I'll admit as soon as I read boarding school in London and Jack the Ripper, I was sold. I've always loved a good murder mystery and this book seemed life the one for me. As for the boarding school scenario, I actually find myself enjoying them though I haven't read that many (except for Bloodlines, which I loved). So I am definitely looking forward to this one!
The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson
Release Date: October 2nd, 2012
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery
Synopsis:My Bookish Thoughts:
Jack the Ripper is back, and he's coming for Rory next...
Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school just as a series of brutal murders mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper killing spree of more than a century ago has broken out across the city. The police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man believed 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...unless she can tap her previously unknown abilities to turn the tables. (Goodreads)
The first 59 pages were pretty slow, but it was to be expected because Rory is just settling into the whole routine of boarding school and sharing a room with someone else. In fact, I would have felt just as uncomfortable as her though she adapted faster than I would have guessed. But just as she's getting used to boarding school life it turns out there's a Jack the Ripper copycat and the streets of London are no longer safe.
Rory's character was interesting to say the least she comes from Louisiana where most of her family lives which by the way really had me laughing because of the stories she had of her odd family members. Rory's character was quirky and fin but also courageous although she doesn't see it. After a near death experience she gains the ability to see dead people but not before having a full blown freak out and finding out that she might be the Ripper's next target. And so she's pulled from her safe boarding school life into the investigation of the Ripper.
The side characters and the Ripper murder spree mystery definitely kept me on my toes and flipping the pages like crazy. Boo, Callum, and Stephen are part of the Ripper investigation and are there to protect and watch over Rory and although they had a rough start I definitely see them becoming friends with her after everything that goes down.
The romance was there briefly, but I didn't feel the connection between Rory and Jerome (a boy in her boarding school) if anything it felt like he was just there as a distraction and nothing else. There were a few kissing scenes but that was about it. I never truly got to know him, all I knew was that he had an obsession with Jack the Ripper and that's it. There was no chemistry between Rory and Jerome but the romance didn't bother me in the least because I wasn't expecting any and it didn't deter the story at all.
The plot was definitely something to look forward to because there were twist and turns that I didn't see coming and that just added to the beautiful myster and spookiness of it all. The murder descriptions were pretty dark that's the only way I know how to describe it, I could practically imagine the slit throats of those poor woman. Jack the Ripper was truly a spooky, murdering bastard, but I won't say anymore because I don't want to spoil anything.
The Name of the Star is filled to the brim with suspense and murder, and I am definitely looking forward to reading the sequel!
I gave this book 4 stars.
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I'm Besty, a newbie blogger at I Sold My Soul for Books who is still learning the ropes but thoroughly enjoying it! Reading, watching anime, and Asian dramas is my life! I'm also a monster chocolate eater and a professional fangirl.