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

3.9  ·  Rating details ·  43,143 Ratings  ·  4,963 Reviews
New York Times bestseller Maureen Johnson takes on Jack the Ripper in this captivating paranormal thriller!

The day that Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school is also the day a series of brutal murders breaks out over the city, killings mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper spree of more than a century ago. Soon "Ripperma
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 372 pages
Published September 29th 2011 by Putnam Juvenile
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Stephanie I thought it was boring for the first chapter. I kept reading for a few more and then couldn't put it down. The exposition just takes a while to…moreI thought it was boring for the first chapter. I kept reading for a few more and then couldn't put it down. The exposition just takes a while to begin. I really enjoyed the second book, too. (less)
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Sasha Alsberg
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious, fun and mysterious read that I recommend everyone read!
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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
Mar 06, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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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 Victorio
Mar 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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 :)
Sep 30, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books, series
Audio book narrated by Nicola Barber(9h 50 min)

Goodreads 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 f
Aug 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads
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
Kristina Horner
Mar 11, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ghosts, horror
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
Sep 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Lina Lovegood
Jan 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fand es richtig cool! Toller Schreibstil, gute Geschichte. Und wenn Jack the Ripper vorkommt hat man bei mir sowieso gewonnen.
Dec 08, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, mystery, ghostly
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;
Jan 18, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
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
Jun 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: egalleys
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
Brigid ✩ Cool Ninja Sharpshooter ✩
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.

Mar 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, read-in-2016
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!
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
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
Sep 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
3.75/5 〜 ITA/ENG (NOW ADDED)

“Ciò che temete è il nome della stella.”

Classico libro Urban Fantasy ma con un finale molto promettente!
Allora da quel che mi risulta è stato tradotto purtroppo solo il primo libro della serie, peccato.
La trama è molto semplice da seguire, svolgimento abbastanza lentino nella prima parte, e parecchio avvincente invece nella seconda.

Si parte con il classico trasferimento di città/scuola e la nostra protagonista, Rory, deve affrontare i classici problemi de teenager c
May 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
This is the story of Aurora, or Rory as she's known, who moves from Louisiana to London. Her parents have moved to Bristol but Rory is enrolled in a boarding school, Wexford, in the East End of London. Soon after she arrives there is a body found, and it seems that Jack the Ripper is back.
Rory is drawn into the investigation because she has seen the murderer, and he knows that she has seen him.
I loved this book. I loved the writing style, the way the plot unfolded, each exquisitely drawn charact
Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: paranormal, ya
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 ...more
Jun 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oha, das Ende. Brauch ich wohl doch bald den nächsten Teil ;)
Aug 20, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2017
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May 28, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fantasy
Αυτό το βιβλίο έχει τα πάντα! Φαντάσματα, χιούμορ, μια αξιολάτρευτη ηρωίδα και τον Τζακ τον Αντεροβγάλτη. Η δεκαεφτάχρονη Αουρόρα έρχεται απο την Αμερική να φοιτήσει στο Λονδίνο. Όταν φτάνει όμως, γίνεται μια δολοφονία με τον ίδιο τρόπο που χτύπαγε και ο Τζακ ο Αντεροβγάλτης. Οι δολοφονίες συνεχίζονται και η ζωή της Ρόρι στο σχολείο αναστατώνεται διαρκώς μιας και το σχολείο της βρίσκεται στο Ανατολικό Λονδίνο όπου δρα και ο νέος Τζακ. Η μόνη που μπορεί να λύσει το μυστήριο είναι η Ρόρι μιας και ...more
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
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You can also find my review on my blog thatgirlbookworm

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
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-read
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
Jessi ♡
Jan 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
holy murderfuck
May 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 16, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Michael by: Reading Habit
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
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