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Der Wispernde Schädel PDF, ePub eBook Wenn Londons Geisterwelt erwacht Dank des spektakulären Erfolgs im Fall der seufzenden Wendeltreppe ist Lockwood & Co. nun eine der angesagtesten Geisteragenturen Londons. Doch inzwischen wird die Metropole bereits von einer Reihe neuer grausiger Ereignisse erschüttert: In einer beispiellosen Diebstahlserie werden mächtige magische Artefakte entwendet und deren Hüter gr Wenn Londons Geisterwelt erwacht Dank des spektakulären Erfolgs im Fall der seufzenden Wendeltreppe ist Lockwood & Co. nun eine der angesagtesten Geisteragenturen Londons. Doch inzwischen wird die Metropole bereits von einer Reihe neuer grausiger Ereignisse erschüttert: In einer beispiellosen Diebstahlserie werden mächtige magische Artefakte entwendet und deren Hüter grausam ermordet. Als dann auch noch auf einem Friedhof ein schauerlich eiserner Sarg geborgen wird, dessen Inhalt unter mysteriösen Umständen verschwindet, steht fest: Ein klarer Fall für Lockwood & Co.! Nur wenn das Team um Anthony Lockwood, Lucy und George ihre ganze Genialität im Umgang mit übernatürlichen Ereignissen in die Wagschale wirft, kann es ihnen gelingen, die Verschwörung, die hinter all dem steckt, aufzudecken.

30 review for Der Wispernde Schädel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥

    ”Well,” Lockwood said, “if you judge success by the number of enemies you make, that was a highly successful evening.” Did I ever mention that I love “Lockwood & Co”? Those three are so funny and amazing and it was a pleasure to be able to dive back into their world. It felt like I never left it and I had no problem to get back into the game. =) This time around they were after an object that was pilfered from a mysterious coffin and I was really curious how this story would unfold. I love hau ”Well,” Lockwood said, “if you judge success by the number of enemies you make, that was a highly successful evening.” Did I ever mention that I love “Lockwood & Co”? Those three are so funny and amazing and it was a pleasure to be able to dive back into their world. It felt like I never left it and I had no problem to get back into the game. =) This time around they were after an object that was pilfered from a mysterious coffin and I was really curious how this story would unfold. I love haunted graveyards and this looked so promising that I vowed only to read the book during the day. (I’m a scaredy cat, remember? *lol*) Well, looking at it in retrospective I shouldn’t have worried, the fear factor wasn’t very high in that one and I didn’t even get goose bumps. Still, this didn’t lessen the fun I had while reading the book and my enthusiasm for this series didn’t cease. ;-) ”You didn’t actually aim it at all, did you?” Lockwood said. “No.” “You just chucked it. In fact, it was pure blind luck that George lost his balance and fell out of the way. That’s why he wasn’t kebabbed by you.” “Yup.” He smiled at me. See, it are conversations like that which made it so nice to read this book. Lockwood and Lucy have a special chemistry and for some reason George fits into it all more than just perfectly. XD It’s just a lovely balance and I really appreciate what Stroud did. =) They are all friends and they take care of each other. No one is left out and they all contribute their parts to the puzzle. Everyone is equal and has some special talents the others can count on. It’s just nice! =)) I stiffened. Lockwood made a small noise between his teeth. George groaned audibly. “We’ve had near-death experiences,” he muttered, “we’ve had domestic rows, we’ve had a pitiful amount of sleep. But this is going to drive me over the edge. If I leap on the table and start shrieking, don’t try to stop me. Just let me howl.” I swear George is such an awesome guy! I love him! Of course I love Lucy and Lockwood too, but George is my fave! Haha! I just love his comments and remarks! Which brings me directly to the next character that kind of grew on me. The skull! *lol* Boy, did he give them a run for their money. XD Despite his hostile and rather unfriendly demeanour I still think that he kind of likes them all though. I mean why else would he even talk to them? He seems to be lonely and it’s obvious that he enjoys his conversations with Lucy. Can’t say the same for Luce though, but yeah that’s another story. ;-P ”You,” I said. My throat was dry; I could barely speak. “Not the greatest welcome I’ve ever had,” the voice sad, “but accurate. Yes, I can’t deny it. Me.” ”Well, I make that one murder victim, one police interrogation and one conversation with a ghost,” George said. “Now that’s what I call a busy evening.” Lockwood nodded. “To think some people just watch television.” I think it’s safe to say that Lockwood and Co. never had an evening they were able to watch TV, but sometimes you just gotta do your job and they take theirs very seriously. XD So, no TV but a lot of action and mysterious happenings, which is so much better if you ask me. *lol* Did I forget anything? Oh yes, Flo! I really liked her and I hope we’ll see more of her in the next three books. She seems to be one of a kind and I think George and her would get along more than just fine. *LOL* I wonder how “Locky” got to know her and I can’t wait to find out more about his past! Plus the ending!!!! OMG!!! Such a mean cliffhanger! >_< I need to read the next book!!! Sorry guys!!! *runs off to pre-order “The Hollow Boy” from the library* P.S: @mo chroi: I'm glad you persuaded me to read it! ;-) It was fun! <3

