The Madness Underneath (Shades of London Series #2)

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The New York Times bestseller!

A new threat haunts the streets of London?
Rory Deveaux has changed in ways she never could have imagined since moving to London and beginning a new life at boarding school. As if her newfound ability to see ghosts hadn?t complicated her life enough, Rory?s recent brush with the Jack the Ripper copycat has left her with an even more unusual and intense power. Now, a new string of inexplicable deaths is threatening...

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Overview

The New York Times bestseller!

A new threat haunts the streets of London…
Rory Deveaux has changed in ways she never could have imagined since moving to London and beginning a new life at boarding school. As if her newfound ability to see ghosts hadn’t complicated her life enough, Rory’s recent brush with the Jack the Ripper copycat has left her with an even more unusual and intense power. Now, a new string of inexplicable deaths is threatening London, and Rory has evidence that they are no coincidence. Something sinister is going on, and it is up to her to convince the city’s secret ghost-policing squad to listen before it’s too late.

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Etienne Vallee
In this second book of the Shades of London series, Aurora, who goes by Rory, is in Bristol. She is slowly recuperating from the stab wound the ghost known as the Ripper dealt her. Her hardest task, however, is therapy. Seeing ghosts but being unable to talk to others about her ability makes conversation difficult. The ghost-hunting group engineers her return to London and to her private school. She is reunited with her friends and finds a strange therapist. With her ability growing, Rory must decide how she fits in the world and how her newfound ghost-vaporizing ability should be used. Readers not familiar with The Name Of The Star (Putnam, 2011/Voya October 2011), the first book in the series, will find themselves lost at the beginning. Though Johnson provides some background information, the attention is focused on the present and the character development of Rory and her questioning of the future. The plot is uneven and moves slowly. It is only in the last fifth of the book that the nemesis is revealed, and the ending feels flat, leaving the reader wondering what will happen next but not necessarily looking forward to the next installment. Consider this a good purchase if the first book was well received. Reviewer: Etienne Vallee
VOYA - Ema Whipple McKie
The connection between characters is distant in this novel. Even the "almost boyfriend" Rory skirts around in the beginning is removed. The friendship between the Shades (Boo, Callum, Stephen) and Rory is more defined. Finally, toward the end, there is one scene of in-depth emotion. Topics such as substance use and kidnapping may not be appropriate for youth under age thirteen. Though The Madness Underneath is not set in recent years, it is modern and written in a way that will not be too deep nor too shallow for the entertainment of a young adult audience. This book is reminiscent of the Septimus Heap series. Reviewer: Ema Whipple McKie, Teen Reviewer
School Library Journal
Gr 7 Up—This continuation of the series opens as Rory is recovering from a brutal attack by a ghost mimicking Jack the Ripper's grisly murders. She is persuaded by her therapist to leave the family's Bristol home, return to her London boarding school, and resume a normal life. However, life will never again be "normal" for Rory. She discovers that she is a "terminis" and has the ability to permanently extinguish ghosts. The British squad of those with the ability to see ghosts and monitor their activity recruits her help to investigate an unexplained death near campus. It appears that an evil force is moving through the underground, causing death and destruction. The opening chapters bring readers up to date, recapping previous events and characters and, in the process, revealing the plot in The Name of the Star (Putnam, 2011). The action picks up considerably in the final chapters. Readers will remain on the edge of their seats as the leader of a cult that follows the ancient Eleusinian Mysteries drugs and kidnaps Rory, hoping to use her extraordinary powers to defeat death. Johnson's sharp wit is ever-present, and her heroine is the perfect blend of snark and teen anxiety. Rory finds romance, but is it destined to end? Readers will anxiously await the final installment in the series to learn the fate of this Eleusinian cult, and to find out if a girl who can annihilate ghosts has a future with one very hot guy.—Barbara M. Moon, Suffolk Cooperative Library System, Bellport, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441866455
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 2/28/2013
  • Series: Shades of London Series , #2
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.37 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Maureen Johnson is the New York Times bestselling author of more than ten young-adult novels, including 13 Little Blue Envelopes, The Last Little Blue Envelope, Devilish, The Bermudez Triangle, Let It Snow, and Suite Scarlett. She divides her time between New York City and Guildford, England. Maureen also spends far too much time online.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2013

