Book Tours: Starter Day Party Are You There, Krishna?

I’m hosting the starter day party today for the book tour for nonfiction / memoir / humor “Are You There, Krishna?”

Tour Schedule

February 28th: Starter Day Party @ I Heart Reading

March 1st: Promo Post and Giveaway @ Indy Book Fairy

March 2nd: Promo Post @ Stormy Night Reviewing

March 3rd: Promo Post and Giveaway @ I’m an Eclectic Reader

March 5th: Book Review and Giveaway @ I Heart Reading

March 7th: Promo Post @ Mello & June, It’s A Book Thing

About the Book

Title: Are You There Krishna, It’s Me Reshma. Or Rachel. Or Whatever.; Essays on Talking to Ghosts, Accosting Celebrities, One-night Stands Gone Wrong, Sexism, Race, and First-Generation Woes

Author: Rachel Khona

Genre: Memoir / Humor

Rachel knew even as a young child that she wasn’t like the rest of her Indian family. While her parents were plotting how she could make it into med school with her mediocre grades in chemistry and biology, she had other things on my mind.

Including such gems as:

  • Why can’t she go to the temple on her period?
  • Why don’t her Indian cousins like her?
  • Why was it OK to be sexualized at a beauty pageant but not for herself?
  • How can she straddle two cultures while retaining her sense of self?
  • Why are women considered sluts and men considered studs?
  • Why do people keep asking her if she was born in India?
  • Should she wax down there?
  • Why does she have crazy eyes?

After leaving home, Rachel got high in Amsterdam, met her pop singer idol in a bathroom, argued with a ghost and got lost in the Pyrenees. But that didn’t stop her from questioning while men still tell her to smile. Are You There Krishna, It’s Me Reshma. Or Rachel. Or Whatever.; Essays on Talking to Ghosts, Accosting Celebrities, One-night Stands Gone Wrong, Sexism, Race, and First-Generation Woes weaves stories of Rachel’s life with observations on race, class, sex, feminism and culture with humor and candor.

Author Bio

Once upon a time in an exotic land called New Jersey, Rachel used to dream of one day playing tambourine in an all-girl rock band. That never happened.

Instead she became a writer. She has written for The New York TimesThe Washington PostPlayboy, Penthouse, Maxim, and Cosmopolitan among others.

When she’s not writing or designing, she is busy drinking wine and singing off key, bike riding, pretending she’s friends with Mindy Kaling and Amy Poehler, eating absurd amounts of cheese, or listening to rock music at an appallingly loud volume. Sometimes all at once.

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Book Review: K My Name is Kendra by Kamichi Jackson

Title: K My Name is Kendra

Author: Kamichi Jackson

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary

Age Group: Young Adult

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Fifteen-year-old Kendra James’ life begins to spiral out of control with the return of her long-lost runaway sister Meisha, and the visit of a young celebrity uncle with questionable intentions. Things take a particular turn for the worse when that uncle exploits Kendra’s loneliness and untreated depression and makes a move on her that sends her world into a tailspin from which she’s not sure she’ll ever recover. Will she survive this tragedy…or will she hit rock-bottom before anyone even notices?

K My Name is Kendra is an emotional rollercoaster of a book, with a heart-breaking storyline and a heroine you can’t help but root for, and whose tragic circumstances make you want to hug her and not let go.

Kendra is a fifteen-year-old girl whose life spirals out of control due to the return of her runaway sister Meisha, and the visit of a young celebrity uncle with questionable motives. Kendra feels like a very realistic character, painfully honest in the way she thinks about herself and the people surrounding her, a little bit naive which is not unusual at that age, but most importantly, a lot stronger than she gives herself credit for.

The writing is captivating and easy to get lost in, and before long, I found myself part of Kendra’s world. I recognized a lot of my younger self in Kendra and the way she saw the world.


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? (98)


It’s Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by BookDate. It’s where book bloggers gather to talk about what books they read and reviewed last week, what books they’re currently reading and what books they’re planning to read. This is a great way for me to plan my reading week, and to take a sneak peek at what others are reading.

Finished Reading

Currently Reading

I didn’t get to read much last week, but I hope to catch up on some books this week. What are you planning to read this week?

Release Blitz Believe in Me

About the Book

Title: Believe in Me – Real Love Series Book 2

Author: Angela Coffey

Genre: Erotic Romance

With his rugged good looks and quiet demeanor, actor Dylan Cross was the epitome of mysterious sex appeal. Playing the role of the President of an outlaw MC Club put him in the spotlight and meant he never heard the word `no’, especially from California girls. That changed the day he met Tara Black; a small town tattoo artist trying to find her place in the world of modeling for the Alternative Girl agency.

