Sunday, 19 August 2012

Book Review! The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Name: The Name of the Star (Shades of London #1)
Author: Maureen Johnson
Publisher: Putnam
Pages: 372
Format: Harcover library book

Hey everyone! I know its been a while since I last updated but i have had good reason! I have been caught up with all the wonderful things that come along with summer! I have been at my cottage, at friends cottages, and traveling, which means not a lot of wifi to update twitter or the blog with. But alas! I have done lots of reading and have a lot of reviews to post! SO here is the first of many; The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson!!

Goodreads Summary

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 was very impressed with the way that Jack The Ripper was incorporated into the story. Being personally terrified of murder and gore and serial killers, i knew nothing about Jack the Ripper and his history. I know who he was but not much after that. After doing research, I found that the book did a great job of incorporating his story in with the modern element of modern day London.

And the characters were fantastic! This really was a character driven story and that is my favourite part of Maureen Johnson's books (aside from the Doctor Who references. That give her bonus points). Her characters are well written, witty, and absolutely wonderful. I find myself falling for them all the time. Rory, the main character, was an incredible voice and was constantly making me laugh, sigh, or bite my nails with anticipation. I also really like Alister, the ghost who traded music for homework. Maureen is fantastic at creating unique characters that are likable, then documenting their story.

I really enjoyed this book. I was on the edge of my seat for most of it, and it had just the right amount of terror and enjoyment in it, and that made for a great novel!

4.5/5 stars :D


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