The Name Of The Star

Book: The Name Of The Star by Maureen Johnson

Book Info: Published by Penguin Group; 384 pages

Source: e-book via the public library

Genre: YA/Paranormal Mystery

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Goodreads.com Summary: 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 hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him. Even her roommate, who was walking with her at the time, didn’t notice the mysterious man. So why can only Rory see him? And more urgently, why has Rory become his next target? In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.

The Name Of The Star surprised me.  I was expected a mystery, which you definitely get.  But apparently, I need to read the summaries, because I was surprised by the appearance of ghosts.  I love that this book is a paranormal mystery.

I was quite surprised to see ghosts, because they don’t seem very common in YA paranormal books.  Considering this story is dealing with Jack The Ripper, ghosts really aren’t that surprising.

I like the idea of a Jack The Ripper murder mystery, and I was surprised by the general spookiness.  I loved the facts scattered throughout the novel, and surprisingly, I wasn’t irritated by Rory going to boarding school in England.  It worked really well, because she clearly wasn’t very familiar with a lot of the slang and history over in London, so things were explained to her.  And thankfully, it wasn’t a massive info dump.

It was very suspenseful, and I couldn’t wait to see what happened.

There were a few things I didn’t like.  The story focused very much on Jack The Ripper, so the characters did seem to have the life or personality I expected.  The potential romances didn’t seem all that interesting.  There are hints that she and Jerome could end up together- if they aren’t already- but too much of that relationship happened off-screen, so it’s hard to care.  And I could see Rory and Stephen as a couple.  Either way, I’m sure it’ll be resolved at some point in the series.

The ending was a surprise, and I wasn’t expecting it.  It was a cliffhanger, of course, but it just makes me want to read the next book in the series as fast as I can.

I give it a 4 out of 5 for being a spooky, mysterious Jack The Ripper re-telling.

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