Lifeblood (Darkside Series #2)
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Lifeblood (Darkside Series #2)

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by Tom Becker
     
 

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Follow Jonathan Starling on another creepy adventure on the dark side of town in the highly anticipated second book in the thrilling DARKSIDE series!

A series of unexplained murders on the Darkside of London has Jonathan tangled up in another dangerous mystery. With the help of his ally, private detective (and werewolf) Elias Carnegie, the pair discover that

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Follow Jonathan Starling on another creepy adventure on the dark side of town in the highly anticipated second book in the thrilling DARKSIDE series!

A series of unexplained murders on the Darkside of London has Jonathan tangled up in another dangerous mystery. With the help of his ally, private detective (and werewolf) Elias Carnegie, the pair discover that Jonathan's mother was investigating similar murders before she vanished. Jonathan becomes obsessed with solving the crimes and finding his mother. Meanwhile, the Ripper family is involved in a deadly scandal that goes right to the heart of Darkside society and they're watching Jonathan. In his desperation, can Jonathan solve the murders and find his mother before the Rippers find him?

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Amie Rose Rotruck
When gruesome murders begin to occur in London's Darkside, Jonathan Starling becomes involved in solving the crimes with his fellow private investigator, the werewolf Carnegie. As they investigate, Jonathan realizes that not only are the murders very similar to the murder of a Ripper heir years ago, but that long-ago murder was the case his mother was investigating as a reporter when she disappeared. Jonathan pursues the case with greater vigor, hoping that solving it will lead him to his long-lost mother. But as the investigation continues and Jonathan uncovers more information, he could very well share his mother's fate! In this second volume of the "Darkside series," Becker continues to weave a fantastic tale. The alternate London is very vividly created, and the people who inhabit it are interesting and humorous. Readers will be kept guessing until the very end, and they will go looking for the other "Darkside" novels afterward. Reviewer: Amie Rose Rotruck
School Library Journal

Gr 5-8

Jonathan Starling, the smart and self-reliant teen first introduced in Darkside (Scholastic, 2008), must travel between London's familiar, modern Lightside and Darkside, where horse-drawn carriages travel under gas streetlamps and werewolves, vampires, and murderers all reside together under the rule of the descendant of Jack the Ripper. There he tries to solve the serial murders linked to the ensuing battle between Ripper descendants and possibly his mother's disappearance 12 years earlier. The fact that Jonathan was born of two worlds makes his travel between them less physically devastating, and aids the self-discovery aspect of the story. His mother was a reporter for a Darkside newspaper, and his father is a Lightsider who cannot risk the trauma of traveling to Darkside since he is weakened from his battle there with a vampire. The book has many fantastical characters, such as Jonathan's sidekick and protector Carnegie, a charming albeit deadly werewolf; outrageous settings like the nightclub where undead characters go to party and do battle; and plotlines that involve killers who are also painters desperate for sales. This book is totally cool, and readers who love Harry Potter, as well as fans of all things dead and undead, will flock to this fantasy/horror/thriller.-Jake Pettit, Thompson Valley High School, Loveland, CO

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545037426
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
09/01/2008
Series:
Darkside Series, #2
Pages:
288
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
810L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author


Since Tom Becker learned to hold a pen, he wanted to become a writer. Tom studied history at Oxford University and was inspired by the otherworldly atmosphere of this academic institution. He used to spend long days studying and reading in the University library, but now he spends long days writing. He is the author of the first two books in the Darkside series. His first book in the series, DARKSIDE, was awarded the 2007 Waterstone's Children's Book Prize, which celebrates new talent. He lives in the UK.

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Lifeblood 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really awesome
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
this book is so full of mystery and suspense you will find yourself hooked on every word i would seriously like to read the next in the series Nighttrap
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
LIFEBLOOD is the second book in the DARKSIDE series by Tom Becker. The story picks up a few months after everything that happened in DARKSIDE.

Jonathan Starling has remained in Darkside with Elias Carnegie. As with the first story in the series, the pair gets drawn into a mystery that soon turns to them trying to solve a murder. They are approached to discover who an unknown victim is. The problem is that the victim was murdered the same way as another infamous member of Darkside society twelve years ago. The first known murder victim had been an heir to the Ripper throne.

Jonathan has learned more history of Darkside in his days of living in the evil society. Darkside is ruled by the ancestors of Jack the Ripper. When the current ruler dies, the offspring of the ruler must fight the Blood Succession to the death to determine who will reign next. When the murder victim of twelve years ago was revealed to be a hidden Ripper heir, the city was put into a whirlwind. Can the new murder be connected to the old crime?

Jonathan and Carnegie are aided by members of the Darkside's newspaper. There, Jonathan learns that his missing mother was a reporter for them, and disappeared around the same time as the infamous murder occurred. Jonathan is certain that the two events must be connected. If they can solve the latest crime, maybe he can discover what has happened to his mother.

As with the first story in the series, Mr. Becker creates a dark, evil world that grips the reader. Even in the chilling setting, the story moves fast, keeping the reader glued to the pages. Like rubberneckers driving by a car accident, the reader is so enthralled with the story; they can't help but be drawn into the action. The pages seemed to turn on their own accord. I sat and read the story in one sitting, waiting to find out if Jonathan's quest would bring him the answers he searched for. Mr. Becker will leave you wanting more from Darkside, long after the final page has been read.

Note: The descriptions and settings are a bit bleak and dark. The story may scare some younger readers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lifeblood is full of suspense and mystery travelling deeper into Jonathans' mothers disappearance and gruesome murders across Darkside leaving you shocked at the end.