  2. 4 out of 5

    alyssa

    4.5 Stars Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ and a half / 5 stars Lead Male Character: ★ ★ ★ ★ / 5 stars Lead Female Character: ★ ★ ★ ★ / 5 stars Plotline: ★ ★ ★ ★ / 5 stars Genre: Mystery, middle-grade, thriller, action, adventure, ghosts Will I recommend this book to others?: Of course! Will I reread this book?: Yes! Overall story summed up in one word: Marvelous! There are just some books out there that are so good that words can't do it any justice. You simply have to pick up the book and read it for yourself to see 4.5 Stars Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ and a half / 5 stars Lead Male Character: ★ ★ ★ ★ / 5 stars Lead Female Character: ★ ★ ★ ★ / 5 stars Plotline: ★ ★ ★ ★ / 5 stars Genre: Mystery, middle-grade, thriller, action, adventure, ghosts Will I recommend this book to others?: Of course! Will I reread this book?: Yes! Overall story summed up in one word: Marvelous! There are just some books out there that are so good that words can't do it any justice. You simply have to pick up the book and read it for yourself to see. With that being said, The Whispering Skull falls under this category. It's really difficult for me to explain with words what a beauty this book is unless you read it yourself. Now I'm just going to tell you this: If you haven't done so yet, PICK UP THIS SERIES (The Whispering Skull is book two and the first book is The Screaming Staircase). Though I'm barely on the second book, I already know this series has a lot of potential. It's beautifully written and it definitely sucks you in from page one and you would never want to put the book down! Please read this and you won't regret it one bit! ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ I'm totally not ashamed to say that I am now officially Lockwood trash thanks so my babe, Sauna 💖 (I'll link when I get home :) Oh and before I forget, Mr. Anthony Lockwood and I are getting married soon and you all are invited! RSVP now due to limited seats! Hope to see everyone there! :D

  3. 5 out of 5

    may ❀

    Y’all wanna know a secret?? I read this book back in June and I seemed to have forgot I had to write a review for it. 😉 😉 😉 There’s something with the books in this series that starts off REALLY slow and takes me quite a while to get into, but once I’m into it, I CANNOT PUT IT DOWN. "It's hard to say no to him. It always is" - you know you got issues when you’re more invested in shipping 13 year olds than actively living your life - ft. a type 3 whispering skull that is a savage and prefers to roa Y’all wanna know a secret?? I read this book back in June and I seemed to have forgot I had to write a review for it. 😉 😉 😉 There’s something with the books in this series that starts off REALLY slow and takes me quite a while to get into, but once I’m into it, I CANNOT PUT IT DOWN. "It's hard to say no to him. It always is" - you know you got issues when you’re more invested in shipping 13 year olds than actively living your life - ft. a type 3 whispering skull that is a savage and prefers to roast rather than haunt - gr6 kids flirting: - He took my hand, and placed in it a necklace...It was really very beautiful. ‘What?’ I stared at it. ‘Where’d you get this?’ ‘Just something I had. I suggest you close your mouth when you wear it – it’s more elegant that way." - Its been 2 months and im still not OVER THAT SCENE - Kipps being a grade A butthead - Lbr Lucy can kinda be annoying but she has a good heart - Lockwood is a precious little baby - George is still my spirit animal and prefers food to humans - The mystery is actually pretty creepy - Idk how middle grade kids are reading this and not crying bc I almost am - I literally got chills while reading certain parts - Anyways the beginning dragged and I was falling asleep - But by the time I reached the 50% mark, I was FLYING THROUGH - And the ending was WHOA !! - I wanna read book 3 real real real soon (s) 4 stars!! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Continuation buddy reading with my Charlotte

  4. 4 out of 5

    Sana

    This is a reread. LOOK I'M CRYING. I AM DYING. THAT ENDING IS SO SWEET AND I JUST WANT TO CRY. The characters, the plot twist, this entire story is just so incredible, hilarious and everything I need in life. I love George, Lucy and Lockwood more than I love myself and that probably sounds really sad lmao. I'm incapable of writing a review bc honestly i don't know how to for this. All you need to know that this series is perfection. So get your butt to read it, if you haven't??

  5. 4 out of 5

    Chaima ✨ شيماء

    my personality literally changes minute by minute but i will never stop being more emotionally invested in this series than i am in any of the relationships i have with my family members!!! continuation buddy read with: this muggle

  6. 4 out of 5

    Frankie Lovely

    4 stars Review to come Still great but I didn't love it as much as the first. This one had a big of a drag in the middle. But still an awesome series for all ages!!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Darth J

    So this sequel finds Lockwood and Co. on the hunt for an artifact known as the bone mirror (which has powers that are speculated upon, but never fully explained): They are guided by a glowing green head in a jar: Along the way, they find themselves in a restricted library: And then sword-fighting ensues because they carry rapiers around everywhere for some reason: Then there's a final showdown with a shadowy figure: I have to say the storytelling seemed quite scalloped to me, in that there are many l So this sequel finds Lockwood and Co. on the hunt for an artifact known as the bone mirror (which has powers that are speculated upon, but never fully explained): They are guided by a glowing green head in a jar: Along the way, they find themselves in a restricted library: And then sword-fighting ensues because they carry rapiers around everywhere for some reason: Then there's a final showdown with a shadowy figure: I have to say the storytelling seemed quite scalloped to me, in that there are many lulls and info dumps punctuated by peaks of action. The cover artwork is excellent, but the interior illustrations need more contrast to actually see what they are. All in all, this was just an okay book for me.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Ginger

    The Whispering Skull is the second book in the Lockwood & Co. series and starts off 6 months later after the group survives the night in one of the most haunted houses in England. Anthony Lockwood, Lucy and George get a new client that wants help with an excavation of a body in an old cemetery. Turns out the body is Edmund Birckerstaff who had died in a violent way years ago and his coffin is sealed in silver. This is the start of a fun and well paced sequel that includes the mystery of the de The Whispering Skull is the second book in the Lockwood & Co. series and starts off 6 months later after the group survives the night in one of the most haunted houses in England. Anthony Lockwood, Lucy and George get a new client that wants help with an excavation of a body in an old cemetery. Turns out the body is Edmund Birckerstaff who had died in a violent way years ago and his coffin is sealed in silver. This is the start of a fun and well paced sequel that includes the mystery of the death of Birckerstaff, his obsessions with communicating with the dead and Lucy’s talents of being able to talk to the skull ghost residing in the ghost jar. Most agents can't communicate with a Type 3 ghost so this is a big deal to the overall profession of containing and destroying ghosts. The Lockwood & Co. series is written for middle school age but Jonathan Stroud finds a way to write well for all ages and I enjoyed this series from the beginning. I would start with The Screaming Staircase so that you can understand the world building of the series, London and the ghost epidemic. If you’re looking for a fun, spooky and fast paced series that involves ghosts and other paranormal topics, you might really like this series! The characters of Lockwood, Lucy and George are being developed more and the book leaves off on a big cliffhanger. I loved it! I’m looking forward to continuing with the series!

