Saturday, 1 October 2011

Book Review: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

THE NAME OF THE STAR by Maureen Johnson

Released:  29th September 2011
Review format:  Paperback ARC
Source:  Harper Collins
Series:  Shades of London #1
Pages:  370

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.
This is the first book by Maureen Johnson that I’ve read and after finishing it I can totally understand why Maureen is so popular in the YA world. The Name of the Star was awesome!

The Name of the Star, although set in modern day, is written around the story of Jack the Ripper and thrives on the fact that the Ripper story, although morbidly gruesome, is also totally fascinating.

Rory is an American who has come over to England to board at Wexford just as it seems that Jack is back and killing again. You would think being in a boarding school would be the safest place to be when this kind of thing is going on wouldn’t you? Well not for Rory it isn’t!

Maureen’s writing totally takes you into Rory’s world and I found it very hard to put the book down. There wasn’t a single character in the book I didn’t enjoy reading about and I especially adored Rory, the main character, and her friend Jazza. The story leads you though many twists and turns and although I kept thinking I had this story sussed out, things would change again and I’d be nicely, if not creepily surprised again.  It was definitely more creepy than I thought it would be and even a little gruesome in places.

The Name of the Star was released last week and I most definitely recommend that you head out to the bookstore this weekend and grab yourself a copy!

My Rating:  5 Stars


Samantha Young said...

I was interested in this when I first came across it, but now I really want to read it. Adding to my tbr pile! Thanks for the review :-)

Raimy-rawr said...

I found it impossible to put this book down... read it a few hours I think! It was amazing, great review!

Mel said...

This book was already on my radar and wishlist - think you've just upgraded it to my must buy list! Plus I love Jack the Ripper stories!

Vivienne said...

I adore her sense of humour. Her comments through out the book are just so dry.

Cliona said...

I really want to read this! It looks fab! But a bit scary...

Kate said...

My copy is on its way and I can't wait to read it :D Usually I feel pretty hit and miss with Maureen's book, but I've heard so many fantastic things about this one

Debra's Book Cafe said...

Great review.. I really need to get this one.... I think a trip to Waterstones is calling :-)

Gina @ My Precious said...

Did you say boarding school??? Squee! I didn't know this one involved a boarding school. I'm going to have to hook myself up with a copy asap. Great review!

Clover said...

Isn't this book fab? As well as Maureen Johnson?! I do hope you pick up some of her other books, I've loved every one I've read of hers so far! :)