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The Name of the Star (Shades of London Series #1)

The Name of the Star - Maureen Johnson I really enjoyed this book. It was creepy and had romance and an interesting plot and just...all the makings of a good book.I'm going to start off by pointing out the words "London boarding school" in the summary. That's right, guys. London. Boarding. School. We all love boarding schools, we all love schools set in other countries (though, I guess if you live in England...), so here's some automatic bonus points.Now, there's Jack the Ripper. There's not a lot of books relating to Jack the Ripper in YA (seriously, can we fix this? SATURATE THE MARKET WITH RIPPERS), so that automatically makes it stand out. Then add in the fact that Jack the Ripper was killing in 1888. Which, I think I can safely say, is something in the past. Which makes it historical. More bonus points, for YOU Name of the Star, for incorporating a historical figure and historical happenings.Including anything Jack the Ripper related instantly ups creep factors. Especially when they're pretty much happening again and you have protagonists who skulk around the area where the murders are happening at night. And then you learn more details and you're just like "OMGOMGOMGOMG" and you start wondering if these things are going to come to your suburb in New York. *coughs awkwardly* Anyway...Then we have Rory, who's Southern and snarky. Plus she has a roommate who's equally awesome and an avid reader. Both of them are clever (most of the time. Other times they're just TRYING to get killed) and smart and just wonderful. A fabulous dynamic duo.I really enjoyed the love interest as well. It was a pretty subtle romance, slowly built up and definitely a background plot, but I liked him. He was sweet and funny and kind. Their relationship made sense.As for the writing? Well, I finished the book before showering. I put the book down and got in the shower. I finished my shower, opened the curtain, saw the book, and got all excited about reading more. Then I remembered I'd already finished it and got sad again. Yup.In all, I definitely liked this more than Lanna liked it and I highly recommend it. Really looking forward to seeing where the sequel goes!