Review: The Madness Underneath – Maureen Johnson

Review: The Madness Underneath – Maureen JohnsonThe Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson
Series: Shades of London #2
Published by Speak
Published: December 10, 2013
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The New York Times bestseller!

A new threat haunts the streets of London… Rory Deveaux has changed in ways she never could have imagined since moving to London and beginning a new life at boarding school. As if her newfound ability to see ghosts hadn’t complicated her life enough, Rory’s recent brush with the Jack the Ripper copycat has left her with an even more unusual and intense power. Now, a new string of inexplicable deaths is threatening London, and Rory has evidence that they are no coincidence. Something sinister is going on, and it is up to her to convince the city’s secret ghost-policing squad to listen before it’s too late.

The Madness Underneath is one of those sequel books that you just have to read as soon as the opportunity arises. As luck would have it a friend sent me a copy a little bit before it was released and I jumped on that opportunity. Because you see, I LOVED The Name of the Star. I thought it was clever and mysterious and fun. As I said in my review it was an interesting concept with really likable characters and I couldn’t wait to get back entangled with them.  And man did they not disappoint. With the main mystery of the story gone Johnson had to be crafty in the story she created to keep viewers drawn in and I think she was able to do just that. The twists and turns of the story were just enough to make up what couldn’t be duplicated from the first book.

The Madness Underneath picks up where The Name of the Star left off. Our heroine Rory Devereaux has left school and is now residing with her parents as she recuperates from her brush with death and the knowledge she now has to make sense of. With no one to talk to and nothing to do Rory jumps at the opportunity to go back to Wexford and to her roommate and her friends of the underground secret ghost police. However, returning isn’t easy for Rory. Faced with the memories of the Ripper, keeping her secret life and powers a secret and dealing with her sort of boyfriend Rory has a lot on her plate not to mention school and a new slew of deaths that seem to be happening. Completely overwhelmed by everything Rory has a choice to make, but will she make the right one or the easy one.

Can I say that I think I loved Rory even more in this book then I did in the first? And I really really loved her in the first. Seeing her come into her own in Madness really added something to the character that wasn’t there before. And seeing her get completely overwhelmed, as any teen in her place would do, added a vulnerability. And don’t even get me started on her relationship with Stephen. Honestly, I didn’t think much of it in the first book, but this time, man was there some hardcore chemistry even if there was never anything truly romantic happening. WOWZA!

Add all of that in with the great story that had been crafted and you really have yourself a winner of a book. I tore through it as fast as I could for the most part because I wanted to find out how it was all concluded. Imagine my shock when it wasn’t. What I thought was a 2 part story, in fact, has a third part coming out and I’m officially on the dying to read list. I mean 2014? Really? However, will I wait that long Ms. Johnson? However, will I wait?!

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Monopoly Money Monday and a Vote

Welcome to another installment of Monopoly Money Monday. This Monday I am going to spend my fake $100.00(okay, a tad over) on books. Well Pre-Order books from Amazon that is. It’s funny because you would think it would be easy to buy 100 bucks worth of books but it’s actually really hard. Not hard to pick out the books, but to narrow it down to just $100. But after much struggle I narrowed it down to 9 books** that come out over the next couple of months. Now under no circumstance is this list in any order or the only ones I’m dying for. These are just the ones I could “afford”. Without further ado:

madnessThe Madness Underneath(Shades of London Series) by Maureen Johnson
Price: $11.98
Release Date: February 26, 2013

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.

thingsThings I Can’t Forget by Miranda Kenneally
Price: $9.99
Release Date: March 1, 2013

Kate has always been the good girl. Too good, according to some people at school—although they have no idea the guilty secret she carries. But this summer, everything is different…

This summer she’s a counselor at Cumberland Creek summer camp, and she wants to put the past behind her. This summer Matt is back as a counselor too. He’s the first guy she ever kissed, and he’s gone from a geeky songwriter who loved The Hardy Boys to a buff lifeguard who loves to flirt…with her.

Kate used to think the world was black and white, right and wrong. Turns out, life isn’t that easy…

imposterImposter(Slide series) by Jill Hathaway
Price: $11.98
Release Date: March 26, 2013

What if a killer took control of you?

Vee Bell’s gift (or curse) of “sliding”—slipping into the mind of another person and experiencing life, briefly, through his or her eyes—has been somewhat under control since she unwillingly witnessed the horrific deaths of her classmates six months ago.

But just as things are getting back to normal, Vee has a very bizarre experience: she loses consciousness and finds herself in a deserted area, at the edge of a cliff, with the broken body of the boy who took advantage of her on the rocks below.

As Vee finds herself in stranger and stranger situations with no memory of getting there, she begins to suspect that someone she knows has the ability to slide—and that this “slider” is using Vee to exact revenge on his or her enemies.

brokenThe Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler
Price: $11.46
Release Date: May 21, 2013

Jude has learned a lot from her older sisters, but the most important thing is this: The Vargas brothers are notorious heartbreakers. She’s seen the tears and disasters that dating a Vargas boy can cause, and she swore an oath—with candles and a contract and everything—to never have anything to do with one.

Now Jude is the only sister still living at home, and she’s spending the summer helping her ailing father restore his vintage motorcycle—which means hiring a mechanic to help out. Is it Jude’s fault he happens to be cute? And surprisingly sweet? And a Vargas?

Jude tells herself it’s strictly bike business with Emilio. Her sisters will never find out, and Jude can spot those flirty little Vargas tricks a mile away—no way would she fall for them. But Jude’s defenses are crumbling, and if history is destined to repeat itself, she’s speeding toward some serious heartbreak…unless her sisters were wrong?

