Book Review: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson (Shades of London #1)

The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

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Read between: 23rd January- 27th January
Number of pages: 374
Rating: 4/5 stars

Review: If you ignore the American views of the British which feature throughout the novel such as ‘I loved the way she said perfect’ in a very stereotypical way, the main character, Rory, swoons over her roommate’s accent. As much as this was probably needed as a contrast between Louisiana and London, I found it a little derogatory as a British person. It didn’t sit well with me, but this was the only flaw of the book.

The story follows Aurora ‘Rory’ Deveaux as she moves to London for school from Louisiana. However, her move coincides with a string of copy-cat Ripper murders. So when they sneak out one night (Rory, her roommate Jazza, and their friend Jerome), why is it that Rory can see the main suspect but Jazza can’t? What’s going on? Who is he?

I knew this book was bound to be good because it’s been blurbed by both Cassandra Clare and Holly Black, two very popular YA authors.

It turns out that Rory has the sight. She can see a man that can’t be caught on camera. I guessed before it was the revealed that the murderer, the Ripper, was a ghost.

The story is a very clever way of writing a Ripper story. Using a ghost as the antagonist was something Maureen Johnson did brilliantly. I enjoyed it, and I found put that this book is in fact the first book in the Shades of London series. I will definitely be picking up the rest of the series.

Also, the Doctor Who reference made me smile too. Overall a great piece of fiction!

4/5 stars.


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