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These Vicious Masks

(These Vicious Masks #1)

3.64  ·  Rating details ·  5,013 ratings  ·  1,039 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published February 9th 2016 by Swoon Reads
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Nov 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
I enjoyed this book a great deal. A lot of my friends here on goodreads didn't like it too much but I did =)

Evelyn and Rose are sisters and they supposedly have powers. They are told they have the powers of healing by a man named Sebastian Braddock. Mr. Braddock seems like a jerk when we first meet him but he has his reasons and it is a very good reason indeed. Mr. Braddock also has powers.

When Rose goes missing one night and leaves a sketchy note saying she's going to London to be a nurse/doc

Buddy-read with my best super-girl.

“No, the true face is wretchedly simple and empty. The absolute joy in life, in friendship, in love, is learning about a person, deciphering them, taking each and every mask off to find a new one, waiting to be explored and understood.”

I chose this leading quote for a reason: this books also consists of masks hiding its true meaning, or maybe blending with it, creating in the process something quite different from the initial goal. This book is like a marshma

Katerina  Kondrenko
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of historical setting, slow-burning romance and witty-banters
10 out of 10

Ревью в моем блоге/This review on my blog
Living A Thousand Lives
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David Arnold and Michael Price – Victorian Opening
Zarema Aliyeva – Jealousy Tango
Gavin DeGraw – Everything will change

Genre: historical fantasy, YA
Stuff: superpowers,
Setting: Victorian London
WOW: writing style, humor, final
POV: 1st-person, female
Love-Geometry: next to
Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
Mar 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone! Anyone!
100% Adorbs. It was absolutely hilarious, and so very very charming. Loved this book to pieces. Do yourself a favor and grab a copy.

Evelyn might be my favorite protagonist ever. Every thought is dripping with sarcasm and blatant honesty. I love how her mind works.. she kept me so very entertained.

And with Evelyn, we have the charming and wild Mr. Kent, and the brooding mystery, Mr. Braddock. They are on a wild adventure, trying to solve the mystery of Evelyn's missing sister... but the story
Simona B
May 11, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommended to Simona by: Katerina Kondrenko, Lola Reviewer

"The greater good is all that matters."

Wait, where have I already heard it? Oh right, everywhere. Repeatedly. With various degrees of histrionics.

•And this is my first point: a little more attention to the villain's characterization would have improved the book to no end. The development and the employment of the deranged Dr Beck as main antagonist (and several other things truly: I'll get there) speak of sloppiness and of a hastily sketched character, and it does not convince me at all. It h
Heidi Heilig
Oct 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I feel I can't rightly review this book without spoiling things but I am still thinking about that ending.
Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
An advance copy of this title was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. My thoughts are my own. This review can also be found at The Starry-Eyed Revue.

This was JUST what I was in the mood for when I read it. (And honestly, still is what I'm in the mood for.) Special abilities. Banter. Snark. A heroine who just. Will. Not. Give. Up. Two handsome fellas, both vying for her attention. Fancy balls. Chase scenes. Missing sisters. Reputations damaged beyond repair.

It's hard to be
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
4.5 stars

I will read anything that's pitched as "Jane Austen meets the X-Men". Thankfully, it lived up to its tag line.

I absolutely adored Evelyn. She's snarky as hell and her inner monologue was like being in my head. I loved how she refused to be left in the dark about the situation and repeatedly inserted herself right in the middle of things. There are two boys in this book and I was amused by both of them.

The plot was engaging and entertaining. I had that delicious problem of wanting to hur
Kells Next Read
My Ratings 3:5

This was a fast paced, lighthearted fun read. I liked it but it wasn't an over the top read for me. At times I found it to be a bit rushed and the OTP I'm backing seems not to be likely. Set in an England setting the plot line consist of our heroine discovery that her sister has powers and (view spoiler)
We are also introduce to minor characters and we see gradually when and what there "p
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
"The absolute joy in life, in friendship, in love, is learning about a person, deciphering them, taking each and every mask off to find a new one, waiting to be explored and understood.”

