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3.59  ·  Rating details ·  175 ratings  ·  57 reviews
Katie Lennox wishes her parents were still alive. Having to leave Boston to live with Grandma Cleaves in London was hard, but she's making new friends, working on her British accent and even learning some Cockney rhyming slang. London's cool and actually feels like home in some ways, like she's been here before, belongs here.

When a museum visit with her cousin and his cute
Paperback, 520 pages
Published December 1st 2012 by New Book Partners (first published November 20th 2012)
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Cora Tea Party Princess
Jul 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
DNF at 22%, the start of Chapter 14.

The first thing that I have to say is that I really, honestly, thought I'd love this book. I wanted to. I love historical fictions and I know A LOT about Jack the Ripper.

But I know far too much about British history and the Ripper case to fully appreciate this book. I was left a little confused, and the massacre of the Ripper story just didn't sit well for me - I'm all for being inspired by historical events but it felt a little disrespectful to the victims th
Gayle Noble
The first thing I saw for this book were several 1-star reviews which almost put me off, but I'm glad they didn't. Yes, the rhyming slang is straight from the Dick Van Dyke School of Speaking Cockney but if you can ignore that (and it does get easier), this is quite a good little story.

It does take some liberties with the facts of the real Jack the Ripper case but this is a work of fiction based on the case, not a true crime book. The story itself was well-thought out (although I did guess who i
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The author's grandfather was the great John Dickson Carr, one of my favorite mystery novelists. Talent must run in the family, because Shelly Dickson Carr's RIPPED was impossible to put down.

The twists and turns were unexpected, yet perfect, and even though the book was a long one, when I reached the last page I found myself wishing I could spend more time with Katie and the rest of the cast.
Feb 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
From my blog, The Writer Diaries.

Ripped – received a free digital copy by requesting on Netgalley.

Let me just say, I love Jack the Ripper stories. The mystery surrounding his reign of terror fascinates me. How he was never captured, and no one ever found out who he was.

Unfortunately, this didn’t live up to my love of the subject. I adored The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson, and was hoping this would be a grisly, fun YA horror. However, there was very little horror.

Katie travels back in time
Robin (Saturndoo)
Jan 27, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2013-read
After a couple of weeks of trying to plod my way through this one, I finally forced myself to finish it today. YAY!!!! I'm finally done with this uninteresting piece of rubbish.

I don't know really what to say except that this is an excessively long book that should have been shortened and been done with 350 pages ago. The beginning chapters were overly descriptive,redundant paragraphs about the characters. None of which I truly care about. The premise was interesting enough but the delivery was
Joni Thomas
Jun 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book was... interesting. I've never really read a time travel novel before and I felt that this book could be a bit confusing. But I'm a murder mystery lover so I wanted to give this book a try. I don't know much about the case of Jack the Ripper so if there were any blatant mistakes in the writing of this book I truly didn't notice them but I have seen reviews that are angry about the mistakes in the case. Now, in the author's defense, at the very end of the book she clearly states that sh ...more
Julie (Bookish.Intoxication)
I recieved this novel from NetGalley.

This novel was a great read, the characters were engaging and the time travel via the London stone was believable and realistic. I loved how the action started early in the novel and how the names of the characters were the same throughout the different eras.

The downfall to this novel was that because the action started so early, there was a lull towards the middle of the novel that made it feel slow and blunderous, the information given aided in pulling the
Feb 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
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My opinion: I enjoyed this quick, light read targeted towards the younger audience. The book, for the most part, was clean enough from romance and violence that even for your younger, more advanced readers to delve into. The author focused on developing an engrossing storyline demanding use of one's imagination than utilizing sex and violence to grab interests. It was very refreshing. I have seen a number of reviews criticizing this lack of horror and my
Jul 25, 2013 marked it as dnf
I'm all for taking a fantasy and twisting it into something else, But not when it's a real story. The idea was good but It would have worked better if it was set back in London in 1888 rather then going back to the past. If you're that scared of Madame Tussauds house of horrors how is it not scary to actually be back in time with the real Jack the Ripper. For me it just didn't work. Even the character placement didn't work. I really wanted to like it......I just didn't :(
Nov 05, 2017 rated it did not like it
So, I have been trying to get to 100 percent reviews with Net Galley. I got this book 4 years ago or so, and I never read it. I chased it down via Interlibrary Loan and maybe I should have sat this one out.

It is not good. I did not finish. I knew on page three I was not going to like it, but, I want to give it more than three pages. A few things to point out.

Third person books do not need and should not have parenthetical asides. Those are there for funny first person narratives, blogs or perso
Sannie Hald
Feb 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Ripped - received a free digital copy by requesting on Netgalley.

