Release Date: September 29, 2011
Age Group: Young Adult
Received From: Bought
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 has surprised me with The Name of the Star. I will admit that I wasn’t even that interested in reading it until a few weeks ago. I think the Abraham Lincoln lookalike on the cover threw me off. But I started hearing some very good things about it, so I ran out and bought it. I am so, so happy I did. I really don’t even know why I had any misgivings. It’s Maureen Johnson! So of course it’s going to be good, but it wasn’t just good. It was fantastic!
Maureen takes the jump from witty contemporary to creepy supernatural with absolute ease. I knew that this was about Jack the Ripper, but I had no idea it was going to be as creepy as it was. I love creepy, so this was a treat for me! Maureen’s usual quirk and humor is not left behind though. The book was laugh out loud funny at times. There was a great contrast between the horror and humor. There was something for everyone.
Rory was a lot of fun. I especially loved all of her strange stories about her Louisiana family. They were as crazy southern as they come. I also loved Jazza. She was a great friend to Rory. I didn’t like Boo at first but she definitely grew on me before the end. I’m really excited to see where Johnson takes the characters in the future. There are so many possibilities. I’m so anxious for book 2 already.
All in all this was a fabulous book. Ghosts have been done one million times, but The Name of the Star manages to stand out and be original.
My review of book two, The Madness Underneath, can be found here.