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The Name of the Star (Shades of London) (edition 2011)

by Maureen Johnson

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Title:The Name of the Star (Shades of London)
Authors:Maureen Johnson
Info:Putnam Juvenile (2011), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 384 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:boarding school, paranormal, ghosts, urban fantasy

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The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

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    Caramellunacy: For those interested in different takes on Jack the Ripper. Pastworld is a thriller set in a dystopian future where London has been turned into a Victorian-era theme park - complete with an eerie serial killer. Name of the Star is a modern/paranormal take on a new set of Jack the Ripper murders as experienced by an American teen studying abroad in Whitechapel.… (more)

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Great book, loved the ending and I cannot wait for the next one in the series! ( )
  Verkruissen | Mar 25, 2015 |
This is only the second book I’ve read by Maureen Johnson. The first being The Bermudez Triangle. I enjoyed that book but it wasn’t the best. It made me want to read more of her books but not right away. This one however, I loved. I seriously loved everything about it.

Well maybe not everything. I’m not sure how I feel about the killer. I was just a tiny bit disappointed in that but I guess it makes sense.

This time I do want to read more by her and soon. I need to get my hands on book two, The Madness Underneath.

Note: This is an older review. So I don’t feel like I can get more into what I liked. Maybe someday I will re-read The Name of the Star and do a better review. I will probably re-read it when I get books two and three. ( )
  TheBookHoarder | Mar 8, 2015 |
I'm interested in the notorious killer named Jack the Ripper and I have studied up on him for a while now. When I heard that this book had a similar tie to Jack the Ripper, I instantly picked it up and I'm glad I have. I do not regret reading this book and I do plan on picking up the next book in the series!

This book was very interesting. The atmosphere felt like you really were in rainy ol' England. What got me hooked was not only the great detail and the supernatural twists, but near the middle where our heroine gained something special! ( )
  SirenRemi | Jan 28, 2015 |
With her parents temporarily teaching American law at an English university, Aurora (Rory) has enrolled at Wexford, a private school in London. Just as she is getting acclimated to the school, her roommates and English customs at the start of the school year, the city is stunned by a murder. The victim was killed in the same location and in the same manner as Jack the Ripper's first victim in 1888. When several more copycat murders are committed over the course of the next month, each occurring on the same day, in a similar location and by a comparable method as those from the tragic events of 1888, London goes into panic mode while also simultaneously welcoming the media spectacle. After discovering that she has seen a strange-looking man who was invisible to everyone else, Rory begins to fear for what role she may play in the mystery.

The Name of the Star was both charming and engaging, though I was initially dubious about the subject matter, not being especially enthusiastic about ghosts or the supernatural. I really enjoyed the authentic feel of Rory's first-person narrative from a teenage perspective in the way that the teenagers in Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park rang slightly false. Looking forward to the sequel. ( )
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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.
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Rory, of Boueuxlieu, Louisiana, is spending a year at a London boarding school when she witnesses a murder by a Jack the Ripper copycat and becomes involved with the very unusual investigation.

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