  9. 4 out of 5

    ✶Rachelle✶

    4.5 stars This was just wonderful. The action, the romance, the suspense. Agghhh I can't get enough of it! Lockwood, Lucy, and George have become my newest book BFFs. AND THAT ENDING. So I can't really review this without spoiling the first book, so if you haven't read the first book stop reading this review and go read the book!! Lucy's Talent becomes more and more intriguing....and in this one, we find out that the ghost in the jar is actually a Type 3 and our girl Lucy can communicate with him. 4.5 stars This was just wonderful. The action, the romance, the suspense. Agghhh I can't get enough of it! Lockwood, Lucy, and George have become my newest book BFFs. AND THAT ENDING. So I can't really review this without spoiling the first book, so if you haven't read the first book stop reading this review and go read the book!! Lucy's Talent becomes more and more intriguing....and in this one, we find out that the ghost in the jar is actually a Type 3 and our girl Lucy can communicate with him. I loved the banter between the two of them. The ghost is hysterically sarcastic and I feel like we would get along splendidly. But naturally, Lockwood stole the show as The Most Charming Character Ever. And George aka my son got caught up in some bad juju which made my heart sad. However, it was interesting to see how Lucy, Lockwood, and George's friendships changed and grew through this. Ugh it is 3:30am and I can't brain right now. Suffice it to say, this book is awesome (but I did like the first book a wee bit more....this one got a bit long in places) and everyone should read it. Bedtime or book 3? Um, yeah the answer is obvious........ Hello again, Lockwood =D ------------- So I was going to be patient and wait for a copy to become available from my library. I lasted 24 hours. I am now the proud owner of book 2 of my new favorite series =D

  10. 5 out of 5

    Veronique

    4.5 re-read "Well,' Lockwood said, "if you judge success by the number of enemies you make, that was a highly successful evening.” I had high expectations for this book, having loved the first one, and thankfully The Whispering Skull didn't disappoint. Stroud builds on the previous events as well as on the characters' development. We are once more thrown into ever more thrilling action, suitably creepy, interspersed by scenes focused on our protagonists, while resolving an intriguing mystery. I mu 4.5 re-read "Well,' Lockwood said, "if you judge success by the number of enemies you make, that was a highly successful evening.” I had high expectations for this book, having loved the first one, and thankfully The Whispering Skull didn't disappoint. Stroud builds on the previous events as well as on the characters' development. We are once more thrown into ever more thrilling action, suitably creepy, interspersed by scenes focused on our protagonists, while resolving an intriguing mystery. I must admit, I love this trio and their idiosyncrasies. And let's not forget that hilarious skull! More, please!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Faye, la Patata

    So you live in a haunted house, and are regularly disturbed by... erm, supernatural beings day in and day out. You have work in the morning, but god forbid that female ghost roaming in the halls freaking you out to the point of pissing your pants. You want to sleep but you can't shake off that weird feeling following you around the house. One day, your patience has been stretched to the point of no return when a hostile entity manifests itself, and you promptly realize that this has to be stoppe So you live in a haunted house, and are regularly disturbed by... erm, supernatural beings day in and day out. You have work in the morning, but god forbid that female ghost roaming in the halls freaking you out to the point of pissing your pants. You want to sleep but you can't shake off that weird feeling following you around the house. One day, your patience has been stretched to the point of no return when a hostile entity manifests itself, and you promptly realize that this has to be stopped. So, who do you call? LOCKWOOD AND CO.!!! Friends, what a series this series is turning out to be. I read the first book last year and enjoyed it immensely. Not only does it have a cast of memorable, interesting, and flawed characters, but it has a world and society that are equally intriguing and riveting. It's like having a bunch of Ghostbusters around, trying to put down malicious spirits and entities, but I guess with a lot more intrigue and fun. I'm not going to go for any specifics because I would hate to spoil the rest of you if you haven't read this yet, but know this: Book 1 was already so good, and Book 2 just got even better! Last book, we met three characters who decided to team up together to fight ghosts and phantoms: Anthony, Lucy, and George. It's so refreshing to see a group of characters not only fun and interesting as a group, but fun and interesting individually as well They all have their own secrets and quirks, and in this installment we get to know a little more about each of them, and it's awesome how these things are smoothly incorporated in the storyline. Usually when there's a reveal of something important in a character's past or actions, it can get sidetracked pretty fast and veer away from the main storyline, but Stroud is just so excellent in transitioning and weaving them all together.  And that, my friends, is awesome storytelling. The plot here is far more sinister this time around, as our trio has to face a more powerful and mysterious foe and may have to team up with their rival teams in order to defeat it. I loved how the interaction here branched out from the three, and we find them reaching out to other people for help, other individuals with quirky personalities of their own. It was definitely interesting and I liked the different dynamics and conflicts that were shown - between Kip and Anthony, between Chief Inspector Barnes and the two of them, between George and another smart-dude... BETWEEN GEORGE AND THE TALKING SKULL... man. It was a blast reading about them, and it's all thanks to the carefully thought-out characterization and development all of them has to go through.  Also, did I mention that the ghosts here are not the goody-goody kind? They are ghosts and they are out for blood. I love how they are not taken lightly and how dangerous they really are, so there is a sense of urgency and danger when it comes to dealing with them. They touch you, and whatever part they touch will rot. They can make hallucinations, they can rip your heart out, you feel their depressing presence and it weighs you down. I love how the author utilises them in all kinds of situations and possibilities, making every scene different and exciting. Overall, The Whispering Skull is a brilliant second installment to a series that has proven itself promising and consistent in its characterization and storytelling. Am I waiting for the next book? Eagerly.

