Aug 28 2016
Review: The Madness Underneath – Shades of London 2
Written By: Jade | | Tags: ,

themadnessunderneath-mjPublisher: Speak
Published: December 10, 2013
Copyright: 2013
Pages: 304
Form: Paperback
Series: Shades of London (2)
Author: Site | Facebook | Twitter

After her near-fatal run-in with the Jack the Ripper copycat, Rory Deveaux 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.

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.

My Thoughts


This book was a major disappointment for me.  I really liked the first book in this series but The Madness Underneath just does not measure up.

Rory Deveaux goes back to school after surviving an attack by London’s new Jack the Ripper.  But ever since Rory’s ordeal she has had the ability to dispel ghosts, making her the only weapon left.  She is anxious to rejoin her ghost hunting friends but Stephen thinks it’s best to keep her at arms length.  In the meantime, she’s fallen way behind in school and is in real danger of being kicked out.  The first 300 or so pages of this book is a big waste of time and words because nothing is happening except for Rory feeling sorry for herself, whining about being way behind in her classes, yet doing absolutely NOTHING to rectify it.

After that the plot kicks in but seems unplanned and not very well thought out.  It was actually quite silly and ridiculous and I know Miss Johnson can do better.  If I find the next book in the series somewhere cheap, I may read it.  Otherwise, I think I’m done with this series.


Aug 26 2016
Big Book Summer Challenge Update
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So the challenge is will be over September 5th and I have managed to read 3 of the 4 books I posted.  I probably could have gotten through all of them in plenty of time, but I took my sweet time reading A Feast For Crows and A Dance With Dragons.  I usually get through them way faster than I did, but I was busy with other things so it was put on the back burner.  But I still enjoyed them just as much as before.  Anyway, below are the books I managed to read for the challenge:



Aug 09 2016
Game of Thrones: Battle of the Bastards Vlog
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Hi guys I wanted to write a post on my thoughts of the Battle of the Bastards episode of Game of Thrones.  But I put it off so long and then finally completed my journal so I decided it would be best to just discuss it in a vlog.  Hope you enjoy.  Tell me your thoughts and check the video below!



Jun 25 2016
Big Book Summer Challenge 2016
Written By: Jade | | Tags: ,

I have a few big books I want to get to by Summer’s end so I decided to throw in with the Big Book summer Challenge hosted by Sue of Book By Book.


I’m sure I should be able to finish at least one or two before a huge medical procedure I’m anticipating begins.  That’s if they get they’re crap together like they said.  But that’s neither here nor there.  The following are some of the books I’m going to try and get to before Summer is officially OVER!




Jun 21 2016
Altered Paper Clips
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Besides spending my time reading, recently I’ve gotten really into crafting and I see so many cool projects I want to try.  Below are altered paper clips I put together.  The inspiration for them came from Nurse Tara on Youtube.  Her clips are fantastic so I wanted to make some myself.  My Aunt asked me to make a sample of different things for her senior conference that she has to go to in September.  So I made a variety of things for her and this is just one of the few things that made the cut.


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