Series: The Shades of London
on September 29th 2011
Genres: Mystery, Paranormal, Young Adult
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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 he can tap her previously unknown abilities to turn the tables.
First off I have to say Maureen Johnson is an amazing, brilliant, evil genius and if you don’t follow her on twitter you really should be. Actually go do it now and you shall see what I mean! Go on I can wait! Alright now the book…which was also amazing, brilliant and evil. The Name of the Start has ghosts, a wise cracking southern girl and swoon worthy british boys.
Rory’s family moves to England and she was lucky enough to get into a boarding school Wexford Academy. Just saying the name sounds all English and proper and stuffy…like Giles!! Unfortunately Rory gets a little more than she bargained for when a near death experience, from choking on a piece of stew, results in her being able to see ghosts. Yup ghosts. And lucky her she see the one ghosts responsible multiple killings throughout London imitating Jack the Ripper. Rory winds up with a giant target painted on her back and along the way attracts the attention of British equivalent of the Ghost Busters. Hilarity and chaos ensue leading to a battle with a Big Bad of epic proportions. Rory may even fall in love along with way since she does have the cute boy at school Jerome interested in her and then there is the mysterious Stephen who can also see ghosts as well!
This book made me laugh, cry and scream out loud. I am fairly certain my boyfriend thought I was losing my mind..which I kinda was. Rory is the kind of girl anyone could get along with and kill you with her ridiculous stories about her wacky southern family. The Name of the Star keeps you guessing, makes you laugh and breaks your heart. I have always been fascinated by the story of Jack the Ripper and it is chilling to imagine someone reenacting the murders! Overall the Name of the Star is well worth the read even two or three!
“Keep calm and carry on.
Also, stay in and hide because the Ripper is coming.”
“I decided to deflect her attitude by giving a long, Southern answer. I come from people who know how to draw things out. Annoy a Southerner, and we will drain away the moments of your life with our slow, detailed replies until you are nothing but a husk of your former self and that much closer to death.”
“Welsh is an actual, currently used language and our next-door neighbors Angela and Gaenor spoke it. It sounds like Wizard.”
“The English play hockey in any weather. Thunder, lightening, plague of locusts…nothing can stop the hockey. Do not fight the hockey, for the hockey will win.”
“It was clearly one of those mornings when I was particularly American.”
“I had one class in the morning, the mysteriously named “Further Maths”. It was two hours long and so deeply frightening that I think I went into a trance.”
“We Deveauxs preferred to talk you to death, rather than face you in physical combat.”
“Boo: “Go talk to her.”
Callum: “About what?”
Callum: “You want me to walk up to her and say, ‘Are you a ghost?'”
Boo: “I do that.”
Callum: “I love it when you get it wrong.”
“It’s us,” Stephen said.
“Oh, thank God,” said a voice.
Callum emerged from behind the Dumpster. Even with all that was going on, it was hard not to take notice of this: he wore only his underpants and his socks and shoes.
…I don’t think I hid my staring very well either.
“Go ahead and change,” Stephen said, handing me the bag. “I’ll go and get the car.”
“Please be quick,” Callum added. “This is not as fun as it appears.”