Series: These Vicious Masks #2
Author: Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Published Date: March 14th 2017
Genre: Historical Fiction, Fantasy
My Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
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...
"Not at all, I don't trust anyone"
"But I do trust everyone's self-interest. I can easily see how a society and its members being rewarded for performing miracles can lead to a pleasant and long-lasting cycle."
MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS
Honestly if you like Historical fiction and fantasy please pick up this series you will not be disappointed. It has strong female characters, super abilities, and good friendships with multiple people.
This book starts off a few months after These Vicious Masks ends. Meaning that we get to see everyone starting to not grieve as much and move on as best as they can from what happened in the first book.
Obviously this means that we have a lot of the same characters, but we also get a whole new group of characters that have special abilities as well. The characters get brought together by a Society of Abberation. Which is a society that is supposed to protect and help them improve their abilities for the greater good.
This seems like a great idea.. but we all know how this is going to end don't we... Things start going a little to well for Evelyn and the rest of the group. Then on a mission things start to go a little wrong and Evelyn starts to question if what they are doing is right or wrong.
"I just don't believe I can do the right thing if this is what happens."
When they start to realize things aren't quite as good as they thought. They all have to make tough decisions and decided to protect family or the rest of the world. It's a decision that is hard for everyone and until we would be placed in this type of situation we can't say what we would choose for sure.
The society turns out to be like so many other ones sadly, and while it was expected it was still heartbreaking. Seeing the characters I had grown to love faced with such hard choices was difficult. This became a story of right and wrong and how far will someone go to protect the ones they love even if it means hurting others.
It was done in such a way by the authors that you felt like you were the ones having to make the decisions with the characters and thousands of peoples lives really were in your hands.
Overall I really loved this book! This had no second book syndrome in my opinion, it was just as good if not better in some areas than the first one. I did struggle with a few of the characters which is why it wasn't a five star read sadly, but I don't think they will be in the next book!
The romance between Mr.Kent and Evelyn and Evelyn and Sebastian is still present, but I do feel like a decision was made in this one. Which was nice, but also sad because I do like her with each of them. They each bring out different qualities in her that help her deal with what is going on.
At times in this book I did find myself getting more annoyed with Sebastian at times, because of how him and Evelyn were dealing with things.
As for the female friendships they were present, but I felt like they were more on the back burner and the focus was far more on Mr. Kent and some other new characters and trying to stop what was happening.
I did like the small little bit of bonding we saw between Evelyn and Miss Chen and I really want to see more of that in the future, because the two of them together would make an awesome team in my opinion.
Can't wait for the final book in this trilogy, but I will also be sad when our time in this world is over.