Publisher: Swoon Reads
*Publisher approved request via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
After reading the blurb, I was super curious about These Vicious Masks, being that it's in a Victorian setting and has X-Men-like influences. Well, honestly speaking, I didn't really care for the paranormal aspect of the story. It just didn't stand out to me that much, but the reason why I did enjoy this one is because of the way Evelyn, Sebastion and Mr. Kent were with each other. Their dialogue was witty and just so so entertaining. I especially liked how Evelyn and Sebastian acted around one another. She had all these preconceived notions about him so at first it seemed so tense and almost like hatred between the two. But I liked that it evolved into actual feelings and that Sebastian was actually a really good person. He just had an ability that often brought him pain. A lot like what Rogue from X-men went through.
The main focus of the story was about Evelyn understanding her ability and finding her sister, a journey that often landed her in trouble because she was so headstrong and would go off by herself. Her actions frustrated me at times, but I understood her personality and how strong she was as an individual. She wanted more than anything to save Rose, and they were sisters so that love and bond made Evelyn overlook all the danger, no matter if it would cost her life.
The only other thing I enjoyed, aside from the wit and the tension between Sebastian and Evelyn, I also liked the setting and the description of how London was in that period. The writing was good, and overall not a bad premise. But like I said, it was mostly the humor that entertained me. The paranormal aspect could have been heightened a tad. Still a good read.