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"I felt hot breath on my neck, and, horrified, I knew that he stood behind me . . ."

It's 1888, and after her mother's sudden death, Abbie is sent to live with her grandmother in a posh London neighborhood. When she begins volunteering at Whitechapel Hospital, Abbie finds she has a passion for helping the abused and sickly women there.

But within days, patients begin turning
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Paperback, 340 pages
Published April 8th 2012 by Flux (first published April 1st 2012)
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Lisa
Running the streets of London chasing a pickpocketer is never the proper thing for a young woman living in Victorian London to do. That is precisely, however, what seventeen-year-old Abbie Sharp does. The thief, after all, took something that once belonged to Abbie's recently deceased mother. The chase also sets into motion Abbie's descent into Whitechapel, a seedier district of London that is forever linked to the grisly deeds of one Jack the Ripper. At the behest of her guardian grandmother, A ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

brotherhood whose link to the Ripper threatens not just London but all of mankind.

Quick & Dirty: Great intense story with a wonderful heroine and a great plot line.

Opening Sentence: “Damn.” If the pickpocket had taken anything but that, I could have let it go.

The Review:

Arabella Sharp has just recently moved to London to live with her Grandmother. Her mother passed away suddenly and her father died when she was very young so she really had nowhere else to
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Majanka
It seldom happens that a book enthralls me in such a way as Ripper did. The story sucked me in from page one and kept me up until the wee hours of the night, wanting to learn more about the characters and to solve the mystery of the Ripper threatening London and especially Whitechapel Hospital and district. Ripper is Amy Carol Reeves’ debut novel, but by the way she seamlessly adds words together into sentences that seem to flow right off the pages, you wouldn’t think so. This novel is really a ...more
Sophie Riggsby
*Review (and giveaway) posted on Page Turners Blog on 4/19/2012*

Amy Carol Reeves tackles an age old, unsolved mystery -- just who was Jack the Ripper? I haven't read much Ripper lore, but I'd like to think that I'm familiar with the basic facts -- a serial killer terrified Victorian London's dark alleys and the manner in which he killed his victims led most people to believe that he may have been a doctor.

Amy takes this lore and wraps a story around it that is so dark and layered in its mysterie
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Teresa Crumpton
Ripper is set to be released on April 08, 2012

Ripper is another book I found while looking for books to review for Paperback Dolls. It caught my attention with its description.

A paranormal mystery involving London's most notorious killer

In 1888, following her mother's sudden death, seventeen-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
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A Canadian Girl
Based on the summary, I thought Amy Carol Reeves’ Ripper had the potential to be a novel I’d really enjoy. Unfortunately, even though Jack the Ripper was on the loose, I never got the urge to flip pages as fast as possible to see what would happen next. Personally, I attribute this to the plot (which ends with an open ending) and the characters.

The first half of the book sets up how Abbie begins working at Whitechapel Hospital and introduces you to some of the doctors working there. Nothing real
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Jessie  (Ageless Pages Reviews)
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3.5 out of 5

Is there any London figure more re-imagined, re-invented or rebooted than Jack the Ripper? I love Ripper novels, macabre as they might be. I've read several fiction and literature takes on the murders, and am always on the lookout for a creepy mystery revolving around his spree in the 1880s. Even the young-adult genre isn't free from multiple different versions of the serial killer; in addition to this soon-to-be published historical fiction,
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Ashleycarolhall O'Toole
I read this book yesterday...
I grabbed it from the library while Liam was touching everything in the teen audio rack!
I love Ripper books. They are so interesting....well I will read any true crime books!

I think the main character was interesting, but considering it was 1888 it seemed like she didn't have to be a teenager, but I know sometimes that is one of the better groups to write for!
Anyway, Abbie was pretty tough and the story was creative. I liked how she worked in the hospital that saw W
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Katy
3.5 stars - I really liked this story and watching the mystery unfold. It's a bit slow paced (not action packed) but not at all boring. It was a nice paranormal twist to your female Sherlock Holmes type of book. And who doesn't love a girl who can kick butt, especially during this time period.

