Series: Shades of London #1
Genre: Paranormal YA
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Publication Date: 9/29/11
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.I'll admit that I bought The Name of the Star because I am a big fan of Maureen Johnson's online presence. Her sometimes odd, but always funny, tweets always make me giggle. Because of that, I was sure that I would love this book.
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.
I did not. I didn't even like it that much, to be honest. I have a lot of reasons why I didn't click with The Name of the Star. For starters, the writing. It was very abrupt. Rorie (the mc) would have a conversation with her new schoolmates, say something that cued an awkward silence, then would say "And that was the end of that conversation." or something similar. Over and over again. Rorie also spent an inordinate amount of time noting how much she liked Cheez Whiz and sausages. Sigh... I don't like sausages and I don't want to hear you observe, every morning, how much you like sausages.Unless they're the fun kind! (Yes, I had to go there.) And another thing (oh boy, am I on a roll), Rorie is from Louisiana, and guess what... she's quirky! Bet you didn't see that coming, did ya? She repeatedly reminds the reader where she's from, and that her Uncle Bick and Cousin Diane are oddballs. Here's the deal: I lived in Louisiana, and being from Louisiana does not automatically mean you are slightly touched in the head. Am I overly prickly about that? Maybe, but it freaking annoyed me, so there's that.
All of these random, trivial observations and conversations pretty much made up the first two hundred pages of The Name of the Star. I'm not even sure why I kept reading, other than the fact that I had to know, out of morbid curiosity and the fact I paid a lot of money for this book, what was going on with the Ripper-style killings. When the story turns to the mystery, instead of the sausages (thank god), it became much more interesting. I really liked the ghost police aspect. I found it to be clever and surprising. I never became all that interested in the identity of the killer, though the tension in the big showdown was good. The ending was just okay. When I finished, I simply closed my book and thought "Well, that happened." I'm fairly positive I won't continue with the series.
"I decided to deflect her attitude by giving a long, Southern answer. I come from people who know how to draw things out. Annoy a Southerner, and we will drain away the moments of your life with out slow, detailed replies until you are nothing but a husk of your former self and that much closer to death." (pg.24)
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Series: Fracture #1
Genre: Paranormal YA
Publisher: Walker Children's
Publication Date: 1/17/12
Source: Received in a trade.
Eleven minutes passed before Delaney Maxwell was pulled from the icy waters of a Maine lake by her best friend Decker Phillips. By then her heart had stopped beating. Her brain had stopped working. She was dead. And yet she somehow defied medical precedent to come back seemingly fine. Everyone wants Delaney to be all right, but she knows she's far from normal. Pulled by strange sensations she can't control or explain, Delaney finds herself drawn to the dying. Is her altered brain now predicting death, or causing it?Somebody please explain to me why I had Fractured for almost a year before I read. Please. Tell me. I had heard nothing but good things about this story, and yet I put it off.
Then Delaney meets Troy Varga, who recently emerged from a coma with similar abilities. At first she's reassured to find someone who understands the strangeness of her new existence, but Delaney soon discovers that Troy's motives aren't quite what she thought. Is their gift a miracle, a freak of nature-or something much more frightening?
For fans of best-sellers like Before I Fall and If I Stay, this is a fascinating and heart-rending story about love and friendship and the fine line between life and death.
The plot was fascinating. Delaney Maxwell was dead for eleven minutes. When she wakes from a coma, she should be left in a vegetative state, but she doesn't seem to be brain damaged in the least. But soon she realizes she is drawn to death. But is she drawn to death or is death after her because she lived. I really didn't know what to expect with Fractured. I thought it would be a simple story of a girl who struggles to find normal after a brush with death. And it is, but there is also a mystery that ends with one of the most tense scenes I've ever read.
What really blew me away about Fractured, though, was Megan Miranda's simple, beautiful portrayal of the emotions Delaney and those around her go through. Delaney's sadness, desperation, and confusion made me hurt. To add to my emotions, I have a daughter named Delaney. To read about someone's child who "died" and she shares the name with my daughter, made me a wreck. Decker, who I have to say was a badass hottie that I loved, almost stole the show. His actions, feelings, and courage to always help Delaney made me fall in love with him. I'm so happy that he's getting a book!
Fractured was brilliant. I stayed up until 2:00 am finishing it and have zero regrets. Megan Miranda is an author to watch.
He was holding his breath beside me, and I remembered the Decker who sobbed over my bed, fingernails missing, face hollow. "I thought you were dead."
"And I lost it. I slept at the hospital. Actually, I didn't sleep at all. I couldn't eat. I just waited. And I made all kinds of bargains with God. Anyone but you. Anyone at all." His voice dropped to a whisper. "Everyone but you." (ARC, 212)
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