  12. 5 out of 5

    bella ϟ [ bella farren ]

    3.5 / 5 stars "'Plan F, we follow Plan F, right now.' 'Is that the one where we run away?' 'Not at all. It's the one where we beat a dignified emergency retreat.'” Once again, I was transported into this book and enjoyed every minute of it. I didn't realise how much I missed Lucy, Lockwood and George until they started bantering again—they're hilarious with their little British insults. This is the second book in the Lockwood & Co. series, and it picked up where it left off. Lockwood & Co 3.5 / 5 stars "'Plan F, we follow Plan F, right now.' 'Is that the one where we run away?' 'Not at all. It's the one where we beat a dignified emergency retreat.'” Once again, I was transported into this book and enjoyed every minute of it. I didn't realise how much I missed Lucy, Lockwood and George until they started bantering again—they're hilarious with their little British insults. This is the second book in the Lockwood & Co. series, and it picked up where it left off. Lockwood & Co. is London's most ramshackle agency of teenager ghost hunters, in a time where only children and teenage posses the ability to see ghosts. The Lockwood trio, as per usual, fumble their way through with a little bit of skill and a lot of luck, which means hilarity usually ensues. During this book the team go head to head with one of the most well-known and organised agency, Fittes, which is headed by the agency's mortal enemy, Quill Kipps. Add in a talking skull with the potential to be a rare kind of ghost that would catapult them to fame and a mirror that can shock people to death, and you have drama. And who knew a talking skull could be so sassy. I loved this book, but not quite as much as the first book. With this series, they tend to start slowly but are still entertaining and interesting. I would describe the first half as enjoyable but not gripping, with the last hundred pages or so always turning it into a page turner. Stroud is extremely descriptive and I love it, it takes no trouble at all to imagine every little thing in the book and the relationships between characters. The banter is my favourite part of this book, and the thought that anything will happen to the trio keeps me up at night, authors are scary creatures. Once again, I will vow to delete my GR account and become a hermit. ^ this is me every waking second when I'm reading this series. [ s1 ] [ s2 ] [ s3 ] [ s4 ]

  13. 5 out of 5

    Cora Tea Party Princess

    5 Words: Creepy, friendship, secrets, adventure, GHOSTS! I love this creepy alternative world that Jonathan Stroud has created. It's dark and twisted and I can't get enough. These books are creepy. These books are excellent. The Whispering Skill is just as well written as the first Lockwood & Co. and doesn't fall into that second book trap. If anything, this one is filled with even more heart-pounding action! And I love Lucy. She's just as kick-ass as she was the first time round, still a complex 5 Words: Creepy, friendship, secrets, adventure, GHOSTS! I love this creepy alternative world that Jonathan Stroud has created. It's dark and twisted and I can't get enough. These books are creepy. These books are excellent. The Whispering Skill is just as well written as the first Lockwood & Co. and doesn't fall into that second book trap. If anything, this one is filled with even more heart-pounding action! And I love Lucy. She's just as kick-ass as she was the first time round, still a complex character. We learn more about her, and I loved the slow ebb of information throughout the story. She's strong and she's special, but in a good way. Lockwood is still as infuriatingly mysterious, but I felt he started to grate on me a little - what's so bad that he has to hide it? (Speaking of... THAT ENDING?!) George is repulsive, just as he was in the late book. Urgh *shudders* those mannerisms of his. I read this pretty much in one sitting, with a supply of tea and a craving for a jam doughnut. I received a copy of this for free via NetGalley for review purposes.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Madeline

    I read the first book in the Lockwood & Co series over a year ago, mainly out of nostalgia - I was a huge fan of Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus series when I was younger, and it was fun to discover Stroud's newer series. It had everything I expected from a Stroud book: scary paranormal stuff, sassy banter, fast-paced action, and a setting that I still cannot stop imagining as Victorian England. (I think it's the fact that the kids use rapiers as weapons that's throwing me off, but there's hone I read the first book in the Lockwood & Co series over a year ago, mainly out of nostalgia - I was a huge fan of Jonathan Stroud's Bartimaeus series when I was younger, and it was fun to discover Stroud's newer series. It had everything I expected from a Stroud book: scary paranormal stuff, sassy banter, fast-paced action, and a setting that I still cannot stop imagining as Victorian England. (I think it's the fact that the kids use rapiers as weapons that's throwing me off, but there's honestly no reason for me to get the time period so wrong, except for the fact that this series feels so much like a Victorian Gothic-style ghost story.) The first book in the series was purely a nostalgia-driven delight for me, so I was excited to dive back into the story. Maybe this was just a weaker story - other reviews seem to agree that it wasn't as strong as the first book - or maybe the joy at finding a new Stroud series had worn off. Either way, I found a lot more things to nitpick about this one, and even though it was a solid, fun ghost story, I didn't enjoy it as much. The story picks up six months after the events of The Screaming Staircase. Lockwood & Co, the ragtag agency consisting of teenage ghost hunters Anthony Lockwood, Lucy Carlyle, and George Cubbins, are still struggling to compete with the larger ghost-hunting agencies. Their latest case concerns the recently-excavated body of Edmund Bickerstaff, a Victorian doctor who was obsessed with trying to contact spirits. A powerful object was buried with him, and is quickly stolen. Lucy and the others have to track down the object and destroy it, while also trying to figure out the exact circumstances of Bickerstaff's death. Meanwhile, the skull in a jar that they acquired in The Screaming Staircase is communicating with Lucy, and getting more involved in her life. It's all good, scary fun - there's a talking skull that's kept in a jar, for Christ's sake! But it's not as tightly constructed as the first book, and I kept finding issues. For one thing, Stroud has a lot of plot points to juggle, and some of them get forgotten for too long. At the beginning of the book, Lockwood makes a bet with a rival agency that will pit his agency against theirs, and the loser will have to publicly admit defeat. By the time they get around to actually doing this (the two agencies fighting ghosts together) the bet just seems unnecessary and stupid. There's no central haunted setpiece, like the haunted house in The Screaming Staircase, so the final ghost-hunting adventure feels a little less impressive. And, as I noted in my review of The Screaming Staircase, the murder-mystery subplot is pretty weak - once again, the kids are trying to figure out how someone died, and once again, the solution is pretty simple and anti-climactic, and I didn't even care anymore. There was just a lot of stuff that felt like it was dashed off in a hurry, and Stroud didn't bother to spend the time making it better. At one point, the kids have to steal an object from the bad guy, and their plan is so insultingly simple and never should have worked, but it goes off without a hitch. Similarly, the ending felt way too easy. (view spoiler)[So the cursed object they're trying to track down is a mirror that kills anyone who looks into it. Such a powerful, deadly object must be pretty hard to destroy, right? Nope. The kids just smash it, and the day is saved. I almost expected one of the characters to say, "Wow, that was easy." (hide spoiler)] But the biggest issue was the central three characters. Lucy is the strongest, but she's also the narrator, which means we get to be inside her head the whole time, so obviously she's going to be the most fleshed-out. Lockwood remains mysterious, or at least Lucy keeps telling us that he is, but the problem is that whatever Lockwood's deep dark secrets might be, Stroud isn't revealing anything, and the total lack of information just makes me not care. Oh, Lockwood has a secret room in the house that no one is allowed to go into? Look Stroud, we're kind of busy with the ghost investigation right now, can we put a pin in that? And then there's George. Poor, forgotten George. After leaving him out of almost all the action in The Screaming Staircase, Stroud apparently decided to fix the problem by giving us an overdose of George. But it doesn't work, because George is always either a non-entity, or he's wildly inconsistent. Apparently George's primary personality trait is his intellectual curiosity (did we see that in The Screaming Staircase? I can't even remember), and in The Whispering Skull we learn that he got fired from his previous job for asking too many questions about the agency. Okay, so George is curious, and that curiosity provides a major plot point. Here's the problem: remember Lockwood's mysterious Room of Secrets? George, based on everything Stroud has established about him, should be going crazy trying to figure out what's in there. But does he? When he and Lucy are discussing what might be in the room, George is just like, nope, not curious at all, that's Lockwood's business and I don't need to know. What the hell? It's pretty clear that Stroud doesn't really have a clear idea of George as a character, which is not a problem that we should be having in the second book of a series. So overall, not nearly as fun or well-done as the first book. But I'm still going to read the third one, because of course this one ends on the world's biggest cliffhanger. Because Jonathan Stroud is a jerk.