There was one thing I really had a problem with and that was the romance was a bit flat and choppy. I liked both William and Simon, but I know they have potential to really make me swoon, but I didn't feel
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Amber
After her mother’s death, seventeen-year-old Arabella Sharp moves in with her lady grandmother in her Kensington home. Abbie’s grandmother suggests that she perform some charity work in order to better appreciate her new life of luxury, so Abbie volunteers at Whitechapel Hospital assisting poverty-stricken women and children. Her grandmother’s plan backfires; rather than volunteer for a week and then enjoy leisure activities, Abbie chooses to continue working, genuinely enjoying the work. But wo ...more
Erica
4.5 stars

Ripper was a very promising debut from Amy Carol Reeves. I loved the concept and how Amy Carol Reeves managed to craft a perfect mystery.

I love historical fiction, and Ripper was one creepy read! The way Amy Carol Reeves set up the story I was constantly on edge, and double guessing all the characters, wondering who could possibly have a hand in the mystery. I also really liked Amy Carol Reeves's writing style - I was hooked into Ripper within the first chapter. The plot was just brill
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Kimberly
Like many strange people out there, I, too, am fascinated by Jack the Ripper. Grisly and gory true crime in its purest forms. And I'm not alone. Jack captivates an audience even to this day. So I was excited to read this debut novel about the Ripper. There is so much written about Jack, fiction and non fiction, I'm always interested in a fresh look on the old crimes.

Abbie volunteers at Whitechapel Hospital, a job her Grandmother is sure will enhance her character. But she's terrified to learn th
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Patty
Awesome, amazing, fabulous...are just a few of the words that I will use to describe this book.
It is quite a different "Ripper" tale that centers around Abbie. She has moved from Ireland to London after the death of her estranged mother to live with
her grandmother. Her grandmother drove her mother away years ago and does not want the same thing to happen to Abbie. Abbie is lovely and adventurous and
definitely likes to think for herself.
The novel deals a lot with Abbie's volunteer work at a hospi
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Jemma Gutierrez
In order to be truly appreciated, one must:

1. be very open-minded

While reading, i was kept in the dark fo too long. Not sure what to expect or what to anticipate. I just took everything as it comes while pieces of puzzles starts falling in to place. A fair warning: this book is very unpredicteable, so yes- you really need to keep an open mind and widen your imagination because i doubt you'll ever guess what would happen next.

2. have read a few or more fantasy/paranormal young adult books


Mos
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Kristina
Amy Carol Reeves’s RIPPER brings a supernatural twist to one of the most famous serial killers to come out of London. A lot of the story takes place in the Whitechapel Hospital and here we see allusions to the murders before they happen in the story with a lot of historical details from the original Ripper cases including victim names, body discovery, and even authentic recounting of the dismemberment. This foreshadowing combined with the fact that one of the real theories is that Ripper was a d ...more
Aoife
To sum it up: yes but.
There were some really good things about this book. Abby was quite kick-ass and the finale was just awesome. Like really awesome. Really really awesome. OK, I think I made my point.
Overall Abby is your typical 'I am so feminist and modern and don't care about the conventions of my time'-heroine but at least we do get a reason for it. Abby's mother was already a really independent spirit and ran away from home with a random Frenchman, as a result her conservative mother cut
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cecilia
History at its most sensational and lurid form, RIPPER follows Arabella as she becomes intertwined with the brutal serial murders against all better judgment. Instead of sticking to her upper crust grandmother’s plans for snagging a good marriage, Abbie gets too involved with her volunterring at the Whitechapel Hospital and uncovers some dark secrets about the physicians there. Should she trust a handsome face with some pretty manners or the fatherly figure who encourages her to pursue the medic ...more
Kara-karina
4.25/5
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 b
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Deneé
It's been a very long time since I liked a book so much, I've finished it in a day. This book was surprisingly suspenseful and interesting, considering I just picked it up from the library because of the title. I've always been a little fascinated with the history of Jack the Ripper, and I have read quite a few different takes on the mystery. I love the paranormal take Amy Carol Reeves uses in this book, and the cliffhanger on the end is quite enticing! The gradual plot development was perfect f ...more
Merin
3.5/5 stars.

