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Top Ten Tuesday / December 31, 2013

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish to show off our book-related lists!

Wow, I’m quite sad saying goodbye to this year. It was a year of big things for me, namely getting married and buying my first property. So thank you to 2013, which will forever be an unforgettable year. read more

By: Daphne
Middle Grade, Review / August 29, 2013
The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan StroudThe Screaming Staircase
Author: Jonathan Stroud
Series: Lockwood & Co. #1
Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers
Date: August 2013
440 pages
Source: ARC from publisher
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal
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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 . . .

In trying to articulate my excitement for wonder that is The Screaming Staircase, I was going to write my shortest ever review and leave it at that, because it summarises the book so well: freaking brilliant. (Well, freaky and brilliant, really).

Then I thought it might help to elaborate. My expectations were set extremely high when I first heard about this book at the Random House Children’s Publishers blogger brunch. It ticked all the right boxes for me—great author, alternative London setting, a cavalier hero, smart female narrator. Plus, actually having Jonathan Stroud there demonstrating how to fight ghosts with a rapier, salt, chains and a teapot was pretty perfect. read more

By: Daphne
Blog Tour, Guest Post / August 16, 2013

Today I’m so pleased to be hosting an official tour stop for the first book in Jonathan Stroud’s new, fantastic series, Lockwood & Co.! I was thrilled to be invited to be part of the tour by UK publishers Random Houce Children’s Publishers as I thought it was absolutely brilliant and have been a big fan of Jonathan’s work since his Bartimaeus quartet. Jonathan has written a delightful guest post on what our intrepid ghost hunters Lockwood, Lucy and George wear when going about their business and I’ve picked what I think is a fun Lucy-inspired outfit. Be sure to visit all the tour stops for more fun information about The Screaming Staircase! read more

By: Daphne
Waiting on Wednesday / July 24, 2013

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine, where we feature a book we are looking forward to being released!

The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud

The Screaming Staircase
(Lockwood & Co. #1)
by Jonathan Stroud

29 August 2013

[bra_dropcaps style=’dropcap2′]A[/bra_dropcaps] Problem has occurred in London: all nature of ghosts, haunts, and spirits are appearing throughout the city, and they aren’t exactly friendly. Only young people have the psychic abilities required to see – and, hopefully, eradicate – the supernatural enemies. Many different Psychic Detection Agencies have cropped up to handle the dangerous work, and they are in fierce competition for business. read more

By: Daphne
Top Ten Tuesday / June 25, 2013

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish to show off our book-related lists!

It’s been a good year for books! I’ve read 33 so far this year and to be honest I’ve enjoyed pretty much all of them all in their own special way. I’ve narrowed it down to books that were published/are going to be published in 2013. Here are my favourite books so far this year:
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By: Daphne