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The Madness Underneath

(Shades of London #2)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  16,189 ratings  ·  2,149 reviews
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 (first published February 1st 2013)
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Dec 10, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Cora Tea Party Princess
Apr 23, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Kristina Horner
Apr 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ghosts
This book was a roller coaster. And by that, I mean the kind that putt along the entire time, to the extent where you start to wonder if maybe you accidentally just got on a kiddie ride, then OMG I WAS NOT EXPECTING THIS DROP I'M GONNA BARF.

It definitely suffered from middle book syndrome, as it's Book 2 in a trilogy... but it felt like the first half resolved issues set up in book 1, and the second half ramped up to the inevitably crazy and exciting book 3. I was actually quite let down, until
Morgan Walsh
Jan 27, 2012 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
Katie Gallagher
Mar 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this review and others on my blog!

Okay, what do I even say about Maureen Johnson at this point? She’s awesome? I love her characters, her voice, her plotting? Does that about cover it?

Listen, Maureen Johnson has a certain style that you’ll either like or you won’t, and her books are all different versions of the same wonderful thing. Quirky and intelligent MC, no parents for miles, a way of inserting detail and humor into the text that keeps you just reading one page, no, two pages, no, twe
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Wants to Read More)
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
Jul 15, 2013 rated it it was ok
My main problem with this second book was the lack of 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
Mar 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
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
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: paranormal, ya, fantasy
Wow! That was incredibly dramatic and exciting. Laced with humour, the story line was unexpected and emotional. Can hardly wait to read the next one. Even if you don't normally do YA fantasy, you should give this series a go. Recommended. ...more
jv poore
The second book in the Shades of London series does not disappoint. Contrarily, I loved it so very much, that although I have the third book (recently released) in this series, I can't bring myself to start it just yet for fear of suffering major withdrawal upon completion. I'm going to savor these brilliant, kind, honest and witty characters for awhile.

Here are some of my favorite lines from The Madness Underneath.

“We would be friends. Oh, yes. We would be friends.”

“The pointless procedure is
rachel ☾
#1) The Name of the Star ★★★☆☆
#3) The Shadow Cabinet ★★★★☆

Trigger warnings for (view spoiler).

▷ Representation: Boo (sc) Indian-British; Callum (sc) Jamacian-British;
Sarah Elizabeth
2019 review:
Such a sad ending! (view spoiler) So much change in this book though, so much was so completely different at the end of this book compared to the end of book 1. I really want to know how things work out, so it's quite annoying that this series looks like it will be unfinished.

2013 review:
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins P
Shannon Duane
Mar 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
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Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rory is now a survivor of a vicious assault with all the emotional baggage that brings. She's also not coping at school, or coping anywhere at all really. But she still sees ghosts, and now she has an added ability as well, one that may make her essential to the Shades.

I liked this one a lot more than the first one. The writer is clearly so much better at her craft here. Rory is so clearly suffering from traumatic stress and the injunction placed on her not to talk about her experiences has her
Kate Welsh
Aug 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I need some time to... absorb this... but whoa. Whoa. WHOA.

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
May 11, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the most miserable sequels I've ever read. The first book was fun and good. This was a mess. The plot had no building tension. There were five mini-plots that didn't connect very well and didn't compel me to keep reading. There was kissing because kissing has to happen in YA, apparently, even though the kissing was lukewarm at best. There were three huge cliffhangers at the end, which is a bit excessive. And the first quarter of the book is spent recapping what happened in the fi ...more
Sep 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-read
Another great entry in the Shades of London series. While this was very much a middle book, that was OK because it picked up the story from book 1 nicely and spent some time letting the characters develop and introduced some new ones. The ending set the stage for book 3, which based on that, promises to be very interesting.
Nov 06, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
3.5. A solid middle entry to the series but I'm not in love with the direction the plot took in the last third of the novel. ...more
Mar 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. A lot.
Especially because it is composed by so many great things.

Great story.
Great characters.
Great MC.
Flawless writing (with funny dialogues and creepy parts).

Imagine a table full of your favorite desserts (I'm using a metaphoric example with food, because just like Rory, I much appreciate the subtle art of eating). Even though you want to eat them all, you can not, because your poor stomach would clearly not resist. So you pick up a plate and you serve yoursel
Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
Almost half way through this book and I just ordered the third one. The Shades of London books are spectacular!!

In the first book, Rory almost dies from Jack the Ripper (wanna be) attack, and discovers she gained a new ability besides seeing ghosts, so Jack was right.

Now Rory returns to school but she's not the same in some ways, she feels behind in all her classes, she isn't sure she likes her boyfriend anymore and she can't relate to her friends.

Rory is getting on my nerves! For most of the b
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
Feb 26, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read this in one sitting, in raw panic, while stress eating to combat my terror for Rory and her friends. The Madness Underneath is fantastic. Even though Maureen Johnson made me cry AGAIN (it seems to be her hobby), I highly recommend it! Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to eat this entire box of crackers with this jar of Cheese Whiz while I impatiently wait for the rest of the series. ...more
Aug 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2019

A bit of a lower rating mostly because it was just setting up the final book so not a TON happened. Super interested to continue after that ending though!!

In two minds about this middle book...

On one side, I loved getting back to Rory and seeing how she copes, or rather how she is not coping, with finding out about her Sight and the attack on her person from “the Ripper”. The fact that she cannot tell anyone is compounding the problem, making her spiral into deeper lies, threatening her relationships to loved ones and friends, and impeding her to return to her studies and normal life.

The new threat is a good one, suitably evil and scary, and
Apr 14, 2012 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?
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