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The Shadow Cabinet (Shades of London #3)

4.02  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,368 Ratings  ·  652 Reviews
The thrilling third installment to the Edgar-nominated, bestselling series.

Rory and her friends are reeling from a series of sudden and tragic events. While racked with grief, Rory tries to determine if she acted in time to save a member of the squad. If she did, how do you find a ghost? Also, Rory’s classmate Charlotte has been kidnapped by Jane and her nefarious organiza
Hardcover, 376 pages
Published February 10th 2015 by Putnam Juvenile
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Jessica (Goldenfurpro)
I read an ARC copy of The Madness Underneath back in late 2012. Imagine the pain when I finished that book and came across one of the worst cliffhangers! Of course, it became even worse when the next book, this book, didn't come out until 2015. That felt like ages away to me! I was insanely happy to be able to finally pick up this book and get my answers!

This book takes place right after The Madness Underneath left off. Stephen has been pronounced dead and the entire te

“We need to start looking. We do the hospital. We do the flat, both the old one and the new one. And if that fails, we come back here and we do it again. Yeah?”

This book was very different to the two that came before it, and it was full of info-dumps.

Rory seemed like a different person in this book. I found it hard to see her as the same girl who used to eat chocolate doughnuts and sausages for breakfast, and while I didn’t dislike her, it was like her personality was maybe missing a bit.

The s
Mar 09, 2015 Jazmin rated it really liked it
I've finally read it!! Plot wise, I'm really glad that the Rites of Demeter thing was explained (and boy that was a really cool thing) whereas D: at the fact that Sid and Sadie are alive. Romance wise, I needed more like the diner scene and the end, i.e you've never seen snow? made me want to bash my head against a wall because you idiots kiss already. As we know #4 is the end, I want it to be FULL CIRCLE Y'ALL. Go in on that stephen/rory romance, let's forget about Sid & Sadie.

One of the better YA books I've read recently, though that's not saying much since the last few I've read have been utter rubbish.

-The plot was a bit of a mixed bag. Enjoyed the parts with Sid/Sadie, and Jerome getting involved with Rory and all her ghosty problems, and Thorpe trying to keep his team together. There were quite a lot parts that dragged though, like when Rory and co were trying to find Stephen, and towards the end with the whole moving of the Oswulf stone, they both took
Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Ghosts, London, life, death, relationships.

Oh god. That was just... I need more.

After the ending of the last book, I was desperate for this. And it felt like such a long wait, even though this was out surprisingly quickly. But how could the wait be anything other than excruciating after THAT ENDING of book two?

Aug 10, 2015 Laura rated it really liked it
I need this book right now.
Gah. I'm gonna cry.
How do I review this book without getting ten different kinds of spoilery?

Let's see. It picks up right where The Madness Underneath left off (you know, right after THAT THING happened), and things start getting weird... almost immediately. Which is cool, if you like weird, which I'm guessing you do, since you're reading something written by Maureen Johnson.

Everyone is appropriately affected by The Thing That Happened. Like, Rory doesn't do that whole blame-yourself-for-something-that-had-nothi
Lindsay Cummings
Jun 29, 2015 Lindsay Cummings rated it it was amazing
I can't wait for book 4!!!
Nov 15, 2015 Lindsay rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
By far the most satisfying of the series so far.

Rory gets taken under Thorpe's wing after the events of the previous book. There's a desperate search to find Stephen, but he's not anywhere that the team can find. Meanwhile the sinister Jane Quaint is still at large with serious plans for Rory and her friends.

This book and the previous one could be considered a duology in the larger series. Many of the plot points set up in the previous novel are resolved satisfactorily in this one. The Madness U
Nov 08, 2015 Justine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
I thought this was such a truly excellent series of books. I was so impressed with the story, the characters, just everything about them. This third book was very fortunately not a cliff-hanger, but definitely set the stage for the story to continue and deepen.
May 07, 2015 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: youngadult, fantasy
So, the last book ended on a very upsetting note, and this one begins on that same upsetting note. But it's not gratuitously upsetting, there's a reason for everything that happens in this series, and the plotting is very tight. I also love the way Johnson describes the setting, and sets the mood. London must be a foggy, creepy, yet wonderful place, if real life is like the books.

The one weak spot for me, at least, is Rory, our main character. I mean, she's fine and all, she's realistic, but I
Kristina Horner
Apr 23, 2015 Kristina Horner rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, ghosts
I am going to seriously wither away and die waiting for the next book in this series.
The last two books in the Shades of London series really went in all sorts of directions I didn't expect, ripped at my heartstrings and often had me yelling out loud in my car at the characters (I listened to the audiobook).

I think this book did a really good job of making people who ended up sort of being put in larger than life situations feel extremely grounded in reality - I really felt the things these cha
Book Riot Community
So, yeah, I read this twice this month, in two different formats. Because it was great. Shadow Cabinet is the third installment in Maureen Johnson’s Shades of London series, and for real, the series is only getting better. The series is about a Louisiana girl named Rory who transfers to a boarding school in London and in the first book, she develops the ability to see ghosts (ooohh). By the third book, she’s been working with a group of young police officers whose job it is to clear up ghost-rel ...more

Oh goodness, I need this now. D:
Feb 06, 2014 Zoe rated it it was amazing
Anyone else suspect that there's going to be some ghost on girl action?
Abby Connor
I really love this series and I love Maureen Johnson, but I feel kind of disappointed by this book. There were just so many really really long paragraphs of information, often times revealed in hard-to-believe dialogue, that made it a bit tedious to read. A lot of the humorous tone was missing in this book and I really missed the boarding school characters. The only person we really got to hear from was Jerome and I don't particularly care for him or the love triangle aspect that he's involved i ...more
Nov 08, 2015 Robyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015
The mystery deepens in this one considerably, and becomes more interesting as a result. (Not to say that the other ones weren't!) The things that concerned me in book 2 have largely resolved, and this was a highly enjoyable one. Ready for book 4 .... oh wait.
After that unbelievably horrifying cliffhanger in The Madness Underneath, I was freaking ready to jump on The Shadow Cabinet as soon as it was released. I must say, I certainly wasn't disappointed with what I got, although I did get a bit of a surprise: TSC is not the series ending of Shades of London.

