Tuesday, February 26, 2013

I’m reviewing books one & two in Maureen Johnson’s Shades Of London series at Smexy Books.


The Name of the Star (Shades of London, #1)The Madness Underneath (Shades of London, #2)

Name Of The Star and The Madness Underneath (Shades of London #1-#2) by Maureen Johnson
YA/Paranormal Thriller
September 29, 2012/February 26, 2012
Putnam Juvenile

Maureen Johnson’s Shades of London series follows a young southern girl’s journey to London where she has chosen to attend school for a year. The first book in the series, Name Of The Star , introduces us to Rory Devereux, a high school student from a small town in Louisiana whose parents are teaching for a year in England and she chooses to go along. As Rory attempts to find her “British feet” there is a series of murders occurring around the city that mimic the infamous crimes of Jack the Ripper. When Rory has a small mishap that suddenly gives her the power to see spirits, she is thrust into a shadowy world of secret police and the next target of the killer.

I will be reviewing both The Name of the Star and The Madness Underneath at Smexy Books.

The Shades Of London series is a lightweight supernatural YA. Though smoothly written with a steady pace, the premise promised more than what was delivered. I expected more action and suspense in regards to the mystery. While the book was entertaining to a certain extent it was a low key entertainment, not eliciting much emotion either way for me.

Read the rest of my review at SmexyBooks.

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