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Posted March 1, 2012
I am not at all in mysteries thrillers. But this book took me to a whole other reading level that I really enjoyed!!
What got me hooked on this book? Well the unique plot. I love stories about Jack the Ripper. To read a book based on a kid searching for clues to the killer is super cool! It's makes me feel all Nancy Drew again. With this book I just wanted to get underneath the covers of by bed with a flashlight, dash into the past and follow the clues of Carver Young. The plot, hand downs AWESOME!
The mystery of the book is super cool. I love it when an author can take me on an adventure of searching, questioning, accusing, etc. It's give me great joy to be in the loop with the characters going along with them. It's so much fun!
There was a bit of a crush interest. No love, no hardcore flirting just pure admiration. And that folks was enough to make me smile. I loved the loyalty they had to each other and the friendship they have is strong.
The ENDING! I mean wow! Really just WOW! I did not see that! Well done Mr. Petrucha. You certainly knock me off my feet with such a fantastic ending! I have no idea. The ending is a shocker. I can tell you that much.
Ripper is an engrossing thriller that leaves you chilled to the bone. The conspiracy driven-drama dives the reader deeper into a world of adventure that you never want to leave. Exhilarating and exciting, Ripper is a great read!
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Posted July 1, 2012
I don't read very many mysteries but Ripper was wonderful! This could be the next Sherlock Holmes if he keeps writing. The story takes so many twists that just when you think you have it all figured out, the most crazy twist ever happens and sends you reeling! It was so amazing and I couldn't put it down. I really hope he writes more. I also loved the historical element. That made it seem real.
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Posted March 11, 2013
Stefan Petrucha's novel "Ripper" is a mystery book that is so vivid and has such a great story that the reader cannot tell that the book is fiction because of how real it seems. The story is about a young boy who is an orphan in New York City was has a strong love for mysteries and gets his chance to work on a case on one of the greatest criminals ever known, Jack the Ripper. The book provides a suspenseful, mysterious, and serious tone for both teens and adults to enjoy. “Ripper” is written in third person point of view, but the book mostly follows the view of the main character, Carver Young. Along with Carver, he his two friends from the orphanage that help him along the way, Delia Stephan the problem solver and Finn Walker the muscle of the three. Mr. Hawking is the man who ends up adopting Carver from the orphanage that he was at and is Carver’s teacher as he begins his career as a detective. Overall, after finishing “Ripper”, I absolutely fell in love with the book. I am not a person who normally enjoys books, but I love the plot behind the story, the mystery that always keeps you from being able to figure out who the killer is, and the fact that it makes it truly seem like Jack the Ripper was in New York City. I agree with the main purpose for the story because it is not the same old mystery book that people read. The story was so strongly written and had real people like Teddy Roosevelt and Alice Roosevelt. I loved the fact that throughout the book it gives you small details that allow the reader to try and piece together who the Ripper is and why is he killing in New York City, yet every time I guessed, I would of never guessed the real ending. Anyone who is a fan of Teddy Roosevelt would love this book due to the fact of how much of an amazing man the book makes him look as well. Even after all 85 chapters in the book, there is not one thing I dislike about the book. The only improvements I could think the book could have had was more fighting scenes. Petrucha did an absolutely fantastic job writing “Ripper” and I cannot wait to read the rest of the series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 11, 2013
Stefan Petrucha’s “Ripper” provides teen interested in reading fiction with a suspenseful mystery about a murderer lost in the streets of New York. “Ripper” is set in a third person point of view primarily through Carver Young. Carver is an adolescent boy who was abandoned at birth at now resides at Ellis Orphanage with others like Delia Stephens and Finn Walker. When Carver goes on a search to find his father after reading a letter that has been hidden from Carver for years, he comes across some interesting men like Albert Hawking and Septimus Tudd who are in charge of the New Pinkerton Agency, a secret detective service located in New York. Hawking assists Carver in finding his father through the use of detective tactics because that is Carver’s passion. During the mystery Carver finds out that his father is The Ripper in the streets of New York. The Ripper sets up a game for Carver to actually find out who he is under the top hat, black hair, and suit. Carver, Delia, Finn, Septimus, and the famous Teddy Roosevelt, the police commissioner of New York at the time, are all involved in the hunt to find out who The Ripper is and to put an end to his acts of mischief.