With a past full of horrible memories and emotional demons, Tara hides her insecurities with a beautiful smile. Content being alone, she closets herself from any type of intimacy.

It was a simple twist of fate that sparked their unlikely friendship that quickly blossomed into a heated attraction and unbreakable bond. Since a person can only fight love for so long, they were left with a decision: all or nothing.

When a single phone call opens the flood gates of Dylan’s past, that decision is put on hold as he returns to his home town of Woodstock, NY.

Can Tara handle the life changing issues headed Dylan’s way?

Can Dylan convince Tara that, regardless of the past, he wants her to be his present and future?

Will they find a way to walk through each other’s trials hand in hand, leaving them with a love that is perfectly imperfect?


Author Bio

Angela Coffey is an indie author from the beautiful town of Woodstock, NY. After the release of her debut novel, Alive With You- Real Love Series book 1, she decided to spread her wings and fly. Her new novel, Believe In Me- Real Love Series book 2, is the second book in a four-part series. The Real Love Series can be read in order or as a stand-alone series, either way you’ll fall in love with the reoccurring characters.

Angela is an epilepsy warrior, avid reader, coffee addict, tattoo enthusiast, and lover of B-rate Shark movies. You can find and follow her on Amazon, Facebook, and Twitter.

Facebook:   @ARCoffeyauthor
Twitter:  @AngieSOA_girl


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Author Interview Find Me Blog Tour

  • How long have you been writing?

I set myself a target of getting my first novel published before I was thirty. I missed it by a year. The Riot Act was published in 1997 by Serpent’s Tail. It was a dark tale of love, betrayal and espionage, set in Greenwich, where we were living at the time, and in Cornwall, where we still spend a lot of our holidays. I wasn’t paid very much for the book (£1,500), but it went on to be shortlisted for the Crime Writers Association best first novel award. A French translation followed but the book is now out of print. Since then, I’ve written four other spy novels, including the Daniel Marchant trilogy (HarperCollins, 2009-2012), the first of which, Dead Spy Running, was optioned by Warner Bros. Getting your first novel accepted is an extraordinary thing. I was living in South India at the time, working for a local Indian magazine, and when the blurred and stretched fax came through from Serpent’s Tail in London, having traveled 5,000 miles, I hugged my Indian colleagues, who were all a little surprised!

  • What is your favorite genre to write?

Well, up until Find Me, it’s been spy thrillers all the way, but Find Me is a psychological thriller and I’ve loved writing it. There are certain conventions that need to be adhered to with a spy novel, and you have to stay on top of tradecraft, technology and global politics, but with a psychological thriller, it’s all about what happens in the human head.

  • Which genre have you never tried before, but would you like to try out?

Literary fiction. I recently read A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing by Eimear McBride and absolutely loved it. A sustained and very unusual voice, with language that owes a lot to James Joyce.

  • Please tell us about your book.

Find Me opens with a scene that has haunted me for many years. Jar, a young Irish writer, is on his way to work, taking the escalator down into Paddington Station, when he sees Rosa, his girlfriend from university, passing him on the up escalator. Except that Rosa died five years ago and Find Me is not a ghost story. A former girlfriend from my own university days died a few years after we graduated and I once thought I saw her on a crowded platform. I knew, of course, that it wasn’t her, but it got me thinking. Find Me follows Jar’s quest to prove that Rosa is somehow still alive. He suffers from post-bereavement hallucinations, but there’s something about the sighting at Paddington that convinces him that she’s still alive. It’s essentially a love story, a study of obsession and self-belief.

  • Which character was your favorite, and why?

I enjoyed writing Jar’s scenes. He had early success as a writer – a collection of short stories was published to acclaim while he was still at Cambridge – but he has been blocked for five years, ever since Rosa disappeared. He’s writing ‘clickbait’ celeb stories on an arts website when he thinks he sees Rosa. I wanted him to likeable, well-read, interesting – readers have got to share his desire to find Rosa. I also love Ireland and its rich literary heritage and Jar is from Galway, where his Da runs a bar. His search for Rosa reminded me of the Wandering Song of Aengus, by WB Yeats, and I quote from the poem at the beginning of the book. (‘Though I am old with wandering/Through hollow lands and hilly lands/I will find out where she has gone/And kiss her lips and take her hands’).

