(These Vicious Masks #1)
by Tarun Shanker (Website | Twitter | Facebook)
& Kelly Zekas (Website | Twitter)
Publication Date: February 9th 2016
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy | Historical Fiction
Source: For Review
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Jane Austen meets X-Men in this gripping and adventure-filled paranormal romance set in Victorian London.
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. (Goodreads)
Described as Jane Austen meets X-Men, I knew These Vicious Masks would be a book that I absolutely HAD to read. I pretty much adore anything Jane Austen, especially the descriptions of the time period, and when you add in the supernatural abilities, you can bet I'm going to be curious. That is exactly what you get with These Vicious Masks, and I really enjoyed the story.
Evelyn is a pretty awesome heroine, willing to do just about anything to find her sister who mysteriously disappeared one night. With the help of the charming Mr. Kent, and the reserved Mr. Braddock, Evelyn does whatever she has to do to track down her sister, and finds out something shocking about herself in the process. I really love how headstrong Evelyn was, and I especially loved how she stood her own against Kent and Braddock, who were both charming as well as completely insufferable at times. They all made me laugh more than a few times throughout the novel, and I really enjoyed the many different sides of these characters.
I love all things Jane Austen, and because of that, I adored the setting for the book. It felt very much like the setting in an Austen novel, which I loved. However, it also left me a little frustrated, because there were SO many things that women weren't allowed to do during that time period. How can you be an awesome heroine when you're expected to be like a proper lady all the time?? LOL!! The storyline for the book was very fast paced, and I really enjoyed all of the action and suspense throughout the novel. I kept wondering what was going to happen next for Evelyn and her crew.
Overall; These Vicious Masks was a fun and interesting read. I'm really glad that it's going to be a series, as I'm super curious to see what's going to happen in the future for these characters, and I'll be anxiously waiting to get my hands on the next book(s)!! Definitely check it out!