Jude may have taken an oath, but she’s beginning to think that when it comes to love, some promises might be worth breaking.

criminalCriminal by Terra Elan McVoy
Price: $11.20
Release Date: May 7, 2013

Nikki’s life is far from perfect, but at least she has Dee. Her friends tell her that Dee is no good, but Nikki can’t imagine herself without him. He’s hot, he’s dangerous, he has her initials tattooed over his heart, and she loves him more than anything. There’s nothing Nikki wouldn’t do for Dee. Absolutely nothing.

So when Dee pulls Nikki into a crime – a crime that ends in murder – Nikki tells herself that it’s all for true love. Nothing can break them apart. Not the police. Not the arrest that lands Nikki in jail. Not even the investigators who want her to testify against him.

But what if Dee had motives that Nikki knew nothing about?

Nikki’s love for Dee is supposed to be unconditional . . . but even true love has a limit. And Nikki just might have reached hers.

rightRight of Way by Lauren Barnholdt
Price: $10.98
Release Date: July 9, 2013

Here are Peyton and Jace, meeting on vacation. Click! It’s awesome, it’s easy, it’s romantic. This is the real deal.

Unless it isn’t. Because when you’re in love, you don’t just stop calling one day. And you don’t keep secrets. Or lie. And when your life starts falling apart, you’re supposed to have the other person to lean on.

Here are Peyton and Jace again, broken up but thrown together on a road trip. One of them is lying about the destination. One of them is pretending not to be leaving something behind. And neither of them is prepared for what’s coming on the road ahead…

thousandThousand Words by Jennifer Brown
Price: $10.98
Release Date: May 21, 2013

Ashleigh’s boyfriend, Kaleb, is about to leave for college, and Ashleigh is worried that he’ll forget about her while he’s away. So at a legendary end-of-summer pool party, Ashleigh’s friends suggest she text him a picture of herself — sans swimsuit — to take with him. Before she can talk herself out of it, Ashleigh strides off to the bathroom, snaps a photo in the full-length mirror, and hits “send.”

But when Kaleb and Ashleigh go through a bad breakup, Kaleb takes revenge by forwarding the text to his baseball team. Soon the photo has gone viral, attracting the attention of the school board, the local police, and the media. As her friends and family try to distance themselves from the scandal, Ashleigh feels completely alone — until she meets Mack while serving her court-ordered community service. Not only does Mack offer a fresh chance at friendship, but he’s the one person in town who received the text of Ashleigh’s photo — and didn’t look.

15thFifteenth Summer by Michelle Dalton
Price: $9.99
Release Date: May 7, 2013

Chelsea isn’t looking forward to her summer at the lake. It’s the first time her family has been there since her grandmother died, and she can’t break out of her funk. But her summer takes a turn for the better when she meets a boy who works in the bookstore. Josh is cute, sweet, funny…and best of all, seems to like her as much as she likes him. As the days pass by in a blur of boat rides, picnics, and stolen kisses, she can’t believe how lucky she is. No one has ever made her feel so special, or so beautiful.

But Chelsea knows her days with Josh are numbered. She’ll be heading home at the end of the summer—and he’ll be staying behind. Will this be Chelsea’s summer of love? Or will it be the summer of her broken heart?

annalolaIsla and the Happily Ever After(no cover available) by Stephanie Perkins
Price: $11.98
Release Date: September 17, 2013

Falling in love in the world’s most romantic city is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year at the School of America in Paris, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to deal with the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever. Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

So there you have it, the 9 books I would buy right now if a) the were all out already and b) I had $100.54 laying around(told you I went a little over budget). But really who are we kidding? You all know I will be buying all of these anyway. But man is it fun to pretend today.

*all book descriptions have come from goodreads.com

**Honorable mention: Requiem by Lauren Oliver, The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen, The Elite by Kiera Cass, Dare You To by Katie McGarry, How I Lost You by Janet Gurtler

And because I love books, I’m letting you all vote on which one I should buy. Please fill out the form below and I will pre-order the one with the most votes by February 11th.

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February Wish List

Starting this month I am going to create a wish list of the items I am hopeful to find and buy. It’s important to know exactly what you are looking for so you don’t head blindly into a store and end up buying everything in site(which I may or may not have been guilty of in the past). This month I’m looking to get 6 pieces for my wardrobe/book shelf/accessory &shoe pile.

wishlist

1) Animal print Skinny Jeans: I truly heart these ones from Old Navy. They currently have my size online and the price is right, but I question if they will be too young for a 30 something year old like myself. I may have to bit the bullet and buy them to find out.

2) Anchor Printed Flip Flops: I admit it, I wish I had a boat, I am obsessed with anchor prints, anchor jewlery, anchor iPhone cases. If it has an anchor I want it. I saw these adorable flip flops on Forever 21‘s Website and I’m lusting after them.

3) The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson: It’s the sequel to The Name of the Star which was phenomenal and left me itching to find out what happens. It will be released late February and this kid may just have to buy it then.

4) Polka Dot Loafers: I have seen these at the Gap in person(they aren’t available on line) and I want them badly. I was never a huge loafer fan until recently and now I want to get like a million pairs. First off my check list, polka dot ones.

5) Mint Boyfriend Cardigan: I heart all things cardigan. They are such a staple in my wardrobe and can worn so many different ways. I have a huge assortment of colors, but what I don’t have is a mint green one. I saw this one on American Eagle‘s website and it is super cute. I’m just not sure if the color isn’t minty enough. Well either way the hunt is on.

6) Mint shorts: This is the main shopping purchase that I want to get this month. I saw them in the J. Crew catalog and was smitten. I’ve always been a fan of J. Crew’s fit when it comes to shorts and this color just adds to the lust factor. Since J. Crew is currently offering free shipping on their site for all purchases, these may be bought sooner rather then later.
What’s on your February Wish List?

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