Monday, March 5, 2012

The Name of the Star

"The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London, it's the start of a new life at a 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."

Plot: I love the plot, it is paranormal, without being over done and whole Jack the Ripper concept is beyond brilliant. The plot stayed at a pretty steady pace with nice build up, there was nothing done too quickly and nothing drawn out and boring. It was creepy when it needed to be but funny at the the right moments. For this story it was the perfect balance.

Characters: I like Rory, she is basically average, they don't make her overly special. I didn't feel a big connection with her and Jerome though. There are a few characters who I wouldn't miss, if they don't come back in book 2, even though they may be mentioned a lot. Overall, though Johnson gave every character enough depth in the story.. very Rowling-esque.

Pros: Unique plot, like-able characters, nice pace, some funny quips that are very Maureen Johnson, generally like-able book.

Cons: Not any romance that I could connect to.

Final Thoughts: I find this book to be brilliant, and I cannot wait to read Book 2. Johnson did not disappoint at all. I have huge soft spots for Stephen and Alistair and hope to see them more. I loved that she didn't attempt to re-write history and made the explanations for things rather simple, while still being creative.  The only thing I didn't like was how Boo came in the middle,  I know it makes sense, but she really ruined the whole Jazza/Rory vibe. I love everything about the cover.. except I don't understand why the girl on the cover has red hair, besides it being more visually appealing and I TOTALLY think I can explain the ending.. But I won't in case it is a spoiler..

1 comment:

  1. I really want to read this although I know its creepy and I'm so creeped out easily! :)