Sunday, April 8, 2012

The Name of The Star-Maureen Johnson

The Name Of The Star By Maureen Johnson
Date Released:  September 29th 2011
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Pages: 372 pages
Date Read: December 16, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Source: Library
Shelves: Must Buy ASAP, Historical, Parnormal, Loved It, Amazing, There's a Sequel
Goodreads Synopsis:  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.

My Review:
First let me say this is my first Maureen Johnson book and I loved it alot! It had romance, lore, a great historical mystery, loveable characters, it was the perfect type of book to read under the cover in a rainy day! :D

The Great Things:
-I loved Rory! She was spunky, loveable, and I can see a hit of a total-kick butt charcter in the next book! She was just easy to love the story and he mind was interesting [in a good way]  and so easy to just read and read! I love a character like that!
-The Mystery. After reading the book, the idea of the midern day "Ripper" was really cool and kinda confusing at times. But there was muders going on everywhere, the social scene at Rory's private school, I love that stuff making me give this a higher rating!
-The Minor Characters. What makes The Name of The Star a great read it the other characters, like Jerome, Jazza, Book they were funny and crafted in a great way having their own personalities I like them alot!

The Low Points:
-The Premise. In the middle of the book I just really got lost about all the muders, the "Ripper", everything! I really got mad at Maureen for not tying up here and there loose threads ASAP and that got the story more and more confusing, I had to stop and re-read 0_0
-The "Ripper" Idea. The ripper idea was another element that you have to understand form the beginning to really understand how it plays throughout the whole book. It's a re-read thing you have to do if you forgot one thing about it, and I did that and it felt so much better understanding it! :)

The Name of The Star is a great book to read if your a historical finatic [like me ^^], wants a great mystery and some preeetty awesome charcters that you'll love, this book is for you! I would really read it again and excited for a sequel! Jazza was one of my favorite charcters and the school element really made me love it more, since everything in a school is always better, right? Overally, this book was stunning and I can't wait to see more of what Maureen Johnson has!

“Fear can't hurt you," she said. "When it washes over you, give it no power. It's a snake with no venom. Remember that. That knowledge can save you.”    
“Boo: "Go talk to her."

Callum: "About what?"

Boo: "Anything."

Callum: "You want me to walk up to her and say, 'Are you a ghost?'"

Boo: "I do that."

Callum: "I love it when you get it wrong.”


  1. I really enjoyed this one too!

    Thanks so much for stopping by and it was so kind of you to suggest I sign up for the Ind. Book Blogger contest. I meet the age and geographic requirements, but sadly, the rules also say I had to be blogging consistently between Feb 2011 and Feb 2012. And I only started my blog in October 2011 ;(

    Maybe next year!

  2. I haven't read this book yet but since you say it's "Stunning", I'm thinking I'll have to check it out. ;) Thanks for the review!

  3. Thanks for the review! I still need to read this and now I'm even more eager to read it :)

  4. New follower (found you on Goodreads :))

    It sounds like a great book with a nice heroin as main character! That's so important for me.


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