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Renegade (A Ripper Novel) Paperback – April 8, 2013

3.9 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
Book 2 of 3 in the Ripper Series

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Gr 7-10-This follow-up to Ripper (Flux, 2012) is best understood by readers of the first book. Arabella Sharp has survived the Conclave, but not without consequences, and is left with the knowledge that she is now a murderess, albeit for a justifiable reason. She is positive that the madness is behind her and that she can focus on becoming a doctor, not an easy task for a woman in Victorian England, and perhaps even think about a relationship with Dr. William Siddal. Then another series of mysterious murders begins, Arabella is drawn into the nightmare of the Conclave, and her beloved is kidnapped. Can she figure out the evil plan and save him? Reeves strikes a good balance between Victorian sensibilities and a strong female protagonist. Some of the more supernatural elements are a little far-fetched, and they are explained away by vague "scientific experiments." Buy where the predecessor is popular.-Saleena L. Davidson, South Brunswick Public Library, Monmouth Junction, NJα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Picking up where Ripper (2012) ended, this finds 17-year-old Arabella still trying to make sense of her run-in with the Conclave (which ended with most of its members dead, murdered by Arabella). It also finds her still working at the Whitechapel Hospital and still in love with William, though another doctor, Simon, seems more suitable. But where the previous book had one foot in reality, this moves more distinctly into fantasy as Arabella’s psychic visions grow stronger, and a Conclave collaborator—a taloned, scaly lamia—waits alone on an Orkney island, nursing a grudge against the girl. The story at times is scattershot, and Arabella’s habit of walking around London at night (even as everyone keeps telling her not to) is creaky as a plot device. But whenever the action shifts to the island, the narrative becomes deeper and more involving. Certainly, the last few chapters will keep readers on edge, and the final line points to even more shivery, horrible goings-on in the future. Grades 9-12. --Ilene Cooper

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Product Details

  • Series: A Ripper Novel (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Flux (April 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738732621
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738732626
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,204,376 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: This is a great book filled with action, romance and suspense.

Opening Sentence: She strayed further from her home than she had in years.

The Review:

Abbie Sharp survived her run in with the Conclave, but there are still a few members left and they would like nothing better than to see her suffer for what she did to the rest of their group. Things have been quiet for months now and Abbie is just waiting for something to happen. She is happily dating William and getting ready to start applying to med school. She hasn't had any visions and her work at Whitechapel Hospital is going very well. Then she gets a mysterious vision of a monstrous girl that seemed to be the mythological lamia (a human that is part dragon and part human). After that things just start to fall apart in Abbie's life. She starts to see dead people and vicious murders start to happen again in the city. To top it all off she has a major falling out with William and she doesn't know if he is really the right guy for her anymore. Shortly after their breakup William disappears. Abbie isn't sure what she feels for William but she has to find him and she needs Simon's help. Is the mysterious Ripper behind the gruesome murders and Williams kidnapping? Will Abbie be able to save William before it too late? Will Abbie be able to figure out where her heart truly lies and what boy she is destined to be with?

We get to see inside the head of the beautiful Arabella Sharp once again and I loved it. She is such a strong independent character and she really is very relatable. We get to see a new side to Abbie in this book. We learn a lot more about her past and the horrors she went through when her mother passed away.
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I'm sorry to say that this second novel in the series just didn't do anything for me. Abbie is extremely wishy-washy, and her issues with William drove me a bit nutty. I understand the idea of purity, but quite honestly, you can't hold people accountable for their past relationships, and when Abbie starts doing this, I lost a bit of respect for her. Add in her inability to do anything for herself, and her constant bad decision-making, and I was less than pleased with her character, overall.

Likewise, William jumps off the deep end in this novel, and his turn to alcohol and women made me lose all respect for him. Maybe Abbie had a point that she couldn't trust him, but still, she made that call prior to any of his indiscretions, and his indiscretions stemmed from jealousy and misery (not condoning it, but), so I still don't see how she could make that call prior to the fact.

I truly felt like too much of this novel focused on Abbie's inability to make good decisions and not enough on the monster that skulks through the waters. I liked how we progressively learned more about this entity at the beginning of the chapters, but I also felt like it was drawn out and the in-between information concerning Abbie didn't keep my attention well enough for me to really enjoy this novel.
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Arabella Sharp has gotten rid of The Conclave and thought that would be the end of those things. She thought her life would get back to normal or as normal as it could. However bodies begin to show up that have the mark of the Ripper and bodies of fisherman begin to wash up along with tales of a strange creature. Arabella is also struggling to decide between William and Simon. Will things ever become sane for her again.

Arabella is a different character. She has visions and works as a nurse and she just knows more trouble is to come. She won't back down from what she believes and will do whatever she can to solve a mystery. Often she rushes into things without thinking. Simon is a great guy even if he is quiet. You get to see why he is so quiet and puts a wall up between people. I really liked him. William I did not care for one bit. He seemed like a jerk who for the most part only cared for his self. A few times I think he is treated unfairly by Arabella but for the most part I did not care for him. Seraphina is a character I really liked a lot. I think besides Simon she is my favorite. Yes she does awful things but she has a bad past. You get to see different sides of her.

I have not read the first book in thus series and was just a little confused at first. However I do believe this book can be read as it's own story as the only thing I feel I missed to do with this story is Arabella and Williams relationship. What I didn't like about this story is bad to say is the main character Arabella. She got on my nerves a lot. At times I wanted to smack her and say look in front of you at what is there. I was glad she and William had problems but I think at times she needed to rethink why she was giving him such a hard time.
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Arabella Sharp is tormented. Tormented by her past, her visions, her paramours and of course, tormented by Max. She only thinks the Conclave is done, but it may be just beginning. Max still persistently pursues Abbie, albeit from a distance, as he tries once again to get her to join him in taking the elixir and becoming immortal. He has a new plan, Seraphina, and it looks like a new pawn as well, William.

"There couldn't be a hell, because if there was one, I would be burning in it already." (loc. 2129)

Although I found the story interesting, it seems to deviate a lot from the first book. I felt like it was a completely different book, or series, as it really doesn't have anything ripper-related. In the first book, I became very fond of Abbie and her revolutionary ways towards women's' liberation and standards, but in this book I found her weak and diminished. This, I have resolved, is because of her crippling love propelled actions and decisions. I personally would have nothing to do with William, especially with the way he transformed, it's quite dangerous. Yet Abbie has another courter, Simon, who is sensitive, well-recieved and tame. Guess who she keeps getting drawn back into. William. This not only made him distasteful, in my eyes, but I was also rooting against him the entire book. Perhaps this is the authors plan? For all I know he could be possessed, or turning into an immortal vampire of some such. I'll have to find out in the next book.

Love triangle aside, with the story starting off a bit slow, I was very pleased to have the plot pick up more after Part Two. I enjoyed Seraphina as an antagonist and wish she had more power and that her wrath with Abbie lasted longer. Maybe even have her side with Abbie to go against Max, since he has enraged them both.
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