Review: These Vicious Masks

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Goodreads Synopsis:

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 special healing powers. Evelyn is convinced that Sebastian must be mad, until she discovers that his strange tales of extraordinary people are true—and that her sister is in graver danger than she feared.

This is a light, entertaining read. . . and not much beyond that. The world building was severely lacking. If the synopsis didn’t give me a date, I wouldn’t know I was supposed to be in Victorian England. There were very vague descriptions of people, places, and apparel; and the social customs of the time were not ever much of a boundary for our protagonist’s adventures – until there were, if you get what I mean.

I also found the powers that they all had a bit unoriginal, and the comparison to X-Men that has been made is very evident. I did appreciate that the romance element wasn’t the main focus of this though. This first installment is centered more on sibling love, which I found refreshing. Though there are two beaus, Evelyn never spends too much time swooning over either, and I felt when those moments did happen there was clearly one she preferred over the other, which also helped dampen the cliche of the love triangle.

Overall, I was entertained and enjoyed the fast paced story. Can’t be certain that I will continue the series though.

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