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by Amy Carol Reeves

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“She hungered again as she had not in twenty years. For blood.’’ The Conclave—a secret group with twisted ideals and freakish practices—has been wiped out, thanks to Arabella Sharp. But Abbie has no time to rest. Terrifying visions of a sea beast plague her, and strange encounters lurk around every turn. She only knows one thing for certain


“She hungered again as she had not in twenty years. For blood.’’ The Conclave—a secret group with twisted ideals and freakish practices—has been wiped out, thanks to Arabella Sharp. But Abbie has no time to rest. Terrifying visions of a sea beast plague her, and strange encounters lurk around every turn. She only knows one thing for certain: there’s a new malevolence afoot. Meanwhile, fishermen are being killed, their partially devoured bodies washing up on the shores of Scotland. Is the Ripper responsible? Or have the Conclave’s horrible experiments left behind something more monstrous? Drawn reluctantly into the mystery, Abbie fears the worst when her beloved Dr. William Siddal vanishes. To save the man she loves, Abbie must journey to the Orkney Isles before time runs out—putting her own life in danger as she confronts the Conclave’s sinister past.

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"Reeves strikes a good balance between Victorian sensibilities and a strong female protagonist." —School Library Journal

"Reeves continues to build a rich storyline blending history and paranormal elements for an enjoyable read." —VOYA

VOYA - Gwen Amborski
Renegade is the excellent continuation of the debut, Ripper. This novel has twists and turns galore. Readers get the experience of learning more facts and details about the main characters. The love triangle is a nice touch, but to better understand the Renegade, readers will have to read Ripper. Fans of Ripper will be pleased with this second book and want more. Reviewer: Gwen Amborski, Teen Reviewer
VOYA - Adrienne Amborski
The second installment in the Ripper series, Renegade continues the paranormal adventures of Abbie Sharp, a young woman of Victorian England. The first novel, Ripper (Flux/Llewellyn, 2012/Voya February 2012), introduces the character of the Ripper, who commits the infamous crimes of Jack of the Ripper during the late 1800s. In Ripper, Abbie destroyed the Conclave, a group of learned men striving for immortality at any cost, but she is once again stalked by the lone survivor, Max (also known as the Ripper.) Ghastly apparitions and visions of a lamia, a half-human female and half-dragon sea monster, haunt Abbie and force her to confront the reality that she is still not safe from the Ripper's advances. Uncommon in the era, Abbie resumes pursuing a medical degree and continues to be romantically torn between two young physicians, Dr. William Siddal and Dr. Simon St. John. After a disagreement, William and Abbie's relationship is broken, and William disappears. Created by the Conclave before their demise, the lamia is holding William prisoner in her lair on the Orkney Isles under Max's orders. In an attempt to rescue William, Abbie and Simon travel under the guise of a married couple to the Orkney Isles. Due to the complexity of the characters' background and plot, Renegade should be read following Ripper to be fully appreciated. Departing from the Jack the Ripper theme, Reeves continues to build a rich story line blending history and paranormal elements for an enjoyable read. Reviewer: Adrienne Amborski
School Library Journal
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, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
This sequel to Ripper (2012) takes readers back to Abbie Sharp's late-Victorian London. Previously, Abbie learned that she inherited her psychic powers from her late mother and that the painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti was her father. Doing charity work at first promoted and then reluctantly tolerated by her snobbish grandmother at the Whitechapel Hospital, she spurned the advances of sweet Simon St. John, accepted those of mercurial William Siddal, discovered an aptitude for medicine and single-handedly took out an evil cabal of immortal alchemists--all but one. Now she finds herself plagued by visions of a dreadful lamia, a man-eating monster that's half woman, half serpent. She also stumbles upon horrific acts of cannibalism in London's cemeteries. Could the remaining member of the Conclave be responsible? Well, duh. Reeves' story hits all the expected formula notes, including resurrecting the love triangle among Abbie, Simon and William. It also makes a waggish reference to Dickens and more labored ones to other English classics. But it's conveyed in such incompetent, faux-Victorian prose it's hard to imagine readers persisting to the exceptionally silly conclusion--which, heaven help them, sets up further sequels. Commas fling themselves about with little regard for grammatical rules, appearing where they don't belong but going AWOL where they should be, and malapropisms abound--sometimes multiple times on a page. An insult to all readers, teen or otherwise. (Paranormal historical fiction. 13 & up)

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North Star Editions
Publication date:
A Ripper Novel Series , #2
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range:
12 - 18 Years

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Meet the Author

Amy Carol Reeves has a PhD in 19th century British Literature and a master’s degree in British Literature from the University of South Carolina. She became entranced by the idea for Ripper, her debut novel, after meeting Donald Rumbelow, a world-recognized expert on Jack the Ripper. Reeves is currently an adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina, and lives with her husband and two children in Columbia, S.C. For more information, visit her online at: AmyCarolReeves.com.

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Renegade 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
eternalised More than 1 year ago
I loved the first book in this series, but the sequel, “Renegade”, did not convince me. Abbie’s dark visions, and her continuous hunt for Max, were the most intriguing things about the book. I wasn’t so fond of the whole Conclave thing, felt too much like a conspiracy theory. But the major downside of this story is how Abbie, previously a strong, independent character, loses her entire personality when William is around, like she turns into a ragdoll. An okay read for people wanting to continue the series. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book!!!!! RENEGADE picks up where Amy Carol Reeve’s book, RIPPER, ends. The love triangle that began in RIPPER continues- as does the mysteries surrounding the Conclave. This book is beautifully written, and the Lamia (female sea creature) is both terrifying and seductive --- definitely an awesome new character in the series. We find out more about the history behind the totally hot but enigmatic physician Simon (who Abbie teams up with to save William) and Reeves introduces some new mysteries (involving cannibalism). The Ripper is in this book again, and he’s up to his old tricks. (But I don’t mind, because truthfully, he’s a pretty hot villain). Definitely, if you’re up for a great Victorian gothic mystery, read RENEGADE. (However, I would recommend readers read RIPPER first to fully enjoy the sequel and to understand the unfolding plot.) I heard that there will be a third book in the series called RESURRECTION (according Reeve’s blog) – Can’t wait!