- Originality 5. Still like this secret-ghost-cop thing. Also the tagline "Bedlam breaks free" really does apply and it gets points. I wish the book had focused on this more, because then this score would be higher (and the book would be better/scarier)
- Absurdity: 8. Oh man, I picked the bad guy out of the lineup literally the first time they were introduced. Rory, you are a fool.
- Level of Paranormal Romance: 2. WELL I can't say much for this book, but the cliffhanger suggests that the next Shades of London will have an exemplary paranormal romance for our girl Rory. For the bit of romance in this book, I was INTO that kiss. But one kiss does not a a high score make.
- Level of Harry Potterness: 4. I didn't sense a lot of momentum in this story. I will still finish the series, but I hope the next book brings more spunk and a plot I can get invested in.
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