  15. 5 out of 5

    ☆★Tinja★✮ A Court of Pizza and Laziness

    This series is fantastic. I liked book 1 a bit more but this was great anyway. I hope book 3 will be a 5 star read again. Oh and why the hell is there a different narrator in every Audiobook?¿? Unacceptable.*grumbles*

  16. 4 out of 5

    Tara ☽

    Sometimes you just need to read a series about a trio of sassy teenagers hunting ghosts and solving mysteries together to be reminded that life is worth living. I have officially decided to adopt Lucy Carlyle, Anthony Lockwood and George Cubbins. You know you're growing slightly out of the official target age range for YA when this is your reaction to a group of teenage characters - even though these are admittedly on the younger end of YA. Honestly I think this series is the perfect bridge betwe Sometimes you just need to read a series about a trio of sassy teenagers hunting ghosts and solving mysteries together to be reminded that life is worth living. I have officially decided to adopt Lucy Carlyle, Anthony Lockwood and George Cubbins. You know you're growing slightly out of the official target age range for YA when this is your reaction to a group of teenage characters - even though these are admittedly on the younger end of YA. Honestly I think this series is the perfect bridge between middle grade and young adult, and truly it's one of those book series that can be enjoyed by literally anybody, regardless of how old you are. Anyway, enough of that tangent. I said in one of my statuses that reading Lockwood & Co gives me a feeling I've only ever felt before with Harry Potter: the feeling of coming home. It's very hard to explain, but maybe has something to do with how delightfully English these books are, so much so that it just reminds me of home and childhood. I've been so saturated with hordes of books set in America and written by American authors, that when I finally read a book that is so unabashedly British, it's like someone's served me a cup full of nostalgia. It's not often that I get scared while reading books, but Jonathan Stroud has a way of writing creepy scenes that send tingles down your spine. His descriptions are honestly to die for, he writes so vividly and with such idiosyncratic detail that I'm completely immersed in every scene. There are some majorly creepy ghosts in this book - a particular scene involving an abandoned asylum and a rat-infested ghost especially stuck with me. These books are like a peek inside Jonathan Stroud's vivid imagination, and some of the things he comes up with are both terrifying and awesome. But what really makes these books special is the characters. I love and adore this little found family of ghost-hunting children. And I wish I could be as witty as them. I'll always be a sucker for the trope of orphans or otherwise lonely misfits finding a makeshift family with each other, and this is one of the best examples of that. But still, SOMEBODY GET THESE POOR CHILDREN SOME ADULT SUPERVISION! ~4 Stars

  17. 5 out of 5

    Stacey (prettybooks)

    I forgot how much I love Lockwood, George and Lucy. They're one of my favourite trios in children's fiction at the moment, rivalling the most famous of them all. Each character shines, from Lockwood's inexplicable ability to act and think both like a teenage boy and an old man, George's chaotic dedication to researching archives and consuming biscuits, and Lucy's impressive intelligence and determination to solve even the most dangerous of cases and support her argumentative friends. She's been I forgot how much I love Lockwood, George and Lucy. They're one of my favourite trios in children's fiction at the moment, rivalling the most famous of them all. Each character shines, from Lockwood's inexplicable ability to act and think both like a teenage boy and an old man, George's chaotic dedication to researching archives and consuming biscuits, and Lucy's impressive intelligence and determination to solve even the most dangerous of cases and support her argumentative friends. She's been working at Lockwood & Co. for a year now – and they'd be lost without her. The Whispering Skull shares a lot less backstory than The Screaming Staircase because the reader is already familiar with the Problem and different types of ghosts, meaning we're thrown straight into the mystery. This time, powerful supernatural artefacts across London have been stolen, and their warders brutally murdered. Lockwood & Co. have messed up yet another case and are feeling dejected after their triumph solving the mystery of the screaming staircase. That is, until they are called to investigate serious paranormal activity at Kensal Green Cemetery. A suspicious grave of a Victorian doctor has been discovered and inside it, a mirror made of bones with mysterious powers. It has been stolen in the night and it's up to Lockwood & Co. to solve the case. They must reluctantly work alongside fellow detectives – the Fittes Agency – with a little healthy (and humiliating) competition. And with help from the mysterious whispering skull, housed in a jar in the Lockwood & Co. residence – one of the strongest characters in the book! The Whispering Skull is a worthy sequel to The Screaming Staircase. It's full of mystery, adventure, humour – and lots of ghosts! I loved getting to know the trio even more, especially the reserved Anthony Lockwood. I enjoyed watching Lucy's crush on Lockwood develop, with tension that rivals young adult contemporary romance ('He’d looked smarter in his time, but I can’t say he’d ever looked better to me.')! It is such a fun series – with the character interactions being a memorable highlight – and I have heard that the third book, The Hollow Boy , is the best so far. I should probably pick it up soon, yes? “Well, I make that one murder victim, one police interrogation and one conversation with a ghost,” George said. “Now that’s what I call a busy evening.” Lockwood nodded. “To think some people just watch television.” Thank you to the publisher for providing this book for review! I also reviewed this book over on Pretty Books.

