Thursday, March 16, 2017

Book Shelf: These Ruthless Deeds by Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas

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...

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These Ruthless Deeds is the exhilarating second novel in the These Vicious Masks series by Kelly Zekas and Tarun Shanker and continues on where the first novel left off in this whimsical and adventure riddled tale of intrigue, powerful abilities and forbidden romance. 

Evelyn Wyndham is still recovering from the devastating loss of her sister Rose and is determined to use her newfound abilities to stop others from suffering the same fate. Juggling her night-time escapades with her unwanted society life things, take a turn for the worse when Evelyn’s attempted rescue of a young woman with telekinetic powers turns bad. Faced with accepting help from a secret society that recruit and train people with extra abilities, Evelyn can’t help but feel the society is too good to be true. When missions blur the line between good and evil, Evelyn begins to question the society’s motives and soon protecting those she loves becomes a bigger feat than ever!

Set in 1883, These Ruthless Deeds once again draws readers into an intriguing Victorian world with a magical, almost paranormal twist. In a very League of Extraordinary Gentleman fashion, These Ruthless Deeds allows readers to get to know the Society of Aberrations and their hold on those with extraordinary powers in this fast paced and exciting instalment with plenty of twists. 

Personally I really enjoy this series and feel Kelly Zekas and Tarun Shanker work really well together. Managing to create a vivid and enticing world, Zekas and Shanker keep me entertained with the wit and banter displayed between their characters, mystery surrounding the storyline and romantic tension that simmers between my favourite characters Evelyn and Sebastian—it’s all very enjoyable to read about!

I still very much find Evelyn a great heroine to follow and found her equally strong and kind in These Ruthless Deeds. Evelyn wants to use her abilities to heal people, but she also doesn’t want to be taken advantage of and quickly sets out to determine the truth about the Society of Aberrations. You’ve got to love a girl ready to stage daring prison breaks and to sneak into places she knows she has no place to be, especially considering this is Victorian London where woman are expected to be good, dutiful wives and daughters. 

Exciting and adventurous, These Ruthless Deeds races to a heartbreaking and shocking ending. Evelyn and her friends find themselves making grievous choices that will see lives lost and characters left broken. With These Ruthless Deeds ending on such a potent and powerful ending, I for one cannot wait to see what happens in the third instalment! 

Sent for review by Xpresso Book Tours and the authors (Thank you guys!)
Publisher: St Martin's Press      
Format: Kindle ebook

Release Date: March 14th 2017
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Final Thoughts:
Almost as good as the first book, I can't wait to Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas plan after the heartbreaking ending of These Ruthless Deeds!

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