THE NAME OF THE STAR by Maureen Johnson
Released: 29th September 2011
Review format: Paperback ARC
Source: Harper Collins
Series: Shades of London #1
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.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!
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.
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