Review: These Ruthless Deeds (These Vicious Masks, #2) by Tarun Shanker, Kelly Zekas

April 13, 2017 Review 0

Review: These Ruthless Deeds (These Vicious Masks, #2) by Tarun Shanker, Kelly ZekasThese Ruthless Deeds by Kelly Zekas, Tarun Shanker
Series: These Vicious Masks #2
Published by Swoon Reads on March 14, 2017
Genres: Historical, Romantic, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Pages: 320
Source: NetGalley
Excerpt: Excerpt
Sexual Content: Kissing
Reviewed by: Kate
3 Stars

England, 1883. Still recovering from a devastating loss, Evelyn is determined to use her powers to save other gifted people from those who would harm them. But when her rescue of a young telekinetic girl goes terribly wrong, Evelyn finds herself indebted to a secret society devoted to recruiting and protecting people like Evelyn and her friends.

As she follows the Society’s orders, healing the sick and embarking on perilous recruitment missions, Evelyn sees her problems disappear. Her reputation is repaired, her friends are provided for, and her parents are newly wealthy. She reunites with the dashing Mr. Kent and recovers the reclusive Mr. Braddock (who has much less to brood over now that the Society can help him to control his dangerous power). But Evelyn can’t help fearing the Society is more sinister than it appears...

Action-packed and suspenseful, THESE RUTHLESS DEEDS is an excellent follow-up to THESE VICIOUS MASKS.

THESE RUTHLESS DEEDS starts out with a bang, and even having read THESE VICIOUS MASKS within the past few months, it took a little while for me to get immersed into the world again. There isn't a ton of character development, but what is lacking in that regard the authors more than make up for in terms of action. There are plenty of super-powered fight scenes to keep a reader entertained, with a little romance thrown in here and there to spice it up.

One thing that irks me is that Evelyn is a bit of a "Mary Sue" character. She has multiple boys after her, she always seems to be the smartest and most aware person of her group of friends, and she has what is arguably the best superpower (healing ability). This doesn't make her that much less likable, it just bothered me on a few occasions when she seemed to be the ONLY person to realize some key clue or piece of information was crucial (though she did guess wrong on something at the end and I appreciated that display of imperfection).

What I like best about THESE RUTHLESS DEEDS is how those with superpowers aren't always the good guys. The authors definitely play with the gray area between good and evil, and I enjoyed watching the various characters reveal their motivations as the book progressed.

All in all, THESE RUTHLESS DEEDS was a fun, quick read with a crazy ending that left me thinking about the moral quandaries the characters were put in, even after I'd set down the book. While it isn't without its faults, These Vicious Masks series should definitely be on the to-read list of anybody who enjoys historical fantasy or characters with superpowers!

Series Titles:
  1. These Vicious Masks
  2. These Ruthless Deeds
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  • If you're looking for historical fantasy set in a similar time period, try THE DARK DAYS CLUB by Allison Goodman.
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