Review: The Shadow Cabinet (Shades of London #3)

Review: The Shadow Cabinet (Shades of London #3)The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson
Series: Shades of London #3
Also in this series: The Madness Underneath
Released by Hot Key Books on 10 February 2015
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 376
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781471401800
Source: Purchased

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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.

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