Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson Review

, 370 pages
Expected publication: September 29th 2011 by Putnam
My copy: ARC

Book Description:

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:

*tsk tsk*

Not what I was hoping for. Based on the book description and the cover, I expected a little more originality. I sensed the very average teens in their very average fantasy problems. I wasn't happy with the direction the story was going either, I'd hoped for tragic, more intense concepts but in the end it just lackluster. No memorable moments.

The characters...well for some reason I was annoyed with the names: Jerome? Boo(Bhuvana)? Stephan? Callum?...come on. But Rory and Allister I liked. Personality wise? I liked that boy Allister best...! He could make a story worth wild! To me, he was a trademark all on his own:

"Panic on the streets of London,
Panic on the streets of Birmingham...

I wonder to myself,
Could life ever be same again?"

So again, in my opinion, the majority of the book is pretty basic...dissatisfying if you will.


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