Book Review: The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson

The ShadowCabinetThis is the third book in the Shades of London young adult series. Fun fact: I got the
second book in the series sent to me for free by Maureen Johnson through a Twitter contest that I won because I said I was going to use that book in my classroom library. And use that book I did—I think this series was one of my most popular. Although I don’t have a classroom library at the moment, I still
shared this series with one of the students I work with in my AmeriCorps position.

the shadow cabinet

The Shades of London series tells the story of a girl named Rory who moves to London for boarding school and encounters a murder mystery where someone is re-enacting the Jack the Ripper murders. After
a traumatic event, Rory finds that her life is changed forever. This is one of those series where giving what happens away will ruin it, and this is the third book so I don’t want to ruin it for anyone who hasn’t started the series. However, I did enjoy this book, particularly how it addressed the cliffhanger of the second book. I thought that this was actually the last book in the series, but I have since discovered that I am wrong—there will be one more.

My rating: 3/5 stars. While I did enjoy reading this book, I am having a tough time remembering it as I write this review, which I believe is telling of the story overall. The first book is still my favorite in the series, but I will continue to read it, of course, to find out what happens. This is a fun young adult book/series that fans of young adult literature will likely enjoy.

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