  • What was the hardest part about writing your book?

At one point in the story, Jar has to turn to The Dark Web, that murky corner of the internet that lies beyond the law and reach of search engines. 95% of the Dark Web is used for nefarious purposes – drug, gun and people smuggling, assassination sites etc – and I was terrified, like Jar, of making a wrong turning, of accidentally ending up in some dodgy sex chatroom or being on the wrong end of an FBI sting. Interestingly, I did discover that the Dark Web is also used for good purposes: The New Yorker magazine runs StrongBox, a site for whistleblowers, where people can leave anonymous messages about political or corporate malpractice. And participants in the Arab Spring turned to the Dark Web when they wanted to escape state censorship.

  • What is your writing routine? Are there things you absolutely need to start writing?

I can write pretty much anywhere, using my trusty MacBook Air. (I’m lefthanded and my handwriting is terrible.) I have written several books on the train from Wiltshire to London, when I was working as a journalist at the Telegraph. I also like noisy cafes. Now that I’m a fulltime writer, I work from home and try to knock out 1,000 words a day. I will edit the previous day’s words, deleting up to a third of them, and then write 1,000 fresh words. Early mornings are particularly good. In winter, by the wood-burning stove, from 5am to 7am, before the house stirs. In the summer, in the garden, beneath the apple tree. Writing requires discipline and I approach it like any other normal office job.

  • How long did it take you to write your book from start to finish?

Find Me took me three years to write, but I was holding down a day job at the same time, working of the Telegraph’s books channel and then editing the Saturday Weekend section. When I’m not doing anything else, I reckon it takes me a year to write, from first draft to final edit.

  • Can you tell us about your editing process?

I like to hand in a fairly polished first draft. I edit as I go along and I guess my journalism background means that I’m quite a harsh editor of my own work. Each day I’ll go over the previous day’s offering before writing new words. My wife is always my first reader and then my agent. It’s important, when you are writing a book, to keep the momentum going and not spend all your time tweaking and admiring what you’ve written. You’ve got to move forwards each day.

  • Is this book part of a series? If so, how many installments do you have planned?

I have contemplated a sequel to Find Me – it would be interesting if Rosa, with her own harrowing experiences, had to search for Jar but I think my next psychological thriller will be another standalone. I have an idea that explores similar themes of identity and memory and loss.

  • Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?

There’s a very fine line between being published and not being published. A lot of bad books are out there and a lot of good ones never see the light of day. Self-belief is everything. These days, agents are the new gatekeepers. Unless you have personal contacts with a publisher, there’s little point in approaching them directly. Get an agent first – and only contact ones that specialize in the sort of book you are writing. Always write the sort of book that you would want to read. Don’t try to second-guess the market. If you’re not 100% committed to your book, others won’t be either. Many people write one book and give up after not finding a publisher. Your second book might be a lot better and couldn’t have been written unless you had got the bad stuff out of your system in the first book.

  • Why should everyone read your book?

Blimey, I’d never expect everyone to like/read the same book! Literary taste is so subjective. I hope that Find Me will appeal to readers who like intelligent thrillers with well-drawn characters and a driving narrative. I also hope it says something about loss and love, and raises awareness of the disturbing role that science and psychology played in the US war on terror.

  • If you could meet three authors, dead or alive, which authors would you choose?

I have been lucky enough to meet John Le Carré, ten years ago, and that was a real privilege. I remember him telling me that the times may change, but the nature of spying never does. Trust and betrayal are absolute human traits. I’d like to have a chat with Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl On The Train, and ask how her life has changed since was a journalist writing pension stories at The Times (and also how much pressure she felt having to follow up on her incredible success). I love Roald Dahl’s inventive use of language. I would ask about how he came up with his character’s names and also all those sweets (Whangdoodles, hornswogglers or snozzwangers, anyone?).

  • What inspired you to write your book?

I think it was the experience of having lost a former girlfriend and my mother, who died when I was 17. I have only ever had one recurring dream in my life and it involved my mother returning to the family house a few years after she had died, wondering where she was going to sleep. My father re-married, to a wonderful woman I love dearly, but clearly my mother’s return would have caused problems. Maybe it comes from a forlorn sense of hope, but I’ve always been intrigued by the possibility of someone still being alive after everyone assumes they’re dead. I don’t believe in ghosts, so such a scenario would have to play out in another way. And that’s what I explore in Find Me.


  • Are you working on something at the moment? If so, can you tell us more about it?

