Review: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

“Wholly unputdownable, Johnson breathes new life into the paranormal genre.”

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Title:The Name of the Star
Author:Johnson, Maureen
Publisher:Putnam
Pages:370

From Hicklebees: 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.

There are several things I love about Maureen Johnson’s writing. Her ability to describe a setting in such a way that causes vivid imagery to accompany her words, and her incredibly intellectual wit that makes me laugh out loud while reading. When I read that Johnson was publishing a paranormal YA book I knew I had to read it.

Rory is a Southern girl going to school in London, I adore the way Rory sees the city and the brilliant deductions she makes about all things British. She is having an okay time at school, making friends and learning to fit in then she starts seeing things, things that no one else sees.

Not long after Rory sees a man that her roommate didn’t Rippermania seizes London. Is this the work of a copy cat killer? Can the police stop the next murders on the list since they know when and where they will happen? What can anyone glean from CCTV footage that doesn’t show an assailant?

Rory soon realizes what she saw wasn’t normal and is thrown into a world of secret police and paranormal investigation. Will the special team of Scotland Yard detectives be able to stop the Ripper before he strikes again?

The Name of the Star is full of edge-of-your-seat thrills, laugh-out-loud moments and quotable phrases. Johnson has breathed life into a genre swiftly turning stale and blended thriller with paranormal with humor in a recipe that is guaranteed to please. I promise you that this book is wholly unputdownable. As this is a first in a series, I am bouncing about waiting to see what will happen next with Rory and the gang!

The Name of the Star comes out September 29th and features blurbs from paranormal goddesses like Cassie Clare and Holly Black. Preorder your copy now from Hicklebees (This is not an affiliate link)

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6 Responses so far

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    Wow what fun! This looks really REALLY good. I’ve always liked Johnson and this looks really fun and unique.

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    Okay, I haven’t read any of Johnson’s other books yet, but that sounds REALLY fun. You’ve sold me on it. ;D

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    Yay! I am assuming with the re spelling of center that you are in the UK, I know it is coming out around the same time there with a better cover.

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    I still have not read a Maureen Johnson book. I know, I know, sacrilege. I really need to rectify that.

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    Oh, I wasn’t aware that this was part of a series. Thanks for the head’s up. This one does sound interesting though so I may pick it up.

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    This book looks SO good. I have this thing for boarding school books and I’m not sire I can wait for this one.

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