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14 March 2017

CORA AND THE REREADS: The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

CORA AND THE REREADS is where I reread and review a book.

Sometimes a book is so awesome you have to pick it up again. Sometimes you feel like a different person than you were when you first read it. Sometimes you just need to read that book again.

Sixteen-year-old American girl Rory has just arrived at boarding school in London when a Jack the Ripper copycat-killer begins terrorising the city. All the hallmarks of his infamous murders are frighteningly present, but there are few clues to the killer’s identity.

“Rippermania” grabs hold of modern-day London, and the police are stumped with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. In an unknown city with few friends to turn to, Rory makes a chilling discovery…

Could the copycat murderer really be Jack the Ripper back from the grave?

Source: Purchase

5 Words: Ghosts, crime, fame, friendship, boarding-school.

I think I've actually lost count of the amount of times I have read this book and recommended it to people.

Times I've Recommended This Book:
❤ Twitter Chats
❤ Whenever anyone asks for a recommendation
❤ Any time there's a Ripper documentary on TV
❤ It's near Halloween
❤ Whenever someone mentions Urban Fantasy
❤ Any time there's a Ripper drama on TV
❤ Whenever someone mentions London
❤ If someone is remotely near Sci-Fi/Fantasy/YA in the bookshop
❤ If I see someone with pale skin and wildly curly dark hair
❤ It's near Valentines Day
❤ Whenever someone mentions Ghosts
❤ There's a readathon
❤ Someone is buying books
❤ If someone is remotely near Sci-Fi/Fantasy/YA in the library

I don't know quite what it is about the Shades of London series that has me addicted, but I bloody love it. It's one of my go-to series when I'm in a slump or I want to FEEL.

And boy, does this book make you feel.

As much as this is definitely a dark and gritty urban fantasy with GHOSTS IN LONDON WHICH ARE MY CATNIP, it is also lightened by humour and wit and friendship. And I love it. And I will never get bored of it.


  1. How did I not know about the existence of this book? I was obsessed with Maureen Johnson when I was in high school, looks like I need to make up for lost time now!

    x Envy

    1. Weirdly I've only ever read this series by her! Really need to read her other stuff!

  2. A modern day Jack the Ripper? Sounds so thrilling! Plus I love a good book that is set in London, past or present, but glad to know it's all set in the present. Might have to pick this up, thanks for the recommendation!

  3. I don't usually reread books I have read, the only things I can reread are fanfictions.

    Anyway, I have never heard about this book. It's not actually my genres, but who knows. I can give it a try and maybe I'll like it:)


  4. Hi, I don't normally re-read a book. I give it to someone else to enjoy. I like the sound of this book and may have to treat myself, Chloe #TeacupClub

  5. Ooooo I love the look of this! I have re-read The Summer Book by Tove Joanssen a good few times! X
    Lola Mia /

  6. Ooo I love new books! Never read this one gotta give it a read xx

  7. I need to read this book! Thank you for the recommendation x (

  8. I've never heard of this book but I'm definitely adding it to my reading list now! Thank you for a great review x


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