Evelyn is not the typical Londoner consumed with society balls and high-rising affairs of the heart and social status - instead she tries to shy away from societal obligation, much to the annoyance of her determined mother. After leaving a particularly strange ball that opens the story, she finds out that her si
Dec 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016-releases
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***

These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas
Publisher: Swoon Reads
Publication Date: February 9, 2016
Rating: 3 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

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 Lon
Fafa's Book Corner
Feb 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner !

Beware spoilers ahead!

This book was recommended to me by my dear GR friends Lola and Katerina ! Click on their names to read their reviews!

I had heard about this book through Netgalley. It sounded interesting so I requested it. I was denied. When I went to re-read the synopsis I was immediately put off by the X-Men meets Jane Austen tag line. I have never been a fan of Jane Austen. I watched Pride and Prejudice but found Elizabeth to be rude. The way Kei
This was another book I read during the Easter holidays, and again, I adored it. Pride and Prejudice remains the only classical book I have read more than once, and I watch as many Austen adaptations as I can, so sticking her name into any synopsis/tag line is a sure fire way of getting me wanting to read any book.

In These Vicious Masks, Evelyn, our main character, is tired of going to society balls, and wants more in life than just to be married off and expected to sit inside like a dutiful lit
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
Oh my lorrrrrd the main character in this book drove me insane... absolutely insane... like I couldn't deal with how out of the loop she was

The ending of this book has me a bittt intrigued about the next book but I seriously don't know if it's worth being in Evelyn's head again...

Jessica ❁ ➳ Silverbow ➳ ❁
To be honest, I wasn't terribly interested in this one--I saw the masks and automatically categorized it as Victorian and/or Steampunk (not my thing)--BUT . . . Then I saw this :

We love Jane Austen, and we also love books that are inspired by Jane Austen. These three books are each completely different, but amazing in their own ways. If you're looking for a sweet contemporary romance check out First and Then, a Jane Austen meets X-Men mashup look at These Vicious Masks, and for a historica
Sarah Elizabeth
This was a YA historical/fantasy story, about a girl trying to find her kidnapped sister.

Evelyn was an okay character, and it was obvious how much she cared for her sister. I liked the way that she saw clues where other people didn’t, and I liked her she wasn’t afraid to stand up and say so as well.

The storyline in this was about Evelyn’s sister Rose being kidnapped by a man believing her to have special healing powers, and Evelyn setting out to try and find rescue her. We also got the fantasy a
Sep 29, 2015 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars!

"We do not remain the same each minute to the next. Every word you hear, every sight you see, every smell, every thought you have, every moment -- it all changes you. We keep putting on mask after mask, layers over layers. That's how one grows."

This is a historical fiction YA that takes place in England in 1882. Evelyn and Rose Wyndham are bored with society and what it has to offer. They'd much rather travel the world, nursing ailing patients along the way. Rose in particular has deve
The Candid Cover (Olivia & Lori)
Full Review on The Candid Cover

These Vicious Masks took me by surprise in the most amazing way! It is a historical fantasy, and the characters have special powers. The main character is also the perfect heroine, which made this book even more enjoyable. A Victorian setting adds a wonderful backdrop to this beautifully written novel.

The old motto, “Don’t judge a book by its cover,” is definitely fitting for These Vicious Masks. While the cover is quite gorgeous, it certainly doesn’t give off the
Emily May
Nothing much to say about this one; it just isn't holding my attention. The protagonist is already slipping from my mind and I seem unable to get caught up in the Victorian dances and dresses. Maybe because I recently read the more compelling The Dark Days Club and These Shallow Graves. Or maybe I just need to try again at a different time. ...more
Lauren Stoolfire
Evelyn is bored and fed up with society and her parents expectations. When Evelyn's sister, Rose, mysteriously disappears, she travels to London against her parents (who are doing nothing to find Rose) wishes to find her with her dashing friend Mr. Kent by her side. They quickly realize that they aren't the only ones looking for Rose. The young, and irritatingly Byronic, Mr. Sebastian Braddock is also searching for Rose, claiming that both sisters have special healing abilities. Evelyn, already ...more
Bookworm Extraordinaire
Feb 17, 2016 rated it really liked it
I ran across this book the other day and just knew I was going to pick it up! First, because that cover is awesome, and second because it is billed as...

