Review: These Ruthless Deeds by Tarun Shanker
“Mr. Kent never hid his worse qualities. He wore them like badges.”
Holy crap. I did not expect to love this so much. I mean wow.. if you haven’t tried this series… you’re missing out.
Basically if you’re a fan of any of the following, you need to pick this up:
1. Historical fiction with a magic twist
2. A touch of Steampunk
3. Hilarious and vibrant characters
4. Humor and wit woven into every page
5. A loveable and flawed MC (seriously, Evelyn has to be an all time favorite MC for me.)
6. Ships that drive you nuts and make you want to slam your head into a wall because of the sheer PAIN of shipping everyone and not knowing how you feel and ugh.
I really loved the first book ‘These Vicious Masks’ despite being a little disappointed in the ending. I was just a bit wary about the direction of the plot from the ending and I wasn’t sure I’d come into this with the same enthusiasm. But wow, I’m so glad I continued on.
The beginning was a bit slow, and to be honest, I was lost for the first few chapters. It has been over a year since I read the first installment and I couldn’t remember who everyone was – so I ended up having to go back and skim parts. I recommend that the first book be pretty fresh in your head.
But things pick up quickly (of course, when Mr. Kent arrives.)
Mr. Kent raised his brows. “What are they asking?”
“For me to heal a little girl.”
“My God, the brutes, the monsters,” he mocked.
Okay, I’m going to stop there and rave about Mr. Kent. He’s by far my favorite character in the series. Every. Single. Line. Everything that comes out of his mouth is two parts brilliance and three parts hilarious. He’s full of witty little mumblings and I can’t help but adore him to pieces. I love the guy so much and I’m over here thinking… Evelyn… girl…. open your eyes.
Mr. Kent nodded soberly. “I do. Before I met you, I went to brothels, gambling halls, scandalous music halls, all sorts of indecent places.”
“And let me guess, ever since you met me, you’ve changed?”
He shook his head. “No, I just want to do these indecent things with you.”
UGH YOU GUYS I LOVE MR KENT.
Okay, okay, moving along…
I thought the plot was actually quite fun, but what really made the book was the writing and the characters. Just like the first book (and maybe even more so)… this one was down right hysterical and a blast to read. I was cackling my way through the entire book.
This picks up a little while after the first book ends. Evelyn is basically recruited by ‘The Society of Aberrations’ which is basically a secret branch of government for the ‘gifted’. She’s naturally concerned that it is corrupt and questions everything… and if you know Evelyn at all, you can pretty much guess she stirs up trouble. She goes off searching for Mr. Braddock, and things start to get a little crazy.
That about all I’m going to say in leu of not spoiling much, but lets just say the plot has lots of crazy twists and turns. I was worried about it being just another one of those ‘rebelling against a corrupt secret government branch’ type books but really it was so much more. And you know what? I honestly think that even if you aren’t into the actual plot itself, you’ll still have a blast just because of the writing.
AND THEN THE END HAPPENED AND IM SITTING HERE LIKE… WHAT IN THE BLOODY UNIVERSE AM I SUPPOSED TO DO NOW??
Like okay… this book is clearly meant to be quite humorous but DO NOT BE DECEIVED. I had so many feels and emotions the whole time… first regarding Evelyn and the whole struggle with Mr. Braddock… and then of course serious Mr. Kent feels… BUT THEN THE END WHAAAAT AHHHH.
So now, I’m an emotional mess. The ending actually made me tear up. What in the crap. I did not expect to be this emotionally invested.
Well done, Kelly and Tarun. This book (and the series for that matter) gets a glowing recommendation from me. It was an absolute delight of a read. And the covers of both books are exquisite. Really, I can’t rave enough about my experience and THANK YOU for such an awesome ride. Also if you could write the next book REALLY fast that would be great. Because I need closure.
**Thank you to the publishers for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest opinion. All quotes taken from this ARC may be subject to change in the final copy.**