Thursday, October 27, 2011

The Name of the Star (Shades of London #1) by Maureen Johnson

Published: 9-29-2011
Format: Hardcover
Genre: Paranormal YA Fiction
Series: Shades of London
My rating: 5/5 stars


Synopsis from goodreads:

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 book was incredibly radtastic! The author's writing style is quick and witty, as well as snarky and sarcastic at times--in other words, her style is just plain delightful! The theme of this book is also very hard not to like. I've been fascinated with the whole Jack the Ripper case ever since I first learned of it as a kid. Who hasn't though? I mean, it's been over 100 years since the murders took place and people are still coming up with theories as to who the killer was. "Rippermania" is still being kept alive by some, and if you don't know what "Rippermania" is, you will most definitely find out about it while reading this story. You will also get a dose of the ghost activity around London, which makes this book all the more enjoyable and interesting.

Aside from all of the riveting facts on the Ripper and his victims that I wasn't aware of before and the incredible suspense that this book puts you in, it's an absolute delight to follow Rory and her friends through London. I've never been out of the country, but let me tell you that London is now a place that I would LOVE to visit. Also, I always enjoy reading about the life of a boarding school student. Even better than the location of the book, though, is Rory and her interactions with the other characters in this book. She is hilarious, random, brave and a little goofy, even. I could go on and on about how awesome she is, but you really just have to read this book to get the full effect. I absolutely love her friends as well. Especially her roommates (Jazza & Boo are so great in their own ways) and the "ghost police" she comes into contact with. I will say though, that I'm not entirely wowed by her love interest, Jerome. Don't get me wrong, I liked his character just fine and he'd be fun to be friends with, but as a match for Rory, I'm just not feeling it. I'd much rather see her with Stephen, the young policeman. There's just something about him that's hot. Maybe it's his confidence and somewhat powerful demeanor, but whatever it is, I'll be glad to see more of him.

This book opens up so many possibilities and I know that there will be so much more to uncover about Rory, the secret "ghost police" and London. I can't wait to add to the already shocking and unexpected knowledge I gained from this book-- Maureen Johnson definitely has my attention! I have several more thoughts on this story that I would love to convey, but then this review would be way too long. So, I suppose I will just have to stick with saying that this book will not disappoint you and I very highly recommend it!

4 comments:

  1. Have heard a lot of good things about this one. Sounds like a must read!

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  2. The main plot is the ghost story/mystery that is weaved throughout. There is a killer on the loose, one who is copying the Jack the Ripper slayings. Yet, in a city with CCTVs everywhere, the killer seems to be invisible to the police; that is, until Rory thinks she spotted someone out and about, near the site of one of the killings. Once she tells the police her story, the plot picks up pace and takes you on a whirlwind adventure with eccentric roommates, mysterious strangers, and so much Jack the Ripper information that you come away feeling well versed on the topic - and a somewhat creepier for it.

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