IT’S OCTOBER! Whoop whoop! That means its almost Halloween! And to celebrate Halloween, I have made the decision to only read spooky/horror/mildly scary books throughout the month. There is a full post going up about this tomorrow. But today it is time for my first spooky read and today it is all about the fourth book in the Lockwood & Co series by Jonathan Stroud. Yep, todays review is for The Creeping Shadow. Let’s do this!
Well shit is getting real! I think this may be the best book in the series so far. Considering how disappointed I was in the previous book, I was a little worried that this book would be the same, but my god was I wrong. It really redeemed itself. I listened to this one as an audiobook (I half read, half listened to the first book, but have actively read the other two) and I honestly couldn’t stop listening to it. I didn’t want to switch it off.
I loved the storyline in this book. With each new book in the series, the story is getting darker. I have never thought that these books should be classed as middle grade (I mean in the first book there was literally a bleeding room intent on killing the characters and monks that were buried alive!) but with each book this series is getting more and more YA. Personally I really like this. It kind of reminds me of Potter or Jackson. You story ages as it progresses. That is what it is like with Lockwood & Co. each book gets darker, more intense and that bit more adult. And the storyline in this one was definitely more adult. And defiantly darker.
I love that with these books you never know what’s around the corner. Because of their investigative nature you really do find yourself trying to figure out what is going on. You really do end up thinking alongside the characters and realising things at the same moment they do. it is really refreshing to find a book that keeps you this on your toes. Especially in the middle grade genre. I love that all the storylines are all slowly, in each book, converging on the same point. Everything is slowly linking up and making more and more sense.
I think the other reason why I enjoyed this book so much was because the characters redeemed themselves. Particularly Lucy. In the previous book she was bratty and catty, she was bitchy and insecure. She basically because a whole different person. But in this book she regained her old self. She became her brave, confident, kickass self again. And it was brilliant to see. I also liked that you can clearly see how the other characters have progressed as well. They are all growing up. I also loved seeing them reconnecting with each other.
All in all, I really liked this book. It is my favourite of the series so far. I can’t see myself waiting long to pick up the next, and final, book in this series.
4.5 out of 5
There we go. My first spooky read of the season. Have you read this series yet? What do you think about it? what books are you planning to read this Halloween. I hope that you have enjoyed todays post and I will see you all again very soon.