Hi guys! I’m posting a bit early today because I’m leaving the country for spring break!
Title: The Screaming Staircase
Author: Jonathan Stroud
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication date: 2013
Page count: 381 (hardback)
When the dead come back to haunt the living, Lockwood & Co. step in . . .
For more 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 . . . ~ Goodreads
If I could describe this book in one word it would be AAAAAAAAHHHH!!! Man, I felt so proud for reading Serafina and the Black Cloak yup, I was thinking “Wow Sue! You sure can handle SCARY books now.” And then I read this book. *shudder* I know I scare easily but this book was definitely supposed to be scary. Which makes a HUGE difference (who would have thought)! And it
helped made it worse that the plot was a really good mystery, the writing was great, and the characters where really likable. It also had a very fabulous setup for book 2. Unlike the Tapper Twins Go to War (with each other) or The City of Ember which both really could have been just a standalone.
My complaints: The beginning was kind of confusing and made me question whether that this really was the first book.
Age recommendation: 13
“God rest her soul and may she never walk at night”
“No. I’m being ironic. Or is it sarcastic? I can never remember.”
“Irony’s cleverer, so you’re probably being sarcastic.”
“Okay…” I hurried on. “But why me?”
“You’re a girl,” Lockwood called. “Aren’t you supposed to be more sensitive?”
“To emotions, yes. To nuances of human behavior. Not necessarily to secret passages in a wall.”
“Oh, it’s much the same thing.”
It’s not spooky (thankfully) it’s . . . What Does the Cat Think?