I don't know how to feel about the series being extended. I really thought it was going to end as a trilogy and was excited for this book as a series ending. On one hand, I was looking forward to e
needed more Stephen and Rory time.
Reduced to having to use the actual site because I'm a dunce and can't add reviews on the app.
Or maybe the new update wasn't quite as great as I thought.
In any case, I have a ship and I'm not ready for it to not sail. I know Maureen Johnson won't make it that easy.
There's a cover. I wonder how late I am but who cares BECAUSE THERE'S A COVER AND I LOVE IT and heavy sighing, the wait continues.

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Expected publication: March 5th 2015 by Putnam Ju
May 12, 2015 Abbie rated it liked it
This was really disappointing.

The characters were okay, but I didn't like them as much as I did in the first two books.

I was expecting to really like this one, as I enjoyed books one and two. Unfortunately though, I felt bored for most of it. It was info dump after info dump, and I didn't find the story that interesting.

Mar 09, 2015 Rincey rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Probably more like 3.5 stars. I'm glad this is definitely only a four book series because I can feel my interest in this storyline waning.
Melissa Chung
Jul 20, 2015 Melissa Chung rated it really liked it
This was pretty good. Going into this book I thought it was the end of the trilogy. Then mid-way I found out that there is another... a fourth book is coming out. Sigh. There is no release date.

The first half of the book went really quickly. It started right where it left off from the second book 'Madness Underneath' at the hospital. Then all of a sudden the mystery side of the book took off. As a reader we learn about a whole new world and a new character. A goodie two-shoes Hermione character
May 23, 2015 Tara rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this one, although there wasn't enough Stephen and Rory time for me! The story remained interesting and fast moving and all the characters worked well, Jerome was a welcome presence and that ending.... well those two 'characters' are excellent evil villains! And that feeling when you think you are reading the last book in a series, and then get to the end and realise there is another book...!!!!
Jan 14, 2015 Nikki rated it really liked it
Honestly this was like a 3.75-star read for me. Plot was good, but I wanted ALL THE FEELS, and I didn't get many of those. ;_; *sets up camp to wait for book 4*

Full review to come later, though I'm not sure how detailed it will be, because hello spoiler quicksand everywhere.
Ely (Tea & Titles)
I'm thinking of starting a petition for Maureen Johnson to stop ruining lives, namely mine.
Mar 04, 2015 Samantha rated it liked it
3.5 stars. As near as I can tell, everyone else I know who read this book really didn't care for it. As for me, I rather liked it, and nearly rated it four stars. And it deserved four, in my opinion, based purely on entertainment value. BUT (there's always a but, no?) I think it suffered due to some serious plot/transitional issues. Further, I will emphatically echo others' complaints that this series has become problematic because it was originally supposed to be a trilogy and has apparently be ...more
Michelle Teoh
Dec 15, 2014 Michelle Teoh rated it liked it
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This book embodied everything I have come to expect from Maureen Johnson and more: hilarity, action, more hilarity, badass ghost-fighting, and multiple moments of "ARE YOU KIDDING ME RIGHT NOW?!!". Needless to say, if you haven't checked out anything by Maureen Johnson... well, get on that, friend.

There is no way to review this novel without revealing some huge plot points, so all I will say is this: I enjoyed every minute of this installment, and Maureen did not disappoint when it came to uppi
Feb 24, 2015 Victoria rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not sure it's quite a 4* but couldn't possibly give it 3*. Feel like it's starting to get back to the standard of the first book but feel like it's taken on an entirely new direction from book 1. There was a lot happening in this book and it was good, much better than book 2. I still like the characters and the style of writing. Wish it hadn't taken so long to be published and really hope the next one is out pretty soon. Feel like I can't make a proper judgment because I was so disappointed in b ...more
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Maureen knew from an early age she wanted to be a writer. She went to high school at an all-girls' Catholic school and graduated from University of Delaware with a degree in writing. She now lives and writes in New York City.

Many of the adventures Maureen's characters face in her books are based on real-life stories. Maureen has traveled all over Europe, and is a Secret Sister to vlog brothers Han
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“So you’re Rory,” Sid said, “and...well, he’s handsome but not chatty. Very stone-faced. Like the white cliffs of Dover.”

“Those are chalk,” Sadie replied. “He’s more solid than that. Like the Misty Mountains.”

“Over the hills where the spirits fly...”

“With Rivendell in the foothills.”

“And Orcs in every pass,” Sid concluded. “So perhaps he’s...”

“Stephen,” Stephen said, bringing an end to that.”
“Something in the room had changed. My hand was on the floor, next to Stephen, but he wasn't as close to my hand as he had been. He had moved several inches over, toward the table. Just as I realized this, his arm shot out for the knife. In the next moment, he had rolled up on his knees and had Sadie caught in the crook of his arm. His face was pale, and he looked a bit shaken by the sudden movement. He was alive.” 0 likes
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