Hi guys! I am so so sorry that I haven’t posted for the past two weeks! I’ve been CRAZY busy and haven’t had time to finish this book. After much procrastination, piano playing, and stressed banana eating was I able to finish this review on time. Happy early Halloween too! I’m dressing up as a space-bug-princess! 😛
Title: The Empty Grave (Lockwood & Co. #5)
Author: Jonathon Stroud
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: 2017
Page Count: 437
Age Recommendation: 12
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. ~ Goodreads
I have a love-hate relationship with the last book of a good series. First off, it has to live up to the expectations of all of the previous books AND it has to wrap up the series well. The Empty Grave manages to do all of that, and more, ending up being my favorite out of the whole series.
Lockwood & Co. has always had a strong point with unique, lovable characters and I think The Empty Grave really helped highlight the character growth that all of the characters went through, both personally and relationship wise. Lucy went from being brash, stubborn and selfish to being more lovably selfish, stubborn and brash. I honestly don’t remember much about any of the characters from the start of the series, but from this book alone I can track their growth.
I especially loved Holly and Lucy’s relationship in this book. I loved seeing them both mature and become friends. It definitely made them more three dimensional and showed strengths and flaws in their characters! I especially loved the subtle hints about hidden layers in Holly’s character at the end.
There was even growth in Lockwood’s character. While he is a very secretive character and it is hard to tell what he is thinking, especially since it is from first POV, he definitely went through some changes. He started opening up more about his past and at the end a MAJOR breakthrough for his character happened.
My main ship also saw quite a lot of progress. Maybe even more if SOMEONE *cough* Kipps *cough* hadn’t INTERUPTED with time sensitive and potentially lethal information! The audacity….
I love the plot of the series and the book. It flows really well and while the first two or three books definitely were important, they didn’t move the plot along as fast as the last two books of the series. They ended up adding more shape and severity of the entire situation their world was in without being boring and keeping its relevance to the story.
Despite only really unraveling the mysteries of the story in the fourth book, the fifth book was not at all rushed (or worse, slow). Instead the book was packed with twists, turns, explosions and ghosts. Jonathan Stroud manages to balance the perfect amount of action and mystery with ghosts and jokes. Even though the book doesn’t focus as much on ghost hunting and it isn’t quite as horror filled, it still has the same ‘vibe’ as the previous books.
The resolution was absolutely amazing. It tied everything up, just enough. I felt like it managed to cut any loose strings while still leaving me hungry for more. It was the perfect read right before Halloween.
George gave Holly a reproving look. “You creep down to the basement to secretly eat nuts and seeds?
“After all that buildup,” he said. “I was hoping for the real deal when we met her. Little bit of glitz, bit of high-end razzle…
Lockwood nodded. “Just to be clear, you both spoke? It was a full conversation?”
“That’s right, bub. Like this one, only more interesting.”
What Does the Cat Think?
*screams* OH MY GODS! WHAT HAPPENED? WHO ARE YOU? WHERE’S TIGER? IGGY? ANYONE? HELP!!!