Ripped – Shelly Dickson Carr


Author: Shelly Dickson Carr

Rating: 2/5


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?


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 to the summer of 1888 when Jack the Ripper terrorized White Chapel London when she touches the London Stone and thinks to herself how she wishes she could solve the mystery of Jack The Ripper and keep him from killing all those poor girls, mainly, her ancestor, Lady Beatrix Twyford.

While the premise is interesting, the story dragged on in places and some things were never explained. Much of the action of Jack the Ripper is all pushed up at the end of the book. It didn’t seen thrilling to me, not as it should. I feel as if most of Kate’s time was spent hanging around with Toby and Colin’s great-great grandfathers (who just happened to be exact replicas, as well as Katie’s sister Courtney looking like Beatrix).  I found myself skipping ahead and skimming pages waiting for something interesting to happen.

There were some things in the book that irked me, such as Toby knowing all this info to a T on how the Stone worked. I get it, he traveled in time, but really, half of what he recited to Katie was not something you could monitor in one time traveling adventure, and it only works once for any particular person.

Another was that if Katie was THAT freaked about Madame Toussard’s ripper show, why did she want to go back and experience it for real? And changing the past, doesn’t anyone understand how in every tv-show and movie involving time traveling, it is dangerous? The girls in Britain, hasn’t she ever watched a single episode of Doctor Who? Some things are set in stone.

It really bugged me that she wanted to save Lady Beatrix so badly, but the two basically exchanged a word or two and never came together again really for the rest of the book.

It just wasn’t my cup of tea. Especially when it was revealed who Jack the Ripper was… really? I suppose it was the shock factor, but the shock factor was moreover why HE was this dastardly ripper. I don’t want to ruin the plot for anyone who hasn’t read it, so I shall not name him.

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