Tuesday, September 20, 2011

The Name of The Star by Maureen Johnson


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.

Maureen Johnson’s writing never fails to amaze me. The Name of The Star is something new for Maureen and I was really excited to read it. Though I don’t think it’s my favorite book by her, I still loved it.

I love Rory(and her name). She was a kick-butt character and all of her emotions seemed real. All of the characters were developed well and improved with every page. I loved the whole Jack-the-Ripper-thing. I didn’t really know anything about Jack the Ripper, so The Name of The Star educated me about that.

This book scared me. I get scared really easily, but I read it at night so I had this constant fear that Jack the Ripper was going to come after me or something of that sort.

The Name of The Star is scary, addicting, and amazingly written. I recommend it to anyone who likes Maureen Johnson’s other books and anyone who enjoys reading good, original stories.

FTC- Publisher.