Thursday, April 11, 2013

The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson [Review]

The Madness Underneath (Shades of London, #2)4 out of 5 Robots!

The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson
Series: Shades of London #2
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal
Release:  February 26, 2013
Hardcover: 290 Pages
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
After her near-fatal run-in with the Jack the Ripper copycat, Rory Devereaux has been living in Bristol under the close watch of her parents. So when her therapist suddenly suggests she return to Wexford, Rory jumps at the chance to get back to her friends. But Rory’s brush with the Ripper touched her more than she thought possible: she’s become a human terminus, with the power to eliminate ghosts on contact. She soon finds out that the Shades—the city’s secret ghost-fighting police—are responsible for her return. The Ripper may be gone, but now there is a string of new inexplicable deaths threatening London. Rory has evidence that the deaths are no coincidence. Something much more sinister is going on, and now she must convince the squad to listen to her before it’s too late.

In this follow-up to the Edgar Award-nominated THE NAME OF THE STAR, Maureen Johnson adds another layer of spectacularly gruesome details to the streets of London that will keep you on the edge of your seat until the very end.
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Shannon's Thoughts:

I actually enjoyed this book more than the first.  My main problem with the first book was the Jack the Ripper theme.  I just wasn't that into it.  But I did like the part with the Shades.  This book had more Shades, less Ripper, so I was more interested in the story line.  I liked Rory and found her more charming this time around as well.  I liked that she was affected by her attack, but didn't completely dwell on it.  We also get to know Stephen, the head Shade, a bit better.  But the plotting did seem a little off as Rory tries to put her life back together.  Nothing really happens in the first part of the book and just as things get really interesting, the book ends.  But, I will say I liked where it ended because it creates a situation (that I actually didn't see coming) that you just know is going to be very sticky for the characters.  And sticky situations are usually the most fun.

Books in the series in the order they should be read:
1. The Name of the Star
2. The Madness Underneath


1 comment :

  1. "Nothing really happens in the first part of the book." That's why I liked the first book better than this one....but I did enjoy it once it got going.

    Great review!



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