MAUREEN JOHNSON THE NAME OF THE STAR PDF
New York Times bestseller Maureen Johnson takes on Jack the Ripper in this captivating paranormal thriller! The day that Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux. The Name of the Star. 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. The Name of the Star book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Jack the Ripper is back, and he's coming for Rory next.L .
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As such their opinions are irrelevant. Bad form all around, bad form. At this point you may be wondering why I have issued a two star rating rather than flagging The Name of the Star a complete waste of time.
The truth is I, like so many others, have a rather morbid curiosity in regards to the Whitechapel murders. The basic concepts of the story are not altogether horrid and I actually really like the idea Johnson was trying to execute.
The Ripper theme wasn't as strong as I had hoped but there were a handful of chapters towards the end where I actually felt the book was getting better.
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. The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion.
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 in the autumn of Rory spotted the man police now believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him.
So why can only Rory see him? And more urgently, why has Rory become his next target? As the plot and mystery unfolds, Rory finds herself in great danger and part of a group of people that are, apparently, the secret ghost police of London. Her books are generally infused with a generous amount of the type of humour quirky, clever I love, plus a dollop of awesomesauce and a teaspoon of freshness to make them stand out in whichever crowded genre she decides to write Contemporary, Paranormal.
Uninspiring culinary metaphors aside, The Name of the Star is a great book. Its first half reads more like a contemporary novel as Rory arrives and settles in in England — it follows her adventures at the boarding school and trying to fit in, trying to making friends and attempting to understand England: its school system, its laws specially with regards to teenage drinking, a revelation to an American , its different accents and social structure and above all, OMG, field hockey.
This first part is slowly developed which I found was great because it not only gave the story a real sense of setting and atmosphere but also provided insight on who Rory is. This is also really cool: I loved how she would bring up her life in Louisiana and reminisce about her crazy family but also be aware that she needed some time apart to experience the world on her own. This sense of independence is very important to what happens later in the story.
During this first part, the Ripper case is almost a secondary plot line, surfacing here and there until it becomes the main story after it is clear that Rory has abilities that only few possess: she can see ghosts.
The why and the how are explained with aplomb and are intrinsic part of the paranormal world that the author proposes. In the first part of the novel, she is really close with her room mate Jazza but this relationship becomes strained when Rory becomes the bearer of a secret she is not allowed to share.
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The drama and danger are significantly amplified and the story becomes a thriller and it makes sense that life at the boarding school and regular activities fade into background noise.
It is only to be expected and I loved this shift because it exemplifies how Rory life will change from now.
It is not everyday that one discovers that ghosts are real and how are you supposed to go on with your normal life when you learn that? Not only that, but all of a sudden Rory is part of something really big: she learns about this secret police, one of the biggest Governmental secrets and just as a quick aside: haha, Scotland GraveYard in the UK.He was kinda bleh for me.
Except one. Before I close I invite those of you own a copy of the book to turn it over. A decent book, but it left me feeling unsatisfied. See my review!
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