was a book I was reading to see how it was for my young teen daughters. It's definitely clean and very YA. The book and series are about a ghost hunter agency. In general I struggle with urban fantasy such as this. The book was OK and I did like the cheeky British humor. If YA and/or Urban fantasy aren't your thing you probably aren't going to like this. If you do you will. I'll continue the series so I can talk with my daughters about it.

    28. 3.5 stars.A well thought out YA ghost story. Set in an alternative modern day London, where ghosts can kill you if they touch you with ghost lock. Citizens live in fear of ghosts at night and use ghost lights to indicate their presence and running water as protection.Children, being more sensitive to supernatural vibes, are employed as night- watch, usually supervised by adults. There are type one ghosts ( the less serious) comprising Dark spectre, Raw bones, Poltergeist, Changers, Stalkers and [...]

    29. There are five things I can say that'll make you want to read this book - 1. It's BRILLIANTLY written by (the always awesome) Jonathan Stroud.2. It's a deliciously eerie spookfest, just in time for Halloween.3. Main characters don't fall in love with each other.4. Speaking of - BEST. CHARACTERS. EVER!5. It has a sequel (Eep!)

    30. Because of their line of work, the owners of Hearthside Books in Bluefield, WV are frequently favored by publishers with advance review copies of forthcoming books. Last month, they offered some of these free, for a limited time, to their customers; and this was the one I snapped up, intrigued by a glowing review from another member of the Book Review Exchange group. (She didn't steer me wrong!) The nearly month-long time it took me to read this isn't really indicative; it's a brisk-paced tale w [...]

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