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The Name of the Star (The Shades of London Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Maureen Johnson
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Book Description

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 "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--the only one who can see him. And now Rory has 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.

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    "Johnson fearlessly takes readers from . . . a cool innocent-abroad-with-iPod story to supernatural thriller. The tension ramps up exquisitely among cups of tea, library visits and the London Underground. The explosive ending is genuinely terrifying but never loses the wit, verve and humor that Rory carries with her throughout." - Kirkus

    "There's a Doctor Who-ish quality to the book - in both its technology and tone - that feels completely intentional and appealingly fresh to the YA genre, but Johnson's biggest achievement is in having written a book that will appeal to fans of her earlier work, but also please SF/F readers." - Locus Magazine


    "Johnson uses a deft hand, applying the right amount of romance and teen snarkiness to relieve the story's building tension. Departing from her previous works, she turns paranormal on its head, mocking vampires and werewolves while creating ghosts that are both realistic and creepy. A real page-turner." - School Library Journal


    "Readers looking for nonstop fun, action, and a little gore have come to the right place." - Publishers Weekly


    "A gorgeously written, chilling, atmospheric thriller. The streets of London have never been so sinister or so romantic."- Cassandra Clare, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Infernal Devices and The Mortal Instruments series

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    "A gorgeously written, chilling, atmospheric thriller. The streets of London have never been so sinister or so romantic." Cassandra Clare, author of THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS "An unputdownable thrill ride that will leave you gasping, laughing, and dreaming of London." Ally Carter, bestselling author of the GALLAGHER GIRLS series and HEIST SOCIETY "This book made me want to give up everything, move to London, and fight ghosts." Holly Black, bestselling author of MODERN FAERIE TALE series Praise for 13 Little Blue Envelopes "Equal parts poignant, funny and inspiring, with a delicious fairytale ending." Publishers Weekly (starred review) "Johnson's writing is sophisticated and humorous, her characterisations pitch perfect." Kirkus Reviews

    Product Details

    • File Size: 1274 KB
    • Print Length: 387 pages
    • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0007398638
    • Publisher: Speak (September 29, 2011)
    • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
    • Language: English
    • ASIN: B004XFZ8WI
    • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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    • Lending: Not Enabled
    • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,181 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    30 of 32 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars 100% fun with a creepy edge! September 29, 2011
    Format:Hardcover
    What a fun book to read! The main character, Rory's parents move to England for business and she decides to attend a private boarding school- to get the whole "English" experience. Shortly after moving in, bonding with her roommate, crushing on a guy, and secretly despising the resident "perfect" girl- tragedy hits London. Someone is murdering people in the same fashion and on the same days that Jack the Ripper struck years ago. Unfortunately, Rory is an eye witness to one of the murders and becomes part of the investigation. I can't say anything more about the subject because I don't want to give anything away. I can tell you, however that Rory is a character. She has a crazy family that she talks about unabashedly, sharp wit that made me laugh out loud, and loyalty to her friends. This is a great book for young adults and for the young at heart- just be prepared to read it from cover to cover. I can't wait for the next book in this series.
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    18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
    Format:Hardcover
    When her parents move to England her senior year, Rory Devereaux agrees to go with them, as long as she can attend boarding school in London. The school and the people in it are a far cry from her tiny southern hometown, not far from New Orleans, but Rory likes her new roommate and is enjoying her school (well, except for maybe the field hockey part). Then, a murder is committed near the school, an exact replica of the first of the Jack the Ripper murders. And none of the security cameras in the area ever caught a glimpse of the killer. It doesn't take long for everyone in London to realize that there is a Ripper copycat on the loose, throwing the entire city into mayhem. Rory thinks that she's safe from it all, despite her proximity to the murder scenes, but when she is questioned by a secret branch of the London police, Rory finds that she is a lot closer to the real killer than she thought.

    Maureen Johnson's The Name of the Star is a fascinating and unique book! It is a bit different from her earlier, humor-driven work, but the writing is just as good as ever, and while the book isn't necessary serious, the mystery of the brutal deaths and the threat to Rory does have a bit of a sobering effect. That being said, there is still a lot of great humor in The Name of the Star, and some fantastic, quirky characters that entertain to no end. Rory is an excellent narrator--she's hardworking, funny, loyal, and when the going gets tough, she's a pretty noble person, even if the circumstances terrify her. The boarding school setting is a great one, with lots of fun and drama, and it's the perfect location for the Rippermania to take place.
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Gone with the Words review... November 14, 2011
    By Jess
    Format:Hardcover
    (This review was originally posted at GoneWithTheWords.com)

    Was going to a British boarding school ever one of your dreams? If, like me, your answer is yes, then you're really going to enjoy the setting of this book. Not only is this boarding school co-ed, it's also in London, and the history of the building itself is super interesting. You get a lot of insight into how the school system works in England. It's really rigorous! Still, I would've loved to have gone to school there! Minus the murdering suspect, of course.

