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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
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This was a fun YA paranormal mystery. I enjoyed the storyline and found the beginning and middle part quite suspenseful. However, The last 1/3 of the book was less than surprising for me. It was a quick read. However, I did find the characters to be fairly flat and actually enjoyed the secondary characters (such as Jo and Alistair) more than many of the main characters -which seemed to come and go into the storyline with little difference. I will probably read the next in the series though whenever it is released. ( )
  UberButter | Feb 9, 2016 |
This book is intriguing, even if it does feel very much like a "First in series" books with a bunch of backstory and somewhat inane details. It also took me a really long time to finish it and I'm glad I did- though it did end on a total cliffhanger. ( )
  lovelypenny | Feb 4, 2016 |
Narrated by Nicola Barber. Rory, a Louisiana native, gets the opportunity to attend a boarding school in London. But a spate of murders erupts while she is there, murders that mimic Jack the Ripper's back in 1888. After a near-death experience of her own at a school mealtime, Rory finds she's taken on a supernatural power that puts her in the sights of the new Ripper. Barber's narration sounds like she's just recovered from laryngitis and there's a tone of sweetness that occasionally is at odds with the dark story. A bit farfetched story but ghost story fans will likely overlook its faults. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Feb 2, 2016 |
A good creepy ghost story about modern day London and a copy-cat Jack the Ripper Killer. ( )
  ddbrown201 | Jan 23, 2016 |
American teenager Rory Deveaux attends boarding school in London where a Jack the Ripper copycat killer is on the loose. Rory is the only witness, since after a near-death experience she is able to see ghosts.

This is very YA, but well-written, fast-paced, surprisingly funny and a page-turner from beginning to end. Looking forward to the next Shades of London book. ( )
  SabinaE | Jan 23, 2016 |
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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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