Author: Amy Carol Reeves
Series: Book Three in the Ripper Trilogy
Published By: Flux (April 8, 2014)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
Genre: YA Paranormal
My Rating: 4 Stars!
When she catches Edmund Wyatt following her through the streets of London, Abbie Sharp learns that every British monarch for hundreds of years has known about—and financially supported—the Conclave. Furious that the monarchy would cooperate with such a nefarious group, Abbie refuses Wyatt’s request for help in catching the person who is blackmailing Queen Victoria with this secret information. But a far greater threat emerges when the Ripper, Max, returns and brings a string of new murders with him. Abbie must choose whether to help the Queen she now despises or stop Max from succeeding at his most diabolical plan yet—the creation of a whole new Conclave aimed at usurping the British throne.
I love this series, not only does it transport me back in time with it's rich historical details of 19th century London, but it gives me twists and turns with adding just the right amount of the paranormal to keep me on my toes and really keep things interesting.
With as much as I love this trilogy and couldn't wait to dive in, there is always something bittersweet about ending a trilogy you have come to appreciate and look forward to.
Will Max finally be defeated and the Conclave squashed? Will all my questions be answered and all the secrets finally revealed. Will Simon get his happily ever after and will Abbie finally see what is right in front of her and has been this whole time?
I kind of get a little bit stressed out starting last books because I want...well, everything. I want the good guys to win, the bad to perish, love to succeed and the underdog to win and that just doesn't always happen. Plus, it is always hard saying goodbye to characters and in this case, places.
Reeves has infused this story with not only great writing but such a descriptive setting of London that you feel like you are there walking the streets with Abbie, breathing the heavy air, smelling the scents from the street vendors, hearing the prance of the cabbies as they roll by and seeing the good as well as the ugly of life there. You are inside the killers mind one moment and Abbie's the next. Never knowing what twist or turn will be thrown at you next.
It has to be said that I love Abbie. She is such a strong character, she has been from the very beginning and even though she is strong, there is still room there for growth, and grow she does.
I love Simon, I have from the very beginning and his love for Abbie and sacrifices, were beautiful. He is a true friend in every sense of the word and while Reeves could have played the easy role here and created a love triangle, she never did. There were hints throughout the books but it never crossed that line which I am grateful for.
I even have to admit that I liked Grandmother a little (okay a lot) more after this as well, something I honestly never thought I would say or admit. And then we have William. Oh how I love to hate him and how I hate that I still love him, even after all he put Simon and Abbie through in the last book. There is just something about him that was hard to resist and again, I hate to admit it out loud but, I found myself liking him more and more as he proved himself to Abbie and Simon throughout the book.
All in all, I saw some things coming that happened and others I didn't at all. Was this a good conclusion to the series? I think so. Was it what I thought it would be? Honestly, no, but, that was okay, I still liked it and it surprised me, which is always a good thing. I didn't predict it all and I still loved it dearly.
*All thought and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*