The first in a new series from Maureen Johnson (J'ADORE) and a definite departure from her previous work. Johnson, most known for slightly fluffy, sligThe first in a new series from Maureen Johnson (J'ADORE) and a definite departure from her previous work. Johnson, most known for slightly fluffy, slightly angsty girl-grows-up fiction takes us to London with Rory, a Louisiana native whose parents are teaching in Bristol for the year. She decides to go to Wexford Academy, a boarding school in London proper, and within her first week almost chokes. After, she starts seeing people. People that no one else can see. At the same time, impossible murders mimicking Jack The Ripper are taking place, following the exact time line and the exact method. Rory sees the murderer. Her roommate Jazza does not.
Johnson's book don't normally stray too far to the dark side. Drama, yes, with death of a loved one, or threat to a loved ones' health, somewhat common. This is not health. This is not cancer. This is murder, straight up, described in just enough detail to render it totally creepy, adding an air of Gothic malevolence to the entire work. While I wasn't worried for Rory (again, first in a series) I was worried for everyone else. The mystery of the murder is fantastic and different. The book is light on romance, even though Rory has a make-out partner. It's not about their relationship-it's about Rory's survival, in the most primal and physical of ways. I look forward to seeing where she's going with this, particularly given the ending....more
I first read Holmes when I was 13 and in Paris. I had finished the book I brought with me (I always finished the book I brought with me) and made my mI first read Holmes when I was 13 and in Paris. I had finished the book I brought with me (I always finished the book I brought with me) and made my mother stop in a used book shop where this was one of the only English language books available. Before we left, I wanted to go back, having read the entire thing. My mother said no, but she did ask me why I was taking much longer strides than I usually took. "Because, Mother," I said in the way only 13 year olds can, "if I ever have to kill someone, I don't want a Sherlock Holmes to figure out how tall I am based on my stride! Duh!"
So, thanks to Sherlock Holmes, I told my mother how I was going to disguise myself if I ever had to kill someone.
Shockingly, years later, she was completely OK with me moving first 400 miles away to Chicago, and then 3,000 miles to LA. I wonder why....more
The fourth book in the Parasol Protectorate opens with zombie hedgehogs. Alexia's pregnancy has spooked the Westminster Hive, but with sacrifices on aThe fourth book in the Parasol Protectorate opens with zombie hedgehogs. Alexia's pregnancy has spooked the Westminster Hive, but with sacrifices on all parts (Alexia and Conall offer the baby to Lord Akeldama to raise, and Lord Akeldama gives up two of his closets), all seems well-until a ghost tells Alexia that there is a plot against the Queen.
There aren't any missteps in this book. Every character grows, and the things you learn about, well, everyone is wonderful. I was going to give this book four stars, but the more I think about it, there is not one thing about this book that I didn't find delightful.