Originally Released: September 1st, 2011
Series: Shades of London, Book One
Published by: Putnam Juvenile
Page Amount: 372 pages, US Hardback
The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it's the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events 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. Even her roommate, who was walking with her at the time, didn't notice the mysterious man. So why can only Rory see him? And more urgently, why has Rory become his next target? In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.
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The plot was really good, especially when I discovered this was a series. As I was reading this I kept thinking about how good of a series it would be, but thought it was a stand-alone so it kind of confused me at some points. But it sets up a really cool genre of weird that hasn't been tapped on successfully in the past (in my experience so far) and I think it does a pretty okay job. Was there some design flaws? Yes. Did it hinder anything about the book? Not really.
I am also going to say I enjoyed the characters. They weren't my favorite out of any stories I have ever read, but like I said before it is setting up a really good series. When I thought it was a stand-alone I thought they weren't diving deep enough into these characters I was falling into like with, and when I figured out it was a series I realized how appropriate that was. You don't show all the skin on a first date after all.
All in all, this book grabbed my attention and kept it through the remainder of the read. I didn't find myself unable to put it down, but I was never reluctant to put aside important things like cleaning, homework and sleep to devour its pages. I can't wait to read the sequel.