  18. 5 out of 5

    AliceGoldstein

    Still so much months to go *sigh* *sigh* Is anybody else seriously starting to feel like this too?: The perfect sequel!I loved how Lucy starts to understand her powers and that she feels more confident because of them.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Katie Lumsden

    Such good fun! Well-paced, funny and imaginative - I would highly recommend.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jody

    Thoughts: The Whispering Skull was another entertaining read in Jonathan Stroud's Lockwood & Co. series. Book 2 takes place 6 months after book 1, and Lockwood, Lucy, and George have been trying to build their reputation as one of the top ghost hunting agencies in London. They have been doing a decent job considering the bigger and more established agencies they have to go up against. In this installment Lockwood & Co. are asked to oversee an odd ironbound casket be dug up in Kensal Gree Thoughts: The Whispering Skull was another entertaining read in Jonathan Stroud's Lockwood & Co. series. Book 2 takes place 6 months after book 1, and Lockwood, Lucy, and George have been trying to build their reputation as one of the top ghost hunting agencies in London. They have been doing a decent job considering the bigger and more established agencies they have to go up against. In this installment Lockwood & Co. are asked to oversee an odd ironbound casket be dug up in Kensal Green Cemetery. Everything seems to go as planned besides a few minor hiccups, until they find out the next morning a psychic artifact that was dug up with the coffin has been stolen. What ensues is a race against time to recover the stolen relic before it can unleash untold amounts of terror, or even death. Not to mention the other psychic team from the Fittes Agency that is also on the case, and doing everything in their power to beat and humiliate Lockwood & Co. I will admit that I am enjoying these books a lot more than I expected to. I haven't been a big fan of mystery type stories in the past. They just didn't seem to hold my attention. But the mixture of spookiness and whodunit in these books tend to keep my on the edge of my seat. Plus I just love these characters, and I can't help but rout for them on their nightly ghost adventures. I had originally started this series for some October/Halloween reading, but I believe I will continue on with the series even though we are in November. That alone is enough to let you know how gratifying I am finding this series. Characters: 4.5/5 stars Plot/Storyline: 4/5 stars World Building: 3.5/5 stars Spook-Factor: 3.5/5 stars Total: 3.75/5 Favorite quote: "Well, I make that one murder victim, one police interrogation, and one conversation with a ghost,” George said. “Now, that’s what I call a busy evening.” Lockwood nodded. “To think some people just watch television.” Book 1: The Screaming Staircase - 4 stars Book 2: The Whispering Skull - 4 stars

  21. 4 out of 5

    samantha (books-are-my-life20)

    Great book, reminds me a lot of the kinship in the Harry Potter series, the author's has a great writing style! he does an amazing job at keeping the balance with thrilling and humar and curiousity!

  22. 5 out of 5

    Eilonwy

    Having gained a bit of a reputation for solving the problem of the Screaming Staircase, Lockwood & Company get hired to tackle another troublesome ghost -- this time, in direct competition with their arch enemies, the Fittes Agency. I don't want to say too much about this second book in this series. It continues in the same vein as the previous volume, with equal mixes of humor, tension, mystery, and complicated plot threads that tie together in the most unexpected ways. I greatly enjoyed it Having gained a bit of a reputation for solving the problem of the Screaming Staircase, Lockwood & Company get hired to tackle another troublesome ghost -- this time, in direct competition with their arch enemies, the Fittes Agency. I don't want to say too much about this second book in this series. It continues in the same vein as the previous volume, with equal mixes of humor, tension, mystery, and complicated plot threads that tie together in the most unexpected ways. I greatly enjoyed it. Well, mostly. The good news is that the fat-shaming which annoyed me so much in the first book is gone; I think there's one, maybe two references to George's size, and they're just statements, basically establishing that he is still fat, the end, no judgement or slurring. The bad news is, there are several girl-hating comments which just ticked me off no end. Lucy hates one of the Fittes agents for being blond, slim, and pouty, for instance, and asserts that these are "three good reasons to dislike her." Um, sorry, because no, they're not; but the text never questions that this is how girls do and should feel about each other. The one that rankles me most, though, is when Lucy & Co. are trying to identify just who The Whispering Skull might have been in life, and when they guess a woman's name, they get this response: "You think I might be a girl?" the voice spat. "What cheek!" I'm pretty sure that if you were to substitute a variety of other descriptions here: "You think I might be black? Gay? Jewish? Catholic? Lebanese? A Gypsy? A midget? Retarded? Handicapped? What cheek!" they would have been edited right out as obvious hate speech. And yet this misogynistic statement is allowed to stand and slap female readers in the face. IMO, it's one thing to read all the snarkiness and insults in the Bartimaeus books by this author, since my understanding is that in their proper plane, djinn have no corporeal shape or gender or race or any of the other characteristics to which we humans apply prejudice. But the body-shaming and gender-bashing of actual people in these Lockwood books bothers me. I want to ask the author, "Why sink to this level when, as so many other people have already pointed out, there are are so many REAL reasons to hate people?" And this leaves me worried as to what what I have to look forward to in the next installment. That said, I really did enjoy every other moment of this book, and recommend it. But it bothers me that this series has these problematic elements.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lata

