The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson – REVIEW

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Release Date: September 29th, 2011
Penguin, 372 Pages
Sub-genre: Paranormal
Source: Advance Reader Copy
Age Group: Young Adult
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.

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 is a story about a girl named Rory who moves from New Orleans to London and then attends boarding school there. Now, you might be thinking..”not another boarding school” – but STOP RIGHT THERE. This book uses the boarding school for the setting and isn’t just about running a muck in the halls. We accompany Rory as she settles into her new school, makes friends, and then..Jack the Ripper? Yes, people – Jack the Ripper. Someone is committing copycat murders from the late 19th century and turns out Rory saw him..when no one else did. Don’t worry..when you read this book – you’ll find out why.

This was, for me, an extremely entertaining thriller of a book. Not only did Maureen Johnson keep me captivated throughout the entire book, she blew me away with her creativity. She started the world-building to this awesome “secret ghost police of London” and I can’t wait to know more about that world. Ms. Johnson has some rockin’ imagination.

This was such a unique take on the idea of a “ghost-story” and is definitely one to read ASAP.

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