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Ripper by Amy Carol Reeves EARLY REVIEW

Ripper by Amy Carol Reeves 

Egalley thanks to Flux

Synopsis from Goodreads
In 1888, following her mother's sudden death, 17-year-old Arabella Sharp goes to live with her grandmother in a posh London neighborhood. At her grandmother's request, Abbie volunteers at Whitechapel Hospital, where she discovers a passion for helping the unfortunate women and children there. But within days, female patients begin turning up brutally murdered at the hands of Jack the Ripper.

Release date: 8th April 2012

 Amazon  US/UK  |  The Book Depository US/UK

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I actually loved that book! Very much like Firelight, it brings distinct Gothic notes to the new type of historical paranormals, which is very refreshing.

The prose is vivid, luscious, mysterious and full of hidden meaning like Pre-Raphaelites paintings.

Arabella is very brave in the best traditions of Gothic literature. She grew up on the streets of Dublin where her mother, an estranged daughter of an aristocrat worked as a governess until she died. Then Arabella's grandmother brought her back to London and in an attempt to make the wild girl appreciate her luxuries and be grateful for them, she ordered Arabella to help out in a hospital in Whitechapel just at the time when the famous Ripper murders started...

I'll tell you straight away, that girl will surprise you with her tenacity and bloodthirstiness. I was pretty shocked in the end and cheering for her. Not once she whined or waited for her two gentlemen admirers to save her, and I loved every bit of it. She is unconventional, adventurous and knows her mind.

The world-building is not explored much, but it's such a fast, glorious, dark read, you forgive this book its drawbacks. 
Recommended to everyone who loved Firelight. The feel of the book is very similar to it.

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Неожиданно готичная книга, полная ярких цветов, жестоких убийств, тайных обществ и мистических связей, очень напоминающая мне своим эффектом картины пре-Рафаэлитов.

Арабелла вас удивит. В своё время, она - оригинал, храбрая, интиллегентная и знающая чего хочет. Ни одного раза за всю книгу она не плачется в подушку и не ждёт пока её спасёт один из её поклонников. Концовка вообще меня поразила своей кровожадностью, потому как такого нестандартного решения я от автора не ожидала.

Рекомендую всем, кому понравился Firelight, эта книга мне его очень напоминает по духу.



Mel said...

Oooo, good! I'm just about to start this book so glad it's worth reading! :-)

Nina @ Death, Books, and Tea said...

I read this some time ago, but I've still got to get round to Firelight. Seems like I'll enjoy that, then.

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