    Great Sequel

    I am a fan of the author's work to begin with and really loved the first book. I think this book is a great sequel in that it takes the story on a turn that I did not see coming. I've read the editorial reviews where they think the beginning is slow because of the detail about Rory's therapy, but I think that, admittedly not having gone through the experience of a ghost nearly killing me, a person would be horribly traumatized and would not emerge from said experience being 'cool' with the world. I will say that the ending first goes in the direction I have been wanting, then turns abruptly into the ending I most feared after finishing Name of the Star. Overall, well worth reading and I can't wait for the next book!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 8, 2013

    (Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a re

    (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 therapist what really happened in London.

    Rory’s discovery that she seems to now be a human Terminus means that she knows she has to go back to London though, and she has to try and find Stephen, Boo and Callum and explain to them what has happened.

    Finding herself sent back to ‘Wexford’ Boarding School in London, Rory finds herself concentrating less on her studies, and more on finding the spook squad, and busting some more murderous ghosts. How long can Rory continue neglecting her studies though? Can Charlotte’s strange therapist help her too? How long can the ghost busters continue without a working Terminus? And how does Rory feel about her possible future as part of their squad?


    This was a great sequel to ‘The Name of The Star’, I loved Rory, I loved the atmospheric nature of the story, and the ending was so sad it made me cry!

    Rory is quite damaged by her previous experiences in London, and it’s taking her a while to work through things, especially seeing as she now has no one that she can confide in. She knows that she needs to go back to London, but it’s more because she needs people she can talk to, rather than wanting to go back to school. It’s really easy to relate to Rory in this respect, because she really is doing her best to recover from her trauma, and she seems to know better than anyone what she needs, even if it’s not what everyone else thinks that she needs.

    It was good to go back to Wexford and catch up with all of Rory’s old friends though, especially when she managed to get back in contact with Stephen, Boo, and Callum. It was obvious how much they all needed each other, and even though Rory wasn’t ready to jump straight back into the job, she was able to focus on important things, and help when she was really needed. She even put extra effort into trying to solve a murder which wasn’t necessarily unsolved, and kept an eye out for things resembling what happened during her own attack.

    There was a small hint of romance in this book, but it was very, very slight. The main storyline was concerned with Rory’s recovery, and the new ghostly murders happening in London, and it flowed really well. I liked how it wasn’t the same storyline rehashed, and I liked how all the characters had been changed by what had happened in book 1.
    The ending to this book was a big shock though! Something totally unexpected and sad and shocking happened which I really wasn’t expecting, and it even made me cry! It’s obvious that there will be another book after this one, but how Rory will recover from this newest tragedy remains to be seem, I can only assume that she will be even more damaged in the next book than she was in this one which is really sad. I really want to read the next book now though!
    Overall; a great ghostly/paranormal YA murder mystery.
    8 out of 10.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2013

    Disappointed!!! Loved the first book but I feel cheated with thi

    Disappointed!!! Loved the first book but I feel cheated with this one. This book contained no real "story" just a bunch of plot points for the future books. Slow start, no dialog with supporting characters a terrible ending sealed it's fate.Even the cover was a let down. I won't be looking for future books in this series. If i could get my money back i would

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  • Posted June 11, 2014

    I love The Name of the Star. Maureen knows how to keep her audie

    I love The Name of the Star. Maureen knows how to keep her audience entranced and on the edge of their seats. Girl kept it up with The Madness Underneath, the only difference being that I wasn't freaking out until the last few chapters of this novel.




    The Madness Underneath has a slower plot than The Name of the Star, but it is no less engaging. With The Madness Underneath Rory is dealing with aftermath of being stabbed and almost killed by the Ripper. I got the feeling through her narrative, that Rory is (more or less) essentially mentally and physically able to handle the situation. One of the scenes I really enjoyed is when Jazza goes into the bathroom with Rory where it all happened and Rory states it's "just a bathroom." This scene alone speaks to the strength and courage of her character, that she is able to walk into the bathroom where she almost died and not be deeply affect.




