The Name of the Star
Author: Maureen Johnson
Publisher: Putnam (Penguin Teen)
Pub Date: September 29, 2011
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
Alright, y'all. There's something you need to know about me: I'm obsessed with serial killers. I think they're horrifying and deranged and awful, but also truly, intensely fascinating. I read a good amount of true crime, I own every season of Dexter, and I'm pretty sure that if I could go back and re-do undergrad, I'd be a criminology major. Needless to say, I find Jack the Ripper obscenely interesting.
Keep that in the back of your mind for a moment.
Now consider my love for miss Maureen Johnson. I think she's lovely and funny and wicked-smart. I've liked all of her books thus far, but I've never necessarily been in love with them. I'm pretty sure The Name of the Star is going to be the book to change that.
I know that sounds premature, but I'm serious. This book has everything I like! Boarding school? Check. London setting? Check. Southern female MC who is named after a Gilmore Girls character? Check. Serial killer(s)? Check. Yep. That's everything. The only thing that could POSSIBLY make it better is if there was an adorable puppy in it. Or a Mr. Darcy appearance. (OMG! What if Mr. Darcy's ghost were the serial killer?! Has someone written that Pride & Prejudice spin-off yet?! Because I would READ IT.)
Anyway. This book seriously sounds like it is all kinds of up my alley. I would make the claim that I somehow divinely inspired it, but who are we kidding here. What I can tell you with a very large amount of certainly is that I will pimp the hell out of the book for the next few months. Be prepared readers. I will brainwash you to the point that you will pre-order this sucker seven different times. *smiles over tented fingers*
Now go about the rest of your Wednesday-business, after you tell me all about the books you're not-so-patiently waiting on.
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.