    The crime spree is pretty gruesome, and the spectacle created by the media and the public was really believable. However, I did not find myself on the edge of my seat until things started happening to our protagonist. Once that happened, I was just as scared as her! One thing I loved was how funny Rory was at times, and also the smart, funny banter between her and her roommate and The Boy. There are some really cute flirty moments. I loved how Maureen described kissing in this excerpt:

    "Kissing is something that makes up for a lot of the other crap you have to put up with in school, and as a teenager in general. It can be confusing and weird and awkward, but sometimes it just makes you melt and forget everything that is going on. You could be in a burning building or a bus about to fall off a cliff. It doesn't matter, because you are just a puddle." - pg. 282

    So you read that part about the secret ghost police in the synopsis, right? I must confess, after they're introduced, I kept singing "Who you gonna call? GhostBusters!" in my head. Not that anything in the book directly relates to GhostBusters...well, except maybe the ghost busting part. Don't get me wrong! I dug it!!
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    5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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    I've had this book on my to read list for quite some time. I'm glad that I got around to reading it. I'm giving it 4.5 stars.

    The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson stars Rory, a teen from Louisiana, who goes to London to attend school. She is quickly met with headlines proclaiming there is a new Jack the Ripper serial killer on the loose. While Rory is trying to maneuver living with a roommate and crushing on a cute guy who also is obsessed with Jack, the killer seems to be aware of her in a scary way. Things get a bit more paranormal, but I'll let the reader discover that for themselves.

    I really enjoyed the writing of this book. The setting and mood were very London-ish and the book was well researched. I loved Rory and her crazy family back in Louisiana, and I enjoyed getting to know some of the supporting cast, which I won't go into as to not spoil any readers.

    I agree with some of the other reviewers that in the middle it seems to stagnate a bit, and I thought this a solid four star novel for a while. Not to mention, the romance seemed pretty lackluster. But with a paranormal plot twist, and a terrific ending-- the only way it could have ended--I was impressed enough to give it another half star.

    I believe Johnson is just getting started and is a promising new writer, and I'll definitely be picking up the next installment.
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    After reading and talking up Silk by Chris Karlsen, The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson came highly recommended to me. Read more
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    Excellent book! Me and my son both read it and its sequel. Great books.
    Published 22 days ago by Anthony Smith
    5.0 out of 5 stars The edge of my seat.
    I think The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson, is a good book for teenagers who are looking for a fast paced read. Read more
    Published 25 days ago by Kiara Wehrenberg
    4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping beginning to a new series
    THE NAME OF THE STAR by Maureen Johnson was a gripping and engaging beginning to a new series. It had great amounts of mystery, creepiness, and humor. Read more
    Published 27 days ago by Amy T
    4.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait to read the second one!
    I love a good ghost story and The Name of the Star is definitely a good ghost story! I can't wait to read the second one!
    Published 1 month ago by Ashley Ledawn Henry
    5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
    One of the best books I've read in a long time. I really wanna go research jack the ripper now
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    Great read lots of surprises.
    Published 1 month ago by Phil Roberts
    4.0 out of 5 stars Jack the Ripper has returned!! OK, not really.
    I purchased The Name of the Star two years ago at a book event with Maureen Johnson and Stephanie Perkins. Read more
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    Wonderful beginning to the series.
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    To be honest I had no idea what this book was about. I just follow the author on Twitter and the kindle book was on special. Read more
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    More About the Author

    Maureen Johnson was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Like a lot of people who end up writing books, she was always reading. This paid off in the end, but also resulted in her not playing any sports, so she is spectacularly uncoordinated, and is easily injured by harmless household objects, like endtables.

    She studied writing and theatrical dramaturgy at Columbia University. Before she could spend all her days writing, Maureen served up hamburgers in the company of mad scientists and talking skeletons in New York, tended bar in Piccadilly Circus, nervously worked alongside live tigers in Las Vegas, and once got mixed up with the entire cast of a major West End musical.

    Maureen lives in New York City, and when she is not writing, spends her time in a relentless pursuit of the perfect cup of coffee. If you know where it is, get in touch with her at once.


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