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“This book started out a little flat and typical in its plot, but the story gets good when Rory discovers her abilities. Relationships are built up slowly, but the wait is worth it as the plot becomes riddled with twists and turns, and some of the scenes and events are so unexpected!
“Actually 4.5. Surprisingly good! It's the first in a series, but the resolution is satisfying and the denouement is also a lead in to book two. Jack the Ripper still fascinates some teens. He's a popular research topic for British Literature classes. This fictional, paranormal tale will hook kids. ”Mrs. McClune wrote this review 6 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A creepy mixture of supernatural thriller with murder mystery. Fans of urban fantasy, or those interested in certain serial killers, should enjoy this one.”Raving Redcoat wrote this review 13 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book is a page turner. I like what the author did with the Jack the Ripper theme. I have always like murder mystery, they tend to be better then you're average mystery. ”barbara wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Loved the premise of this book. Great mix of characters, scary plot elements, and romance. Fun rainy day read. ”Kimberly P wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“When Louisiana senior Rory goes to live at a London boarding school, she discovers just how different her life is from her English classmates. She also gets caught up in the mystery around the recent Jack the Ripper copycat murders in her neighborhood. I enjoyed the clash of cultures moments, the detective twist, and the exciting ending.”Ms. P ACS6 wrote this review Friday, November 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Read the full review at http://randommusingsmanicramblings.blogspot.com/2013/08/the-name-of-star-by-maureen-johnson.html
This was fabulous. I’ve read one other Maureen Johnson book (The Bermudez Triangle, 2007) but she’s always been an author that I’ve wanted to read more of because of the great hype that surrounds her and her books. When I saw both The Name of the Star and The Madness Underneath (review on its way) in the HarperCollins staff bookstore, I pounced like a madwoman. Boy, was it worth it.
After S.J. Bolton’s Now You See Me, I’ve a thirst for Jack the Ripper stories. London’s most notorious murderer, with everyone still none-the-wiser over a hundred years later, has spurned masses of stories – fiction and non-fiction. Every writer is going to put their own spin on their work, especially because of the flexibility afforded to them by history, and Maureen Johnson’s version was particularly thrilling.
I’m not going to give too much away, because that little detail is really the crux of the story that makes this series unique. What I will say is that Ms Johnson did well in creating this world and characters and making her mark in the literary sea of Jack the Ripper stories. Fantastic atmosphere, chilling story, fabulous characters and love the interpretation of English boarding school.
Some of the best YA paranormal I've read in a while, and it has definitely made me want to read more of Maureen Johnson. Really, really excited for book two - it helps that the cover is so beautiful and Jerome is so hot!”
“I really enjoyed reading this book.”Amy wrote this review Wednesday, August 7, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Breathtaking and intriguing, with a plot that never dulls.”Hannah~Of the Slytherpuff Variety wrote this review Thursday, August 1, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It was good enough to want to read the sequel but nothing amazing. ”Emily P wrote this review Friday, July 19, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No