The Madness Underneath (Shades of London, #2)
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The Madness Underneath (Shades of London #2)

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When madness stalks the streets of London, no one is safe…

There's a creepy new terror haunting modern-day London.
Fresh from defeating a Jack the Ripper killer, Rory must put her new-found hunting skills to the test before all hell breaks loose…

But enemies are not always who you expect them to be and crazy times call for crazy solutions. A thrilling teen mystery.
Paperback, UK, 290 pages
Published February 26th 2013 by HarperCollinsChildren’sBooks
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Heidi
After loving Maureen Johnson from afar, largely via her very entertaining Twitter feed, I was thrilled that she was venturing into the world of speculative fiction by delving into the horror of Jack the Ripper, ghosts, and mystery via a London boarding school and secret police force. That’s much more up my alley than her usual contemporary route. Not only did I thoroughly enjoy The Name of the Star, I didn’t forget about it, and am still constantly recommending it to readers over a year later. N...more
Bern
Apr 08, 2012 Bern marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition


What is it with this series and ugly ass covers? Thank god the blurbs are always awesome or else I'd shun this so hard it wouldn't even know what hit it
Tristan
I am REALLY curious about what is going to happen in this book after what all happened in the last few chpts. of the first book. I am wondering if Rory is going to be considered a threat to society or something becasue of "what she did" in the last few pgs. of the first book. I'm really excited to see where it takes her and hopefully Stephen along the way! (For some reason I get a good vibe between her and him instead of Jerome, because Rory and Jerome's relationship doesn't scream unique to me...more
Amanda
If you're like me, whenever you get invested in a book series, you're worried the remaining books won't live up to the first one, right? Well, you won't have to worry about that with The Madness Underneath. It is one of the rare ones. A sequel that is even better than the first one. It is everything you hope for in a sequel. This book has made me feel so many genuine emotions (scared, sad, worried and heart broken) and the ending is a whopper.

Rory is one of my favorite characters. I love her vo...more
Morgan Walsh
Jan 27, 2012 Morgan Walsh marked it as to-read
What exactly will this book be about? I LOVED The Name of the Star, and I am dying for the sequel to be released, but I'm confused as to what it will be about. The kind-of cliffhanger of book one raised the potential for the sequel, but the Ripper is gone, so... will there be a 3rd Ripper? Will the Ripper return? What happens to Jerome and Rory?!?! Extremely cute couple, but I can't deny that I'm curious if Steven and Rory will get together.... Will there even be a bad ghost in this book, or wil...more
Cora Linn
I just have to get this out of my system... NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

After the first book, I wasn't expecting much from this book. It would have been wrong for this one to be as twisted and creepy as the first, it would have been too much. But it stays in the same unique universe.

But I wasn't expecting that. Or that. Or that.

Although at times The Madness Underneath feels like a filler, a space between the first and third books when nothing too much *can* happen, it is great in its own righ...more
Tom
I have an axiom that if a character in a book is engaging enough then even watching them chew oatmeal will be interesting. Maureen Johnson has found a strong, memorable voice in her protagonist/narrator Rory Deveaux, a Lousiana girl transplanted to London. Rory has a colorful personality, injecting random asides and humorous descriptions into everything, and telling embarrassing stories about her family when she gets nervous.

Some people don't enjoy the character because she's not very heroic, bu...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Angels Weep For Goodreads)
Can I be honest? I feel... a bit manipulated. I am going through a horrible reading slump right now, so I know that I am a lot less tolerant than I would have been prior to this dry spell. So my review of this book might be a bit harsher. I feel that despite my rather harsh criticism, I am being fair and respectful, which are crucial to me as a reviewer.

