Google+ Reading Teen: Review: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Friday, January 6, 2012

Review: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Reading level: Ages 12 and up
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Buy the Book: Amazon
Series or Stand Alone: Series

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: 
     Honestly, I don't read many "ghost stories," they never really interested me much, but I have to say, I really enjoyed this one.  I had absolutely no idea what I was getting myself into when I started it.  I had heard nothing about Name of the Star when Andye asked if I wanted to listen to the audiobook, so I, for some reason unknown, agreed to listen to it without reading any sort of summary or anything, and I have to say, I'm so glad I did.  Going into the book without knowing it's supposed to be creepy makes it ten times more so.  I went back to Andye and told her that it freaked me out a little bit, she looked at me confusedly and said,  "Uhhh, yeah, it's supposed to." Everything made a lot more sense after that.  Long story short, I loved it, and I loved going into it not knowing what to expect.  The Name of the Star was suspenseful and eerie, and although I thought a few of Rory's decisions were pretty dumb, I would still definitely recommend it to anyone who wants a spooky read.  

     P.S.- Going into this book not knowing anything, I also had no idea it was a series.  I'm not sure how I feel about that either because I thought it was such a solid stand-alone book.... But I'll probably still read the next one;)


  1. I like the sound of "solid stand-alone"-we need more of those even if more books do come later. I'm a little bit tired of cliffhangers.

  2. I have it in the shelf waiting to read. Your review cheers up more!!

  3. I'd love to read this one. And yes, it's nice to see a standalone!

  4. I really enjoyed this book. I am really interested to see where the story goes. I agree it would have been a great stand alone novel, but I am really curious to see how the series will be. The ending was pretty awesome. Can't wait for The Madness Underneath to come out.

  5. I haven't read many ghost stories either. I'm going to have to check this out!

  6. I'm not big on ghost stories either, but I loved this one. Maureen Johnson is AMAZING, and she did a great job with this book.

  7. I just read this book and I loved it! Thanks for the great review! :)


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