Name of the Staaaaar

URGENT URGENT URGENT

If you are in the UK and Ireland, APPARENTLY Waterstone’s are selling a special edition of Maureen Johnson’s Name of the Star for a flippin’ POUND tomorrow, March 1st, for World Book Day! It’s only in-store, and there are only 10,000 copies, so stop in and get them while you can!

This book is GREAT, ya’ll, and I’ve been meaning to talk about it for weeks! (The cover is a little, possibly a lot, ugly, but trust me, the book is full of everything good.)

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First, an update on my reading for the year:

1. Sailing to Saratium by Guy Gavriel Kay
2. Farm 54 by Galit and Gilad Seliktar
3. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
4. The Thief by Megan Whalen Turner
5. The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
6.  Taylor’s Temptation by Suzanne Brockmann
7. Skinned/Frozen by Robin Wasserman
8. In the Land of Invented Languages by Arika Okrent

(Yeah, February’s been slow.)

So, short review: The Name of the Star was awesome as warm socks on a cold day. Of course, I should perhaps admit that it hits many of my favorite things in YA: boarding school, a little romance (okay, I could have used more actually, but it’s the first in a series so I’ll expect more later), humor, MYSTERY and ADVENTURE, awesome female friendships, a secret world the (awesome!) protag gets wrapped up in, etc etc etc.

Even if you don’t like those things, Maureen Johnson’s immense charm as a writer will win you over. (Though if you don’t like those things, I may not want to be your friend.) It’s been a month since I read it, so my feelings have been distilled into a great big lovefest for this book.

Honestly, the only caveat I can give is that it is the first in a series and it can be brutal to wait for the next book in line. Go buy it, especially if you can get it for a pound tomorrow!

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