The Name of the Star
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 more 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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Yep! Just as brilliant as I remembered!
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- ...more
#2) The Madness Underneath ★★☆☆☆
#3) The Shadow Cabinet ★★★★☆
➸ Trigger warnings for (view spoiler)[ableist language, panic attacks mentioned, depression, graphic attempted suicide by hanging recounted, suicide by train mentioned, alcohol consumption, minor blood & gore depiction, physical injuries, emesis, death from an asthma attack mentioned, forced hospitalisation recounted, human medical experimentation mentioned, attempted murder by insulin overdose, death of a sister recounted, murder & att ...more
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.
2020 reread - I’m not going to change my original rating but it didn’t quite hit 5 star status for me in reread. I think mostly because in a shocking twist I actually remembered most of this story so I knew things this time around that I didn’t on the first read which made it less compelling but I still really enjoyed it and definitely put this as one of my top trilogies.
After thinking about this for a couple of days I'm changing my rating to 5 stars. Series like this is why I read YA and it de ...more
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 I had no idea what this book was about.
To put it m ...more
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 ...more
I wasn’t expecting much but at least the first half was entertaining. Then ghosts are introduced and everything goes downhill. The school setting was not important anymore and I think that’s what disappointed me.
I don’t understand the relationships in this book. I don’t know what it is but they feel boring and flat, as if every character is always talking through a glass panel. All of them just k ...more
The story opens with Rory Deveaux; just ordinary ...more
Because Ms. Johnson could write an entertaining cereal box, I'll share a few of my favorite quotes from this book rather than give a detailed review in an effort to lure you in.
“Something about her suggested that her ...more
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)[I think the girl lying down might be one of the Ripper's vic ...more
Rory Deveaux is attending a London boarding school for her senior year of High School—by her own choosing and to stay close(ish) to her parents during their sabbatical in Bristol. A true Southerner from a sma ...more
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