"Reeves continues to build a rich storyline blending history and paranormal elements for an enjoyable read." VOYA
Renegadeby Amy Carol Reeves
“She hungered again as she had not in twenty years. For blood.’’ The Conclavea secret group with twisted ideals and freakish practiceshas 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 outputting her own life in danger as she confronts the Conclave’s sinister past.
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
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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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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.
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!