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The Name of the Star

The Name of the Star
By Maureen Johnson
Putnam Juvenile, 2011
Audience: All Teens

From Goodreads:
The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London, it's the start of a new life at a boarding school. 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 events of more than a century ago.


I really didn't like the beginning of this book. I almost gave up on it. I didn't feel like I knew the characters, so I wasn't excited about the romance that was going on - and honestly, they didn't even seem to be all that excited about it. It was more that they were make-out buddies at convenient times.

Then the mystery/horror part got started, which, by the way, totally does NOT match the cover. Originally, I liked the cover. It's all mysterious and looks like a good book. After reading the book, I don't know where they got this idea from. But after the horror part, I got worried about having bad dreams. Once they started to try and stop the horror from happening, I really got into the story.

Only one part of that bothered me -- When they discovered that something happened underground to the ghost. DUH! They should have figured out what went down without talking to someone. I knew, and I was so FRUSTRATED when they didn't figure it out. The ending was FABULOUS! Really. I hated the beginning, loved the ending. I will read the next book and am totally looking forward to its release.

Hooray for great, unexpected endings!



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