Review: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Author: Maureen Johnson
Series: Shades of London #1
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin
Publication Date: September 29, 2011
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. (Cover and synopsis from Goodreads.)
Full of Humor and Horror…
This was my very first Maureen Johnson book, even though I’ve owned several of her books for years now. And I was so pleased to see that her humor that I’ve come to know via Twitter is all over the pages of The Name of the Star. She has that kind of humor that I love and wish I could pull off myself.
And I know this book is about a ghost who kills people, but for some reason I wasn’t expecting it to be so creepy! I was totally freaked out by some parts, and still get the shivers just thinking about it!
I also loved that this book was set in London. London is one of my favorite cities in the world, and this book totally made me want to visit there again ASAP! It was also really cool to see the differences between the American and English school systems. Johnson did a great job showing the new things that Rory experienced just by being in England, without making it seem like a big infodump or cultural lesson.
I loved the writing in The Name of the Star, and wrote down several quotes. Here are a few of my favorites:
- A map in the front of the book = 50,000 points
- A Doctor Who reference = 50,000 points
My rating for The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson: