The Madness Underneath

The Madness Underneath After her near fatal run in with the Jack the Ripper copycat Rory Deveaux has been living in Bristol under the close watch of her parents So when her therapist suddenly suggests she return to Wexford

After her near fatal run in with the Jack the Ripper copycat, Rory Deveaux 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 than she thought possible she s become a human terminus, with the powAfter her near fatal run in with the Jack the Ripper copycat, Rory Deveaux 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 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 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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  1. 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 Hank and John Green.

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  1. 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 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 Needless [...]

  2. 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 voice to bi [...]

  3. 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 I got [...]

  4. 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 right I don t [...]

  5. Ich fand das Buch in einigen Aspekten besser, in anderen etwas schw cher als das erste Buch.Eigentlich sind das ja Thriller, aber ich habe eigentlich nur am Ende etwas davon gesp rt Auch vorher gab es Tote, aber es war nicht spannend im Thriller Stil.Andererseits fand ich gerade das auch ganz gut So hatten die Charaktere sozusagen etwas Zeit f r sich, ihre Beziehungen untereinander und dieser Teil war ja auch nicht langweilig Sie haben Nachforschungen angestellt, neue Dinge in Erfahrung gebracht [...]

  6. 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 will it be about R [...]

  7. My main problem with this second book was the lack of plot be honest, this was really 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 Rory s thought [...]

  8. 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, but [...]

  9. 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 are not com [...]

  10. 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 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 London, B [...]

  11. 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 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 books is NOT something you should be worrying about There is PLENTY MORE that [...]

  12. 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 any and she can t relate to her friends.Rory is getting on my nerves For most of the book I want [...]

  13. I kind of liked the first book Didn t love but liked enough Complaint about this book NOTHING HAPPENS for the first 2 3rds of the book It s still interesting enough, but there is literally no plot.No this gets one star for the ending This is a little spoilerish, but I knew Jerome wasn t for Rory He s nice, but not for her Stephen, on the other hand yeah, I saw that coming from a mile away And it made me happy.And then just screw you Maureen Johnson this is way spoilerish, without actually giving [...]

  14. 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 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 on the v [...]

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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 temper [...]

  18. I really liked this book A lot.Especially because it is composed by so many great things.Great story.Great characters.Great MC.Ghosts.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 thesubtleart 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 yourself with smal [...]

  19. 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 terminus and a [...]

  20. God, I was so disappointed with this book So very disappointed.I adoredThe Name of the Starand 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.WhileThe Madness Underneathstill retains that same style, it does not do the premise of its predecessor justice Where the first boo [...]

  21. 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.

  22. Maureen Johnsons In Memoriam ist der zweite Teil ihrer Die Schatten von London Trilogie Diese mystische Jugendthriller Trilogie ist mir aufgrund der wundersch nen Cover und der Tatsache, dass die in London und in einem Internat handeln, aufgefallen Die perfekte Mischung aus Krimi, Drama, Romantik und Internatsgeschichte habe ich bereits im ersten Band der Reihe genossen und geliebt Maureen Johnson wei genau, wie sie die perfekte englische Kulisse wirken lassen muss Der Leser f hlt sich in den en [...]

  23. 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 can t tell her [...]

  24. More shenanigans and reviews can be found at Ransom ReadsMAJOR SELLING POINTS GhostsGhosts 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 important.Secret PoliceLike spies, there s just something like the existence of secret police government factions that deal with unusual things The attraction probably [...]

  25. 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 ______________________________When The Madness Underneath begins, Rory is in Bristol at her parents house where [...]

  26. Admittedly, I had high expectations for this book, as I couldn t get my hands on it for the LONGEST time, or some reason BUt I feel this book, while reasonably interesting, fell short.I loved the first book Screw that, I LOVED the first book It was amazing I was rooting for Rory from the start her relationship with Jerome was adorable and her sense of humor was amazing as always But the story arc was curious In the Name of the Star, Rory leaves almost immediately after becoming acquainted with t [...]

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