The Name of the Star, Maureen Johnson


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  1. bachbooks Says:

    When Aurora “Rory” Deveaux’s parents take a sabbatical year in England, she chooses to accompany them and spend her senior year at the Wexford boarding school. As she relocates from Louisiana to London, Rory has to adapt to a new climate of colder rainier weather, adjust to a new school system, and make new friends. Shortly after arriving at Wexford, Rory finds her new home swept up in the mania of terror and excitement as a serial appears intent on replicating the murders of the infamous Jack the Ripper. Rory eventually comes face to face with this killer and the secret they share.

    I found The Name of the Star a quick and entertaining read. With elements of mystery, romance, history, and the supernatural, Maureen Johnson seemingly includes elements to appeal to all readers. The well-paced plot spirited me along with enough twists and turns to keep my interest, but the ending of the book struck me as too abrupt. Clearly the author wants readers eager to pick up the sequel, but I would like to know more about how Rory left Wexford: What’s the status of her relationship with Jerome? Will she and Jazza remain friends? These relationships felt abandoned at the end of the book, and I hope they will resurface in the sequel.

    Rating: 3 stars

    Recommendations: The Diviners, We Were Liars, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Twilight, Ghostbusters

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