After reading “Ripper” I concluded Petrucha did a great job of portraying the actual Jack the Ripper scenario in recent times. I would defiantly recommend the book to anyone looking for a suspenseful thriller related to more modern times as opposed to other mysteries that reflect on history some time ago. After reading the book myself, I enjoyed the plot a lot because it contained a secretive mystery case leading to deaths of individuals at any moment’s notice. Most teens as well as any person does not enjoy reading about boring love stories all the time and those stories that reveal the answer to the mystery at the beginning of the book so I agree with Petrucha’s approach to provide a suspenseful serial killing mystery theme. The Ripper twists the idea of mystery about serial killers and makes the ending results unexpected which does not happen in most mystery books. A potential improvement Petrucha could have made would be to provide more action in the chapters because some of the chapters were boring to read and it destroyed my suspenseful mood at times.
Posted March 11, 2013
“Ripper” by Stefan Petrucha is an action-filled mystery that follows the adventures of orphan Carver Young and his pursuit to find an infamous murderer. That murderer is based off the killer Jack the Ripper, a murderer known for his awful killings. “Ripper” has an overall serious and mysterious tone to it and is read from a third person point of view. While very serious and a little dark, “Ripper” is a book that both teenagers and adults would enjoy. Main character Carver Young is joined by some other pretty strong characters, such as childhood friends Delia, the smart puzzle-solver, and Finn, the tough redhead. Carver also meets many new people including Albert Hawking, and eccentric detective that knows more than he tells. Overall, the main purpose and story line was very interesting and I do agree with the book in the sense that you do not have to become your parents in any way, sense, or form. Specifically, I liked the action, the mystery, and the strong characters that Petrucha has created. I think Petrucha did an awesome job at creating a thick story line, in-depth characters, and a perfect twist ending. Another really cool thing the author did was allow the reader to solve the mystery alongside Carver. I think Petrucha had the perfect blend of mystery, action, and history. Petrucha really could not have made any improvements in his story because even with his the plot twist, everything landed so perfectly and led up to a great book. I am looking forward to continuing on with the series that Petrucha has planned to make!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 11, 2013
The Ripper by Stefan Petrucha was by far the best book I have read all year! Petrucha does an amazing job portraying Carver Young’s journey to find his father and possibly even catch a killer. The Ripper is a murder mystery that unveils a young boys struggle to uncover the truth about his father. The story is written in third person and Petrucha uses a serious tone. The main character is obviously Carver however; there are many other important characters in this book. Delia, Finn, Mr. Hawking, Teddy Roosevelt, and the Ripper play huge roles throughout the entire story. Since the Ripper is about Jack the Ripper at first glance, one would think the audience was older people who are obsessed with history. The Ripper is actually intended for teenagers and young adults. It takes a look at a serious time in history, puts it into a way that is easily understandable and then makes it something we want to read. I really liked this book. The way Stefan Petrucha wrote it made me never want to put it down! He did such a good job making this book not seem like just another piece of history that we need to learn about. It was easy for me to relate to Carver because he was a teenage boy on an important journey that could possibly change his life. The way Petrucha made Carver’s journey was entertaining and never boring. My favorite part was the fact that Carver would have done anything to just get even one step closer to uncovering who his father was. I did not like the fact that he does all the work to find his father but does not get to be with him because of his complicated past. Petrucha did an amazing job explaining Carver’s life struggles and slowly uncovering all the facts about his father and the Ripper. This book would be a little bit better if Carver and Delia had a little love story going on but this does not make or break the book. This book overall was amazing.
