Summer Read: 'Name of the Star'

Don’t judge this book by the cover. I took The Name of the Star for another typical historical paranormal romance. The Name of the Star book coverNot even close. This is a great and original premise, and a wonderful break from the typical young adult book.

Aurora -- please call her Rory -- Deveaux is a Louisiana teen headed to London for a memorable senior year in boarding school. But she doesn’t realize how memorable. On the day she arrives, a “Jack the Ripper” copycat serial killer strikes London.

While trying to fit into her new school, new friends, new classes, new town and new country, Rory finds herself in the middle of the “Ripper” investigation. As the only eyewitness in the case, her once idyllic boarding school life is turned upside down as she struggles to come to terms with the pressure of what seeing the “Ripper” actually means.

The book runs the gamut of emotions: it’s mysterious, sinister, funny, full of action and suspense, but is still snarky. Just when you think you have it figured out, something completely unexpected happens! The historical “Ripper” elements were a great touch and added to the story without feeling like a lecture on madmen of the 1800’s. Maureen Johnson fans will love this first installment of the “Shades of London” series.

If you liked Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs or Picture the Dead by Adele Griffin, you might like this book too!