Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Review: The Screaming Staircase

Title: The Screaming Staircase
Author: Jonathan Stroud
Publication Date: August 26, 2014
Genre: Supernatural/Paranormal, Middle Grade
Recommended If You Like: scary books that aren't too scary, ghost stories, strong young characters

I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This did not affect my opinion of the book or my review itself.

The Book:

In a world where the presence of ghosts has become the norm, the young are the ones with the Talents to see and vanquish the paranormal. Lucy, Lockwood, and George form one of many agencies who make a living fighting against the ghosts. As they learn to work together, they must tackle two of the biggest cases London has seen.

What I Liked:

I'm a big fan of books focused on the paranormal, and also a fan of middle grade and young adult reads, so this was a very enjoyable combo for me here. The book was frightening without being terrifying, and managed to be very eerie and suspenseful while still being middle-grade appropriate, not an easy feat.

Anything I Didn't Like?

The book got a little meandering and slow in parts, which caused my attention to drift away, which meant this book took me quite a bit longer to finish than its length would have suggested.


I enjoyed reading this book, but not enough where I will be in a rush to pick up the rest of the series.

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