Review: These Ruthless Deeds

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These Ruthless Deeds by: Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas

Rating: 2 of 5 Stars

England, 1883. Still recovering from a devastating loss, Evelyn is determined to use her powers to save other gifted people from those who would harm them. But when her rescue of a young telekinetic girl goes terribly wrong, Evelyn finds herself indebted to a secret society devoted to recruiting and protecting people like Evelyn and her friends.

As she follows the Society’s orders, healing the sick and embarking on perilous recruitment missions, Evelyn sees her problems disappear. Her reputation is repaired, her friends are provided for, and her parents are newly wealthy. She reunites with the dashing Mr. Kent and recovers the reclusive Mr. Braddock (who has much less to brood over now that the Society can help him to control his dangerous power). But Evelyn can’t help fearing the Society is more sinister than it appears…

Beware spoilers ahead!

This book was such a disappointment. I really enjoyed the first book in this series. It was fun, exciting, and entertaining. I was looking forward to finding out more about this world and the characters. Unfortunately this book surfers middle book syndrome.

Evelyn and crew end up joining the society of aberrations. They discover more secrets and such. First of I honestly don’t understand why Evelyn joined the society in the first place?! I understood everybody else’s reasoning but not Evelyn. It didn’t even feel believable when she did end up joining them.

Evelyn felt completely different from the first book. She was extremely selfish throughout the entire book. She didn’t stand up for herself around her parents. And she bossed everyone around like she actually knew what she was doing. I also did not like how she kept so many secrets under the guise of protecting everyone.

To a certain degree I understand why she acted the way she did. The authors just didn’t make it believable or foreshadow it in the previous book. Yes she went through a lot in the previous book, but nobody becomes a whole other person just like that.

Just like the previous book this was very fast paced. But not a whole lot happened. You are introduced to new characters and some of the things we learned were quite interesting. There was a lot of finding out running around and getting caught.

The romance was very annoying in this book. Evelyn’s parents are even more awful in this book then they were in the previous book. And it’s just to move the plot along. The first thing Evelyn’s parents do after not seeing her in months is get her into society and hopefully engaged. Like seriously?! How about a ‘How have you been?’ or a heart-to-heart! But no they care far too much about their reputation then their own children.

I skimmed most of this book. I just couldn’t bring myself to read it and I also wanted to figure out when things would start actually happening. It wasn’t until towards the end of this book that there was a plot. By that point I stopped caring.

The only thing I liked in this book was the banter. At least that didn’t change. I did laugh out loud a few times as well. Unfortunately that was not enough to save the book.

Overall I did not enjoy this book. I will not be continuing the series. I don’t recommend this series. 

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