Tuesday 3 January 2012

Review: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Product Details:
Pages: 372 Paperback
Publisher: Harper Collins
Released: 29th September 2011
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 wi
th 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.
My Review:
I decided that I absolutely must read The Name of The Star after I saw the recommendations from Cassandra Clare and Ally Carter, two of my favourite authors. I was quite intrigued by the sound of it: a story set in London about a copy-cat Jack the Ripper, it sounded awesome.

And awesome it was.

As an English girl, it’s always quite entertaining to read a story about an American character being thrown into England. I love reading all the little English stereotypes! Of course, with the story being about a killer basing his crimes on Jack the Ripper, London made a fabulous setting for the story.

There was a bit of everything in this story: action, humour, mystery and even a bit of romance thrown in for good measure. The fact that the story was more about Rory finding out about her ability to see ghosts rather than focusing on a romantic relationship was really refreshing.

Rory is a worthy heroine, she knows how to stand her ground and her narration is really entertaining. I like that even with the dark storylines, there was still plenty of laughs to be found.

The characters and the storylines are all really great and I’m so glad I decided to give the book a try. I can’t wait for the next instalment in the Shades of London Trilogy!

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