I loved the first book, The Name of the Star, and I gave it five stars. I actually thought it was quite brilliant. In comparison, my feelings ar...more
Vanessa
My main problem with this second book was the lack of plot...to be honest, this was really more of an in-between book. Yes, it's interesting to see Rory try to reconcile what happened to her in the last book and what to do with her new ability. However, the book didn't really feel like it started until I was about 60% through. Everything before that point was Rory kind of wandering around trying to decide what to do, being confused and directionless. I think that would have been interesting if R...more
Felicity Disco
I need some time to... absorb this... but whoa. Whoa. WHOA.
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Okay, I wrote the above immediately after finishing, and now I've slept on it and it's the next morning, so I'll try to be a little more articulate. THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD. I almost don't want to say ANYTHING because I want you to be SURPRISED by everything, but let's just say that the concern I've seen about THE NAME OF THE STAR wrapping things up too neatly to allow for more books is NOT something you should be worrying about. There i...more
Khanh (Destroyer of Dreams)
352 pages. About 200 pages too long as far as relevant content goes.

Rory is recovering from her injury in the previous book, and spends much of her time moping around in Bristol with her parents. She then gets permission to go back to Wexford, where she spends more time moping around, tentatively and reluctantly embracing her new role as a new Terminus (but not really doing much about it or with her new powers). Actually, she spends much of the book doing nothing BUT moping. This isn't Shades of...more
Sarah
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins Publishers and Netgalley.)
This is book 2 in the ‘Shades of London’ series, and picks up a couple of months after the end of book 1.
**Warning – some unavoidable spoilers for book 1 ‘The Name of The Star’**
Following Rory’s encounter with the ‘Jack the Ripper’ copycat in book 1, she’s been recovering at her parents rented home in Bristol, and seeing a therapist 3 times a week, even though she...more
Paigeewa
God, I was so disappointed with this book! So very disappointed.

I adored The Name of the Star and I thought it was really cool to read Maureen Johnson's version of speculative fiction and urban fantasy/paranormal/what-have-you since the majority of her books have been of the contemporary fiction variety. TNotS was refreshing, but still had the MJ signature writing style.

While The Madness Underneath still retains that same style, it does not do the premise of its predecessor justice. Where th...more
Shannon Duane
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Lauren
Dear Ms. Johnson,

You have successfully crushed my hopes for this series. Please tell me that the ending of The Madness Underneath (as well as half the plot) was a joke, and Rory is about to jump out of the bushes and yell "gotcha!"

Of course, I'm sure you're giggling gleefully at my distress. But for the sake of my sanity, I am requesting that you fix it. Please?

Sincerely,
A heartbroken reader


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When The Madness Underneath begins, Rory is in Bristol at her parents ho...more
Tara
I quite liked the first book in this series, 'The Name of the Star', but I REALLY, REALLY LIKED this one. And I don't want to take anything away from the story but I think one of the reasons I enjoyed it so much was the narrator. Nicola Barber is without a doubt one of the best audio book narrators that I have ever listened to and I ended up even doing housework just so I could listen to this book!
Rory, who survived a Jack the Ripper attack has been sent away to Bristol with her parents but ends...more
Bec
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MAJOR SELLING POINTS:
Ghosts



Ghosts are basically the only thing that really creep me out. In THE NAME OF THE STAR, the ghost was really scary and appeared a lot, being central to the story. There are less ghosts in THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH, some of the people being creepier and more important.

Secret Police



Like spies, there's just something like the existence of secret police/government factions that deal with... unusual things. The attraction...more
Ferdy
2.5 stars - Spoilers

Not bad but not great either. I was more entertained and impressed with the first book (The Name of the Star).
At the end of The Name of the Star, Rory was recovering from being stabbed by the Ripper ghost, she also developed super speshul ghost vanquishing powers (eye roll), and on top of that her parents took her out of her London school to keep her safe.
I was wondering how Rory would get back to school and the ghost busting gang she left behind. I was expecting some brilli...more
Mara
Cover Blurb: Yes or No? Divided. If I saw this book without knowing anything about it, I may not have been inclined to pick it up just because it doesn't really especially ghostly or intriguing. But I do like the title font, and there is something slightly haunting about it when you know what the series is about.

