Before I Blogged (#1) – The Name of the Star

Before I BloggedBefore I Blogged is a weekly feature inspired by Jamie @ The Perpetual Page-Turner in which I share a book that I read and loved before I started blogging!

The Name of the Star (Shades of London, #1) by Maureen Johnson

Publisher: Putnam Juvenile

Release Date: September 29, 2011

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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 events of more than a century ago.

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 walking 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.

From what I remember…

I read this right around it’s release date, so I was a lot younger than I am now. The synopsis fascinated me, but I was terrified that I was going to be creeped out and scared forever after. Although it was gory and creepy, I loved this book. I couldn’t stop talking about it! I became fascinated with Jack the Ripper – I am not a crazy psychopath, I was really just interested in how a person could be so brutal and heartless, I promise. The way that Maureen Johnson incorporated history with paranormal was wonderful and this book really got me into her writing. I remember sitting on the couch one night after school and reading this cover to cover, unable to put it down.

I rated it: ♥♥♥♥♥




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