Mini-Review: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Monday October 20, 2014 at 3:00 am |

thenameofthestar-mjPublisher: Speak
Published: October 2, 2012
Copyright: 2011
Pages: 372
Form: Paperback
Series: Shades of London (1)
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Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school just as a series of brutal murders mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper killing spree of more than a century ago has broken out across the city. The police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man believed to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him – the only one who can see him. And now Rory has become his next target…unless she can tap her previously unknown abilities to turn the tables.

My Thoughts

  • Nice pace, intriguing, and quite suspenseful.
  • The oddity and mysteriousness of Alestair and the grayish bald guy who Rory thinks is the suspect is creepy.
  • I like the whole pretense of a copycat Jack the Ripper, but I think the execution of the concept could have been a bit cleaner and tied better into the actions of the murderer.
  • I think it’s kind of cool to have a police force for unruly shades.  Especially considering the heinousness of some of the crimes they perpetrate on the living.
  • Jo is pure awesomeness.

Overall I liked the book.  While I feel that the conclusion could have come together a little more smoothly, the mystery was cool and it certainly kept me flipping the pages anxious to see what would happen.  I will definitely be looking for the next book in the series and other books by this author.

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