The thoughts that Katie has about living in the 19th century are thoughts that I have. What would it really be like? In many novels we only see the romantic side of the century but I know for a fact that I couldn't be content with just being a trophy wife who went to tea parties (unless it would be with the mad hatter!), going for walks, attend social balls, sewing and what not. I couldn't, however, be of the working class either.
Review to come on the blog June 22.
Kate, the protagonist in this story, gets her wish and travels back in time to London 1888, the time when the notorious serial killer, Jack the Ripper, roamed the London streets in the Whitechapel area, and frightened its citizens so famously. She swears to herself that she'll discover who Jack the Ripper is and stop him from killing innocent women, but mostly to stop him from killing one of her ancestors.

In the process, Katie discovers and learns
Arra Abella
Jan 17, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: YA readers who love mystery and historical fiction.
Finally, I'm going to share with you my first book review of the year! Yay! Hopefully, it's not the last. Shelly Dickson Carr's Ripped is based on the reign of terror by a mysterious serial killer dubbed as Jack the Ripper. He was known for committing brutal murders of young women through slitting their throats, mutilating their faces and genital-area, and evisceration of the internal organs. Clearly, it was a horrifying event during the nineteenth century. Despite this, it made Jack the Ripper ...more
Jul 28, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy, ya
This murder mystery had it merits and for a first novel, it was pretty decent. Hopefully the author will improve and excel in her second novel. The story centers around a girl in London who travels back in time to solve the Jack the Ripper murders. There was lots of whodunit story lines as well as a light teen romance. There were certainly some far-fetched moments, but overall the story grabbed you enough to pull you in to find out who was Jack the Ripper and what happens when she goes back in t ...more
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an ARC that I received from NetGalley in return for my honest review. I enjoyed this YA book very much--I have always been intrigued by unsolved crimes and Jack the Ripper is pretty much the ultimate for that. Katie Lennox has recently lost her parents and since her older sister is the lead singer of a famous rock band and always gone on tour, she must go to London and live with her grandmother. She's adapting to the situation and making friends. One day she attends a Jack the Ripper ex ...more
Andrea Ika
May 19, 2013 rated it liked it
Review : Ripped
Publisher: New Book Partners
Release Date: December 1, 2012
Format: Kindle edition, 520 pages
Genre: YA, Indie, Thriller, Time-Travel
Rating: ★★★

Katie Lennox wishes her parents were still alive. Having to leave Boston to live with Grandma Cleaves in London was hard, but she's making new friends, working on her British accent and even learning some Cockney rhyming slang. London's cool and actually feels like home in some ways, like she's been here before, belongs here. When a
Eustacia Tan
May 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
If you could save your parents at the expense of others, would you do so? Would you take the hard right or the easy wrong? This is really the cruz of the matter with Ripped, not the fact that it's a Jack the Ripper murder mystery.

Ripped stars Katie, an American girl living in London. Her parents have died, and her older sister is a famous rock star. So one day, when on a visit to Madame Tussands with her cousin Collin and his friend Toby, she goes to the London Stone and makes a wish.

And suddenl
Nov 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Call me uninspired, but I really couldn’t come up with a better title for this post than the actual title of the book. It’s a pretty great title.

Thanks to NetGalley for this one! I used to live in London’s east end, very near Liverpool Street Station and a stone’s throw (literally) from where Jack the Ripper killed his last victim. The Jack the Ripper walking tour is one of London’s best and most fascinating, so I think I did it every time I had a visitor. I mean, who isn’t intrigued by the worl
Jul 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, ya, mystery

I admit it took me longer to get into this book than others I’ve read recently. I found the frankly gruesome exhibit described at Madame Tussaud’s a bit much (though, to be honest, I am more squeamish than the average reader!) and the transition between the twenty-first century and the Ripper’s London was a tad clunky for my liking. But. I, for one, will happily hold my hands up and say that, when the story picked up and the main plot got underway, it was absolutely worth the wait.

Nineteenth c
Linda Baker
May 07, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Ripped by Shelly Dickson Carr is an entertaining YA adventure through the London of 1888, where Jack the Ripper has launched his reign of terror in the fog shrouded streets. Katie Lenox is a thoroughly modern American girl who has lost her parents in an automobile accident and now lives with her grandmother in London. Not only is she mourning their loss, she feels that she has lost her older sister, Courtney, who does not get along with her grandmother.

