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Ripper by Stefan Petrucha
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Jul 25, 2012

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Ripper is marketed towards the older YA audience due to its dark subject matter but I think it’s a better read for older Preteen/Younger YA readers. Yes, Ripper revolves around the future murders of the infamous Jack the Ripper, the characters and predictability are better suited for a younger reader level. Older readers will find the mystery predictable and the main character a tad juvenile, but younger readers will be able to appreciate the mystery more and relate more with Carter and Delilah. Still, the story makes for a good read for someone at any age.
When I was at Barnes and Noble, I bought Ripper because of the green sticker that read “Autographed” on the cover. I’m glad I picked it up because the story fed my hunger for a mystery and it made me chuckle once or twice. I loved the frequent references and allusions to the Pinkertons, Sherlock Holmes, the Roosevelts and other famous people of the time. Ripper blends mystery, coming of age and steam punk for a remarkable tale. If the story weren’t so predictable, it’d be higher on my list. Nevertheless this is a book to go out and buy today while it’s still available in hardcover.
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Joseph Good review and well said about the proper age range for this book. It's not a terribly dark tale, considering the serial killer subject matter.

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