Title: These Vicious Masks
Authors: Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas
Date Started: July 8
Date Finished: July 10
Format: Paperback from local library
England, 1882. Evelyn is bored with society and its expectations. So when her beloved sister, Rose, mysteriously vanishes, she ignores her parents and travels to London to find her, accompanied by the dashing Mr. Kent. But they’re not the only ones looking for Rose. The reclusive, young gentleman Sebastian Braddock is also searching for her, claiming that both sisters have special healing powers. Evelyn is convinced that Sebastian must be mad, until she discovers that his strange tales of extraordinary people are true—and that her sister is in graver danger than she feared.
I won’t lie, These Vicious Masks is somewhat similar to The Dark Days Club; takes place in England during a time where women socialize and look for husbands and it isn’t proper for them to be running around without some sort of chaperone, people with special powers that no one really understands, and some sort of special organization that everyone with these powers fears. Although, the latter doesn’t really get explained in great detail, which is where I have a feeling the sequel is going to focus on. But I digress. Evelyn is spunky and a little bit less concerned with her position within society than Lady Helen was in TDDC. She’s only after one thing. Her sister and she will do anything to find her. It’s admirable. Her companions are a little less annoying than Lord Carlston, but I’m not sure I liked the fact that there was a love triangle (square actually) brewing between Mr. Kent, Mr. Braddock and Evelyn even though Braddock is engaged already.
I will admit this, I liked These Vicious Masks better than the other book if only because of the cast of characters and the fact that Shanker and Zekas didn’t take so long to set up the world and the plot. I am curious about what Evelyn will do now because of how the book ended. I am also curious about this Society that was mentioned near the end. I am also, despite my protests, dying to know how the love square ends. Will she chose Kent or Braddock? And speaking of Braddock, he was mysteriously absent from the last chapter of the book. I get why, but I’m curious to see how Evelyn and him move past what he accidentally did.
Final Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars. I really wish Goodreads would allow half star ratings. Anyway, I liked this book better than The Dark Days Club, but it still had it’s own problems. Some of the passages were a little dry and Evelyn’s behavior sometimes got on my nerves. However, I am intrigued enough to want to read the sequel.
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