These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker

These Vicious Masks

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 ...

Details These Vicious Masks

TitleThese Vicious Masks
Release DateFeb 9th, 2016
PublisherSwoon Reads
GenreFantasy, Historical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Romance, Paranormal

Reviews These Vicious Masks

  • Lola
    I thought I would regret buying this book.When I pre-ordered it on Amazon, it had something like 4.15 of average as a rating. The description won me over and you know when you just feel it in your bones that you’re going to like a book? That’s what happened to me when I first saw this book.But then the ratings started dropping.They went from 4.15 to… 3.84 in less than two weeks. I was scandalized and quite scared that I would end up hating ...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
    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 n...
  • Nastassja
    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 differ...
  • Katerina Kondrenko
    10 out of 10 Ревью в моем блоге/This review on my blogLiving A Thousand Lives (please use Chrome/Yandex browser or Android/IOS to see the page; otherwise, spoiler-tags I use to make my post compact may not work)Short-Soundtrack:David Arnold and Michael Price – Victorian OpeningZarema Aliyeva – Jealousy TangoGavin DeGraw – Everything will changeGenre: historical fantasy, YAStuff: superpowers,Setting: Victorian LondonWOW: writi...
  • Cait • A Page with a View
    3.5 stars. This was like a hilarious version of Jane Austen meets The Dark Days Club or My Lady Jane! The main character's sarcastic, self-aware narration made me laugh out loud so many times. I was super into the first half of the story, but not as much with the second half. The idea of the "gifts" people have of healing or seeing the future was neat, but the plot got too much into that tangled web and I wasn't as into that drama/mystery. I most...
  • Simona Bartolotta
    3.5"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...
  • Brittney ~ Reverie and Ink
    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 my...
  • Heidi Heilig
    MY FEELS.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....
  • Stacee
    4.5 starsI 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 entertaini...
  • 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 ...
  • Rebekah
    review found at: www.awesomebooknut.comI’ve been on a good run! I’ve read some amazing books recently! WHOOT!I LOVE this time period, the gowns, the balls, the society, the rules, it just makes for a fantastic setting in any book!This story follows Evelyn and her sister Rose. Rose is a nurse and in society that’s a bit of a ” no no” especially when their mother is trying to get them married off. Evelyn detests society and it’s rules a...
  • Fafa's Book Corner
    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 Prej...
  • Kells Next Read
    My Ratings 3:5This 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)[eventually she was the one with these said "powers" of healing and how it work (hide spoiler)]We are also introduce to minor chara...
  • Jill
    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 wasThe 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...
  • Alyssa
    ***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog***These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker and Kelly ZekasPublisher: Swoon ReadsPublication Date: February 9, 2016Rating: 3 starsSource: ARC sent by the publisherSummary (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 vani...
  • Sophie
    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...
  • Sarah
    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 o...
  • Christina
    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 p...
  • Eve Recinella (Between The Bookends)
    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. N...
  • 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 sister...
  • Hailee (haibooklovers)
    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!
  • Kati
  • Rane
    It took me a bit to get over the last heartbreaking pages. Thankfully, there is no cliffhanger( your will emotions appreciate it) as your thrown into a fascinating world that you could only read in the comics with a historical twist. When Evelyn sister Rose disappears, she leaves everything behind to search for her, with the help of Mr.Kent and the odd Sebastian Braddock with his fantastic tales of super-humans, and to top it off claims the sist...
  • Wanderlust_WL
    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!!
  • Glory
    Многобукв. Представьте, что вы можете загадать желание, и тут же какой-нибудь талантливый автор воплотит на бумаге придуманный вами сюжет. Точнее, не просто сюжет, а некое необычное сочетание... Что бы это было? Хотите отправить Гамлета в открытый ...
  • Victoria
    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. "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."...
  • Olivia (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 certai...