The Madness Underneath By Maureen Johnson

Title: The Madness Underneath (Shades of London #2)

Author: Maureen Johnson

First Published: 26th February 2013

Publisher: Harper Collins Children’s Books

Blurb:

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. (From Goodreads, 25th May 2014)

Review:

After enjoying ‘The Name of the Star’ as much as I did I was excited to jump into ‘The Madness Underneath’. I was excited as I thought this second novel was going to be even more enjoyable because it concerned mental health patients…unfortunately such characters did not appear often or really play any central role. The excitement of the chase that was so strong in ‘The Name of the Star’ was lost and we are left reading a teen romance. I was disappointed. I was expecting ‘The Madness Underneath’ to be even more action packed than ‘The Name of the Star’ since it was the second in the series and we know the characters, their gifts, and I expected a fast paced sequel.

However, once I neared the end of the novel we returned to the gripping, thrilling writing by Maureen Johnson that we see in ‘The Name of the Star’. Soon I was at the end, mouth wide, eyes wide and breathless. Frantically I put my computer on and searched for the release date of the third novel in this series…then comes tears. So long to wait. Another book whose release date keeps getting pushed back. My advice – wait until the third book is released and marathon all three novels.

Okay, so by itself ‘The Madness Underneath’ gets 2 out of 5. However, as a series I place this as a 4 out of 5…but that may change once ‘The Shadow Cabinet’ is released and I can see if it rectifies the failings in this second Shades of London book.

February TBR

My February TBR looks a bit like this:

Finish both books that I started in January:

         

And three other books I hope to at least start (and hopefully finish)!

          
Click on the image and get taken to the Goodreads page! What are you planning to read in February?

January Wrap Up

This is my first ever wrap up post, and as I said at the beginning of the year this is going to be a new feature to my blog!

I have read 5 books in January, however, I am behind on getting my reviews up – multiple reasons. However, I am not going to go into my excuses, just watch out for the reviews going up soon (hopefully)!

The Iron Queen By Julie Kagawa

The Reflections of Queen Snow White By David Meredith

Ten Little Aliens By Stephen Cole

The Name of the Star By Maureen Johnson

Pushing the Limits By Katie McGarry

I have also started two books in January which I have yet to finish. These are:

The Eyre Affair By Jasper Fforde

Human Remains By Elizabeth Haynes

So I managed to read two of the books on my January TBR, and start the two other books that were on my list. Plus I managed to read 3 that were not on my January TBR…not too bad a start to 2014….

As always, click on the image and get taken to the Goodreads page, if the title has a link, it is to my blog post for that novel.

Please leave comments to let me know what you think of about my blog, the books I am reading, or anything book related!

Happy Reading!