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The Name of the Star (The Shades of London) (vuoden 2012 painos)

– tekijä: Maureen Johnson (Tekijä)

Sarjat: 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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Teoksen nimi:The Name of the Star (The Shades of London)
Kirjailijat:Maureen Johnson (Tekijä)
Info:Speak (2012), Edition: Illustrated, 400 pages
Kokoelmat:Aion lukea
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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.… (lisätietoja)
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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 |
Interesting premise for a YA series. Kind of like a "ghost busters" without the ridiculous humor, although Maureen Johnson is plenty funny and does a good job of conveying the teen voice. In this first in the series, Rory Deveaux is studying for a year in London while her professor parents do a sabbatical in Bristol. She is enrolled at a posh boarding school/high school and adjusts to the London climate (from Louisiana), the social scene, the academic load, and her newfound supernatural ability. Don't want to be too specific because it's a spoiler. Meanwhile, the area surrounding her school is being terrorized by a series of murders that are copy cats of Jack the Ripper from the late 1800s. Rory becomes embroiled in both interior school issues and this exterior crime wave. Part ghost story, part murder mystery, part teen relationship angst. The historical info is very interesting and very accurate -- Johnson has done her homework. Good scare factor too. ( )
  CarrieWuj | Oct 24, 2020 |
I’ve heard a lot about the sequel to this book, The Madness Underneath, without realizing it was a sequel, so when I went searching my library to put my name on the hold list, I discovered that this book came first. Here is the Kobo summary:

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 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 now 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, why has Rory become his next target? 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.

When describing this book to my husband, I said it was about an American girl who attends school in England, where someone is killing people using the same methods as Jack the Ripper, on the same dates. Plus ghosts. This book is obviously right up my alley!

I loved the setting: a boarding school in London. I love stories that are set in boarding schools! It was also fun to see Rory learn about differences between American and British life: the slang, classes on Saturday, school sports, etc.

There was a spooky atmosphere to this book. Although the dates of the murders were fairly well known in advance because of Jack the Ripper’s murders, the city was on high alert and people were on edge, waiting for the Jack the Ripper copycat to strike again. Throw in some ghosts and this story gets even spookier, which I loved. The reason that Rory and the Shades (London’s secret ghost police) can see ghosts was really interesting, and I loved slowly learning more about the Shades and how they operate.

The characters in this book were great. Rory had a distinct voice and was really funny. I liked her right away, and I loved hearing her stories about life and family back in Louisiana. Her roommate, Jazza, was in many ways Rory’s opposite but they got along great and I really like her. Jazza might be my favourite character. Then there’s Charlotte, the head prefect, and probably as close to a ‘mean girl’ as they come at Wexford. We’re not really supposed to like her, but I think she makes a fun, harmless villain (especially when you consider there’s a ghost after Rory!) and am actually looking forward to reading about her some more. Boo, who becomes Rory and Jazza’s roommate later in the book, was fun. Compared to Jazza, she was wild – outgoing, loud, not afraid to speak her mind – and I loved the contrast between the two of them. Jerome, the love interest, was the only character that I didn’t really care for. He was nice and all, but compared to the other characters (especially Stephen and Callum, two of the Shades), he just seemed a little bland.

I was not really feeling the Rory-Jerome romance, but I got the feeling that it wasn’t really going to last (of course, I could be wrong). I’ll be interested to see what happens with the two of them in the next book, but I won’t be surprised if a love triangle develops that involves Stephen (who I prefer to Jerome).

Thinking back on this book, there wasn’t really anything that I disliked. Other than thinking Jerome was a bit dull, I loved everything: the story, the supernatural element, the characters, the setting, the way the main part of the story was wrapped up but left room for a new story with these characters…this was one of my favourite books I’ve read so far this year!

I am definitely reading the next book in this series, as soon as I can get it from the library, and if you like supernatural YA, you should read this book!

(From www.pingwings.ca) ( )
  kimmypingwing | Jul 7, 2020 |
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