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{April 5, 2013}   {ARC Review} Renegade by Amy Carol Reeves (Ripper #2)

15715926From Goodreads: 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.

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I’m sorry to say that this second novel in the series just didn’t do anything for me.  Abbie is extremely wishy-washy, and her issues with William drove me a bit nutty.  I understand the idea of purity, but quite honestly, you can’t hold people accountable for their past relationships, and when Abbie starts doing this, I lost a bit of respect for her.  Add in her inability to do anything for herself, and her constant bad decision-making, and I was less than pleased with her character, overall.

Likewise, William jumps off the deep end in this novel, and his turn to alcohol and women made me lose all respect for him.  Maybe Abbie had a point that she couldn’t trust him, but still, she made that call prior to any of his indiscretions, and his indiscretions stemmed from jealousy and misery (not condoning it, but), so I still don’t see how she could make that call prior to the fact.

I truly felt like too much of this novel focused on Abbie’s inability to make good decisions and not enough on the monster that skulks through the waters.  I liked how we progressively learned more about this entity at the beginning of the chapters, but I also felt like it was drawn out and the in-between information concerning Abbie didn’t keep my attention well enough for me to really enjoy this novel.  Two stars.

2 stars

Flux Books has been extremely gracious in allowing me to read an ARC of this novel, via Netgalley, prior to its widespread release on April 8, 2013.

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