After her mother's sudden death, Arabella "Abbie" Sharp is brought to London to live with her grandmother. When it's decided that Abbie needs something to help her better appreciate her life of leisure, she's sent to volunteer at Whitechapel Hospital. Little does anyone know that Whitechapel is about to become a dangerous place: for it's 1888, and Jack the Ripper has just started his murdering spree....

This was a thoroughly engrossing read, and a solid mystery. I enjoyed the author's
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Ashley
Ugh. After binging on the BBC show Ripper Street (featuring Ser Bronn of the Blackwater playing the exact opposite of Ser Bronn of the Blackwater - it's super adorable), so I was jonesing for some Jack The Ripper stories. I found this while shelving in the YA section, and it seemed pretty interesting. Nope. Seriously, does this woman know anything about the 19th century? Read a contemporary etiquette book, lady! The protagonist's grandmother is supposedly prim, proper, strict and controlling, bu ...more
Patty
Wow, after about the first chapter this book really held my attention. Riveting, scary, gory, fast paced, great mystery. This book had me thinking of Jack the Ripper every time I heard a noise in my house. I usually read fantasy’s so Ripper mysteries are not my norm but like I said this book really held me.

Arabella Sharp, 17 years old, living with her aristocratic grandmother in London after her mom dies. Her grandmother had a rocky relationship with her daughter, shunned her and wants better fo
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Tez
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Kathleen Q
Overall, this book was ridiculous. I'll buy into paranormal stuff, but there's just no way that a well-to-do girl living with her wealthy grandmother would be allowed to work at the Whitechapel Hospital. Also, the lead character was tedious and just happened to be good at everything she tried and she's the love of everyone's life. The two male leads were interchangeable and forgettable. The "identity" of the ripper was obvious and boring. I wasn't impressed with the writing, the plot or the char ...more
April
1888 is a year that evokes gas lights, horse drawn carriages, propriety and terror in the streets of London. 1888 is the year Jack The Ripper became a household name as he committed his Whitechapel murders. Y’all they never found out who the real ripper was and so fiction totally fills this void. Ripper by debut author Amy Carol Reeves examines the Whitechapel murders from the perspective of Arabella Sharp, 17 year old privileged hospital volunteer.

Read the rest of my review here
Sandra
Enjoyable and interesting take on Jack the Ripper, with the addition of the supernatural elements. I like that Abbie was not a traditional 'lady' of the day and was determined to work in the hospital and that her upbringing had equipped with some interesting and unusual skills. I also really enjoyed the climax where we get (view spoiler) ...more
Brenna Tkalcich
At first glance, it would be easy to pass up Amy Carol Reeves's Ripper as just another young adult paranormal romance. The wisest thing to do is to read a few chapters, and see if it still reads like the next Twilight or Divergent clone.

One of the best things that can be said about Reeves is that, as a reader, it is nearly impossible to tell if she is writing for young adults, or adults. Her prose flows smoothly, the rare bits of “drama” are sprinkled so as to enhance the flavor of the story, in
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Carrie
**Spoilers, sweetie. :)

I wasn't sure if I would like this book. I thought that since it was about Jack the Ripper that is was bound to be interesting. However, I was also afraid of a lot things, like that it would end up being a Jack the Ripper romance (and thank God it wasn't).

The writing, for the most part, was good. At some parts it wasn't that great, but most of the time, especially in the beginning, I was quite impressed. For the first half of the novel, I kept guessing who the Ripper was.
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Amber Argyle
Mystery, romance, serial killer lore, and a touch of magic. The main character is strong and independant. I really enjoyed the way the author blended all the different plot elements together. It was well paced with a fun twist at the end.

Looking forward to more from Amy Reeves.
Ashlee
3.5 stars really. Some of the elements were nicely done and then others... I'm not actually sure how to describe. One thing's for certain, it's not every YA novel that you can read, "You can go to fucking hell!" I think I may have said "whoa" out loud....

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Amy Carol Reeves has a PhD in nineteenth-century British literature. She published a few academic articles before deciding that it would be much more fun to write about Jack the Ripper. When she is not writing or teaching college classes at Columbia College, she enjoys running around her neighborhood with her giant Labrador Retriever and serial reading Jane Austen novels. She lives in Columbia, So ...more
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