Katie is settling in as well as might be e
Kirsty Bicknell
Ripped was a difficult story to enjoy at its outset, as I felt uncomfortable with Katie's character, who was portrayed as sullen and spoilt, rather than grieving, and I was unconvinced by her sudden 'horror' (attention-seeking behaviour??) whilst at the Jack the Ripper exhibit.
I much preferred the 1888 version of Katie, who appeared more confident, in control and independent. I found that Katie's transition back in time was seamless in the narrative, and Shelley Dickson Carr's descriptions of Vi
Apr 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ripped: A Jack the Ripper Time-Travel Thriller
Carr, Shelly Dickson *

The first part leads you through the history, and spectacular collection of Madame Trousseau wax work museum. It is and interesting in-depth descriptions of the different rooms and historical figures presented by the museum. It is an overwhelming experience for young Katie, as she is forced by the display to run into the next area without paying attention. But she has reached the things she endured all of this to see, the London
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
It’s difficult to take a legendary villain, whose story has been told, retold, dissected, scrutinized and ficitionalized and breathe new life into it. But that is exactly what Shelly Dickson Carr did with Ripped, her creative version of the tale of hideous killer, Jack the Ripper. In the present day, young Katie, a descendent of Lady Beatrix Twyford, one of the Ripper’s victims, travels back in time to the summer of 1888 when Jack the Ripper terrorized White Chapel London. She wanted to save Lad ...more
Kirsten Lenius
Jun 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was provided a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

In Ripped, Katie Lennox is living with her grandmother in England, after her parents are killed in car accident, while her older sister Courtney is making a life for herself as a rock singer in America.

Katie and her cousin Collin, along with his friend Toby, go to view the Jack the Ripper exhibit at Madame Tussaud's. After she takes her tour, she goes and touches the London Stone which is said to have mystical
May 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I have to admit to being more than a little surprised by RIPPED: A JACK THE RIPPER TIME-TRAVEL THRILLER. Having won a paperback copy on GoodReads I departed from the usual genres which I surround myself with into the realm of YA. I'm not a YA fan, I've never been a YA fan...not even when I was a YA but there's something about RIPPED that is very different. Perhaps it's the wonderful artwork laced through the novel, perhaps it's the heavy use of rhyming slang or maybe even the effort the author g ...more
Rachel Bridgeman
Aug 07, 2013 rated it liked it
This was a good book, as a new young adult fiction it hit the marks pretty well (female lead/time travelling/serial killer etc) and I can see how it would be eagerly set upon by teens. However, it is difficult as an adult who has an interest in the Ripper cases to view this totally subjectively but I'm going to try! Firstly, it should be noted that there are liberties taken with the actual facts of the case (names changed etc) to fit the story. The author explains that she did this at the end of ...more
May 07, 2013 rated it liked it
I Won a copy of "Ripped: A Jack the Ripper Time-Travel Thriller, by Shelly Dickson Carr through the Goodreads Giveaway Contest.

In 1888 Jack the Ripper, a serial killer, began a reign of terror, murdering girls in the White Chapel district of London. Katie Lenox, 15 is a American girl who has lost her parents in an automobile accident and now lives with her grandmother in London. Not only is she mourning their loss, she feels that she has lost her older sister, Courtney,23, who joined a rock and
May 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
Sure the author took some creative liberties, rendering this story not quite historically accurate, but that's okay since this story isn't offered up as true historical fiction. I'd say it's more aptly categorized as fanciful conjecture with gross deviations from the history books. History-inspired YA.

As someone who has always found Jack the Ripper a curious and fascinating creature, I was drawn to this book's cover art and title. I tried not to let the fact that the protagonist was a teenage g
Aug 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
This was a very entertaining YA time-travel fantasy/mystery thriller. Katie, a Bostonian orphan living with her grandmother in London, visits the Jack the Ripper exhibit at Madame Tussaud's. Finding the London Stone, she makes a wish to solve the Ripper mystery (as well as for her sister to get along with her grandmother and come home) and finds herself transported back to 1888. Along with a nineteenth century version of her cousin Collin and his friend Toby, she tries to solve the mystery and k ...more
May 13, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Katie Lennox makes a wish on the famed London Stone to go back in time, to have her family back, and find the true identity of Jack the Ripper, who murdered her distant relative. Unfortunately, she ends up getting a lot more than she wished for when she travels back to Victorian London 1888, and is thrown into the midst of the Ripper's murdering frenzy.

The story was well written, though a couple parts of it did feel a bit forced or contrived at times, as if manipulated to fit the outcome the aut
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I was ten years old when I read He Wouldn't Kill Patience, the classic mystery by my grandfather, John Dickson Carr. I guess it all started there, because ever since that book, I've been hooked on the genre and thinking about the mystery I'd one day write. Well, RIPPED is it--my first novel.

The idea for RIPPED came while on a scouting trip. As a board member for the Huntington Theater in Boston,