The Name of the Star Review

The Name of the Star: Shades of London #1

By Maureen Johnson

Genre: YA, supernatural, thriller, mystery


4 out of 5 chickadees singing! This book starts as a typical YA novel about an American girl from Louisiana moving to a boarding school in London. She has to adapt to her new culture, try to make friends, and stay on top of her studies. Sure, there’s a Jack the Ripper wanna-be running around and committing crimes just like the ones that happened over 100 years ago, but that doesn’t really affect Rory’s life. That is, until the middle of the book….

It turns out that Rory’s near-death experience of choking on beef has given her a special ability. Soon, she has to use this special ability to try to catch the new Jack the Ripper. I’m trying not to give too much away because I really enjoyed not knowing much about the book before digging into it and trying to figure things out along the way with Rory. The book does take a while to morph from typical YA to thriller, but it’s a series, so I forgave the long beginning.

The premise is really interesting, as are the characters. The book ends on a small bit of a cliffhanger and I definitely want to continue reading this series. If you like YA books that are a little bit different, I would suggest picking this one up!

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