Saturday, September 20, 2014

Renegade by Amy Carol Reeves

Renegade (Ripper, #2)3.5 out of 5 Robots!

Renegade by Amy Carol Reeves
Series: Ripper #2
Genre: YA Historical Fiction/Paranormal
Release: April 8, 2013
Paperback:  346 Pages
Publisher: Flux
My Copy: Publisher (Netgalley)
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
Brimming with romance and danger, the suspenseful Ripper series continues

The Conclave—a secret group with twisted ideals and freakish practices—has been wiped out, thanks to Arabella Sharp. Now there’s a new malevolence afoot. Fishermen are getting killed, their partially devoured bodies washing up on the shores of Scotland. Is the Ripper responsible? Or have the Conclave’s sinister experiments left behind something more monstrous? Abbie fears the worst when her beloved Dr. William Siddal vanishes. To save the man she loves, Abbie must comply with the Ripper’s dreadful orders—and put her own life in grave danger.

(Courtesy of the Publisher)

Shannon's Thoughts:
Admittedly, I should have brushed up on the events of the first book, Ripper, because it took me awhile to remember what had happened.  I felt a little lost because there is not a lot of recapping.  Which is fine, if you can remember the previous book!  But that aside, Renegade, picks up shortly after where Ripper ends.  This time we delve more into the Conclave and their experiments.  Including the creation of a lamia (a half snake, half woman) who has a terrible thirst for blood.  Abbie tries to keep all her secrets, but finds it increasingly hard as the Conclave gets closer to her loved ones.  She also struggles with her feelings for William, who is the one she loves and Simon, the one she feels she SHOULD love.

I can't honestly say that I liked this sequel better than the first.  I found the introduction of the lamia to be terrifying, but also kind of odd and confusing.  I just wasn't that into the plot and I'm not sure why.  It was fine, but I felt it dragged a bit.  I wasn't much of a fan of the love triangle stuff either because I felt it was just created drama.  Meh.  Neither guy was amazing or awful.  I didn't really have much feeling about one guy or the other.

Overall, this series is enjoyable though.  Abbie is a strong female character and the Victorian setting is always fun for me.

Other Books in the Order They Should be Read:
1. Ripper
2. Renegade
3. Resurrection

Disclosure:  I reviewed a copy free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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