I have just written a spy novella, under my own name of Jon Stock. It’s been a very unusual, enormously fun project, commissioned by The Nare, an upmarket hotel in Cornwall. The proprietor is a spy aficionado – his phone extension is 007 – and he asked me to be writer-in-residence and come up with a short spy thriller set in and around his hotel. I love Cornwall and it’s a great hotel, so it’s been the dream writer’s gig. The book is called To Snare A Spy (see what we did there?) and it’s coming out at the end of April. The main character is a 15-year-old boy called Noah and the book is intended to appeal to teenagers as well as parents and grandparents. Extended families tend to stay at the hotel, particularly in the summer holidays, and they will be able to visit and interact with a lot of the local, very scenic settings in the book.

About the Book

“An intricate puzzle of a thriller… Simultaneously romantic and horrifying”

“Intricately woven and heart-stoppingly believable, this has
bestseller written all over it.”


 “Cunning, captivating and creepy – a beautifully-written thriller
with well-drawn characters and a twisting, gripping plot
that will keep you guessing until the very last page.”


 “Gripping and deeply sinister… an intricate story that will stay with you.”


Five years ago, Rosa walked to Cromer pier in the dead of night. She looked into the dark swirling water below, and she jumped. She was a brilliant young Cambridge student who had just lost her father. Her death was tragic, but not unexpected.

Was that what really happened? The coroner says it was. But Rosa’s boyfriend Jar can’t let go. He hallucinates, seeing Rosa everywhere – a face on the train, a distant figure on the hillside. He is obsessed with proving that she is still alive. And then he gets an email.

Find me, Jar. Find me, before they do…


Jon Stock, now writing as J.S. Monroe, read English at Cambridge University, worked as a freelance journalist in London and was a regular contributor to BBC Radio 4. He was also a foreign correspondent in Delhi for the Daily Telegraph and was on its staff in London as Weekend editor. He left Telegraph in 2010 to finish writing his acclaimed Daniel Marchant spy trilogy and returned in 2013 to oversee the paper’s digital books channel. He became a fulltime author in 2015, writing as J.S. Monroe.

His first novel, ‘The Riot Act‘ was shortlisted by the Crime Writers’ Association for its best first novel award. The film rights for ‘Dead Spy Running’, his third novel, were bought by Warner Bros, who hired Oscar-winner Stephen Gaghan (Traffic, Syriana) to write the screenplay. It is currently in development. He is the author of five novels and lives in Wiltshire, England, with his wife, a photographer, and their three children.

Release Blitz The Fairytale Chicago of Francesca Finnegan

About the Book

ftalechicago-cover-imageTitle: The Fairytale Chicago of Francesca Finnegan

Author: Steve Wiley

Genre: Fantasy

“Did you know most anything that matters in this city was built by magic before it was built by men? Of course you didn’t. This city is different from other cities. The true history of it is unpublished. Lucky for you, I know it all by heart.”

~ Francesca Finnegan

In Chicago, a secret L train runs through the mythical East Side of the city. On that train, you’ll find a house-cat conductor, an alcoholic elf, a queen of the last city farm, the most curious wind, and an exceptional girl by the name of Francesca Finnegan.

When we first encounter Richard K. Lyons, he is a man who has long forgotten the one night, when he was still a boy called Rich, when Francesca invited him aboard the secret L for an adventure though the East Side. The night was a mad epic, complete with gravity-defying first kisses, mermaid overdoses, and princess rescues. Unfortunately for Rich, the night ended like one of those elusive dreams forgotten the moment you wake. Now, Rich is all grown up and out of childish adventures, an adult whose life is on the verge of ruin. It will take the rediscovery of his exploits with Francesca, and a reacquaintance with the boy he once was, to save him.

Author Bio

Steve is a father, husband, uncle, brother, friend, and purveyor of fairy stories. He grew up in and around Chicagoland, where he still lives with his wife and two kids. He has been published in an array of strange and serious places, from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington, D.C., to Crannóg magazine in Galway, Ireland. This is his first book. He has an undergraduate degree in something he has forgotten from Illinois State University and a graduate degree in something equally forgotten from DePaul University. You can email Steve at, or visit thewileymancan on Instagram.

Illustrator Bio

Chris is an artist who studied at Columbia College Chicago. He is a Chicago native and has lived here all his life. Chris’s paintings have been showcased in many local galleries and beyond. When he feels like it, he travels elsewhere to find inspiration. You can reach him at, or visit _ccihon on Instagram.