Characters: Rory is a blast. She's got a great sense of humor, is practical for the most part, and not overly emotional. Rory has suffered some series trauma, but rather than losing her...more
Mands

The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson picks up three weeks after the events of The Name of the Star. Rory is now in Bristol with her parents after having been removed fom Wexford College in London after the attack that almost killed her. She’s attending therapy but isn’t doing much talking, all she wants is to be back at college and to be with her new friends Steven, ** and Boo. But once back she’s sure there is another ghostly presence haunting London and she’s determined to do something to...more
Heidi
Two Stars: A chaotic middle book with a dreadful ending!
Rory is trying to push away the memories of that terrifying night when she confronted the modern day Jack the Ripper. Unfortunately, the long slashing scar across her abdomen is a constant reminder. Rory is trapped in Bristol with her parents and her therapist, but she longs to return to London and reunite with Jazza and Jerome as well as her ghost hunter friends, Stephen, Callum and Boo. She recently discovered that something else happened...more
Jeanne Izzy
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Kita
Apr 14, 2012 Kita marked it as to-read
Thoughts on the Cover
Is it just me... or does that cover look A HELL OF A LOT like the Morganville Vampires series?
Linda
This book and this series, Shades of London, is awesome! This book doesn't have the degree of frenzy that book #1 does, when Rory is being stalked by a Jack-the-Ripper type killer, but instead focuses more on the group of special people that Rory belongs with. It also seems to start with one subject and lead off in a whole new direction. This was fine with me. Although the ending was rather sad, it leaves it wide open for the series to continue in a similar but new vein. I can't wait for the nex...more
Bookworm1858
Source: Received an e-ARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

*Spoilers for book one*

After adoring first book The Name of the Star, I was chomping at the bit for this sequel and am so pleased to be providing an early review. I was mostly satisfied with the novel but had some big problems with the ending which will be discussed at the very bottom under the spoiler heading.

If you liked the snarky opinionated personality of Rory in book one, I am happy to report that she is back. Despite...more
Maree
The Madness Underneath was quite an engaging novel, as was its predecessor, The Name of the Star. It did only take me a little over a day to read, but unfortunately left a bitter taste in my mouth.

I won’t lie, the opening scene had me absolutely hooked. However, I dangled on that hook for roughly 100 pages before there was even a mention of that mystery again. Worst of all, when it was revisited it was over in a flash. Literally. To be honest, I felt slightly cheated. The story then took a whipl...more
Liviania
Warning: There are major spoilers for book one in this review. I advise you to read it first.

In THE NAME OF THE STAR, book one of the Shades of London series, American exchange student Rory discovered that she could see ghosts. Her ability got her mixed up with the Shades - Boo, Callum, and Stephen - and their hunt for a man copying the Jack the Ripper murders. Rory's trying to recover mentally from her stabbing, but she's having trouble. It doesn't help that she's been turned into a human termi...more
Booknut
There is a stage in a reading experience where you expect a turn in the road...and get faced with a freaking cliff.



When you're expecting another page and get hit with the Acknowledgements.
When you're expecting rainbows and butterflies, and get given heartbreak and chaos on a gilded platter.
When you're expecting your OTP to remain intact, and the author decides to rip your heart in two.

Needless to say, this book has been rather informative. It taught me not to be ashamed of needing therapy; a le...more
Elena Love
After the events that took place in The Name Of the Star,Rory goes back to Wexford.She can't wait to see her friends again and have some normal things happen to her after the Jack the Ripper incident.But nothing will ever be normal again because she finds out that she has a new ability.She can eliminate ghosts when she touches them.The old problem might be solved but there are more of them waiting.Because a string of murders,or better inexplicable deaths has shocked the area.Rory knows and has e...more
Lydia
Thanks to HarperCollins Children's Books and Netgalley for the ARC.

Characters: As usual, Rory is a little bit odd, with the same amount of quirky humour. One thing about Rory I didn't understand was her lack of thought about her new 'gift'. She shows reluctance to use it in certain circumstances but in others she has no problem zapping ghosts away with no thought to the consequences for the ghost. Jazza and Jerome aren't fleshed out any more than in the first book - in fact, Jerome is pretty one...more
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Maureen knew from an early age she wanted to be a writer. She went to high school at an all-girls' Catholic school and graduated from University of Delaware with a degree in writing. She now lives and writes in New York City.

Many of the adventures Maureen's characters face in her books are based on real-life stories. Maureen has traveled all over Europe, and is a Secret Sister to vlog brothers Han...more
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