Do the star ratings a book receives on Goodreads or retail sites affect whether you buy the book or not?
Now and then. I don't always look at reviews. Sometimes I buy solely based on my interest in the book after seeing the cover and reading the blurb. The exception is if I am on the fence, wondering whether to give something a try or not. In those cases I will glance at reviews on Goodreads to help me make up my mind.
When I left London in 1878, I never intended to return.
From page 56:
She tried the key and the door unlocked, disgorging a red-haired woman, wild-eyed and exhausted-looking and an uncanny double of the false Euphemia, save for the shapes of their faces.
This is not the story you think it is. These are not the characters you think they are. This is not the book you are expecting.
In an alternate 1880s London, angels inhabit every public building, and vampires and werewolves walk the streets with human beings in a well-regulated truce. A fantastic utopia, except for a few things: Angels can Fall, and that Fall is like a nuclear bomb in both the physical and metaphysical worlds. And human beings remain human, with all their kindness and greed and passions and murderous intent.
Jack the Ripper stalks the streets of this London too. But this London has an Angel. The Angel of the Crows.