Friday, October 28, 2011

Review: The Name of the Star - Maureen Johnson

Where I got it: My Collection
Rating: 5 stars  
Cover Rating: 4 stars (I like the shimmery, but this isn't a fantastic cover.)  
Genre:Young Adult
Publication Date: September 29, 2011
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Page Count: 372 p.
Buy it: Book Depository / Amazon

Rory's parents give her the choice of staying in Louisiana for her senior year, or accompanying them to England. Not a hard choice. So she arrives in England just as the police have found a murder victim. There were no witnesses, the cameras that are everywhere caught nothing and there are no traces of evidence in the crime scene. Some are saying it's Jack the Ripper, or at least a copycat. When these murders start to follow the Ripper's pattern though, the police are still at a loss. They do have a witness now. Rory. Rory saw a man who is now the main suspect. What's weird though it that Rory's roommate was standing right next ot her and didn't seen the man at all. Rory doesn't know what to believe and what she can trust. Rippermania grips London and won't let go and Rory can only go along for the ride.

If you follow Maureen Johnson on Twitter, you might think she's crazy. After reading this novel I have confirmed that her insanity is due(at least in part) to the fact that she is a genius. Seriously. This book was insanely well-written in every aspect. I never knew what was going to happen next. Maureen added so many elements that I would have never expected. The tale of Jack the Ripper is one that has fascinated many people for decades and it is a fascinating tale. There is so much unknown in the case(s) that it really leaves it open to speculation and people love to speculate. Maureen really did an amazing job with this novel and the characters. Each person was so vivid and alive(well, you know what I mean), that I never messed up who was who. Rory was completely fascinating with all her southern charm. She went from drinking sweet tea to Earl Grey and brought a slew of bizarre family stories. I loved all the extra elements of the story and how vibrant the setting was. I felt cold and miserable throughout the English drizzle, but exhilarated at the very though of London's cobblestone streets. Maureen wove a creepy tale full of spooks and old haunts. You have to pick this one up soon, it's a perfect creepy story that will leave you craving more of Rory's haunting adventures.

First Line:
"The eyes of London were watching Claire Jenkins."

Favorite Lines:
"Somewhere on the school grounds, there was a Big Rock Candy Mountain of alcohol—a magical closet filled to the ceiling."

"I looked at the stained-glass image of the lamb in the window above me, but that only reminded me that lambs are famous for being led to the slaughter, or sometimes hanging out with lions in ill-advised relationships."

1 comment:

  1. Ooh lovely! Really excited about this one! Putting it on my bday list, which is still 2 months away, but have tons to read til then! Awesome review!


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