Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

The Name of the Star (Shades of London, #1)
Young Adult: 370 Pages
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Published: September 29th, 2011
Source: From publisher
Series: Shades of London
Buy the Book: Amazon
Find the Author: Website 
First Impression: London, England and Boarding school...Need I say more?!

The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it's the start of a new life at a London boarding school. But for many, this will be remembered as the day a series of brutal murders broke out across the city, gruesome crimes mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper events of more than a century ago.

Soon "Rippermania" takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him. Even her roommate, who was walking with her at the time, didn't notice the mysterious man. So why can only Rory see him? And more urgently, why has Rory become his next target? In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.

I have always been fascinated with 19th Century England. Not only do I love learning about that era but the history of Jack the Ripper has always been an interest of mine.

The Name of the Star starts off with the first murder, and the similarities send a "Ripper Effect" all over modern day London, leaving new student, Rory smack dab in the middle of it.

I absolutely loved the vivid world Maureen Johnson depicted in this novel. Not only did I get the London Atmosphere that I love, she gave it a haunting new look. I couldn't get through a chapter without my spine tingling. She took beautiful London, and added the murderous touch flawlessly.

Rory was a hilarious character. Her witty, sarcastic humour had me laughing out loud throughout the entire novel. Her character added a lighter side to the darkness of the novel. I also loved that the author sprinkled in a little romance as well. It made for a very entertaining read!

The Name of the Star packs a lot of punch, but it is paced out perfectly. I can't wait for book #2!

Last Impression: A murderous good time with a wicked paranormal twist!
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  1. Thanks for the review - I tend to stay away from paranormal reads.

  2. Not much of a paranormal fan, but I do enjoy it sometimes, if it's good of course. I'm definitely giving this one a try though because it looks so eerie!


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