Sunday, March 3, 2013

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

The Madness Underneath (Shades of London #2)
After her near-fatal run-in with the Jack the Ripper copycat, Rory Devereaux 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. But Rory's brush with the Ripper touched her more 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 more 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
(Cover & Description from Goodreads. Source.)
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Publication Date: February 26, 2013
Kat's Review
This second novel in the Shades of London series doesn't disappoint.  While the Ripper copycat is gone, the crack opened up by his destruction is causing new problems with ghosts.  After a particularly gruesome murder close to Rory's school, she realizes that she must embrace her new powers as a terminus and join with her friends from the Shades to stop more murders from occurring.
I found that this book read more quickly than the last.  Rory's difficulty fitting back in at Wexford despite her repeated attempts at normalcy added legitimacy to her increasing sense of desperation to be a part of something, anything, that would make her feel as though she belonged.  Lying to her friends and breaking up with her boyfriend increasing isolated her, and knowing that she was falling behind in all of her classes made her feel even more like an outsider. 
Without giving away any major spoilers, the ending is heartbreaking for Rory and her friends from the Shades.  When I saw what was coming my instinct was to close the book and pretend that it wasn't really happening. 
Despite that, that ending was one of the best I've read in a long time, and one that I think few people would have seen coming. 
Rating: All Consuming
It really was all consuming.  I really enjoyed the first book and I liked this one even better.  The story was quick and fluid.  I was honestly surprised when I finished it, because I was so engrossed.  I bought this book, and it was worth every penny. 
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