Monday, February 11, 2013

Giveaway: The Madness Underneath by Maureen Johnson

I have an ARC of THE MADNESS UNDERNEATH by Maureen Johnson to giveaway to one lucky winner thanks to the kind people at Penguin! This is the intense sequel to THE NAME OF THE STAR! Here is some more information about the book:
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.

- The giveaway is for US residents only.
-It ends February 25, 2013
- please note this is an advanced reader's copy of the book and not a finished copy

**Also, if you are interested in pre-ordering the book, Maureen Johnson has a fantastic giveaway on her site. Everyone who pre-orders the book from a selection of independent bookstores before the release date will receive a signed book plate and exclusive gift. Check out this awesome opportunity here:


  1. It's interesting that you didn't like The Madness Underneath as much as The Name of the Star. I've seen other reviews saying the same thing!

    It kind of sounds like the book is suffering from second-book-in-the-trilogy-itis. (If that's not a word, I'm coining it!) I kind of wonder if it's because Maureen doesn't have a track record of writing trilogies? W/ the exception of 13 Little Blue Envelopes, she's made it clear she's not a big sequel person.

    Anyway, thank you for doing the giveaway!! :)

  2. It's a four-book series, I believe. Not a trilogy. :) It's tough, because I think she had to set up a narrative arc that lasts for two more books in this one, so a lot of it will likely feel disjointed, since it's meant to be eventually read with two more books.

  3. I really liked your review. You made this book sound very interesting, and I can't wait to read it. Thanks for this chance to win it.

  4. I absolutely loved The Name of the Star so I am so excited to read this. I am a little concerned now that I've read such mixed reviews but I'm hoping I will still love it.


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