The Name of the Star

The Name of the Star Jack the Ripper is back and he s coming for Rory next Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school just as a series of brutal murders mimicking the horrifi

Jack the Ripper is back, and he s coming for Rory next.Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school just as a series of brutal murders mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper killing spree of than a century ago has broken out across the city The police are left with few leads and no witnesses Except one Rory spotted theJack the Ripper is back, and he s coming for Rory next.Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school just as a series of brutal murders mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper killing spree of than a century ago has broken out across the city The police are left with few leads and no witnesses Except one Rory spotted the man believed to be the prime suspect But she is the only one who saw him the only one who can see him And now Rory has become his next targetunless she can tap her previously unknown abilities to turn the tables.

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  1. Maureen knew from an early age she wanted to be a writer She went to high school at an all girls Catholic school and graduated from University of Delaware with a degree in writing She now lives and writes in New York City.Many of the adventures Maureen s characters face in her books are based on real life stories Maureen has traveled all over Europe, and is a Secret Sister to vlog brothers Hank and John Green.

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  1. As seen on The ReadventurerThe Name of the Star is a novel with a great premise but bogged down by a very mediocre writing.American teen Aurora Rory Deveaux is spending her senior year in London Her parents work in nearby Bristol and Rory is all set to live and study at a boarding school On the day of her arrival to London she learns that there is a brutal murderer on the loose This murderer appears to be mimicking Jack the Ripper his first victim was sliced and diced in exactly the same manner [...]

  2. Find the enhanced version of this and other reviews at flashlightcommentary.The only thought in my head for much of the reading was that of Alexis Bledel as Rory Gil It doesn t do much credit to a story when the reader is perpetually distracted by a pop culture reference You don t see Heathcliff or Rochester being thrown around the literary world for a reason The goal is to hook your reader, not set them in mind of other amusements Perhaps I am too judgmental but I feel this was an exceeding poo [...]

  3. There are several things I love about Maureen Johnson s writing Her ability to describe a setting in such a way that causes vivid imagery to accompany her words, and her incredibly intellectual wit that makes me laugh out loud while reading When I read that Johnson was publishing a paranormal YA book I knew I had to read it.Rory is a Southern girl going to school in London, I adore the way Rory sees the city and the brilliant deductions she makes about all things British She is having an okay ti [...]

  4. Woaahhh I m shook I bought this book in March 2016 because I wanted to read something by this author, and it took me until now to read it And it was amazing I literally loved everything about it I can t think of anything bad to say about it The book begins with taking time to really set up the scene and introduce us to Rory She comes from New Orleans to spend a year at a boarding sixth form college in England, and we meet her fellow students and learn about what life will be like there I loved t [...]

  5. Amazing listened to the audiobook while driving back and forth on tour stops I HATE driving long hours but I was honestly excited about getting back in the car so I could hit play and dive back into the world plus, the woman who does the audio does TONS of accents and it was incredible this story is creepy, unique, and has a touch of Gothic feel that I just adore ordered book 2 the second I finished

  6. Audio book narrated by Nicola Barber 9h 50 min has a great synopsis so I will not rehash the details here Quite simply, The Name of the Star is a contemporary YA mystery with a mixture of romance and the supernatural set in London with a Jack the Ripper copycat But like other reviewers, I felt there were so many chapters that served as fillers Pages of Rory s crazy family from Louisiana and endless details on the life of a British boarding school A decent book, but it left me feeling unsatisfied [...]

  7. This is actually the first book I ve read that s by Maureen Johnson, so I didn t know what to expect Normally, I would shy from these types of things I mean come on it IS Jack the Ripper Are you kidding me I m not a big fan of horror movies, or horror books ,for that matter A few weeks ago before reading the book, I foolishly thought that this was a historical paranormal So imagine my surprise when I started reading and found out that this was set in present day, not in the 1880 s with the actua [...]

  8. This book had been on my shelf for years, seriously, before I actually picked it up to read it I m not even sure why, because the plot was always intriguing to me.I ended up having a great time with this story, and give it a solid 4 I thought the Jack The Ripper was stuff was interesting albeit a little on the fantastical side the way London and the general media was reacting to these murders but it didn t ruin the story for me I enjoyed the main character, I enjoyed reading about the London boa [...]

  9. I was really intrigued and quite pleased with The Name of the Star I read it after seeing many dazzling reviews, so my expectations were quite high and though it wasn t perfect, I was very satisfied with it.Jack the Ripper That is all it took to entice me Unless you have been born and raised under a rock, you have already heard about Jack the Ripper His case is fascinating and very mysterious I was really curious to find out how Maureen was going to use an extremely known story and make it fresh [...]

  10. Fand es richtig cool Toller Schreibstil, gute Geschichte Und wenn Jack the Ripper vorkommt hat man bei mir sowieso gewonnen.

  11. DNF Not bothering with an actual review What a disappointing and dull book You would expect a book about Jack the ripper to be an enjoyable and entertaining read Though it was an absolute fail for a Jack the ripper story I can t stop remembering this particular sceneIt s when Rory and her love interest are kissing, and they pull apart and a string of their saliva hangs in between them or something Who the fuck puts that kind of description in a kissing scene What a turn off What was the author a [...]

