These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas

these-viscious-masksThese Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas

Do you ever read a book, absolutely fall in love with it at the time, and then a few months later, you can’t even really remember what happened?

When I first read this book, I was such a fan of this book. It was being pitched as Jane Austen meets X Men, and since I was totally excited for the new X Men movie coming out, this was totally on the top of my TBR. However, it perhaps wasn’t the brightest idea to read this book and then also The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman, since they were pretty, pretty similar. Now, I’m totally lost on what Victorian powers and strong heroine driven plots happened in each book.

Let’s try and start off with the basics?

When Evelyn’s sister, Rose, mysteriously disappears, Evelyn sets off to London to find her. Rose is known for her healing abilities, and Evelyn is worried that her kindness might have led her into trouble. She is accompanied by the funny and dashing Mr. Kent, but soon, she finds herself relying on the enigmatic and always disappearing Mr. Braddock who keeps claiming that Evelyn and Rose have secret, magical powers. Of course, Evelyn thinks him mad, until she starts to see real-life in magic in action and begins to believe. Will her magic help Evelyn find her sister before it’s too late? Or cause more damage than good?

Okay, writing that summary actually helped me remember far more of this plot than I thought that I had remembered, so yay for that?

This was my first adventure with Swoon Reads, and it soon began the weird love affair I have with this publishing company. For some odd reason, I can’t stop buying their books – mostly for a few reasons. They’re cheap, they have cute covers, they’re cheap, they have cool and adorable plots, and oh, did I mention they’re cheap? I know people love a good hardcover, but for this Book Princess, sometimes she’s on a book budget and Swoon Reads will normally save the day. This is the book that got me started on this love affair, and there were a few reasons why.

First off, what I loved the most about this book is the characterization. Evelyn is a strong heroine that doesn’t take crap from anyone and yet also knows her place in society. She can’t be as strong and independent as she wants to be, but she still tries. She is quite likable, and I wanted to root for her with every page. You could feel the sisterly love between her and Rose, and I definitely enjoyed her as a main character.

Hello, Tiana! It’s been too long!

I also loved the characterization of the two love interests. Yes, there is a love triangle – but this book isn’t focused on the romance parts. It is focused on the magic and the adventure, which is a nice change of pace from a book with a love triangle. Yes, I totally wanted to know who she was going to pick since I didn’t root for the wrong one, but I also didn’t care as much as I usually do because I enjoyed the characterization of them each.

Mr. Kent was tremendously witty, and I got a total Oscar Wilde feel for him. I loved his humor. I also enjoyed Mr. Braddock. He’s the perfect Victorian hero – brooding and moody and totally mysterious. I think that was the point. For the good first half of the book, he would literally just storm out of the room any chance he got, and I thought it was absolutely hilarious. He was also super caring as well, which I totally thought was a nice contrast to his brooding.

The plot and adventure was interesting as well. It wasn’t quite as X Men as the summary made it out to be, but it was interesting with the powers. The ending was super shocking, and I totally loved how it was something so different than what I was expecting. It definitely kept me entertained and guessing at what was going to happen next.

Originally, I had put this as a favorite, but over the next few months, after forgetting a lot of what happened, I decided to change my opinion on its favorite status. It’s definitely a five crown, though, and a Tiana rating!


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What do you think? Have you read this book? Do you ever change your thoughts on books much later on? Do you have five star reads that definitely aren’t favorites?

16 thoughts on “These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas

    1. Thanks so much! To tell the truth, I didn’t fully hate the love triangle in this one – mostly because it’s really not the main focus of the book. There is a person that you could easily root more for so I guess it may lead you to the “right” end of it, but I”m not sure. Isn’t being on the wrong end the worst? I always have to spoil it for myself because I can’t stand not rooting for the right person. Thanks so much again! 🙂

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      1. I know! Have you read the Red Queen by Victoria Ayenard? I totally did that to myself and now, like, eight months later and I still haven’t gotten over shipping the wrong ship. I have a bad habit now of reading ahead to figure it out…but that leads to other trouble, lol. XD How do you do on the most famous love triangles? Do you usually pick the most popular ones?

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      2. I have read Red Queen and I was on the wrong ship. The really wrong one. For popular triangles I usually pick the winning guy. Like in the Hunger Games, I chose Peeta over Gale. But I also liked him more. BUT in the Throne of Glass series (have you read them?) I cannot get on board with the decided ship. I do not like the guy, at all. I’m trying to think of other triangles but I’m blanking…Which makes sense because I tend to avoid them. XP

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      3. OMG, I was, too. I was so angry with myself for that one, and I have vowed to never be on the losing ship again because it traumatized me so much. XD I have not read Throne of Glass yet, but I have seen there are a few people that really hate the decided ship. Does it ruin the rest of the book? (I’m blanking on other ships, too.) Hmm…did you read the Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare because I know there were some issues with the decided ship there (although I was thankfully on the right side XD).

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