Review: The Shadow Cabinet

The Shadow Cabinet Book Cover The Shadow Cabinet
The Shades of London #3
Maureen Johnson
Hot Key Books
5 February 2015
374 pages

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. The Shadow Cabinet holds the key to everything, and it is up to Rory to unravel its mysteries before time runs out..

A little over two years ago, I found out about a book called ‘The Name of the Star‘, and I was immediately intrigued by the summary and the gorgeous looking cover. I had read a book by Maureen Johnson before already, but that was more of a contemporary book (not one of my favourite genres), and TNotS was a paranormal story (way more up my alley). So I ordered the first book, read it and fell in love. The Madness Underneath followed soon after that and then there was the long and AGONIZING wait for this third book. But now, I finally have it, and I have finally picked it up and read it.

The Shadow Cabinet starts off almost immediately after the previous book ended (if you don’t count the prologue). I really liked this, because I felt like that with this book that should really have happened. In TSC, we follow Aurora (Rory), Boo, Callum, and Thorpe as they try to cope with that thing that has happened to Stephen. And of course, they still need to find Charlotte. To be honest, I had kind of forgotten about Charlotte being missing until I read about it again in the summary for this book (it’s been a while since I’ve read the book, shh). But I was quickly feeling anxious about it again, because I wanted her to be found alive and well.

In this book, the group finds out more about what is going on in London. They find out more about Jane Quaint’s past, some twins named Sid and Sadie, a thing called The Shadow Cabinet, and much more. There was so much going on in this book that I could hardly believe it only took place in the span of about two or three days. It felt like so much longer than that, but that was probably because of everything that was going on.

We meet some new characters in this book. Sid and Sadie of course, who are really creepy people in my opinion. They become very important in this story, but I don’t think I can say that much about it in case of spoilers. So I’ll be talking about my favourite new character: Frankie. Frankie is a girl who has the sight as well. She has been following the gang for a while now and kind of saved Rory’s life. At first, I didn’t really like her that much, because I just distrust her a lot (which is kind of logical). But in the end, she grew on me, and I like her a lot now.

I really loved Johnson’s writing in this book and it just kept me wanting to read on and on and on. I have to say this was my favourite book of the three, because of (spoilery) reasons. I just couldn’t stop reading this book because there were so many things going on and I wanted to know how they ended and personally I think this book went just the way I hoped it would go. I think I may have shouted ‘OH MY GOD’ out loud a couple of times while reading this book.

So yes, I loved The Shadow Cabinet, and I CAN NOT WAIT for the fourth book which I think will come out next year? (*crosses fingers and hopes it comes out sooner*). I just fell in love with this paranormal story and its characters.

My opinion on this book in one gif:

(me after finishing this book)

Review: The Lost Hero

The Lost Hero Book Cover The Lost Hero
Heroes of Olympus #1
Rick Riordan
Disney Hyperion
3 April 2010
577 pages

Jason has a problem. He doesn’t remember anything before waking up on a school bus holding hands with a girl. Apparently he has a girlfriend named Piper. His best friend is a kid named Leo, and they’re all students in the Wilderness School, a boarding school for “bad kids”, as Leo puts it. What he did to end up here, Jason has no idea — except that everything seems very wrong.

Piper has a secret. Her father, a famous actor, has been missing for three days, and her vivid nightmares reveal that he’s in terrible danger. Now her boyfriend doesn’t recognize her, and when a freak storm and strange creatures attack during a school field trip, she, Jason, and Leo are whisked away to someplace called Camp Half-Blood. What is going on?

Leo has a way with tools. His new cabin at Camp Half-Blood is filled with them. Seriously, the place beats Wilderness School hands down, with its weapons training, monsters, and fine-looking girls. What’s troubling is the curse everyone keeps talking about, and that a camper’s gone missing. Weirdest of all, his bunkmates insist they are all—including Leo—related to a god.

When I finished the Percy Jackson series two years ago, I knew I wanted to read more about Camp Half-Blood and the people that stayed there. So I was thrilled when I found out about the Heroes of Olympus. Still, it took me a long time to actually start reading this book because the main character wasn’t Percy anymore (yeah I’m that kind of person). But even though that was the thing with HoO, I did really enjoy reading the book!

In this series, the main characters are three Demigods called Jason, Piper and Leo. I will not tell you who their godly parents are seeing as that’s a bit of a spoiler, but I found it all quite fitting actually. Of course, in this book we meet some old favourites again; Annabeth, Rachel, Chiron and some of the other campers. But there seems to be someone very important who is missing. Yup, Mr. Percy Jackson does not make an appearance in this book at all, he is in fact actually missing. Annabeth (who is now officially his gilfriend, YAY) and the other campers are all very worried and are searching for him all over America, but he seems to have vanished.

But that is not the main problem of this book, no there are more people missing – in fact I think this book is full of missing people. Jason and his friends must go on a quest to rescue probably the most important missing person (no it’s not Percy), and of course like any other Demigod quest, things go wrong, things go right, and then they go even more wrong after that.

I really enjoyed reading this book, though I had some difficulty getting through the first couple of chapters. That’s why I looked up an audiobook to listen to during work. Eventually, after it got really really exciting again, I couldn’t stop myself and decided to read the last couple of chapters on my ereader again. Though I really missed reading about Percy, I loved meeting these new characters and hearing about their lives. My favourite, out of the three new heroes, is probably Leo – because he is just a bit chaotic and all that and yeah I just really liked him!

There were some things in this book that I found a bit predictive (I’d guessed the name of the main villain long before already, but then again I did read some stuff about Greek Mythology very recently), but that didn’t make me dislike the book. The only reason I gave it four stars was because I found it so hard to get through at first. But the writing was just what I had expected from Rick Riordan, only this book felt a bit more ‘grown-up’ than Percy Jackson did. I always put PJ in the ‘Children’s literature’ section, but I think the Heroes of Olympus series is more for Young Adults.

In the end, I really loved reading more about Greek Mythology and about the Percy Jackson world. I am definitely going to read the rest of this series, because I just want to know how it ends. I want more of Riordan’s mythology! (Which is why I CAN NOT WAIT for his books about Norse Mythology).

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Review: Book of Shadows

Book of Shadows Book Cover Book of Shadows
Sweep #1
Cate Tiernan
29 January 2001
176 pages

Something is happening to me that I don't understand.

I see things, feel things in a new way. I can do things normal people can't do. Powerful things. Magickal things. It scares me.

I never chose to learn witchcraft. But I'm starting to wonder if witchcraft is choosing me.