  12. More like 3.5, but I haven t decided if I m on the higher or lower side of it If you know me at all, you know I love serial killers I don t love them in a way that d make me want to be one or anything, don t worry, but I think their mentality and motives are absolutely fascinating And there is no serial killer as famous as Jack the Ripper People have been fascinated with the Ripper since he first started killing There were no definitive eyewitnesses, he stopped at five women, and investigators c [...]

  13. Okay, I love Maureen Johnson She is a lovely and intelligent and hilarious person So far, I ve enjoyed all the books she s written I m pretty sure I ve read all of them That said, I found The Name of the Star somewhat disappointing I don t know, maybe I had unrealistically high expectations, and I also thought the book would be about something completely different But, don t get me wrong I did enjoy this book But, I suppose it just wasn t quite as good as I had hoped it would be.First of all, I [...]

  14. It s unfortunate to be on a YA Mystery binge and reach for a book marketed as YA Mystery, labeled as YA Mystery, dressed as YA Mystery and which decidedly isn t YA Mystery.But, hey, boarding school shenanigans

  15. The Name of the Star was a hit with me Maureen Johnson got my attention as an author with her short story, The Law of Suspects It was utterly chilling and fantastic suspense I appreciated how she writes with a respect for the intelligence of her readership, even though they are the YA audience Like CS Lewis, I believe the best children s book is one that an adult can enjoy I knew I was going to follow her after reading this brilliant short story So when I saw this book was coming out, I was exci [...]

  16. The Name of the Star is the second book I ve read by Maureen Johnson I admit that I love reading her blog and her Twitter feed, but 13 Little Blue Envelopes fell a little flat for me so I always assumed I liked Maureen than I actually liked her work However, the premise of TNotS intrigued me Girl moves to London and becomes tangled up in a Jack the Ripper style murder mystery so I bought this pretty much as soon as it came out I wasn t expecting much than an enjoyable, entertaining read, but I [...]

  17. 3.25 stars, maybe 3.5 I m not sure.Who s ready for an unorganized review that contains spoilers Great Take a seat So, this book is like Harry Potter, except Peeves is the villain and there s no magic There are obviously places where one can argue that this is not true, but hear me out Sassy main character Both have abilities that make them different Yer a ghost seer, Rory Fricken Peeves British boarding school Honestly I thought prefects were only a Harry Potter thing I was thrown I m very Ameri [...]

  18. A great YA paranormal urban fantasy story and the good news is this is a series This is my first read of this author and I was impressed with the gentle humour and genuine insight into the mind of late teens in general and Rory, the main character s, personality The supporting characters are likeable too and the fact that the focus of this book was not teenaged angst and romance was a big plus Call me Claudia, the hockey loving house mistress was good fun too I shall definitely be continuing thi [...]

  19. Jack the Ripper is one of those topics I really wish they d cover in the History syllabus for school Instead it s 20th century this, and 20th century that Even at A level which, for all you non British, non TNofS readers, are the two years of excrutiating study we have before university, in which we study four and then three subjects respectively, of our own choosing the syllabus for the vast majority of the time is an unimaginative, repetitive look at 20th century European and USA history, just [...]

  20. WOW That last page This better be part of a series, or I will have a mini fit.The Name of the Star was one heck of a book creepy, funny, adventure and action filled, I really enjoyed it I read it slowly over a few days, however I m glad I did as I was able to take it all in and marvel in its uniqueness There s just something about Jack the Ripper that sends shivers down your spine I knew, reading this, that I was going to look into the original Ripper murders, and my goodness, some of those imag [...]

  21. You can also find my review on my blog thatgirlbookwormJust a fun fact about me I don t read book blurbs Whether I ve been anticipating the book for a long time, or it s a book I ve never heard of, I don t read blurbs I find they give away too many little spoilers that I would much rather find out Therefore I am a judge a book by it s cover type of person.That being said, I chose to read this entirely because I loved Maureen Johnson s story in Let It Snow That was my entire reason and therefore [...]

  22. I was excited to start this book, I won a copy and I was always interested to see how Maureen Johnston writes This book was obvious the best choice for me to dive into this authors writing styles The synopsis looked great I m interested in a good mystery, and a Jack the Ripper oned it could have been a great book if they removed everything paranormal about it I was really enjoying the mystery and the story of this Jack the Ripper copy cat.The story opens with Rory Deveaux just ordinary, very bor [...]

  23. This was one of those books that made me remember why I like to read YA fiction so much The main character was funny and she didn t take herself too seriously, and acted in a way that seemed completely realistic for a young adult in that situation The story moved along nicely and built up a good deal of suspense along the way, and the cast of supporting characters were nicely developed and had legitimate voices of their own Overall, it was just very satisfying, and made me want to read the next [...]

  24. I ve had this sitting around for years and decided to give it a try once I got all three books, just in case I loved it enough to want to dive into the rest immediately I didn t love it, but I enjoyed it immensely I like school stories, which this sort of is, though it s probably accurate to say the boarding school is the framework the story fits into Rory is a great protagonist, smart but not offputtingly so, good at some things, bad at others, and very likeable She s from New Orleans, dropped [...]

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