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Book Review Trials by Faith Hunter

Title: Trials
Editor: Faith Hunter
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Age Group: Adult
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

21 Vignettes and Short Stories set in Faith Hunter’s World of Thorn St. Croix.

The Rogue Mage world began long ago, when the epic battle between the High Host and the Darkness was won and lost. TRIALS takes fans of Thorn St. Croix into the past, before the opening pages of BLOODRING. These stories, set in Faith Hunter’s Rogue Mage world, are adventures with new characters and old, facing dangers unimaginable. And they must save the world all over again.

If you ever wondered what happened between seraphs, kylen, second-unforeseen, mages, seraph-touched, spawn, humans, dragons, and their creatures before the series, now is your chance to delve deeper and wider. TRIALS features new short stories from nine authors—including Faith Hunter—and vignettes from the Rogue Mage role playing game.

TRIALS will be followed soon by TRIBULATIONS, and then by the omnibus TRIUMPHANT.

TRIALS Authors: Faith Hunter, Misty Massey, Lou J Berger, Ken Schrader, Spike Y Jones, Diana Pharaoh Francis, Christina Stiles, Tamsin Silver, Melissa McArthur.

TRIBULATIONS Authors: Faith Hunter, Jean Rabe, Spike Y Jones, Christina Stiles, and Lucienne Diver.

Trials is an anthology of stories set in the universe of the Rogue Mage world. Rogue Mage is a book series written by Faith Hunter. It has three books, and a roleplaying game, and now these anthologies.

The stories in this anthology are set in the same universe, but take place before the first book in the Rogue Mage series. The anthology includes stories from nine authors and several vignettes. Despite being new to the Rogue Mage series,  I enjoyed getting to know this universe, the author’s diverse writing styles, the interesting characters and creatures that appeared in the stories, and the background and history of this world.

The stories were well written, entertaining and original. I look forward to picking up the Rogue Mage series when I have some time.

Book Review: Ernie and the Evils of Insurance by Brent Ayscough

Title: Ernie and the Evils of Insurance
Author: Brent Ayscough
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

Ernie, an experienced logger from rural Washington State, loses his job when the logging operation he works for is shut down due to the spotted owl. When he goes in to apply for unemployment, Ernie is persuaded to take a job out of state as a temporary insurance adjuster in Los Angeles. While he knows that Los Angeles will be a lot different than Sedro Woolley, Washington, and insurance adjusting a lot different than logging, really, how hard can it be? And there are lots of downed trees in Southern California after the recent earthquake and storms they had there. So packing up his trusty chainsaw in his saddlebags, Ernie hops on his motorcycle and heads south. But to his dismay, Ernie discovers that LA is a lot farther from Washington in more than just miles. Unprepared for the corruption and callousness rampant in the insurance industry, Ernie soon finds himself not only in trouble with his job, but on the top of an assassin’s hit list. Still, although Ernie might be a hick from the sticks, he’s far from stupid. Blessed with an innate intelligence, an abundance of common sense, and a redneck sense of humor, Ernie will give his enemies a hilarious run for their money…if he can just survive long enough.

In Ernie and the Evils of Insurance, experienced logger Ernie loses his job when the operation he works for is shut down. He goes to apply for unemployment, but is persuaded to take an out of state job as a temporary insurance adjuster in Los Angeles.

Ernie, a simple, honest man, isn’t prepared for the corruption that runs in the insurance industry. Soon enough, Ernie finds himself in trouble with his job…And worse, on top of an assasisn’s hit list. It will take all of Ernie’s wits, humor and common sense to survive and give his enemies a run for their money.

The book is quite long, 440 pages, but it reads quite fast, and it’s an enjoyable, at times suspenseful, at times hilarious read. There are a lot of secondary characters that appear on scene, and most of them are fleshed out, and are three-dimensional. Ernie was my favorite character though, partly because we got to know him best since he’s the protaognist, but also because his sense of humor just cracked me up.

If you like mysteries with a humorous tone woven in admist the suspense, I would recommend this book.


