Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Renegade Review

Title:  Renegade
Author:  Amy Carol Reeves
Published April 8th 2013 by Flux


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.
Abbie Sharp has yet to fully recover from her dealings with the Conclave.  What she suffered and had to do to stop the Conclave's terror has haunted her every thought.  Still one member of the Conclave remains, and he is the most dangerous of them all.  Abbie must remain cautious at all times because the man who is known as Jack the Ripper is still out there, and he's out to get her.

Aside from her fears of the Ripper, Abbie is trying to begin her relationship with Dr. William Siddal.  She chose him over Dr. Simon St. John, but Simon still leaves her feeling confused.  She loves William, but does she truly belong with him?  Simon is a constant, loyal friend whom she feels she can share things with such as the visions she has begun to have again.  She does not feel that William would understand her visions.  So, while Abbie has chosen William in her mind, she is not so sure about her heart.

The visions she has begun having show her a half-woman half-monster known as a lamia.  Such a creature is the thing of legends and myths, so why is Abbie having visions about one?  Her visions have never been wrong before.  Is the Ripper behind these visions?  Does this creature exist somewhere in the world?  Abbie puzzles over these questions as strange things begin happening in London's cemetaries.  Then, unexpectedly, William disappears.

When William goes missing, Abbie knows she must act quickly.  A visit from the Ripper only fuels her fears of what may happen if William isn't found.  Abbie fought the Conclave before, but this time her fight may be with a mythical beast that she knows very little about.  Arabella "Abbie" Sharp must find a way to end the nightmare that the Conclave began, and in doing so she hopes to also stop the Ripper once and for all.

Renegade is the second novel in the Ripper series by Amy Carol Reeves.  This second installment is just as fast-paced and gripping as the first novel, Ripper.  There is adventure, action, and romance all throughout Renegade.  A definite must-read.  I cannot wait for the next book in this series!

*reviewed by Casie, YA @ Cpl. J. R. Searcy Memorial Library

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