These Ruthless Deeds (These Vicious Masks #2)
By: Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: March 14th, 2017
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…
This was so good. If you finished These Vicious Masks and thought, I want MORE! Then you will not be disappointed with These Ruthless Deeds. There is more of everything! More Evelyn! More sassy Mr. Kent! More broody Mr. Braddock! More angsty relationship angst! More action! More about these gifted individuals and the powers they can have! Tarun and Kelly have once again written a magnificent fantasy that has a great balance of humor and stab you in the heart feels.
Evelyn is, again, my favorite. She’s hurting, but trying to recover, and doing what she thinks Rose would want her to do. She is saving others who have gifts and may not have been as lucky when it came to learning how to live with them. Meanwhile, Mae is telling everyone that Evelyn is dreadfully sick and can’t possibly be disturbed. I appreciated that even though Evelyn and Mae had feelings for Sebastian at the same time, they were still friends, they still respected one another, still looked out for one another. They didn’t allow a guy to come between them. In addition, we finally get to meet Catherine, the best friend who was briefly mentioned in the first book, and she proves to be a great addition to this growing group.
And the love interests? I like both of these men, and I can’t choose (well, maybe). Mr. Kent and Mr. Braddock both have their appeal, and both would fit well if paired with Evelyn. Yet both of these relationships can’t seem to catch a break. Also? I wanted a tad bit more romance and swoons than was present, but that just leaves me hopeful that the next book will compensate.
With this sequel, a whole host of new characters with unique and creative powers are introduced and mixed in among some familiar and surprising faces. The world of these gifted “aberrations” is elaborated on, the mythology behind them built up, and there is still much to be learned. As wickedly funny as its predecessor, but with just as brutal of an ending, These Ruthless Deeds is a fantastic second book that will leave you with a killer book hangover.
P.S. That fan-knife on the cover, it makes an appearance, and is just as awesome as it looks.
Tarun and Kelly met in a freshman year writing class at NYU and started writing These Vicious Masks a few years later.
Tarun is a writer living in Los Angeles whose idea of paradise consists of kung-fu movies, David Bowie and chai tea. Since completing his first horrible screenplay in high school, he’s written everything from one-act plays and film criticism to humor pieces and strongly-worded emails. He’s also magnetized, crushed and burned the hard drive where that first screenplay can be found.
Kelly is a writer and actor living in NYC. YA is her absolute favorite thing on earth other than cupcakes and she has spent many hours crying over fictional deaths. She also started reading Harlequin romances at a possibly too early age (12?), and still loves a good paperback romance.
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