Sunday, 18 September 2016

Review: The Creeping Shadow by Jonathan Stroud

The Creeping Shadow (Lockwood & Co., #4)
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Okay, so this book.

You know, every book kind of gives you a feeling. The classics make you feel melancholic and sophisticated. Epic Fantasy like a Brandon Sanderson novel makes you feel like you're about to go on a grand adventure. This book makes you feel warm and cozy, cold and spooked, and hyped all at the same time.

Usually in a series, after about the 2nd book, things kind of become stale or altogether go downhill. Yeah, not in this series. You still have the same creepy vibes of entering haunted houses and dealing with the ghosts the traditional L&C way. But, on top of that you have the whole drama going on between Lucy and the rest of the gang, not over saturated drama, mind you. That bit of drama though is just right to drive the plot forward. And then, you have the crazy action that builds with each book. It's like Stroud knows exactly how to write the plot to keep it nostalgic and similar to the first books, but at the same time he's expanding slowly to keep things interesting.

The character development is well done too. Lucy and Lockwood are slowly, slowly growing closer. Holly is actually not really that annoying, and Lucy and her are beginning to form quite a nice friendship (thank god for no love triangles). And Quill is actually kind of cool. Oh, and then there's George... George is like an anchor that kind of unites everyone together. And, the skull is as witty as ever.

As soon as I heard that this book was finally out, I bought it within five minutes and finished reading it within 24 hours. Now, I must wait for the next book... le sigh.

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