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The Madness Underneath (The Shades of London) Audio CD – Audiobook, CD, Unabridged
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2) ...it came with kick-ass stickers.
Stickers aside, I was relieved to find that my anticipation had not been for nothing. Maureen Johnson's voice in Rory is just as fresh as ever. I wanted the girl to be my BFF from time to time because... well, I suspect Rory is secretly a Tumblr user when she explains her reason for doing something with "Because Stephen."
The Madness Underneath is not QUITE as spooky or fast-paced as The Name of the Star. The sense of danger isn't as omnipresent because there's a little less mystery about the killings. The Madness Underneath is more about Rory finding her own path, while still being a hilarious ghostbuster.
One thing I appreciate with Maureen Johnson's series is that, when we have swoony times, it's not all about the ONE TRUE LOVE thing. I mean, don't get me wrong, I love those books too, but Johnson seems keenly aware of reality in that her characters as teenagers and likely will not be with the first person they date forever.
BUT in regards to OTP happiness, never have my emotions swerved so quickly in 180 degree-type turn. One minute I'm overjoyed, the next, I was SCREAMING. And then the book ended. Because I think perhaps Maureen Johnson practices reader torture in her spare time.
To sum up: I loved this book, but lord am I WAILING over the end. I need a support line to call.
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I discovered the series simply because I happened upon Johnson on twitter (if you don't follow her, you should...she's hilarious). After about a year of her antics on twitter, I decided to pick up the series. I don't know that her other books would be all that interesting to me - a 35 year old father of two - but this series really hits home. The concept is surreal and completely believable at the same time. She weaves an incredible storyline into the rich London culture, and she does it flawlessly. The only problem...I'm going to have to wait a while for the third book. :(
So yeah, bottom line...this book is awesome.
The fact is, nothing really happens until the very end, and then it all happens very quickly and unimpressively. This entire book feels like a bridge. Like, well, time needs to pass so *the big ending twist* can happen, and we can actually move into the real story the author had in mind.
It's hard, too, to write about what frustrates me because it's directly related to the end. It truly could have been just as twisty--and would have had MORE impact, if the whole Jane part of the plot had been left out and things focused on Rory and the Shades. That's all I'll say.
I'll still read the next book, because I have a feeling the author will be tying a lot of the loose strings together and despite it all I just love the author's writing. But for now, I'm frustrated with how this one ended--enough to knock two stars off my rating.
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This story picks right up where volume one left off. And it's a great follow up to the first book. The ending caught me off guard-which doesn't happen often. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Carol Collett
I loved the way the story went, all the details, and suspense. Great read, Johnson did great continuing the series.Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
I didn't like this one quite as much as the first one just because I missed the secondary characters--I felt like they didn't get as much screen time. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Meghan
After much delay, I’ve finally read Maureen Johnson’s The Madness Underneath! The best part about waiting this long, is that I can immediately pickup The Shadow Cabinet which I... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jessica S.
Guys......this book was even better than the first. The twists and turns and THAT ENDING. OMG! I need to read the third book as soon as possible because that cliffhanger! Read morePublished 8 months ago by R001