The Madness Underneath [Mini-Review]

Title: The Madness Underneath
Author: Maureen Johnson
Genre: Paranormal YA
Pages: 304
Year: 2013
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Source: Library
Rating: 3.5/5

Publisher’s Summary:

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 to get back to her friends. 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.

My (Really) Quick Thoughts:

I really liked  The Name of the Star. A lot. But as much as I liked it, I didn’t think it needed a sequel. That said, given the chance to go back to Rory’s story, I read The Madness Underneath anyway because sometimes I am proven wrong. And it was an enjoyable experience because it is Maureen Johnson and her books are always enjoyable. But my mind wasn’t changed about the necessity of a sequel.

Are you sick of the series-ization of everything YA these days?

2 thoughts on “The Madness Underneath [Mini-Review]

  1. Kailana January 23, 2014 / 10:55 am

    Yes. I am sick of series. I am reading too many, neglect so many of them, and have probably completely forgotten about others.

    This post reminds me I still haven’t read The Name of the Star!


  2. Linda January 23, 2014 / 11:29 am

    I haven’t read any of Maureen’s books but I hear good things about them. I’m tired of the trilogy. Either make it a longer series or a standalone.


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