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The Blair Book Project

Hello! I'm Janus. I am a 3D Graphics Artist by profession, and a proud Book Addict - i mean Enthusiast, and Blogger. I'm very much into Young Adult and Fantasy genre but I open myself to reading other genres from time to time. I run a blog launched as The Blair Book Project on Blogger, where I post entries such as my book reviews and other book related articles. I obviously got the name of this blog for the movie "The Blair Witch Project," why the name you may ask? I have no idea! I just thought it had a good ring to it. Ha! Ha! I post reviews twice a week and I regularly participate in book memes and features that readers and blogger all over the globe share their book interests (i.e. In My Malibox, Top Ten Tuesdays, etc). I have 230 GFC Followers. My blog has over 37,000 pageviews history and have roughly 200 page views per day. I have written over 267 reviews since my span of blogging. I am also an avid Instagram user, with over 350 followers, where I post pictures mostly of books I'm currently reading, books I got for review, galleys, purchased from bookstores, etc. (Statistics as of March 2013). My book reviews are not exactly "reviews" in a sense because I simply just type down what I feel about the book. What I write is solely my opinion and should not be taken as a definite basis of how the book is to be judged entirely. We all have different likes and dislikes so please do understand that although I'm very optimistic about the books I read, there will be negative comments towards those that I don't find suiting for my taste. BLOG URL: http://theblairbookproject.blogspot.com/ GOODREADS ACCOUNT: http://goodreads.com/janusvielle AMAZON: https://www.amazon.com/gp/pdp/profile/AFAGLA0UYBOMH?ie=UTF8&ref_=ya_56 INSTAGRAM: @janusvielle

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The Madness Underneath (Shades of London Series #2)

The Madness Underneath  - Maureen Johnson A disappointment. I’ve thought highly of this series from the first book, The Name of the Star. I thought it was fresh and intriguing. I was really eager to see Rory’s story continue on, and so I immediately requested the advance copy of book two, The Madness Underneath, on NetGalley. The Madness Underneath starts off with a quite motivating scene where Rory discovers that the event that occurred at the ending of The Name of the Star wasn’t a fluke. So I thought: Oh… apparently we’re not going to beat around the bush here. Yay! Well that’s about as much excitement I got for the first half of the book. For the most part, it just dragged on. Even worse is to witness how awfully talkative Rory could be. She keeps mumbling a lot of things in her head and it’s incredibly annoying! I know that she experienced something traumatic and it takes time to recuperate from that but the coping mechanism of talking nonstop and talking nonsense– ugh! Please stop! It’s killing me! Several times I thought that the talking has finally stopped, but then she goes at it again a few pages later. Oh my goodness! Yes, Rory you talk a lot, we’ve established that for a thousand times now, move on already! The length of her coping stage was way too much. Like I said, the first half of the book covered up on watching Rory think about the near death experience, talk about her scar, assess her feelings for Jerome, sit and mope, and talk, talk, talk. Now I don’t mean to be insensitive but the lengthily detailed sulking and doing nothing isn’t worth half an entire book to be discussed, right? Even Rory had the same idea: “You can’t curl up on the sofa and deny life forever. Life is always going to be a series of ouch-making moments, and the question was, was I going to go all fetal position, or was I going to woman up?” – Thank you, Rory, please follow your own advice. Like, right this instant!Now let’s talk romance. Is it just me or does anybody else feel like Jerome and Rory have seriously no chemistry at all? Why are they even together? I’ve said from book one that Rory is better off being with Stephen instead. So maybe that’s the idea of it? Oh well, at least that was established perfectly. When I finally got to the exciting parts (thank goodness!) I was just as pissed off in the end as I was during the start. That was one crappy ending! Seriously? You do that to the one character I actually like? I know I found Rory annoying but you think you could’ve given this girl a break?! (You probably won’t get this if you haven’t read this book or the first, but I just had to react). From how it’s laid out, Rory is a terminus therefore even if she does find Stephen, there won’t be anything for them, and they can’t be together because the moment she touches Stephen all her efforts would go to waste! The Madness Underneath is the typical middle book cliché; where they tend to drag on to give leeway for suspense to be watched out for in book three. By then I wonder, is it worth reading after this one? *Thank you, Putnam Juvenile and NetGalley for the copy of The Madness Underneath.For more of my reviews, please visit my blog: The Blair Book Project @ www.theblairbookproject.blogspot.com