Friday, April 12, 2013

Guest Review: The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson



 
Guest Review by Kari
 
Copy sent for review, but all opinions are our own

Review: The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson is the second book in the Shades of London series. This book is the sequel to The Name of the Star and continues to follow Rory Deveaux after her experience with the Ripper. The book begins with Rory recovering in Bristol with her parents and it shows her going to a therapist, who she is not allowed to talk to. Before she left London, she was told that she could not have contact with the Shades, the secret ghost fighting police, ever again. She even had to agree to never speak of them. This left her alone trying to deal with her ability to see ghosts and her new ability to destroy them with one touch. It isn’t long though before she gets sent back to Wexford, her boarding school in London.
Rory may have helped get rid of the Ripper, but her fight with him is still affecting her. When Rory gets back to school, she struggles with classes and with her relationship with her boyfriend, Jerome. To make matters worse, Rory soon learns about a murder in a pub close to her school. She starts to get a theory that her struggle with the Ripper may have released previously trapped ghosts. The only good thing about her return is that she is contacted by the Shades and they tell her they know about her new ability to destroy ghosts.

The book follows Rory as she and the Shades search for the truth behind the murder at the pub. It also allows the reader to see Rory’s struggle with getting back to her routine before the Ripper. Her experience really changed her. Her challenges in the last book cause her to make some questionable decisions which may just lead her and the Shades into dangerous situations.

Johnson’s second book in the series is definitely worth reading. It isn’t as fast paced as the first, but it is still a great story. The author’s ending makes the reader wish the third book was already out. There is something about these characters that make you wish you knew them. I promise that once you read the first two books in the series, you will be hooked!

13 comments:

Heidi@Rainy Day Ramblings said...

I read both of these books back to back and I struggled with the second. I did not like the change in Rory's personality and the plot was too scattered. Oh and that cliffhanger, just cruel!

Brandi Kosiner said...

Rory sounds like a great character to read about, and even though I haven't read the first yet, I want to

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Oh this is a series I've been wanting to read. So glad that the second book rocks as well. Oh I do think I'm moving the Name of the Star up the wishlist!

Krysten @ Why Girls Are Weird said...

Rory sounds like a really interesting character. I'll have to check these out.

Erika said...

Oh, I need to pick up book one! I have read a few books by Maureen in the past and adored them all! :)

Vegan YA Nerds said...

Oh yes, I do wish book three was out - the ending was just plain cruel!! :)

L-Diggitty said...

I need to read the first book in this series! Asap!

Sam said...

I'm glad to hear you enjoyed this one! I'm nervous about the ending though. I'm getting cliffhanger vibes here. ;) I still need to read the first book in this series, but I have a copy, so I can do that sometime soon. Great review!

Liviania said...

I definitely want the third book already!

Maja (The Nocturnal Library) said...

I love that there were actual consequences for the event of the first book. It makes things more interesting and the stakes somewhat higher, right? I own the first book and have been meaning to read it for a while now, but I just can't seem to get a chance to actually do it. I'll try harder, I suppose. :)

Giselle said...

The comments I see about the ending makes me think I should wait until the 3rd is out to read it >.< I really enjoyed the 1st book so I'm glad this one doesn't disappoint even if it's not quite as action packed. Great review!

Candace said...

I haven't read this series yet and I've been a little afraid it might be too scary for me but lately people have been saying it's not really that scary so maybe I'll have to give the series a try.

Bookworm1858 said...

I loved the cliffhanger but thought the pacing was quite off for much of the book. I liked that ending because finally something happened and hopefully it will mean more action in book 3.