New Book Review: These Vicious Masks

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Rated 4 of 5 stars

The first book I’ve read by Shanker and Zekas…and its pretty damn good! I really enjoyed the historical aspects of this story which made it even more interesting. It was a time that I wasn’t completely aware of and the culture of the characters are so different from most YA novels. There’s some love, some fighting, some paranormal, some mystery…a little bit of everything. There were a few cons to go along with the abundance of pro’s (hence, the four star rating). So let’s get into it…

PROS – The main character Evelyn is written beautifully. She’s sassy, yet traditional. She’s got a fire in her and a desire to grow and do more with her life even though in the time she is living, a woman is to find a well off husband and ride his coattails until they die…miserably, most likely. Thank goodness for women’s rights, yeh? Anyway, Evelyn has a dismal existence with matchmaker parties and forced swooning until she meets Mr. Braddock…the dark and brooding, gentleman that stays far from society for the most part. Once they meet, her distrust for him grows. They are polar opposites. Luckily, she has a best friend in Mr. Kent, her constant comedic relief and confidante. He would be a potential suitor if only his family wasn’t horrible and hated her guts.

The characters are written well. I found Mr. Kent to be especially complex and delightful. Overall, the story was character-driven and revolved around the mystery of who took Rose, Evelyn’s sister, and how they were going to get her back. Now comes the paranormal. You only catch glimpses of it in the beginning of the story but soon…you’ll see the full scale of paranormal abilities. That’s when it gets interesting.

CONS – The writing can be a bit dramatic at times. I rolled my eyes on a few occasions when I realized it was a bit over the top with some explanations and in some fighting scenes.

Other than that, the book is solid and definitely gives me late 1800’s, X-Men vibes. Needless to say, I’ll be checking out the second book, These Ruthless Deeds.

Raging Book Reviews Recommended!

*Purchased with my own money.

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