Freebie Friday: A Clueless Broken Heart by Jennifer DiGiovanni

Title: My Clueless Broken Heart

Author: Jennifer DiGiovanni

Genre: YA Romance

Becca Thornton is clueless when it comes to love. Why else would she break up with Will Gamen, a boy at the top of the hottie short list for every other girl?
Because, if she’s being totally honest, Becca will admit the truth. Her heart belongs to someone else.
For as long as she can remember, Travis Brennen has been unavailable.
When Travis unexpectedly rolls back into town, Becca realizes for the first time that her feelings for him might be mutual. But Travis and Becca come from what he calls “different circumstances.”
Becca’s parents are world-famous scientists and Travis’s dad is the caretaker on the Thornton family’s estate. Still, Becca can’t change the way she feels about him, no matter how hard her parents try to keep them apart.
She’ll just need to find a way to prove to her parents that Travis isn’t the guy they’ve always assumed him to be. Becca’s earned the right to grow up, make her own choices, and fall in love, even if she ends up with a broken heart.

Get the book for free on Amazon today!

Author Bio

Jennifer DiGiovanni is a freelance writer and YA author of the School Dayz series. When she’s not writing, you can find her reading, working on home design projects, or trying to meet the daily goals on her Fitbit. She also likes to try new sports and activities, from archery to ballroom dancing, with varying degrees of success.

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Book Review: The Creeping Shadow (Lockwood & Co #4) by Jonathan Stroud

Title: The Creeping Shadow (Lockwood & Co #4)

Author: Jonathan Stroud

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Ghosts

Age Group: Young Adult

Rating: 4 stars

Purchase: Amazon

Review copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

After leaving Lockwood & Co. at the end of The Hollow Boy, Lucy is a freelance operative, hiring herself out to agencies that value her ever-improving skills. One day she is pleasantly surprised by a visit from Lockwood, who tells her he needs a good Listener for a tough assignment. Penelope Fittes, the leader of the giant Fittes Agency wants them–and only them–to locate and remove the Source for the legendary Brixton Cannibal. They succeed in their very dangerous task, but tensions remain high between Lucy and the other agents. Even the skull in the jar talks to her like a jilted lover. What will it take to reunite the team? Black marketeers, an informant ghost, a Spirit Cape that transports the wearer, and mysteries involving Steve Rotwell and Penelope Fittes just may do the trick. But, in a shocking cliffhanger ending, the team learns that someone has been manipulating them all along. . .

It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of the Lockwood & Co series. I devoured The Screaming Staircase, absolutely loved The Whispering Skull, and even gave another 5 star rating to The Dagger in the Desk, a novella set in between both books. For some reason, I completely missed the release of the third book, The Hollow Boy, and maybe that put me on the wrong track for this next book, but somehow I felt like The Creeping Shadow missed some of the magic the previous books had.

Before reading this book, I often compared the series in my mind to Harry Potter. Lockwood & Co is the best series I’ve read since Harry Potter, and although it deals with ghosts and is vastly different from the Harry Potter books, it had the same magical qualities I found only in those books – as if the characters are so awesome, the worldbuilding so amazing, that it somehow transcends the ordinary world and becomes something new entirely.

But I didn’t really feel that anymore when reading The Creeping Shadow. It’s still a pretty good book, but heck, I even skipped parts this time. It’s way too long and some parts are dragged out – like when, spoiler alert, Lucy and Lockwood go get her skull back but then fail, and when they have to figure out who took the skull in the first place. I was three steps ahead of Luce and Lockwood, and that scene just dragged on and on.

It takes a while before the story finds itself, but when Lucy and Lockwood team up again (they’ve split up, Lucy working as a freelancer for a while) and accept the Aldbury Castle case, the pacing picks up and the story regain some of that lost magic.

Lucy and Lockwood have some moments, but I wish there’d be more. Loyal fans have been waiting for Lucy and Lockwood to hoop up for ages (I know there’s no romance but give me freaking romance!) and if all we get are some sweet moments, then WE NEED MORE OF THEM. More, for God’s sake!

The story was okay. I mean, the author is very creative (I know that from the previous books) and we get some cool action scenes and some scary ghosts (The Creeping Shadow being hands-down the scariest one) but the whole conspiracy angle threw me off, and I didn’t like it as much as I liked the ghost-fighting scenes and the actual cases Lockwood, Lucy & Co worked.

Either way, moving on, the skull, a trash-talking ghost-inhabited skull Lucy keeps in her backpack and carries around with her most of the time, is AWESOME. He’s the best character in this entire series, outshining even Lockwood. The skull is hilarious and I even laughed out loud at some of his snappy comments.

Now, while I don’t think the book is as awesome and amazing as the first book,  I still enjoyed it a great deal, and I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series which will, unfortunately, be the last Lockwood book 🙁 I do hope Lucy and Lockwood kiss in that one, or I’ll be an angry reader and will have to resort to unleashing a ghost outbreak on the author’s house…or just writing fanfiction.