Posted March 11, 2013
The author, Stefan Petrucha, did an amazing job keeping the audience on their feet, for I constantly wanted to read more. He did a great job keeping the suspense going throughout the book, for there was never a dull moment. He had a serious and mysterious tone which adds to the already immense suspense. “Ripper” is a mystery novel that is based on one of the most infamous murderers in history, Jack the Ripper. Perhaps, he has such an intriguing air about him because he was never actually caught and punished which is what drew me to the book in the first place. Throughout the book, the main character, Carver Young, desperately is searching for anything that could reveal where he came from. He finds a letter from his father, and he is determined to track him down. After being adopted by Albert Hawking a secret detective, Carver begins his journey. With the help of Carver’s close friends, Delia and Finn, he starts on his adventure to find his father. At the same time, multiple murders begin to take place in Carver’s hometown of New York City. He soon realizes everything is not as it seems, and he begins to question his decision to unearth his past. Carver will struggle between good and evil, and Hawking is training him to solve one of the world’s largest secrets. As his past unfolds, he begins to question himself. Who is Carver Young? Will he let his past change his future? I enjoyed the fact that I never really could have the mystery completely figured out before Petrucha would throw another twist into the story. The way the story unfolds is perfect. Putrucha writes it so the readers can try to solve the mystery alongside Carver. The “Ripper is told in third person view, and it caused me to be excited, scared, and angry depending on what was happening with the main characters, specifically Carver. This is a great book for all mystery loving adults and teenagers, and I do not believe Petrucha could have written a better story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 11, 2013
"Ripper" by Stefan Petrucha is a murder-mystery novel for young adults set in 1895, following 14-year-old Carver Young as he tries to solve a series of murders done by Jack the Ripper in New York City. Petrucha writes his book from third person, and creates a mysterious, somewhat rushed tone throughout the book. The book focuses on Carver's journey to find his father, solve the Ripper crimes under the careful eye of his mentor, Mr. Hawking, along with the help of his friends Delia and Finn and the New Pinkertons. In general, this book is absolutely wonderful, and I enjoyed it very much. It has lots of twists and turns to keep you on your toes, and is very well-written and captivating. The main purpose is "Ripper" is for Carver to find his father and solve the Ripper crimes, which although it seems like a big job for a teenager, makes for an excellent story. Petrucha did an excellent job writing this story, keeping enough of fact and history in fiction to seem true, and putting a lot of thought and research into his writing.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 10, 2013
Ripper is a murder mystery with a serious tone that creates a suspenseful mood for the reader. It is told in a third person view from the main protagonist Carver Young, an orphan who wanted to be a detective. He was taken in as a protégé by an experienced detective named Albert Hawking. This book does not seem to have specific intended audience. I enjoyed the book very much. It was interesting and exciting throughout. It was very thoughtful and detailed but not to the point where I would lose interest. The characters were interesting and worked well together. The ending was also a big surprise and made the story even better. The theme of the book is to sometimes expect the unexpected and If find that reading the book has made me agree. I liked the way the author worked in things that existed in real life. There were many specific real life details used. Theodore Roosevelt was an important character and the author researched him and made his character as close to the real thing as possible. There were also several gadgets that existed that the author had to describe in the book. The author did a good job of creating this detailed and intricate story. I had no questions about what happened at the end of story. He used many details that were researched from real life. He made a suspenseful and interesting story. I do not see a way it could be improved. Ripper is one of my favorite books I have ever read.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 10, 2013
Ripper was, hands down, the best murder mystery book I have ever read. This thriller is told in a third-person perspective, mainly from the eyes of Carver Young. The novel follows Carver, the main character, on his journey to hunt down one of the most famous murderers of the 1800’s, Jack the Ripper, who he also believes to be his father. With the assistance of Mr. Hawking, a retired detective, and support from his friends, Delia and Finn, Carver has all the available tools he needs to hunt down this crazed serial killer.
Petrucha’s targeted audience is mainly teens and young adults, but any age group would get a good read from this book. The suspenseful tone throughout the novel leaves the reader grasping for more. The plot of the book is not predictable by any means. Once the readers believes he knows what is going to happen next, Petrucha throws in a jaw-dropping twist that leaves the readers in a loss for words. The ending of the book is by far the biggest twist of all. Petrucha carries the theme ‘everything is not always what it seems’ throughout the entire novel. This theme is extremely accurate because every character and event in the book is not always what it seems to be. The anticipation created in the book left me reading the book for hours upon hours without getting bored.
Overall, this book was one of the best books I have ever read. Stefan Petrucha did not disappoint me in any aspect of the book. The plot was very well detailed and planned out. With so many twists within the book, I am surprised I did not get confused at some point or other. My favorite part of the book had to be the ending. The ending left me mind blown, and in disbelief for hours. I do not believe there is anything that could be improved in the novel. That is really saying something about how great this book is! I recommend this book to anyone who loves a great mystery. Petrucha did an outstanding job writing “Ripper”, and I am looking forward to reading the next book in this thrilling series!
