the name of the star is what you fear;


2014 reads | The Madness Underneath (Shades of London #2) by Maureen Johnson

I’d blown out the dust and garbage out of my brain and I could think for once. I could smell the rain, heavy with iron. The cold woke me, but it didn’t sting. My breath puffed out in front of me in a great white plume, and I laughed. It was like I was breathing ghosts. I wasn’t in the land of long highways and big box stores and humid, endless summers. I was in London, a city of stone and rain and magic. And I was strong.


The Shades | Callum Mitchell

I was good at football. Then I got hurt and got the sight, and I couldn’t play any more. Then I got this job, and I got a terminus, and everything made sense again. I had control again.

London is London


shades + name meanings (inspired by x)


Ghosts are just people. We just seem more frightening, I suppose, because we represent something unknown. We can't usually be seen. We're not supposed to be here.
- Jo, The Name of the Star


15 Days of Fanmixes | Day 7  → For A Male Character

for everything a reason, a stephen dene fanmix {}

i. asleep by the smiths ii. running up that hill by placebo iii. autumn leaves by ed sheeran iv. fix you by coldplay v. chin up by copeland vi. even robots need blankets by mayday parade vii. mad world by michael andrews and gary jules viii. for everything a reason by carina round

Anonymous: Have you ever though of using a brown haired Sam Claflin as Stephen for any of your edits? I don't know, but I kind of picture Stephen as him...

I haven’t but I can picture it! I’m on a bit of a hiatus with this blog but when I get back into making edits I’ll try him out

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 

This was the arrangement in the Dene household: Gina was the troubled one, and Stephen was the good one. These were the roles assigned at birth. Stephen was the one who could easily have sailed through school without making much of an effort, but he was the kind of person who couldn’t really help but make an effort and so was regarded as exceptional and ‘a good boy’ more or less everywhere he went. That he had been accepted to Eton only cemented this status. Which still wasn’t enough for his parents to remember he existed.