Jane Austen meets X-Men

So really, I had no choice but ti buy it!

This was a thoroughly delightful read! The plot was engaging and kept me interested. The characters, both main, and secondary were well written, and intriguing. Evelyn was funny, and feisty. Sebastian was broody, and mysterious. Nicholas was charming and also mysterious.

This boo
Feb 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: tbr-2016
Maggie ☘
May 13, 2018 rated it liked it
This was such a lighthearted and easy book to read. I kept hearing how fun it is, but.. It didn't make me laugh at all, it was more like light in a simplistic and cute way. Even though with a bit too much young-ish sounding narrative to me. The writing was ok. I was somewhat invested in the streightforward plotline, until about halfway through where I felt a bit meh about it. I liked all the characters enough, but I also wanted more from them. This book never deviated from the lighthearted histo ...more
Hailee (haibooklovers)
Jan 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
A delightful story!

More plot-driven than character-driven, but I was certainly fine with that.

Reminded me a bit of Gail Carriger's Soulless, which I also loved.

Looking forward to continuing with the series!
Jan 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
4,5 stars

Whoa. Jane Austen meets X-Men???
I'm sold!

I knew from the page 1 that These Vicious Masks is something special. This book truly delivered everything I was hoping it would.

So. Meet our main characters:

"Evelyn, see there. The eldest from the Ralstons. I hear they have a lovely collection of stained-glass windows."
Ah, yes, just my type: a stiff, prideful, lord-to-be with impeccable, cold deportment to prove his perfect breeding.
"Set a date," I declared solemnly with a wave of m
Nicholas Kent pretty much sums up the reason for my enjoyment of this book. I just can't get enough of his charms and witty remarks!! ...more
Feb 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Alafiya by: Katerina Kondrenko
Uhmm, can ya'll hear me? *mic screech*

*Takes a deeeep breath* Wellll. I'd like to start this review by thanking, the lovely, Katerina Kondrenko, for recommending me such an awesome novel. Kat, I truly am thankful, specially considering how I really needed the health a good book provides a good book. I was utterly exhausted of, first, the reading slump, next, the dnf-material or not-as-cool-as-expected books. Without you, I might have never given this book even a single chance. I don't usually re
Trang Tran (Bookidote)
(3,5) description

Full review here :
Two sisters Rose and Evelyn are pretty girls and have a talent in nursing people. However, they have two completely different personality. While Evelyn is straightforward, not afraid to speak her mind, wants to travel the world, Rose is more reserved and obedient. Suddenly, Rose has been abducted one night and left a note. Evelyn strongly believed it wasn't her doing and someone must have forced her. Even if the commercial pick-up
Kelli Spear
Jan 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
All you really need to know about this is that it's X-Men in Victorian England. Everything else you can just enjoy!

Not kidding.

I really liked it. I didn't have an idea of exactly what this was about. But I'd always been intrigued by the cover and title.

So these powers. Nothing new or undone, but the story itself was compelling. Evelyn's quest to find her kidnapped sister led to an unveiling of a secret world. As well as the truth about many people in her life.

These Vicious Masks is filled wit
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Tarun Shanker is a mild-mannered assistant by day and a milder-mannered writer by night, currently living in Boston. His idea of paradise is a place where kung-fu movies are projected on clouds, soul music fills the air and chai flows freely from the fountains. He is the co-author of the These Vicious Masks trilogy with Kelly Zekas.

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