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I Belong

Early Review: Renegade by Amy Carol Reeves

Title: Renegade

Author: Amy Carol Reeves

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: Ripper (Book 2)

Publication Date: April 8, 2013

Format: Paperback, 360 Pages

ISBN-10: 0738732621 (Flux)

ISBN-13: 978-0738732626 (Flux)

Reviewed by: Bridget


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.

Quick & Dirty: This is a great book filled with action, romance and suspense.

Opening Sentence: She strayed further from her home than she had in years.

Excerpt: No

The Review:

Abbie Sharp survived her run in with the Conclave, but there are still a few members left and they would like nothing better than to see her suffer for what she did to the rest of their group.  Things have been quiet for months now and Abbie is just waiting for something to happen.  She is happily dating William and getting ready to start applying to med school.  She hasn’t had any visions and her work at Whitechapel Hospital is going very well.  Then she gets a mysterious vision of a monstrous girl that seemed to be the mythological lamia (a human that is part dragon and part human).  After that things just start to fall apart in Abbie’s life.  She starts to see dead people and vicious murders start to happen again in the city.  To top it all off she has a major falling out with William and she doesn’t know if he is really the right guy for her anymore.  Shortly after their breakup William disappears.  Abbie isn’t sure what she feels for William but she has to find him and she needs Simon’s help.  Is the mysterious Ripper behind the gruesome murders and Williams kidnapping?  Will Abbie be able to save William before it too late?  Will Abbie be able to figure out where her heart truly lies and what boy she is destined to be with?

We get to see inside the head of the beautiful Arabella Sharp once again and I loved it.  She is such a strong independent character and she really is very relatable.  We get to see a new side to Abbie in this book.  We learn a lot more about her past and the horrors she went through when her mother passed away.  We also get to see her be more vulnerable and open up a lot more.  She has a very hard time trusting people, but throughout the book we see her grow and learn that nothing is a guarantee and that sometimes you have to just have faith that things will work out in the end.

Simon St. John is in this book a lot more than the last one and I really enjoyed getting to know him better.  He really opens up to Abbie in this book and you learn why he is always distant and keeps people at arm’s length.  Because things with William are unsure Abbie and Simon really get to have a chance at a relationship.  Abbie really opens herself up to the possibility of a future with Simon and they really are perfect for each other in so many ways, but the question still remains can Abbie love him as more than a friend.  Simon is such a gorgeous good guy and at times I really wish that Abbie and him would end up together.

Then there is the beautiful William Siddal.  He is a total jerk but a very attractive one.  He has an attitude but he really does care about Abbie.  He really pushes her buttons but he is good for her and makes her better.  Of course he isn’t perfect he has a past and Abbie really doesn’t know if she can trust him with her heart.  In the end I do feel that William is the best choice for Abbie but I really love both guys and it is so hard to choose one.

Amy Carol Reeves did it again.  I really enjoyed Ripper and Renegade is a great addition to the series.  The flow was great with lots of action and romance.  There are some intense moments in the book but once again nothing too scary.  The characters really grew in this book and I grew to love them even more.  There is a little bit more of a cliffhanger in this book but it’s a bearable one.  I can’t wait to read the next installment, but unfortunately at the moment there is no release date available.  I would highly recommend this series to anyone that likes YA Paranormal or mystery books.

Notable Scene

I stopped, frozen when I saw a figure blocking my path ahead. It was not Max, but a woman. She was not the darkhaired woman I had seen earlier—this one was older, around forty years of age. She wore a heavy wool black dress. Her blonde hair was pulled back into a knot at the back of her head. She looked dignified, attractive, as if she might have been one of Grandmother’s guests at a cribbage game.

But I did not continue forward. I stayed where I was. The woman walked toward me, sharp leaf shadows cutting across her white face—her mouth smeared with blood.

The giggle from behind me rang out.

They were closing in on me.

I ran down a path to my right, praying that it would take me toward the entrance.

It did. I saw the open gates ahead.

A man stood in front of the gates. When he saw me, he began walking towards me. He was tall, older. He wore some kind of uniform, probably a constable.

“Help!” I yelled, running toward him. He turned to me. It was then that I saw a thick drop of blood slide down his chin.

I ran, panicked now, down yet another path, my heart pounded vigorously. I had no idea what I was going to do. Christabel screamed in my arms. The tombs, monuments, offered many hiding places, but they were useless to me if the child continued to cry.

I heard crashing through the branches behind me.

I had to face my pursuers. I had to fight them, even though I knew now that I had at least three pursuers. I had no idea how to defend myself with the child in my arms. So I continued running deeper into the cemetery. We would be trapped soon.

I felt my elbow grasped in a painful tight grip.

Nearly, dropping Christabel, I swung around to kick the person away.

“No!” I yelled loudly.

Ripper Series:

1. Ripper

2. Renegade (April 8, 2013)

FTC Advisory: Flux Publishing provided me with a copy of Renegade. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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