These Ruthless Deeds (These Vicious Masks Series #2)

These Ruthless Deeds (These Vicious Masks Series #2)

by Tarun Shanker, Kelly Zekas

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These Ruthless Deeds 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was impressed by how witty everyone is
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Talk about a twist!
taramichelle More than 1 year ago
After reading These Vicious Masks, I was totally hooked on this series. These Ruthless Deeds, the second installment, did not disappoint any of my expectations. All of my favorite characters were back and I loved this fast-paced, fun read. While the first book was more focused on an investigation, These Ruthless Deeds was about Evelyn and her friends finding their place in their world. The middle of the book floundered somewhat due to the introduction to the Society. Between Evelyn’s introduction to them and her unearthing of a secret, not a whole lot happens. Some of the tensions present in the first book had disappeared, potentially due to the lack of semi-illicit activities and adventures that marked Evelyn’s search for her sister in the first book. One of the things I loved about this book was the development of the romance. It was full of delicious miscommunications, misunderstandings, and pride. While I am still very much rooting for Sebastian, I did gain a greater appreciation for Mr. Kent. The darker side of all of the character’s powers were explored, which allowed for the relationships for the characters to deepen and develop further. The world-building in this series continued to be good (although not great). Some questions were answered in this installment and additional questions were raised, hopefully to be answered in the future. Additionally, it was very interesting to see the new powers that were introduced. This book had a wonderful exploration of morality, I continually questioned whether certain characters were heroes or villains. As the book progressed, it became steadily darker. It addressed the question of “what happens if you do the right thing for the wrong reasons?” Overall, this was a very action-driven, fast-paced, fun read. I cannot wait for the third installment in this series (particularly after that ending). I would recommend this book, and series, for fans of young adult historical fantasy. *Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** These Ruthless Deeds by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas Book Two of the These Vicious Masks series Publisher: Swoon Reads Publication Date: March 14, 2017 Rating: 2 stars Source: eARC from NetGalley Summary (from Goodreads): 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... What I Liked: I think I expected too much from this series. I was so excited to read These Vicious Masks, and when I read it in 2015, I found that I didn't totally love it. But I was cautiously optimistic and immediately pounced on this book when I saw it on NetGalley. And yet... this one was even more disappointing than These Vicious Masks. It was so up-and-down, and while there were some aspects that were okay, there were more that I didn't enjoy. Overall I'm giving the book two stars but I'm honestly struggling to come up with positives.. Evelyn and her other gifted friends want to use their powers for good and find other gifted people. When they get caught trying to rescue a young girl with telekinetic powers, they are rescued by the Society of Aberrations. Several members of the Society try to convince Evelyn that they are doing good work, despite everything in the past. While some of Evelyn's friends decide to join, Evelyn does not, at first. How does she know that the Society is truly reformed? Who can she trust? Even in entering a tentative partnership with the Society, Evelyn doesn't trust anyone. Meanwhile, she has more than enough going on in terms of society, balls, her Little Season, and a potential marriage proposal. But it's all going to come down to the ball her family is throwing her - when two worlds collide, there is bound to be disaster. Things I liked... hmm. I feel like I'm going to write my review in a bit of a cyclical way. You'll find more information in the next section (because I disliked more than I liked). But there were some things I liked - it's just that I also disliked those things too. For example: I'm really glad that love triangle gets cleared up, by the end of this book. I hate love triangles, and this one was ridiculous and poorly written. So yay for Evelyn making a choice, Sebastian making a choice, and Mr. Kent making a choice, by the end of the book. BUT, the fact that the love triangle is in this book at all is a strike against the book. See what I mean? A thing I liked but overall, disliked. I'm honestly sturggling to come up with things I liked about this book, so I'm going to move on. What I Did Not Like: I didn't like Evelyn's decision-making. I didn't like the love triangle. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
pooled_ink More than 1 year ago
pooled ink Reviews: I hardly have the words to describe my feelings for I am still recovering from the shock and grand explosiveness with which this book concludes. Overflowing with thrilling plot twists, fascinating characters, and proving itself as an overall exhilarating read, THESE RUTHLESS DEEDS pens its drama with a sharp knife dipped in darkest blood, curling its tale with poise, short-breaths, and an unyielding hand. But even its gorgeous prose cannot veil the ruthless deeds contained within. Read my FULL review here: https://pooledink.com/2017/01/28/these-ruthless-deeds/
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I was a huge fan of the first book and I was stupid excited to get to this one. I've loved Evelyn from the beginning. She's sassy and stubborn and it's so much fun to be in her head. There's huge cast of characters this time and while I did lose track of who was who {excluding the core group}, it was still enjoyable reading everyone's powers in action. The plot is fast paced and there are lots of action scenes. The ending is exasperating and satisfying and absolutely maddening. I need book 3 RTFN. **Huge thanks to Swoon Reads and NetGalley for providing the arc free of charge**