It’s only been a matter of hours since Stephen was taken from Rory, possibly for ever, and yet it may as well have been a lifetime. With hardly a moment to think for herself, Rory is back to work, investigating a series of strange, violent and almost certainly supernatural incidents at Marble Arch. It doesn’t matter what she wants - to find Stephen - because deep beneath London, something is stirring. And the Shadow Cabinet is waiting.
- Another Shadow Cabinet Description
Grieving, shaken, and feeling very much alone, Rory’s life as a member of the Shades of London has changed irrevocably. It’s only been a matter of hours since Stephen was taken from her, possibly for ever. Her classmate Charlotte is still missing, kidnapped by the same people who tried to take Rory. Rory is no longer a schoolgirl haplessly involved in the dealings of a secret government unit. She is their weapon in a matter of life and death.
With hardly a moment to think for herself, Rory is back to work. Charlotte must be found — as must Stephen, if he is even out there. Lines must be drawn and forces rallied. Something is brewing under London, something bigger and much more dangerous than what has come before. Old friends and new are drawn into the effort. And Rory must come to understand the mystery of the Shadow Cabinet, which holds the key to everything.
— UK Shadow Cabinet Description
Description for The Shadow Cabinet:
The thrilling third installment to the Edgar-nominated, bestselling series
At the end of Maureen Johnson’s New York Times bestselling novel, The Madness Underneath, Rory, Callum and Boo are reeling from the sudden and tragic death of their friend and squad leader, Stephen. The Shadow Cabinet picks up where readers left off, and now Rory is convinced there must be a way to bring Stephen back. Meanwhile, new dangers arise: Rory’s classmate Charlotte is missing, and Jane and her nefarious organization are clearly planning something big—with Rory as their most valuable asset. Time is running out as the ghost squad struggles to protect London and Rory fights to bring Stephen back.
Just a heads up that The Boy in the Smoke will be released in the UK this Monday, February 24th! I don’t yet know when the novella is being released in the US but I do know on some websites (like book depository) you can order it and have it shipped even if you do not live in the UK but it will take a long time to be delivered.
Also you can read the first chapter now here :)
YA Book Recommendations [2/?]
Name of the Star
The day that Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school is also the day a series of brutal murders breaks out over the city, killings mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper spree of more than a century ago. Soon “Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him—the only one who can see him. And now Rory has become his next target.
Q: What is the release date?
A: SEPTEMBER 16th!
Q: YAY! Is that EVERYWHERE?
A: That’s the US and Canada. I should have other dates, like the UK release dates, very soon!
Q: WHAT ABOUT THE THING????
A: I can’t tell you. But I can tell you there is more to tell on that front.
Q: How many books are in this series?
A: FOUR, PLUS A PREQUEL, The Boy in the Smoke.
Q: And when does THAT come out in the United States?
A: Details on that soon.
Q: Who is asking these questions?
Q: But don’t you know the answers?
ya lit meme - 10 books/series:
→ Shades of London by Maureen Johnson
Keep calm and carry on. Also, stay in and hide because the Ripper is coming.
So… I’ve written another. God, help me. Total one-shot. Will not be continuing whatsoever.
OK. So I recently finished the Madness Underneath, the second book in the Shades of London series by Maureen Johnson, and I was a) distraught after a traumatic ending and b) confused about the rest of the series because I couldn’t find clear information about the other books in the series.
So I decided to go ahead and ask MJ herself about it where she not only answered all my questions, but then some.
She gave me a link to this picture as a “CLUE. What does it mean? It could mean so many things. Do you want to see the clue? Do you want to speculate on the clue? ”
TIME TO START MY SPECULATIONS
(but there will be spoilers for Madness Underneath, so be warned)