Waiting on Wednesday 3/9

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine, and specifically spotlights upcoming novels we can't wait to read. As always, there are some amazing upcoming books, but this week I'm particularly excited for...

Title: The Name of the Star
Author: Maureen Johnson
Publisher: Hyperion Children's
Published: September 20, 2011
Genre: YA, Contemps/Paranormal
Pages: Unknown

A modern-day thriller about Rory, an American high-school student who enrolls at a London boarding school for her junior year. Soon after her arrival, a series of murders begins to take place across the city—on the exact dates and in the exact style of Jack the Ripper.

Rory’s ties to the killer bring her in contact with a secret paranormal branch of the British police, as they attempt to stop the mysterious killer.
Before I say anything else, if you haven't read anything by Maureen Johnson, you have been living under a rock. Now that that's out of the way...I am in absolute LUST with the cover of The Name of the Star. It's eerie, and pretty, and creepy all at the same time. And, considering the fact that I love me some dark and twisty/creepy tales, I'm loving that this premise involves Jack the Ripper. It sounds edgier than a lot of what I read, and that makes me very, very happy! What do you think, and what are you waiting on this week?

43 comments:

  1. Wow...a whole new realm for Maureen Johnson. Although I wish she'd write another Suite Scarlett book, this sounds fabulous. And I love the cover. Thanks for letting me know about a new book!

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  2. I haven't read anything by Maureen Johnson yet so this one sounds like a good book of hers to start with. Oh, and I love the cover!

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  3. I'm waiting on this one this week too! Like you, I love that cover and I think the summary is to die for... pun totally intended.

    My WoW

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  4. Hmm, this does sound interesting. It looks in a different vein than what I would usually read, but I'm up for anything!

    Here's my WoW: http://crackaspinebookreviews.blogspot.com/2011/03/waiting-on-wednesday-4-scorpia-rising.html

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  5. I am in love with the book already! It seems wonderful. I am excited about the book!

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  6. I've only read a couple of other MJ books but this one sounds sooooo good. And yes the cover is awesome.
    Sally.
    http://theelifylop.blogspot.com/2011/03/waiting-on-wednesday-9.html

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  7. This sounds awesome and so so creepy. Ah, I can't wait!

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  8. The cover does look super creepy and the story sounds fascinating! I have this on my TBR list. Great pick! :)

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  9. Jack the Ripper was an obsession of mine for a while when I did a report for English.. so this is a must! Thanks, Melissa!!

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  10. I haven't read anything about this author either but it sounds like a great thriller. Great pick!

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  11. It appears I have been living under a rock. :( I have yet to read any Maureen Johnson and it seems it's about time I do. This book sounds so good!

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  12. Hy no critics about my rock home!:D I have been wanting to read a book by Maureen for so long now. I should really get my hands on one of her novels because they DO sound fantastic, inlcuding The Name of the Star! Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Nice pick! This one looks really good, gotta add to my to read list.
    -Danna

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  14. I haven't heard of this one before now but it sounds like a great read, I'll have to add it to goodreads! :)

    BTW posted a new Debut author Incites, this ones with Kelly Keaton so be sure to stop by! http://blackfingernailedreviews.blogspot.com/

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  15. So I have been living under a rock. But I soon hope to rectify that situation by reading this book when it is released... ;)

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  16. OMG. I don't know how you found this book, but THANK YOU! Adding it to the list. It's so long right now. oh no!! ;)

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  17. Oh, this sounds SO GOOD! Thanks for posting!

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  18. I’m loving the sound of this one & the cover is super cool!

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  19. I almost picked this one for my WoW this week, too! VERY excited about this book, looks amazing!

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  20. I've only read 13 Little Blue Envelopes by this author and I really liked her writing style !! I'll definitely check this one out !! Great pick Melissa ;)

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  21. Creepy! But it does sound interesting ;)

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  22. Dark and twisted sucks me right in. Great creep factor and that cover is spectacular!

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  23. Great pick! I'm looking forward to reading this book!

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  24. Great pick! Maureen is so funny...not sure how funny this one will be, but I'll still read it.

    Jen

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  25. I love Maureen Johnson's other books, so even though these Shades of London books are not in a genre I would normally read, I'm thinking of checking them out anyway. Nice choice!

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  26. Wow what a stunning cover! This sounds awesome and creepy!

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  27. I recently saw this one somewhere for the first time - looks fantastic! Can't wait to read it!

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  28. Just checking in from under the rock :)
    I don't read much YA but this one sounds like something I would enjoy; plus that cover is amazing!

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  29. I love Maureen Johnson, this cover is awesome, and the description sounds good too. I think I'll have to keep an eye out for this one. Thanks!

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  30. Gasp! It's by Maureen Johnson?! I never would have thought, lol. I haven't read anything of hers yet though and I plan to soon. This sounds so good! I'm adding it on goodreads :)

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  31. Love Maureen Johnson and I'm excited to see she's branching out a bit! It sounds very intriguing.
    Mary
    The Book Swarm

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  32. Oh wow, this looks great! Definitely going on the TBR list.


    Heather

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  33. I'm lusting for it, too! The cover is spooky and gorgeous at the same time. Love, love the premise! Great WoW pick :)

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  34. That sounds really good!! Going to add it right now!

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  35. I can't wait for The Name of the Star as well but to be honest, I'm not a really huge fan of the cover... The plot definitely sounds awesome though!!

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  36. Very eerie indeed! I like it. :D I just added it to my TBR pile! Awesome pick Melissa!

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  37. I hope this one is super good! Great choice this week! :)

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  38. I have been living under a rock because I haven't read anything by Maureen Johnson, though I have been meaning to. The Name of the Star may very well be my first MJ book because it sounds very good. I've never read a Jack the Ripper story, so consider my interest piqued.

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  39. Yikes, I don't know if my thin skin can handle some Jack the Ripper but I'm willing to give it a shot :)

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