Author: Amy Carol Reeves
Genre: YA Historical Fiction/Paranormal
Series: Ripper (Book #3)
Publication Date: April 8, 2014
Format: Paperback, 360 Pages
ISBN-10: 0738738778 (Flux)
ISBN-13: 978-0738738772 (Flux)
Reviewed by: Bridget
When she catches Edmund Wyatt following her through the streets of London, Abbie Sharp learns that every British monarch for hundreds of years has known about—and financially supported—the Conclave. Furious that the monarchy would cooperate with such a nefarious group, Abbie refuses Wyatt’s request for help in catching the person who is blackmailing Queen Victoria with this secret information. But a far greater threat emerges when the Ripper, Max, returns and brings a string of new murders with him. Abbie must choose whether to help the Queen she now despises or stop Max from succeeding at his most diabolical plan yet—the creation of a whole new Conclave aimed at usurping the British throne.
Quick & Dirty: Fantastic ending to a stunning series. This was a wonderfully woven story filled with adventure, passion, and intrigue. I would highly recommend this series to fans of historical fiction or paranormal books!
Opening Sentence: By the time he stepped outdoors to escape the stifling billiard game conversation, young Lionel Millbrough the Third’s head swam from the three brandies he had unwisely consumed.
Abbie Sharp has survived the Conclave, a twisted group of immortal men that wanted to make her join them. Next was the Lamias, a dangerous creature that the Conclave created through their experiments that tried to kill Abbie. But she is about to face her most dangerous foe of all, the Ripper has returned to London and he has an undead army at his command. With a string of new brutal murders raging across the city it is up to Abbie to try and stop Max before he is able to overthrow the throne. She will have to put her dreams of going to medical school and eventually marrying her true love on hold because defeating Max once and for all is the most important thing right now. Abbie will stop at nothing to finally finish this, even if it means sacrificing her life or the lives of those she loves.
Abbie is a strong no nonsense type of heroine. Not only is she beautiful, she is also very smart and resourceful. She wants more than anything to become a doctor which isn’t the easiest thing to do in the time period she lives in. I really admired her strength and determination to fulfill her goals even though they are difficult. Throughout the books she has always stayed a constant character that was so easy to love and relate too. She is fiercely independent and at times I did feel that this was slightly overdone in her character. But I still loved her even though she wasn’t perfect. I loved being inside her head and I am sad to see her story end.
William is such a stubborn man. He spends a great portion of the book trying to recover from his injuries that he sustained during his imprisonment with the Lamia. Because of this he feels pretty useless and that makes him even moodier than normal. He doesn’t always think things through before he acts, which can be very dangerous at times. But when it comes to Abbie he will do anything for her and his devotion to her is remarkable. They don’t really seem like a likely couple since they are both so head strong but they have undeniable chemistry and their love is timeless. I really love William even though he can be frustrating at times, I think that he always means well.
Simon is such an all around great person. He is one of those people that you are better off for just knowing them. He is always there when you need him and someone that is constantly helping others. He cares deeply for Abbie and he respects her decisions even if he doesn’t agree with them. In so many ways he is the better choice for Abbie with his level head and mild demeanor, but they are lacking that burning chemistry Abbie has with William. Even still, I loved Simon and thought that he was just a great guy and his character was a very vital addition to the overall story.
Resurrection was a fantastic ending to an extraordinary series. It is infused with non-stop action, engaging characters, and epic romance. If you have read many of my reviews you know how much I adore books set in London in the 1800’s, so of course I loved that about this book. But Reeves’ adds her own personal twist to the setting that made the Ripper series unique. I love that she implemented parts of history into a work of fiction, it made the story feel much more realistic. The pacing of the book is spot on and pretty much from page one you are hooked. I also have to commend Reeves’ on delivering a wonderful ending. I have read so many books that are action packed like this one and it ends up leading to a very anti-climatic final showdown, luckily that is not the case in this story. I am sad to see this series end but I have become a huge fan of Reeves’ work and am looking forward seeing what she comes up with next. I would highly recommend this series to anyone that enjoys historical fiction with a paranormal twist.
I had fallen asleep in the chair in front of my desk, my anatomy book still open on my lap, an ink stain in the lap of my nightgown. The candle upon my desk had long since burned down. I squinted as my eyes adjusted to the darkness. According to the clock above my bedroom fire place, it was two o’clock in the morning.
I wondered if perhaps I had been dreaming. The house was now silent.
Rubbing my eyes, I returned the book to the desk, walked heavily to my bed.
Just as I slipped under my bedcovers a loud thump, as if someone had thrown a large sack of flour against my bedroom door, jolted me.
I leaped from the bed, laid my hand on the doorknob.
I held my breath, swung the door open.
Ellen’s body tumbled into my room, her throat ripped out, as the back of her head hit my bedroom floor her lifeless eyes staring up at me.
FTC Advisory: Flux provided me with a copy of Resurrection. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.