Book 2 (Book 1: The Name of the Star)
A new threat haunts the streets of London
. Rory Deveaux has changed in ways she never could have imagined since moving to London and beginning a new life at boarding school. As if her newfound ability to see ghosts hadn’t complicated her life enough, Rory’s recent brush with the Jack the Ripper copycat has left her with an even more unusual and intense power. Now, a new string of inexplicable deaths is threatening London, and Rory has evidence that they are no coincidence. Something sinister is going on, and it is up to her to convince the city’s secret ghost-policing squad to listen before it’s too late.
I really enjoy this series. It does make me want to move away to London. I think modern stories that have ghosts are sometimes hard to do and they aren’t very common. A lot of people criticize the writting style but I really like it. It’s very relatable and quirky. What I didn’t like about the writting style was so many mentions of things that exactly predicted what was currently happening that the characters were oblivious too. Such as the mention of Charles Manson. Rory is such a fun character but maybe a bit too naive. It could use some more depth from the supporting characters such as Stephen, Boo, and Callum . I liked the original idea that Rory suggested that the crack that formed from her confrontation with the Ripper has unleased angry mentally unstable ghosts but that idea was past over quickly. Also, Jane and her followers only really appeared at the end of the story so I hope there is more to them in the future. This book was very much a build up to a climax that didn’t happen but it was very enjoyable.
The next book in the Shades of London series is The Shadow Cabinet coming out in 2014.
Just your average boy-meets-girl, girl-kills-people story… Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead. So did his father before him, until his gruesome murder by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. Together they follow legends and local lore, trying to keep up with the murderous dead—keeping pesky things like the future and friends at bay. When they arrive in a new town in search of a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas doesn’t expect anything outside of the ordinary: move, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, but now stained red and dripping blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home. And she, for whatever reason, spares his life
So this was a good book. It is incredibly well written. I really felt like I was in the mind of the protagonist, Cas. Also, the book is written in a way that makes it extremely funny and entertaining. Sometimes I felt that the writing was a little over the top, like the author was trying very hard to be a high school guy and sort of exaggerated too much. The plot itself was an interesting concept. Not many ghost stories are out there or at least I haven’t really read too many. The book reminded me of The Darkest Powers series by Kelley Armstrong minus all the other supernatural creatures. I didn’t like any of the supporting characters. In particular Carmel seemed like a really fake and annoying person and Thomas was really clingy . Cas himself seemed like an average guy, nothing too remarkable about him besides his knack for killing ghosts. He was a bit cocky at times. Anna was a really cool ghost and had a really interesting back story. The romance was expected but it was way too sudden; there was no real build up or reason that it just happened at that time. I think it was appropriate that I was watching American Horror Story at the time I was reading it because it made the book creepier. I would recommend this book if you like a good supernatural story.
The next book in the series is called Girl of Nightmares.