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The Name of the Star (Shades of London) (edició 2011)

de Maureen Johnson

Sèrie: Shades of London (1)

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Rory, of Boueuxlieu, Louisiana, is spending a year at a London boarding school when she witnesses a murder by a Jack the Ripper copycat and becomes involved with the very unusual investigation.
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Títol:The Name of the Star (Shades of London)
Autors:Maureen Johnson
Informació:Putnam Juvenile (2011), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 384 pages
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Etiquetes:2011

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The Name of the Star de Maureen Johnson

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    Caramellunacy: For those interested in different takes on Jack the Ripper. Pastworld is a thriller set in a dystopian future where London has been turned into a Victorian-era theme park - complete with an eerie serial killer. Name of the Star is a modern/paranormal take on a new set of Jack the Ripper murders as experienced by an American teen studying abroad in Whitechapel.… (més)
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The day Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London marks a memorable occasion. For Rory, it’s the start of a new life at a London 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 work of Jack the Ripper in the autumn of 1888. Soon “Rippermania” takes hold of modern-day London, and the police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man police believe to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him. Even her roommate, who was with her at the time, didn’t notice the mysterious man. So why can only Rory see him? And more urgently, what is he planning to do about her?

In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, full of suspense, humor, and romance, Rory will learn the truth about the secret ghost police of London and discover her own shocking abilities.
  Gmomaj | Jul 19, 2021 |
free download from audiobooksync, 2019.

teen suspense fiction at British boarding school (modern day murders in London, Jack-the-Ripper ghost? and paranormal crime team of young adults)

don't let the historical fiction-looking cover put you off, this is actually a modern suspense novel (some gorey scenes depicted). Exciting and fresh, and spooky too. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
I wasn't particularily interested in getting into this novel because it's not the most well-written and I'm not into the mystery/thriller genre as a whole, but the story was so engaging that I had to find out what happens at the end - no cheating and reading the last pages here! The story begins oedinarily enough with our protagonist Aurora (Rory) taking up residence at London boarding school while her parents teach law at Bristol. To a certain extent, the boarding school-London combo is what initially drewe my attention, since I'm an unabashed Anglophile with a minor obsession with London and it's almost impossible not to imagine myself in the protagonist's shoes as she discovers the strange cultural changes between North American and UK lifestyles and adjusts to life in boarding schoo. The novel soon shifts focus, though, as the author quickly introduces the driving conflict behind the story - a series of murders set to mimic those of London's most mysterious serial killer, Jack the Ripper. I'm not a huge fan of serial killer stories (they're too scarily realistic) or Jack the Ripper (who is made even more frightening by the fact that he's never been officially found), but there's a certain morbid fascination with these types of horrific events that make them almost impossible to turn away from. This is seemingly exactly what happens to Rory, as she has a near-death experience and gains the ability to see ghosts - including the powerful one behind these new Ripper-inspired murders. Once we know who is behind the murders the story loses some of its draw, but it's worth getting theough the last few pages to see how the conclusion plays out and to discover the dtails around the mysterious ghost. There's two more novels in this series, but I doubt I'll bother picking them up simply because they're not quite engaging enough for my reading tastes, but I'm sure that other readers who are more drawn to the paranormal mystery genre will like them! ( )
  JaimieRiella | Feb 25, 2021 |
I am not a big fan of books featuring the paranormal. However, I liked the character of Rory very much and found the story engaging. ( )
  leslie.98 | Dec 13, 2020 |

'The Name Of The Star' was one of my favourite Young Adult reads this year. It was fresh and engaging, with a good story to tell, likeable characters, just the right amount of threat and an underlying optimism that I enjoyed.

This is the story of Rory Deveaux, a teenaged young woman from Louisiana, the daughter of academics, who is attending a residential Sixth Form College in the East End of London while her parents are on assignment to Bristol University..

Rory is easy to like. She's funny and self-confident without being pushy or self-obsessed. She's excited by being in London but she hasn't fallen into the 'I wish I was English' trap. She's comfortable with and proud of her Louisiana background. London is feeding her curiosity, not changing her identity. I found it a joy to read about a young American who wanted to be in London rather than complaining about their surprise that it's not just like home.

The descriptions of the Sixth Form College were well done and seemed fairly real. I got a kick out of learning what Rory saw as odd (like a school timetable that varies every day). that I'd take for granted. Rory makes some friends and some (mild) enemies. She loves the reading and is horrified by having to play hockey (field hockey to American readers) and ends up being bundled into the massive padding hockey goalies wear.

Grounding Rory in this everyday world and infusing it with humour and her contagious enthusiasm, makes the threat, when it comes, have a much bigger impact.

Two things drive the threat part of the plot: a near-death experience leaves Rory with the ability to see the spirits of the dead and women are being butchered in a way that mirrors the killings by Jack The Ripper.

I won't go into the plot here except to say that it was skilfully done, neither minimising the horror of the killings nor feeding off them and that the plot twists that brought together Rory's news-acquired abilities with the killings and placed her at risk felt plausible and kept ratcheting up the tension.

Dealing with something this gruesome and staying within the bounds of a Young Adult book while still making the deaths of the women and the threat to Rory feel real, was quite an achievement.

I finished the book having had a thoroughly good time. I'll be back to see how Rory fares in the next book in the ' Shades of London' series, 'The Madness Underneath'

I strongly recommend the audiobook version of 'Name Of The Star'. My enjoyment was increased by having a narrator who all the accents right, gave the characters distinctive voices and had the perfect pace in her delivery. Click on the SoundCloud link below to hear a sample.


https://soundcloud.com/audiofilemagazine/promo-for-the-name-of-the-star

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  MikeFinnFiction | Nov 29, 2020 |
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