The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

The Name of the Star
by Maureen Johnson

Pages: 352
Release Date: September 29th 2011
Publisher: HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks
Source: For Review from Publishers
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Thrilling ghost-hunting teen mystery as modern-day London is plagued by a sudden outbreak of brutal murders that mimic the horrific crimes of Jack the Ripper."A gorgeously written, chilling, atmospheric thriller. The streets of London have never been so sinister or so romantic." Cassandra Clare, author of THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTSSixteen-year-old American girl Rory has just arrived at boarding school in London when a Jack the Ripper copycat-killer begins terrorising the city. All the hallmarks of his infamous murders are frighteningly present, but there are few clues to the killer’s identity.“Rippermania” grabs hold of modern-day London, and the police are stumped with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. In an unknown city with few friends to turn to, Rory makes a chilling discovery…Could the copycat murderer really be Jack the Ripper back from the grave?
My Thoughts
Maureen Johnson completely surprised me with The Name of the Star. I read 13 little blue envelopes a while ago and though I did enjoy reading it and thought it was good, it didn't really grab me. But with The Name of the Star, it was just amazing. I loved reading it and I definitely think that the whole edited version of Jack the Ripper thing was pretty cool.

London has yet again been attacked with a series of murders leading to many investigations and troublesome media. And the deaths are so gruesome that its as though Jack the Ripper has returned. Well, someone who's been imitating his work. It was at this time where Rory arrives in London all prepared for their senior year in Wexford Academy. So then it begins, as Rory gets entrapped into the world Jack the Ripper bringing chaos yet more excitement that she could have ever imagined.

Rory is a very quirky teen. She has a great character and so she's most definitely someone you could easily hang around with. I love the way she sees London and their way of life. Really interesting stuff here. She meets lots of nice people. I love her roommate Jazza, she's just so cool and oh Alistair too. Jerome is alright for your average guy. I was a bit edgy with him at the beginning but I can safely say he's a great guy.

With the Jack the Ripper idea and how Jonson had brushed it with her touch, I have got to say it got me going. It was endearing and gripping. I really really liked it. Though the only thing I didn't like was that this isn't a book you should read in the night! I can't wait to see what Johnson has in store for us next!


  1. I love it when authors write something unexpected, not falling into rut or doing the same thing repeatedly. I haven't read her romance novels, but with all the buzz on this new book, not to mention the fact that Halloween is right around the corner, I picked The Name of Star at the library. Now I'm all excited...

    - Asher (from Paranormal Indulgence)

  2. I loved this one too. Such an amazing story, can't wait for the next

  3. I really want to read this book, it sounds so interesting, and it helps that lots of other people seem to really like it too :)



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