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

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  34,361 ratings  ·  4,268 reviews
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 hol
Hardcover, 372 pages
Published September 29th 2011 by Putnam Juvenile (first published September 1st 2011)
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The 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
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The only thought in my head for much of the reading was that of Alexis Bledel as Rory Gilmore. 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 fe
Pam Vlieg
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
Kristina Horner
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 Londo
Lindsay Cummings
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 :)
Jana (The Book Goddess)
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 t
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
Hunger For Knowledge
Buddy read with TheBookofJules.

The curse of wanting to read anything and everything that has Jack The Ripper written all over it. Those magical words are hard to resist.

The Name of the Star was a "two-chapters-a-day" buddy read, and for awhile it worked quite well. But then I got busy. I got distracted. I was behind, and lost the track of where I should be with it. It felt like a chore, and not very enjoyable one. Reasons as such might be why I never connected with the story, and as now, when wr
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 investig
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 scene...

It’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 t
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
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.

 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
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 ...more
Αυτό το βιβλίο έχει μέσα μυστήριο: τον Τζακ τον Αντεροβγάλτη με τους ανατριχιαστικούς του φόνους. Είναι φαντασίας: παραφυσικές δραστηριότητες και πολλά φαντάσματα. Έχει ανάλαφρο χιούμορ: η ηρωίδα είναι γλυκιά, γκαφατζού και πολυλογού. Και όλα αυτά ταιριασμένα αρμονικά και στις σωστές δόσεις. Δηλαδή εντάξει… τι άλλο θα μπορούσα να ζητήσω;
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 more 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 more than an enjoyable, entertainin ...more
Oct 11, 2011 Brooke rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who like murder mysteries, people who enjoyed Anna Dressed In Blood, fans of Maureen Johnson
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 thos
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 ...more
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Just 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 there
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3.5 Stars

Rory’s parents have taken an opportunity to leave the swamps of Louisiana for life in England, so Rory will be attending boarding school. Lucky for her, this is an upper level school that students only attend for two years. Although her Southern accent will make her stand out and there will be a bit of culture shock, at least the students will only have known each other for a max of one year prior to her arrival. Rory finds he
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 one...and 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
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 ne ...more
Nov 12, 2011 Martha added it
It isn't a bad book. Not at all. Just nothing particularly amazing.
Plot: Could'v been worse but too slow and not suspenseful or scary enough to merit a 4 or 5.
Characters: Again, not terrible. I didn't feel anything towards them. I didn't care what happened to them one way or another. (view spoiler)
Writing: I want to give the writing a higher rating simply because so many people are obsessed with her books. But...It
Oh dear. Disappointment! One of my least favorite feelings. When Hannah first told me about this book, I had stars in my eyes: Maureen Johnson, who charmed me with The Bermudez Triangle and makes me giggle on Twitter sometimes, writing a teen book about Jack the Ripper? It seemed sort of like the pairing of brownies and soda -- gee, I don't know how this will work! But each of those things on their own? Yummy decay.

The cover of this book, though -- I felt such apprehension. Why is it glittery? W
I came from the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans with literally dozens of advance reader copies, and had the nice problem of trying to figure out which one to read first. I had a chance to meet Maureen Johnson while I was there, and she was one of the friendliest authors I had the privilege of talking to. So, I started following her Twitter feed, and if you don’t follow her, you really should. She’s manic and adorable, and I couldn't help but decide to read Name of the Star first. I’m g ...more
A solid urban fantasy YA novel about an American girl living at an English boarding school and coming into contact with the paranormal and the people who deal with it.

Rory from Louisiana has come to England because her family wants a change. On the same day that she arrives a murder occurs that duplicates many of the details of the first Jack the Ripper killing. Rory settles in well at her new school, but there is a second murder which is even closer to the details of the second Jack the Ripper
Από τη στιγμή που τελείωσα το συγκεκριμένο βιβλίο ένα πράγμα αναρωτιέμαι συνεχώς: γιατί όλοι το έκριναν τόσο άσχημα;Πολλές φορές και εγώ κρίνω αρκετά βιβλία πιο αυστηρά απ’ ότι αξίζουν, αλλά πραγματικά αισθάνομαι πως «το όνομα του άστρου» είναι ένα από τα βιβλία που αδικήθηκαν ιδιαίτερα, καθώς πρόκειται για ένα εξαιρετικό μυθιστόρημα φαντασίας.
Η δεκαεφτάχρονη Ρόρι, ακολουθώντας τους γονείς της, θα μετακομίσει από την Αμερική στο Λονδίνο και συγκεκριμένα σε ένα οικοτροφείο.Η ζωή της όμως θα ανατρ
"The Name of the Star" is a great read, I loved it. What starts off as a fish out of water story about a girl from the Deep South coming to boarding school in London't East End turns out to be a supernatural thriller of the best possible kind. Rory is one of the most instantly likeable and realistic teen characters I've come across in ages, in fact I would happily have read about her simply going to Wexford and hooking up with some hot English boy but Maureen Johnson gives us much more than that ...more
"Fear can't hurt you. When it washes over you, give it no power. It's a snake with no venom."

jack the ripper photo: Jack the Ripper ripper.jpg

Setting:Whitechapel, London, England; 2011

Coverly Love?:Yes! It has a certain mysterious quality to it that made me want to read it. The fog and the faint outline of a London street is a nice touch to the ghostly feel of the novel. However, I'm still trying to figure out who the two people on the cover are supposed to be. (view spoiler)
The Name of the Star (Shades of London #1) is the first book I’ve picked up by Maureen Johnson. When I heard Maureen wrote a supernatural take on Jack the Ripper in present day London, England, I picked it up. Unfortunately, this book didn’t work for me and I ended up DNFing half way through. One of the reasons is because the build up to the action is very slow and full of unneeded information. At times I felt like I was reading a tourist guide’s how to book on the spooky underbelly of London, i ...more
DNF at 47%
It started off slow, but it was buildig up the world and the characters... I was fine with that at first. The pages flew by quickly and I loved Jazza and the environment of the place.

Our MC Rory was okay at first but she began to grate on me... the murders itself are mentioned at the beginning but by the mark of page 125 or so (don't remember exact) not much else had happened... I read further on, hoping to change my opinion. I got to couple more intriguing things but I didn't 'feel'
I put It down after the killer mailed half a kidney to the news room, and ate the other half.
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“Fear can't hurt you," she said. "When it washes over you, give it no power. It's a snake with no venom. Remember that. That knowledge can save you.” 235 likes
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