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The Name of the Star (Shades of London)

The Name of the Star - Maureen Johnson This book was ok. For me it was really slow and there wasn't alot of action. I liked Rory'c character as well as Boo's, Jazza, Stephan and Alistar. I really liked how the book incorporated Jack the Ripper b/c lets face it, he's fascinating. I liked the concept of shades and the shade police force.

While I did like the incorporation of Jack the Ripper, it seems like there was really no reason for the ghost to copy him. The ghost's purpose throughout the whole book was to get the instruments the shades used to kill ghosts and destroy them. I just dont see where Jack the Ripper comes in. Granted the ghost is a murdered since he killed his squad when he was alive but to go from shooting people with a gun to slicing throats and mutilating bodies is quite a jump. There is no evidence that the ghost enjoyed these "activities" or had thoughts like this during his life. I'm pretty sure that if he was a sociopath in life , then he'd be a sociopath as a ghost- that kinda thing doesn't develop. You cant really start to like cutting up bodies out of nowhere. I would have enjoyed the book more if the ghost Ripper was actually the real Jack the Ripper but I guess that isn't really viable since no one knows who Jack really was.

I really liked how this book was NOT centered on a romance or a love triangle. I liked how Rory was interested in Jerome but it wasn;t like an all consuming love at first sight thing. She actually had a life that wasn't about a guy. The story would have went on fine even if she didn't have the whole fling with Jerome. It was refreshing to read a book not centered on love but on how the character deals with her supernatural ability. Plus I didn't really like Jerome. I think Rory should be with Stephan when she turns, you know, legal. lol. I'm rooting for them.

The ending of the book closed with a cliffhanger. While this wasn't one of my favorite books, I will be purchasing the next book in the series to see what happens next.