Early Review: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

9158009 Early Review: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson


The Name of the Star (Shades of London #1)
by Maureen Johnson
Expected pub: 9/29/2011 by Putnam

From Goodreads:

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.

goodreads Early Review: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

The Bookish Brunette thought:
What can I say… I had HIGH hopes for The Name of the Star, and maybe that is why I didn’t LOVE it. Let me be specific when I say that I didn’t HATE it either. (I’m the picture of vagueness right?)

Rory Deveaux is sent to a boarding school in London for her senior year of High School. Sounds awesome right? Well, not so much when there’s a serial killer on the loose who’s seemingly a copycat of Jack the Ripper in her backyard.

Now I won’t claim to know much about the history of Jack the Ripper, but from the quick Google search I did (seriously… WHAT did we do before Google?!) Maureen Johnson did a pretty incredible job of recounting the killings!

So when Rory SEES the killer, and seems to be the ONLY one that can see him- well, NOW apparently she can see ghosts. Okay… And she’s helping the ‘ghost police’ of London search for the Jack the Ripper copycat killer. Yes. The ‘ghost police’.

Anyway, while at times Rory was so funny, clever and witty other times I wanted to reach in the book and smack her. Her parents REALLY irritated me, it’s like they didn’t even CARE that their daughter was in the midst of murder mayhem in London! Gah!

Basically, this book just didn’t do it for me. It wasn’t horrible, it wasn’t fabulous… It was ‘meh’ for me. But, I think that people who don’t have to have every single detail lined out for them and have reasons for everything will enjoy this book much more than I did. Yes, I’m one of those readers. I NEED to know WHY everything happens. Making assumptions isn’t enough for me.

3 Stilettos Early Review: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson


Buy The Name of the Star on Amazon!

Blog Signature Ash Early Review: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

The following two tabs change content below.
 Early Review: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Book loving, zombie freak, stiletto wearing, twitter whore, coffee addicted Brunette with a purse fetish. Collector of flamingo paraphernalia & zombie keepsakes… Frequenter of thrift stores... cRaFtY bitch... and I match my eye-shadow to my outfit - everyday.
 Early Review: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

Latest posts by Bookish Brunette (see all)

20 Responses to Early Review: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

  1. I almost refuse to read anything that is a "spin-off" of Jack the Ripper lore (set in modern times) because I love all the stuff that is Jack the Ripper (his time) (Ok now I sound very strange). It is just a freakish quirk of mine :)

  2. Precious says:

    Aw, sad you didn't like it! Okay, this sounds insane but I don't really know who Jack the Ripper is. Thank you to Google. ;)I get what you mean. Sometimes I get this itchy, irritable feeling when I don't get answers. So I resolve to thinking about them myself. :) Great honest review!

  3. Jennie says:

    Aww, I was looking forward to reading this one. :/

  4. Missie says:

    hahah! I just read a 5 star review of this one yesterday. Eeep! Since I'm not a big fan of the cover, I think I'll be holding off on this one. Meh can wait! Thanks honey bunches!

  5. I have been dying to read this one! I tried everything to get my hands on it! Now I am scared! I really want to like this one.

  6. Rain Maiden says:

    Im glad you reviewed this. Its on my list, but now I think I will hold off on buying it.

  7. Oh, Faery Farts! I just got this in the mail yesterday!!!I was hoping it would be better, I haven't started it yet because I'm so caught up in the River of Time series.I still have to read it and review it, I hope I can get through it pretty quickly. It's 370 pages, good thing I can read fast, eh?Thanks for the most fab review, dudette!

  8. I'm glad you received this – it's definitely something I'll check out from the library instead of buying! Great review!

  9. Oh no! I can suspend belief but to really love a book, I'm a have to know kind of girl. I may library book it. I'll wait and see how the sequel pans out.Brilly review!

  10. Wah. I'm sorry you didn't like it all that much. I should be getting the ARC soon through a tour, so we'll see!! Thanks for the review!Mickey @ imabookshark

  11. Lauren M says:

    Aw, that's a bummer! I always have high expectations for anything Maureen Johnson writes. Thanks for sharing your thoughts! :)- Lauren

  12. Bailey says:

    So sad that this one was just okay. I was really looking forward to it!! Thanks for the honest review. =)

  13. Kathy says:

    I liked it, but your review totally points out what didn't work for you. I love that, and I can see how it wouldn't work for everyone.I hope your next read is more of a "you" book.

  14. LMAO! What DID we do before Google??? It's truly the love of my life. o_o This book sounds pretty good. I like the setting and the idea of the serial killer, but I agree, I dig detail. I may still try it though…eventually. ;DJenIn the Closet With a Bibliophile

  15. StephanieD says:

    Oh, I had high hopes too. But an irritating heroine and clueless parents would kill any interest in a book for me. Glad I read your review first!

  16. Aww, sorry this one didn't work too well for you :( I still want to read it but I'll lower my expectations.

  17. Sorry this one was just 'Meh." Hopefully your next read will be more enjoyable.I loved your review. You did a great job describing what you didn't like about it and I TOTALLY understand. If something isn't explained well to me, I'm just so distracted. I don't enjoy it either.

  18. Rockee says:

    Aw. That sucks. I was sort of looking forward to reading this book. The title and premise just spoke to me. Well, I can't blame you, I'm also one of those readers who needs explanations. Nice review!Cute blog. And by the way, I'm a new follower!:)

  19. [...] Dark Souls • The Body Finder *Dark Ash’s* • Firelight • Vanish • The Name of the Star • Fateful • The Tale of the Vampire Bride • Chain Reaction • Alexander Death • The [...]

Leave a Reply

Home   |   About    |    Contact