Posted March 10, 2013
“Ripper” by Stephan Petrucha is told in third person, and follows the main character, Carver Young, as he tries to find out who his father is, with the help of Delia and Mr. Hawking. The only clue Carver has to find his father is a letter. There is a killer in New York, and people are beginning to think it may be Jack the Ripper, who disappeared after the killings in London. The book has a somewhat urgent tone, as they are trying to find the killer before he can strike again, while Carver is trying to find his father. The mood of the book is dark. I think that the theme of the book is to not judge a book by its cover, and I agree with the theme of the book. The book is intended for teens and young adults. Overall it was a very good book that I enjoyed reading. The book is fast paced, keeps the reader’s attention, and is hard to put down. One of the things that I liked about the book is that there is always something happening, and when you think you have figured it out, everything changes. I think the author did a great job writing the book, the book keeps the reader’s attention, tells an interesting story, and includes historical information. There was nothing that I disliked about the book, and there is nothing that I think needs to be improved upon or changed. It was very good and well written book that I enjoyed reading.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 10, 2013
‘Ripper’ is definitely one of the best mysteries I have ever read! Told in third person, it follows the main characters; Carver Young, Delia Stephens, Mr. Hawking and the Ripper himself, and their dark, adventeruous non-stopping, jaw-dropping, journey to catch one of the most historic serial killers of all time. I loved reading this book because it was very well written and easy to read and understand. Specifically, I also loved how easy it was to get lost into reading the book…how easy it was to get connected with the plot and characters and being able to read it for hours and not get bored with the book. I also specifically liked how the author used actual information and historical figures and put them into his own fictional story. Petrucha did a fantastic job overall. He did a fantastic job making the characters likeable and using accurate information. He also did a fantastic job keeping the reader interested by making the reader always wonder what is going to happen next. Plus, the book, to me, has a great theme and that theme, I believe, is not to judge a book by its cover because things do not always appear as they seem. So in conclusion, this book is by far, one of the best books I have read in a long time! I think it is so good in fact, in my opinion, it does not even need improvements! This is a great book for anyone who enjoys a great mystery and surprise endings!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted March 9, 2013
In 1895, 14 year-old Carver Young and two other kids, Finn and Delia, are released from Ellis orphanage to start their own lives. Before leaving, Carver finds a note that suggests that his father is still alive. Wanting to be a detective himself, Carver is adopted by a detective, Mr. Hawking, who is going to help him find his father. Meanwhile, killings are happening in New York that are thought to be done by Jack the Ripper. Mr. Hawking will teach Carver how to be a good detective so that he with the help of Delia and Finn can find the killer and his father at the same time. This story is told in third person with a mysterious tone and serious mood. The intended audience is for teenagers and young adults. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was extremely interesting. It was hard for me to put the book down because I just wanted to keep on reading. I always wanted to know what was going to happen next. I feel like the theme is that people need to be careful what they do and who they trust. I think that this is very important because if people aren’t careful, they could put themselves in danger. I loved the different clues that Carver would pick up on when using his detective skills. There wasn’t anything in the story that I didn’t like. Stefan Petrucha did a great job with this book. His use of history intertwined with this story adds to the greatness of it. The only thing I can think of that could improve the story would be to add more history like having the characters present at events that actually happened. Besides that, the story was almost perfect.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 18, 2013
Posted November 24, 2012
I damn well loved it. People who say its bad don't know what the heck they're saying. If you are a mystery fan this is a must read as it explores the possibilities of what had happened to Jack the Ripper, one of the never-solved mysteries. Read it. It also captures the scene of New York one hundred years ago. Did I mention I loved it? Yes. I loved it. I couldn't put it down even after a new version of my favorite game came out. I'm a gamer and not many books can make me put down my games. (Well for the exception of manga) This was one of them.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 6, 2012
Im a bigg reader and have read a decent amount of books myself. Unlike the hunger games which was poorly writen, ripper is and awrsome tale of being a detective. The author did a brilliant job with briging their charators to life and had more than enough murder and action to keep your intrest the entire time. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it was everything i want to see and read in a murder investigation. :)Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 27, 2012
Posted July 31, 2012
Ripper is a great read! It's fast paced and keeps you guessing. Some of the plot elements were predictable, but others weren't. If you're into mystery and a spin on the Jack the Ripper story, then you're in for a treat.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 29, 2012