Blog Tour: The Empty Grave by Jonathan Stroud – Review + Giveaway

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I knew I wanted to be a part of this blog tour the minute it went up and happy to say I’m the next stop on the tour. It’s definitely a book I’ve been looking forward to reading and sharing my thoughts on. So here’s to The Empty Grave tour and tons of good luck wishes to everyone who enters the giveaway! 

Author: Jonathan Stroud
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Hardcover/eBook
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Release Date: September 12, 2017
Pages: 448


Goodreads Synopsis: After the dramatic events of The Creeping Shadow, the Lockwood team (plus Quill Kipps) deserve some well-earned rest. So naturally they break into the Fittes Mausoleum, on a perilous mission to discover the truth about London’s top ghost-hunting agency, and its sinister leader. What they discover will change everything. But there’s little time to ponder. A near-miss at a haunted fairground is only the start – as the Fittes agency closes in on the team, an epic struggle commences. With the help of some unexpected, and rather ghostly, allies, Lockwood & Co must battle their greatest enemy yet, as they move ever closer to the moment when the earth-shattering secret of ‘the problem’ will finally be revealed.

Jonathan Stroud once again delivers a rousing adventure full of danger, laughs, twists, and frights. The revelations will send readers back to Book 1 to start the series all over again.


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“Want to hear a ghost story? That’s good. I know a few.”

There is no other way a Lockwood & Co. book should start but with ghost stories and lots of adventures. It’s exactly what’s going on in the first few pages and I loved every part of it. Lucy, George, Holly, Kipps, and of course Lockwood, are all facing their next supernatural endeavor at the Fittes Mausoleum. They’re on a mission to find out whether Marissa Fittes is really dead or if it was all just a very elaborate hoax. Yup, and that’s just the beginning of this novel.

“Okay, let’s just pause for a moment, while we’re still at the top of the stairs. Nothing nasty has jumped out at us. No traps have been sprung. We’re all alive and well. That makes it a good time to consider just how the five of us (five and a bit, if you include the skull) came to be there at all, descending illegally into the most famous tomb in London.”

It’s only a small part of this story with so much more spookiness and creepy moments. I was left watching my back and making sure I never read these kind of books at night again. So, okay there are books out there way scarier, but even so I always get those goosebumps all over with reads like these. Like a sinister laugh coming from the ceiling and it’s a woman hung by the neck and swinging around slowly, yup goosebumps for days.

As the novel moves along, there is more than just eerie and spine chilling feels. A very bloody scene leaves the reader wondering whether one of our beloved characters will be okay or if it’s too late to save them from the spirit world. It’s intense and it has everyone shaken up, keeping them on their toes as well as the one reading through those pages. Another thing, all that I’ve mentioned above happens before one even reaches the middle of the book.

“Oh, something might be listening to us now?’ Kipps gave a quiet whoop of rage. ‘Great! That makes it even better! You said we’d be safe here! You said we’d be okay! Now we’re trapped in the land of the dead, with hordes of ravenous ghosts just waiting to swoop down on us, and we’re wearing stupid costumes to boot!”

The second half of the novel is even more fierce, with tons more ghostly activity going on and twisted truths that leave you wanting to say EOW! Yeah, there are those moments, and many that have you asking… What just happened?? How I just recently found out about this series, and barely started catching up with them, I have no idea as it has quickly become one of my favorite fantasy/paranormal reads of the year.

***I received this copy from Disney-Hyperion in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***


Jonathan Anthony Stroud is an author of fantasy books, mainly for children and youths.

Stroud grew up in St Albans where he enjoyed reading books, drawing pictures, and writing stories. Between the ages seven and nine he was often ill, so he spent most of his days in the hospital or in his bed at home. To escape boredom he would occupy himself with books and stories. After he completed his studies of English literature at the University of York, he worked in London as an editor for the Walker Books store. He worked with different types of books there and this soon led to the writing of his own books. During the 1990s, he started publishing his own works and quickly gained success.

In May 1999, Stroud published his first children’s novel, Buried Fire, which was the first of a line of fantasy/mythology children’s books.

Among his most prominent works are the bestselling Bartimaeus Trilogy. A special feature of these novels compared to others of their genre is that Stroud examines the stereotypes and ethics of the magician class and the enslaved demons. This is done by examining the perspective of the sarcastic and slightly egomaniacal djinni Bartimaeus. The books in this series are The Amulet of Samarkand, The Golem’s Eye, and Ptolemy’s Gate, his first books to be published in the United States.

Stroud lives in St Albans, Hertfordshire, with his two children, Isabelle and Arthur, and his wife Gina, an illustrator of children’s books.


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Many thanks to Rockstar Book Tours for hosting this blog tour! Be sure to check out their website here. Check out other bloggers also participating in this tour down below ⤵️

Week One:
9/11/2017– Twirling Book Princess– Excerpt
9/12/2017– Life Within The Pages– Review
9/13/2017– A Magical World Of Words– Review
9/14/2017– The Book Monsters Review
9/15/2017– BookHounds YA– Guest Post

Week Two:
9/18/2017– Morbid Romantic Reviews– Review
9/19/2017– YA and Wine Interview
9/20/2017– books are love- Review
9/21/2017– Mythical Books– Guest Post
9/22/2017– My Nook, Books & More– Review


  1. Stacey

    September 17, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Not heard of this book. Great giveaway too

    1. Jen

      September 18, 2017 at 11:14 pm

      I just heard of this series recently also and I love it! Has ton of spooky things going on and lots of the supernatural which I love.

  2. DJ Sakata

    September 17, 2017 at 6:18 pm

    sounds super spooky!

    1. Jen

      September 18, 2017 at 11:16 pm

      Definitely spooky and creepy! 🙂

  3. Katie

    September 17, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Sounds intriguing. I may have to check it out. Great review.

    1. Jen

      September 18, 2017 at 11:19 pm

      It would be a really good read for October 👍

  4. Caroline Andrus

    September 18, 2017 at 1:07 am

    Oooh sounds like a cool one. I love a good ghost story. And that cover is pretty epic. I wouldn’t have guessed YA from that cover though!

    1. Jen

      September 19, 2017 at 1:12 am

      Yup, was surprised when I found out it was YA… it’s just a good about of spookiness, with a good ghost story and tons of other elements involved. And that cover is def gorgeous!

  5. Katie

    September 18, 2017 at 4:09 am

    This sounds like a good one. Nice and creepy for October!

    1. Jen

      September 19, 2017 at 1:17 am

      It really is… and it’s good early start for frights 👻

  6. Patty Wilderman

    September 19, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    So what other books can you compare this series to? It looks interesting, but wondering what I might have read that is similar.

    1. Jen

      September 23, 2017 at 7:05 am

      There’s an awesome book selection here ➡️ for similar books… hope that’s helpful 🙂


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