I spent almost an entire day reading These Vicious Masks and I really did enjoy the story. I would give it 4 overall stars but to me, it just doesn’t seem like a 4 star book. I admit to it grabbing my attention in certain parts but in others I was just skim reading and I absolutely hate skim reading. I try hard to keep myself from skim reading but some parts of this book were so boring I couldn’t help it. Overall though this book is probably one I won’t read again but I don’t regret reading it.
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.
I do think that this book had elements of a Jane Austen book and I greatly enjoyed the added benefit of the Victorian era novel. This book did have some amazing scenes that kept me eagerly turning the pages, but there were also parts where I just wasn’t interested in all the boring stuff that was going on. I do hate skim reading, and it just seemed unavoidable at certain points which was a let down for me because this book had potential to be enthralling through out its entirety.
The main character, Evelyn, I didn’t really have to big of a problem with. She is a head strong young woman who is set out to find her sister no matter the cost and I loved her bravery. She was going into London with no plan other then the hope that she would be able to find her sister. I wouldn’t exactly call her a strong female lead though…I mean she was certainly a female lead but she wasn’t, in a sense, a strong leader. She had no thoughts for anyone but herself and her sister. She didn’t care about any of the repercussions her actions held nor did she care about who got hurt. I think the only problem with her as a character was the fact that while she was brave, she was also incredibly selfish and careless.
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I don’t even know what to say about Mr.Kent. He was an odd character and I’m not entirely sure what my opinion of him is. He just so happened to be there when Evelyn needed him and he was incredibly generous towards her, no matter how much she hurt him. Mr. Kent was never really a character that I personally liked, I didn’t exactly hate him but he was always a bit off. Oh and wow he has a power, I totally didn’t see that coming.
And then there’s Sebastian, who in the beginning is an obnoxious twat, but then wants her help. And she helps him?? After he was so rude?? Like I get you need to save your sister and all that jazz but you hardly know this guy and the last time you two met he was rude. And this is all to save his soon to be wife?? Who he can’t actually be with because he will kill her?? It was all a big mess and the authors did a great job of getting all the points across, even though a little less rudeness in the beginning may have made their alliance more believable.
My mom was waiting for me to finish this book and tell her if it’s a good read or not and I think I’m going to tell her that it’s worth the read. Overall this book is quite good and I’ll probably recommend it to people who ask me for a Jane Austen type book. If you want a semi-short read about Victorian age London with a decent portion of supernatural occurances then I recommend you put this book on your tbr.