    However, despite her desire to return to the pre-Ripper time in her life, Rory's school work is suffering. She had not kept up on assignments during the month she was gone, is unable to catch up, and must continue to lie to those she cares about. Unlike its predecessor, here we are dealing more with Rory's personal struggles more so than with a murdering ghost.




    I enjoy this look into Rory's personal struggle. Not that I'm glad she's struggling, but we get to know her more on a personal level. When she realizes that perhaps Wexford isn't the place for her, she has a hard time accepting that and becomes desperate to find somewhere she does belong. 




    It it not until the later half of The Madness Underneath that we truly get into the nitty gritty of the mystery at hand and we're back to the familiar suspense found in The Name of the Star. It was at this point that I found the novel impossible to put down. I'm talking, I was reading it while cooking dinner and, since it'd be rude to read during dinner, stared at it until everything was cleaned up and I could once again pick it up.




    As it stands, I should've listened to everybody who reviewed this novel and waited until we were closer to The Shadow Cabinet's release date. The ending - OMG! That is one of the best, or worst depending on how you look at it, cliffhangers I have ever read. I'm at a loss for words on how to respond to the ending.




    The Madess Underneath is a great follow up to The Name of the Star. Rory has become a favorite character of mine and Maureen is a wonderful author. She knows how to weave stories to keep you guessing, shocked, thrilled, and in the end, utterly destroyed. That last bit sounds like a bad thing, but it's not. I cannot wait to see how she concludes this wonderful trilogy and I cross my fingers that the release date isn't pushed back again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2014

    Spoiler

    WHY? WHY STEPHEN? HE WAS MY FAVIROTE AND SI SHE HAS TO KILL HIM? MUST HAVE BOOK 3!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2014

    A cliff hanger!

    I can't wait to read the next book.

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  • Posted January 21, 2014

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    One of the few books that doesn't suffer from "2nd book syn

    One of the few books that doesn't suffer from "2nd book syndrome". I enjoyed this as much, if not more, than the first. Excellent read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2014

    Still interested

    I read this bok in litterally five hours. I was captivated with ever beautiful word written. I cried at the deaths, felt light with the kisses. Maureen Johnson has gor a wonderful talent that is constantly demonstrated throughout this book.

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  • Posted November 27, 2013

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    If you read my review of THE NAME OF THE STAR then it surely doe

    If you read my review of THE NAME OF THE STAR then it surely doesn't surprise you that I didn't want to wait a second to start its sequel right after turning the last page. From the beginning THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH sets a slightly different tone than THE NAME OF THE STAR. For instance this second part of Rory's story is not as gruesome and bloody as the Jack the Ripper muderer that had his claws terrifingly close around Rory's neck in the first book.
    With Rory uncovering the origin of new ghost occurrences around Wexford, a new kind of psychological tension slowly seeps into the story and through the cracks that once contained the restless patients of a psychiatric unit.

    Rory is a character that I could easily imagine being friends with. She's very independent, got a great sense of humour, keeps on babbling about funny things that come to her mind and she's got a strong intuition for what is right and wrong.
    I found myself enjoying and soaking up all the interesting little facts Rory researches in relation to the mysterious death in a bar near Wexford. The story wasn't as profoundly supported by such curious details as the first book's case which I guess has to be owed to the popular and widely discussed phenomenon that's immanent to Jack the Ripper.
    Rory's life has not nearly returned to normal and she's still trying to deal with her newfound gift, a gift she was left with after a Ripper imitating ghost failed to kill her. But the ghosts are as present as ever and suddenly Rory is of high interest for the group behind the ghost hunting unit of our friends Stephen, Callum and Boo. Facing new missions and mysteries around all kinds of ghosts, the four grow together and form an unbeatable team. I also really appreciated and savoured the time Maureen reserved for Rory and Stephen to get to know each other better and learn to love the little quirks about the other. I rooted for Stephen since the middle of THE NAME OF THE STAR and was hoping for Rory to fall for him, so you can imagine the grin on my face every time these two got some quiet investigative time together.

