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Title: Shadows Fall Away
Author: Kit Forbes
Publication Date: September 23, 2014
Synopsis: Mark Stewart is one incident away from becoming a juvenile delinquent, and his parents have had enough. They ship Mark off to London England to stay with his eccentric aunt Agatha who is obsessed with all things Jack the Ripper. After a strange twist of luck, Mark is struck by lightning, and he wakes to find himself in 1888 Victorian London.
His interest in a string of murders Scotland Yard has yet to solve make him a likely suspect. After all, why would a young boy like Mark know so much about the murders? Could he be the ripper they've been searching for? Convinced the only way to get back home is to solve the murders, Mark dives headfirst into uncovering the truth.
Mark's only distraction comes in the form of the beautiful Genie Trembly, a girl who is totally out of his league and who may have already caught the attention of the infamous ripper. To save her, he'll endanger both their lives, and risk being trapped in the past forever.
Why?: Time travel, mystery, and Jack the Ripper? Count me in! This book sounds really interesting, and I can't wait to find out who the ripper is and if Mark ends up staying in the past with Genie (I already don't trust Genie though, so I'm also curious as to how that turns out).
Expectations: I expect a lot of mystery, since Mark is solving a crime. Also a lot of historical facts/events/etc. because of the time travel. A little bit of romance, and maybe some magic? I haven't heard much about Shadows Fall Away in terms of early reviews or read anything by Kit Forbes, so my expectations are reasonably high based on the synopsis alone.
Judging a book by its cover: This cover is dark and mysterious and I kind of love it. I love the colors and how the title stands out. I love how part of the title is in red - like blood - because it deals with Jack the Ripper. I would be pretty likely to pick this up off of a shelf if I saw it in a bookstore or in a library.