Maureen Johnson delivers again with yet another fun, edgy, and thoroughly enjoyable read. The Name of the Star, the first book in the Shades of London series, will have you diving right in for more!
Rory has sort of hit the lottery as much as any high school student can. Her parents are taking some time off from their Louisiana jobs to uproot the family for a year… to London! When Rory enrolls at her new school, mayhem follows: someone is recreating the gruesome murders of Jack the Ripper from over a century before and before Rory has a chance to stop herself, she gets tangled up in the killer’s game with the help of her roommates Jazza and Boo, prefect cutie Jerome, and some new surprising talents Rory never had before.
What I have always enjoyed about Johnson’s writing is exactly what she delivers here: while the story gets dark and twisted at times, it remains fun and frothy. Her characters bounce off the page and surprise you while the suspense of the story keeps you on the edge of your seat. There’s also an added paranormal element you may not expect at first in this one that really adds an extra layer of interest and depth to the characters. Additionally, Johnson writes about London as if she has lived there all her life. The setting is alive and yours to explore for the first time right alongside Rory who brings her sassy Southern attitude with her to the big city.
The one drawback? Potentially Jerome. While the boy is a cutie with some serious nerve, his romance with Rory never seems to reach its full potential for me. But it in no way hinders the enjoyment of the book and can easily be more fully answered later on in the series.
As fall approaches faster and faster, The Name of the Star would be a great way to close out your summer reading lists!
If you enjoy The Name of the Star, check out the rest of the Shades of the London series by Maureen Johnson with the second book in the series, The Madness Underneath, and the upcoming third installment, The Shadow Cabinet, due out February 5, 2015!