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The Name of the Star

The Name of the Star - Maureen Johnson


This was a nice change from dystopian YA fiction. Paranormal, but no vampires... another plus!

The first part of the book is a reasonably enjoyable story about a girl from Louisiana, Rory Deveaux, who travels to England to attend a select London boarding school. As luck would have it, she arrives at the same time that a series of copycat Jack the Ripper murders breaks out in the area near the school. About halfway through the book, the plot takes an unexpected twist and the story gets a lot more interesting....

I’m tempted to give this book 3.5 stars and round up to 4*, just because it surprised me with it's mixture of humor and suspense. But I think I'll wait to see how the sequel turns out and whether Rory and her friends get developed more fully.

*I went ahead and raised my rating after reading the second in the series. Waiting impatiently for The Shadow Cabinet.