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The Name of the Star Hardcover – Sep 29 2011

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  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (Sept. 29 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399256601
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399256608
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #483,877 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 --This text refers to the Digital edition.

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Maureen Johnson ( is the author of seven young adult novels, including the New York Times bestselling Let It Snow. She lives in New York City.

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I've been reading a new series from Maureen Johnson and I'm loving it. So far there are three books in the Shades of London series, "The Name of the Star", "The Madness Underneath" and "The Shadow Cabinet". In the last four days I've read book one and two and I'm chomping at the bit for the review copy of "The Shadow Cabinet" to arrive on my doorstep. Until it arrives, I thought I'd tell all of you about this series so you too can get started on a set of books that will thrill both mystery and paranormal fans.

Maureen Johnson is a New York Times best selling author of young adult fiction. Her excellent writing style is eminently readable by both teens and adults. I found myself surprised that the books were geared toward young adult, only because the writing was in no way dumbed down. Never did I find myself thinking that the author sacrificed plot to make the story simpler for younger readers. Johnson's books are considered YA, in my opinion, because there are no offensive sex scenes and her writing style is so smooth and easy to digest (but not unsophisticated).

When I did some research on this Edgar-Nominated series before agreeing to review the latest book, I got the impression that I would love these books like I loved the Harry Potter books by J.K Rowling. I was both right an wrong. I do love this Shades of London series but in a different way that I loved Harry Potter. Johnson's writing has a sophistication that even exceeds Rowling's writing style. I loved the Potter series because they were so fun, I love this series not only because the mysteries are fun but also because Johnson's style is so smooth that I don't feel like I'm reading a "younger" book.
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The Name of the Star written by Maureen Johnson, and originally published in September 2011 by Putnam Juvenile.
This is the first book in the Shade of London Trilogy, and this is the first full length book by Maureen Johnson that I have read (I read Let it Snow which she co-wrote with John Green and Lauren Myracle). I have been admiring this book in the bookstore for a while now, but I waited until it was in paperback to buy it, and then it promptly sat on my bookshelf for a long time. The reason that I picked it up this month is because I saw the audio book at the library and I really like to listen to the audio book while reading the actual book. So going into this book the only thing that I knew about it was that it was about Jack the Ripper, and that was enough to sell me on it.
I think like a lot of people I thought that the book was going to be historical fiction, and that I would be transported back to the 1800s to the scenes of the Jack the Ripper murders; especially after seeing the original North American Hardcover for the book. However, I was mistaken, and this is actually a modern novel that takes place in 21st century London with someone mimicking the murders of Jack the Ripper.
The story follows Aurora “Rory” Deveaux a Southern girl from Louisiana who decides to spend a year at a boarding school in London. It’s definitely going to be an adjustment for Rory because she has a very taxing schedule which includes early morning Saturday classes and Field hockey practices. The day she arrives at her new school Wexford coincides with the first in a series of brutal murders. This murder recreates the first of Jack the Rippers canonical murders which took place in 1888.
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By Sofie TOP 1000 REVIEWER on March 4 2012
Format: Hardcover
First of all, here is a warning: You will be *dying* to go to London after reading this book. Maureen Johnson truly gives us a very vivid image of that amazing city, and I have always wanted to go there so that's why I read so many books that are set in London.

The story is extremely gripping, well-paced, and relatively original among the other thousand-or-so Jack the Ripper novels. Because this serial killer is so famous, it's hard to create a story about him that is unique, original, and won't bore the reader. Well The Name of the Star isn't anything special, exactly, but it is still a great read which I devoured in two days. My main problem is that I didn't like Rory. Wait, it's not that I didn't like her, it's just that she is the kind of character that appears on thousands of teen novels. By this I mean that she isn't anything special at all, and can come across as a bit boring and bland (but not nearly boring and bland as her sort-of love interest, Jerome.) Seriously, Jerome is so incredibly dull and I knew the romance wouldn't be very good because Maureen Johnson (no offense to her) can write a great story but she sucks at the romance aspects. Rory and Jerome are a dull couple, although they seem to have a more FWB (just kissing) relationship than actual feelings. The other characters - Callum, Stephen, Boo, and Jazza - are perfectly okay but they are NOTHING SPECIAL, just like Rory. But you can't not like Rory because she is very nice and brave, and is not depicted as having any faults.

While the characters disappointed me, the story did not.


1. The way that Rory almost died was really weird, anti-climatic, and made the whole situation seem more comedic than suspenseful and cool
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