Book Review: Ripped by Shelly Dickson Carr

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Ripped by Shelly Dickson Carr
(Started: October 05, 2014; Finished: February 12, 2015)

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 friend turns funky, Katie finds herself in a long, uncomfortable dress, wearing a ridiculous hat, wondering what happened to her jeans and high-top sneakers? And where's her iPhone?... 
It's London, 1888. Smart and gutsy, Katie knows she's here to stop Jack the Ripper. The serial killer didn't just slash his victims' throats; he butchered the women. Katie has read about the Ripper, knows the names of his victims and where and when they were killed. She's watched her fair share of CSI. Can Katie save their lives? (From Goodreads)
Review: 3 stars
Publication Date: December 01, 2012
Source: New Book Partners through Netgalley
Shelf: Goodreads, Shelfari
Available on: Amazon
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 the most famous serial killer to date. Until now, the identity of Jack the Ripper remains a mystery to everyone that many writers are pushed by their curiosity to write and wield the facts to create their own versions of the story. Hence, this book.

I have to say that it was pretty interesting. I love novels that explore the past because it helps me picture out what it's like to live in the past centuries. Putting my self in the shoes of the protagonist, Katie Lennox, I would've also had a hard time adjusting to a society with norms and customs that are quite different to mine. I would've been clueless and panicking the moment I realize I'm in a different time.

Ripped intrigued me. I was so excited to read how it will turn out, who is Jack the Ripper, and if Katie can stop him. The murders were written spot on that I was able to imagine every single one and found myself having goosebumps at some point. It made me mentally nervous and scared for my life if I really did live in that time. I also find the Cockney slang very entertaining and challenging at the same time. It thrilled me to figure out the words by myself and hey, I learned something new! The plot was well-written and well-researched. But I just wish that it wasn't that long. I think there were more or less sixty chapters and 509 pages. It got a bit draggy when I reached the middle and I felt like it was endless.

I really appreciate the explanation towards the end on how the story was created, why some famous authors were present and how they were involved, etc. I also love the Harry Potter references! Cheers to you, Shelly! I think she is a Potterhead! Yay!

Overall, it was a very good read especially to those YA readers who love mysteries and historical fiction. Add this to your reading list of Jack the Ripper-related novels!

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Happy Reading Everyone!

Love lots, xx
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