Thursday, May 30, 2013

Book Review: The Name of the Star by: Maureen Johnson.

Release Date: September 29 2011
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile 
Page Count: 372
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★★ 

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

Call me a freak, call me morbid but I’m am super interested in Jack the Ripper. I think what interests me the most is the fact that they never caught him or even had any idea who he was. I stumbled upon this book when I was in a rut and looking for something good to read. I picked it up for three reasons: 1. Jack the Ripper! 2. I loved the 13 Little Blue Envelope books from Maureen Johnson. 3. I studied in London one summer when I was in college and everyone that knows me will tell you I am obsessed with it.

I thought this book was ok. I did not hate it by any means but it was not my favorite book I have picked up so far this year. I think my expectations were really high. I loved the concept of the book and I think if it had been shorter and a little more action packed that I would have enjoyed it more. There was a lot of down time, where not a lot happened.  The book had some great characters though and they’re what kept me reading. I’m intrigued to find out how this is going to go on to a sequel.

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