    Lucy, Lockwood and George are ghost hunting again, and the humour, horror and sarcasm fly equally. This time, the head in the jar provides equal measures of assistance and insults while the trio work on their latest large case to find and secure a dangerous mirror with a deadly history. The series continues to be fun, though I felt uncomfortable by how often George's weight was brought up and used to insult him. Lucy's discomfort, and at times, insulting assessment of the other females the group Lucy, Lockwood and George are ghost hunting again, and the humour, horror and sarcasm fly equally. This time, the head in the jar provides equal measures of assistance and insults while the trio work on their latest large case to find and secure a dangerous mirror with a deadly history. The series continues to be fun, though I felt uncomfortable by how often George's weight was brought up and used to insult him. Lucy's discomfort, and at times, insulting assessment of the other females the group encounters also made me uncomfortable. There don't appear to be any other female characters other than Lucy, at least so far in the series, that have admirable characteristics.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)

    I really liked the first book but this was so much better than the first. Even though I had a bit of a slow start with it, once it did get going I had a hard time putting it down. The characters are more fleshed out as well as the modern yet almost steampunk/Victorian feel to the world that Lucy and gang live in. Plus, the ghosts were scarier and the stakes were higher. Can't get much better than that. I'm really looking forward to reading the third book (hopefully) soon.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kribu

    Last year, The Screaming Staircase was one of my most anticipated - with a certain amount of anxiety - books of the year. I didn't actually expect to love Lockwood & Co. as much as I'd loved Stroud's Bartimaeus series, but I hoped to love the book anyway. And I did like it. I did. I just never really connected with it. Wanting to love it, so badly, probably didn't help - my expectations were so high that the book, which was, actually, really pretty good, ended up a little bit disappointing. Ne Last year, The Screaming Staircase was one of my most anticipated - with a certain amount of anxiety - books of the year. I didn't actually expect to love Lockwood & Co. as much as I'd loved Stroud's Bartimaeus series, but I hoped to love the book anyway. And I did like it. I did. I just never really connected with it. Wanting to love it, so badly, probably didn't help - my expectations were so high that the book, which was, actually, really pretty good, ended up a little bit disappointing. Never mind, I told myself: it was only the first book, setting the stage. The second book is what really counts. Now that I've read The Whispering Skull, I have to admit I rather ended up with the same problem: once again I'd got my expectations, although more tempered this time, high enough that the reality just couldn't quite meet them. It's a beautifully written series, it really is. Stroud's a fabulous writer - children's books these may be, but the writing is competent, skilled, never coming off as "writing down for the kids". The plot's solid, the characters, Lucy in particular, likeable. And yet again, it just didn't really "click". That connection, that thing one can't really describe but that elevates a "very good" book into the category of "I'd have this book's babies if I could" - that's still missing. For most of The Whispering Skull, my rating would have been three stars. It was good. Stuff happened. Lucy's showing progress (also in using her Talent - listening to / hearing the voices of ghosts, or Visitors), Lockwood's pleasant but mysterious, there is some (not entirely friendly) rivalry going on with a team from one of the largest agencies, some people die - everything was there. It was also all quite ... slow. While I actually enjoy a leisurely pace often enough, for the first three quarters of the book, I completely lacked any sense of urgency. And I think I should have: dangerous artefact on the loose, people dying and being killed over it, what not. The action did, however, pick up considerably in the last quarter of the book, and that's when I finally started getting into it. If I can't feel scared (hey, it's a spooky ghost story, shouldn't I feel at least a tiny bit anxious?), I at least want to feel excited, and the last quarter, for me, delivered on that front. The book also ends with a revelation that, I think, is going to play a rather interesting role in the next book, and uncovers a tiny bit of Lockwood's mystery. I'm glad about that as so far, Lockwood himself has really come off rather ... flat. We're told (repeatedly) that he's got a mysterious past, that he doesn't like to talk about himself, but the way it comes off has made Lockwood a little bland for me so far. I know Lucy likes him (probably even likes him, although any hints at a possible future romance have been extremely downplayed so far in the series), but other than "he's handsome and doesn't lack courage", I've yet to get a good idea about him. I think that now I've moderated my expectations for this series, I'm probably going to end up quite happy with it. There are also some possible deeper plot points afoot, regarding the entire nature of "the Problem" (i.e. the Visitors/ghosts popping up everywhere, killing people and all that), and I'm genuinely curious about whether we'll find out some more of the theory behind that in future books. * ARC of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review. Thanks!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Bonnie

    “Well, I make that one murder victim, one police interrogation and one conversation with a ghost,” George said. “Now that’s what I call a busy evening.” Lockwood nodded. “To think some people just watch television.” Lockwood, Lucy and George are back and at it again, diving straight into another perilous assignment this time involving the most dangerous Visitor they have yet to go up against. After a recent job goes awry and the recently excavated burial site has been looted, including a most pe “Well, I make that one murder victim, one police interrogation and one conversation with a ghost,” George said. “Now that’s what I call a busy evening.” Lockwood nodded. “To think some people just watch television.” Lockwood, Lucy and George are back and at it again, diving straight into another perilous assignment this time involving the most dangerous Visitor they have yet to go up against. After a recent job goes awry and the recently excavated burial site has been looted, including a most peculiar bone mirror, Scotland Yard hires the trio to track down the object as it seems to leave nothing but death in its wake. In addition to that adventure, the strange skull in the corpse jar is talking to Lucy much more frequently and he seems to actually be of some help with their latest case, but whether he can actually be trusted is the real question. ‘There are other things in the house to fear, besides me.’ The skull’s communications with Lucy added a strange and mysterious side story to The Whispering Skull since this skull seems to know a bit about the secretive door that Lockwood has forbidden everyone from entering. It arouses her curiosity and she has enough on her mind as it is and can’t afford to be distracted. This case involving the bone mirror is far more intricate than any of them seem to think, and will involve many close calls before the final page is turned. I’m constantly enthralled with the cases of Lockwood & Co. and this one was no exception. Not quite as scary as I found their Screaming Staircase case to be, but it was certainly no less engrossing and was actually quite a bit more fascinating. ​​‘And a quick word of advice. No cheap comments at her expense. She’s easily offended and would probably disembowel you.’ ‘Story of my life,’ George said. Once again though, I find myself completely smitten with this cast of characters. The stories themselves are phenomenal and will no doubt keep you entertained, but Lockwood, Lucy and George are characters you will wish could come to life and befriend you. The Whispering Skull succeeded in expanding our knowledge of the group and leading to tremendous growth in the characters themselves. The new addition to the trio was a surprising new favorite, but you can never go wrong with a hilariously snarky character even if he is a skull trapped in a jar. The skull had his malicious moments and certainly complicated things occasionally but really added a welcome level of hilarity to the story. I’m hoping we continue to see him in future installments. Such fun and entertaining stories, I look forward to more tales of the groups thrilling adventures and hope they take their time growing up. It will be devastating when they are forced to retire from ghost hunting. Once again, I must highly recommend this undervalued series that is perfect for all ages and for fans of mysteries, ghost stories and anything Victorian. I received this book free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    The Captain

