Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

Genre:  YA Urban Fantasy
Shades of London Series, Book 2

Note:  Please, please, please read the first book before you read my review here.  It's a really good book, and I don't want to ruin the plot for you (but I will if you keep reading).

Description (taken from Goodreads):
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. A thrilling teen mystery.

So, the description above really doesn't give you a good idea of what this 'second-in-a-series' is about.  So, I'll give you a few details without ruining it.

Rory is in Bristol still recovering from the Ripper attack.  And she's also sort of coming to terms with what's happened to her, paranormally that is.  But all of the action happens in London, so she returns back to Wexford, her school.  Everyone kind of walks on eggshells around her while she readjusts.  The only problem is, she's not adjusting well and everything's falling apart at the seams.

After a random death, Rory sees some ghostly connections and asks Stephen to help her investigate.  And this is sort of the beginning of Rory merging herself into the ghost fighting team.  Some paranormal happenings and some drama, and we've got a story.

You know, I did not have a problem with this book at all until the last twenty or so pages.  It was slower, yes, but the recovering parts felt valid.  And Rory trying to find herself amongst the chaos was alright.  But then the book took a turn in left field and then another one.  And I realized, I missed the twist because I wasn't invested enough.  And this book just didn't have the big overall plot it should have had.  It's like if I were to take the main ingredients from cake, spaghetti, steak, lasagna, and throw it all together and call it a masterpiece, no one would agree with me.  And that's what this book did, twenty different small plots that didn't really make up a big enough plot.

Agh, I'm mad with the ending.  This book would have been okay without that ending.  And thanks to the ending, I don't think I'll continue.

Challenges:  Paranormal Reading Challenge

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