The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

The Name of the Star (Shades of London #1)

Hardcover
372 pages
Published September 29th 2011
by Putnam Juvenile

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.

This Book Contains:  Death, Mystery, Violence, Ghost and Romance.

To start of I just want to say this book was not for me.  I was not at all intrigued by the Jack the Ripper killings.  I am not a person who likes all that blood and gore.   A lot of the book was interesting but the plot it self did nothing for me.

Well with that being said, the this I did like were the boarding school english setting.  I also, enjoyed Rory and her friends.  I think I liked Boo the best. She was funny, forceful and very good friend to Rory.   I could have read this whole book and enjoyed it a lot better if you took out the whole Jack the Ripper thing..

The things I didn’t like were the murders and of course the killer himself.  I also didn’t care for the twist on the killer.  I do not think that I will be reading the sequel to this book unless the plot is very different from this one.  Which, is a shame because I really enjoyed Rory and her friends.  So, I will be hoping for a better plot in the sequel.

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