    Ahoy there me mateys! Day two with book two of the Lockwood & Co. series completed. Challenge is going well so far. Arrr! If ye haven’t read the first book in this series, the screaming staircase, then ye might want to skip this post and go read the first book. Worth the read. If ye keep reading this log then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . . . . . It was absolutely wonderful to get back to Lucy Carlyle and the rest of the agency run by Lockwood. The gang survived th Ahoy there me mateys! Day two with book two of the Lockwood & Co. series completed. Challenge is going well so far. Arrr! If ye haven’t read the first book in this series, the screaming staircase, then ye might want to skip this post and go read the first book. Worth the read. If ye keep reading this log then ye have been forewarned and continue at yer own peril . . . . . . It was absolutely wonderful to get back to Lucy Carlyle and the rest of the agency run by Lockwood. The gang survived the big first adventure (cause this is book two – duh!) and about six months or so have passed. The slightly bumbling but lovable trio has had a slew of successful if mildly routine cases. Then they are hired for what should be more of the same. But of course everything goes wrong. A Victorian artifact goes missing and the bureaucratic government agency wants it found at all costs. And if things weren’t bad enough, Lucy’s powers are strengthening and a skull is talking to her. Can the Lockwood agency solve the case? Will the voices drive Lucy insane? I loved this book too and read it in one sitting. The highlights continue to be the relationships and banter between Lockwood, Lucy, and George. The world building continues to entertain too. This mystery, must like the one in the first book, I mostly solved early on but there were details in the who-dunnit that I did miss. This didn’t bother me in book one and certainly didn’t bother me in this one. I just liked being present for the ride. We get a couple new characters in this novel that I loved and growth in some of the characters in the previous book. I also love the rivalry between the two agencies fighting to solve the case first. I know that’s not a lot of plot information but I certainly don’t want to spoil this story. This book did not feel as spooky as book one but I enjoyed it almost as much. Just pick up a copy and experience the novel for yerself. I am looking forward to attempting the third book tonight! Arrrrr! Check out me other reviews at https://thecaptainsquartersblog.wordp...

  28. 4 out of 5

    MadameMelli

    What? This ending? That is SO not fair! I think this book was slighty less good than the first one. There were parts that seemed too strechted. But all in all I liked the story very much, espacially getting to know more about that skull and Lucys talents.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    3.5/5 Stars There were some parts of this book that I liked more than the first, but there were also so many parts that were kind of boring and my mind kept slipping in and out of focus and wandering off like a naughty little puppy without a leash. I'm not sure if that's my fault, or the book's, but the struggle was real. I would read a few pages, be super into it, and then my eyes would glaze over and I'd have to go back and reread a paragraph because I had literally no idea what just happened. 3.5/5 Stars There were some parts of this book that I liked more than the first, but there were also so many parts that were kind of boring and my mind kept slipping in and out of focus and wandering off like a naughty little puppy without a leash. I'm not sure if that's my fault, or the book's, but the struggle was real. I would read a few pages, be super into it, and then my eyes would glaze over and I'd have to go back and reread a paragraph because I had literally no idea what just happened. Sounds like a brain tumor to me. lol Anyway, What I Liked: 1. I LOL'd- Only once, but still... I felt the humor was better in this book. Still wish there would have been more of it though. 2. THAT ENDING - SEIJ#(%N$#@O! WTH was that? (view spoiler)[IS HE KEEPING HIS DEAD SISTER IN HIS HOUSE? SOMEONE PLEASE TELL ME! (hide spoiler)] I know that I bitched about the cliffhanger ending of the first book, but dag nabbit, this cliffhanger has my eyes bulging out of my head. Again, sounds like a brain tumor to me. lol 3. Lucewood - There were a few little moments where something seemed to be blooming between them. I liked it because I have no love life of my own to speak of. Gotta live it vicariously through young teenagers. What I Didn't Like: 1. Not Enough Ghosts - Listen, I'm reading this series in October. I want ghosts, dammit! Lots of em! There was entirely too much human vs human fighting in this book. That's not what I signed up for. Just like on The Walking Dead, I was enjoying the show just fine the first two seasons when it was more about zombies and survival, bring the mayor into the program and I'm out. I feel like the author didn't utilize his unique ghost-riddled world to its full extent in this book, instead choosing to focus the plot on a living villain. To quote Casper, the friendly ghost: BOO! 2. Too Much Down Time - As I mentioned earlier, there were a lot of dull moments that allowed my mind to wander. If I'm going to get into a book, I need to feel handcuffed to the dang thing by the eyeballs. The story should be so awesome, it's all I can think about. For about 50% of the book throughout I wasn't paying attention. On to book 3...

  30. 4 out of 5

    Scott Hitchcock

    Urban fantasy middle school level book about ghost detectives. I enjoyed this even more than the first. Very good for kids of that age.

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