    Life would be too easy if we all could be just friends, so of course there is another group interested in Rory's talents. I wouldn't have minded if the story had countinued with ever new ghostly murder cases and no additional hostile group suddenly appearing and wanting Rory to join their cult.

    I thought THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH didn't house as many surprising turns as its predecessor and I mostly guessed what was going to happen until I came to the last thirty pages or so...and the final chapters became a major mood killer! I was so ecstatic one moment, and royally pissed the other! Readers will probably be wondering, how Maureen Johnson could let happen something like that. Right now I can't think of a statisfiable outcome or solution to what we all had to witness!

    At one point someone in THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH tells a story and Rory says that she feels like her absorption into the story was total. When she wrote this book Maureen Johnson surely knew that her stories had the very same effect on its readers. And as always the frequently asked question: Why do we have to wait another year for the next book in the series?


    4,5/5 ****/* THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH – A terrific and dazzling new shade of YA!

    The new crime cases of this sequel might not have fascinated me as much as the original Jack the Ripper murders of THE NAME OF THE STAR, still I couldn't resist the psychologically strong pull of this new SHADES OF LONDON. I fear this series will continue to have me in its killer grip. And doesn't the third book, THE SHADOW CABINET, sound too spooky and nightmarishly good to be true?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2013

    To whom may conern: my rate and review on underneath.

    To whom may conern: may rate and review on underneath. I really adoere this books. I give five star.

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  • Posted September 9, 2013

    In The Madness Underneath, the second Shades of London installme

    In The Madness Underneath, the second Shades of London installment, the reader finds Rory in Bristol with her parents still recovering from the vicious attack which almost left her dead at the end of The Name of the Star. However,Rory now discovers she has been left with new powers, and when it is suggested she return to Wexford she agrees, unaware that Stephen, Callum and Boo need her help.
    I found The Madness Underneath slower than The Name of the Star as I felt Maureen Johnson develops her characters, particularly those of Stephen and Rory, and obviously the plot line is less gritty, though still shocking.
    Although the first book was about Jack the Ripper I felt this story was darker because of the intent of the group involved and Maureen Johnson has now left Rory in a difficult position at the book's end, so I very much look forward to reading Shades of London #3.
    This is a book for anyone who has read The Name of the Star!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2013

    Overall a great book!

    Amazing book! Story was a but weaker than the first book but it was still very good. Leads you on to the next book and makes you willing to wait! Great read!

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  • Posted July 8, 2013

    Different from, but just as good as, The Name of the Star. John

    Different from, but just as good as, The Name of the Star. Johnson does a great job of keeping the reader interested, and gasping in shock. I definitely yelled at the book trying to get the character's to notice some of the goings-on. Definitely does not disappoint, and I can't wait for the final installment in the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2013

    No storyline

    The main difference between this book and the first one is that there is no main plot to the story. While we follow Rory and the shades track down a mudering ghost in the name of the star, this book just feels like a filler to make headway for the third novel.

    Don't get me wrong, there were exciting highlights in the book, but that's all they were; highlights

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2013

    Wow!

    If you read The Name of the Star, you have to read this sequel. It continues from the end of the last book, but it goes in a new direction since obviously the last antagonist was taken care of in the first book. However, it does build off of the first book, so it isn't completely unconnected. The ending will shatter you, have some tissues.

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  • Posted March 27, 2013

    Good sequel

    Thrilling story and good characterizations. I really like how Rory's reactions ring true; she does make some bad decisions, but not deliberately stupid. Also, no instalove YAY!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 11, 2013

    Y-

    Loved The Name of The Star and this one did not disappoint but its understandable why this one is at times slow she almost died and she's trying to learn how to deal with what comes next. It's still a great read if you enjoyed the first one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2013

    Great,

    Awesome sequel

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    Posted March 16, 2013

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