These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas

23688792England, 1882. Evelyn is bored with society and its expectations. So when her sister, Rose, is kidnapped, she ignores her parents and travels to London to find her. Two dashing men try to help her. She uncovers a much larger plot to ‘study’ and ‘experiment’ on those with special gifts, in other words, specials powers. Mayhem ensues.

The set up and beginning were SLOW. Then the set up in London was also SLOW. Honestly, the book didn’t really come together until the last 100 pages and at which point, I was like eh. I greatly enjoyed the interactions between the three main characters: Evelyn, Mr. Braddock and Mr. Kent. Many of their conversations are priceless. There interaction was the only thing that kept me interested in the book. I think more attention to the villain’s characterization would have improved the book. Everything else is beaten like a dead horse but the lack of development of the deranged Dr. Beck as main antagonist speak of sloppiness and of a hastily sketched character. Dr. Beck was such a big part of the story and yet he was not given the time and attention he required. It hardly helps that he’s meant to be the tip of the iceberg and, he’s only one member of a far larger organization. But he was simply reduce to the stereotype of the mad doctor obsesses with the greater good even if it means hurting innocent individuals.

I’m on the fence as to whether or not I would be interested in book 2.

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