These Ruthless Deeds by Tarun ShankerThese Ruthless Deeds by Tarun Shanker

These Ruthless Deeds

byTarun Shanker, Kelly Zekas

Paperback | March 14, 2017

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Everyone's favorite sarcastic Victorian healer is back in the sequel to These Vicious Masks, and this time she's struggling with both a sinister secret society and an increasingly tangled love life...

England, 1883. Recovering from a devastating loss, Evelyn has become determined to use her powers to save other gifted people from those who would study and oppress them. But when her rescue of a young telekinetic girl goes terribly wrong, Evelyn finds herself involved with a secret society devoted to recruiting and protecting people like Evelyn and her friends.

Like magic, Evelyn's problems start to disappear. Her reputation is repaired, her friends are provided for, and her parents are thrilled at all her new suitors. She's even been reunited with the dashing Mr. Kent and the reclusive Mr. Braddock (who is much less brooding now that the society is helping him to control his dangerous power). Yet, somehow Evelyn can't help fearing that there is something sinister going on.

Don't miss These Ruthless Deeds, Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas' gripping, action-filled sequel to These Vicious Masks, chosen by readers like you for Macmillan's young adult imprint Swoon Reads.

Praise for the These Vicious Masks trilogy:

"This is a perfect pick for someone who wants a little magic in their Victorian novels, and its combination of historical fiction and mysticism will remind readers of Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle trilogy." -Booklist

"This tale has brisk pacing, plenty of action, and a heroine with more than her fair share of girl-power confidence." -School Library Journal

Mild-mannered assistant by day, milder-mannered writer by night, Tarun Shanker is a New York University Graduate currently living in Los Angeles. His idea of paradise is a place where kung fu movies are projected on clouds, David Bowie's music fills the air, and chai tea flows freely from fountains. Kelly Zekas, a New York University g...
Title:These Ruthless DeedsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.25 × 5.44 × 0.9 inPublished:March 14, 2017Publisher:Feiwel & FriendsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250127955

ISBN - 13:9781250127952


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than the first book! I AM OBSESSED WITH THIS BOOK! It's like if Magnito or Umbridge ran an institution of people with powers in Victorian England and then threw in the Red Wedding. This book convinced me that if I had a super power...I'd want it to be that everyone would have to truthfully answer my questions. The trolling and blackmail material you could get with that! The romance...spider web? is absolutely amazing and I just want more of it! I am so incredibly excited for the third book!
Date published: 2017-12-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from More of the same in this sequel. Fun and quick, but very basic all-around. THAT ENDING THO. Can't say I was expecting all that. Evelyn irritated me more as a main character in this installment. Not necessarily annoying, but she made some pretty bone-headed decisions and took on a leadership role that caused her to be super selfish. The plot, while basically like I mentioned, was all over the place and seemed very superficial. The romance is weird in this series. Lacks the swoon and people are too often strung along and left in the dark. Curious to see how it's all going to end, but I'm definitely not very invested in this series.
Date published: 2017-11-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Review posted on Fafa's Book Corner! 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.
Date published: 2017-10-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thrilling Sequel to These Vicious Masks In this thrilling sequel to These Vicious Masks, Evelyn is still reeling from the sudden loss of her sister and finds herself recruited by the Society of Aberrations, an organization dedicated to helping people with extraordinary powers. Evelyn is wary of joining the Society; after all, they funded Dr. Beck's research, which led to Rose being kidnapped and everything going so terribly wrong. But the Society insists they only want to help Evelyn and her friends, and more importantly, they can help Mr. Braddock suppress his deadly abilities. As Evelyn reluctantly begins to heal people for the Society, she finds her reputation restored and her parent's debts erased. Other than her mother's awful attempts at matchmaking, encouraging a courtship with a very boring earl, Evie's life has settled once again. Her friends are learning to hone their abilities and Sebastian is finally getting the help he needs. Evie should be happy and content, yet why can't she shake the feeling that something is still not right? That the Society is still keeping dark secrets? Poor brooding Mr. Braddock, so alone and terrified of his powerful ability to kill someone with his touch. He keeps everyone at a distance, though only Evie can touch him without fear. I know Evie greatly cares for Sebastian, but I've been infected with second male lead syndrome. Dear Mr. Kent, why do I love you so? I know you probably won't be with Evie in the end, but I hope another girl comes along who fully appreciates your very charming self. You're just so loyal and you make me laugh with your ridiculous remarks. Honestly, this series wouldn't be half as fun without Mr. Kent. Evie can be quick to jump to conclusions, but even though I rolled my eyes at some of her impulsive actions, I know her heart is in the right place. There is definitely more action, danger and intrigue to be found in These Ruthless Deeds. Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas raise the stakes ever higher, leading to a shocking ending that left me reeling! It was thrilling and heartbreaking and dramatic and oh my goodness, I need book three right now, please.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very good I love the first book (These Vicious Masks), please read both of them! It's funny and well written. I think the authors are really talented and I'm eager to read more from them. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-25

Editorial Reviews

Praise for the These Vicious Masks trilogy: These Ruthless Deeds:"I have to admit that I'm truly becoming obsessed with this series. The writing is humorous and brilliant. The characters are all perfection. ... Utter brilliance." -BookCrushin"Intrigue, action, magic, swords (lots of swords), and fantastic characters await the reader in this newest installment to These Vicious Masks! ... I can't wait for the next one and the ending of this one will have you screaming for more." -Crossroad Reviews "These Ruthless Deeds is everything the title suggests: it is ruthless, but the synergy between Shanker and Zekas allows the novel to be so much more. It is a romance, a suspense, a comedy, a fantasy, an adventure. it is everything I love in YA books and more and I cannot wait for the third and final book in this amazing series." -thebookcorpsThese Vicious Masks: "Striking a strong balance between romance and mystery, this novel captures society's rules just as well as it does the unbelievable powers of the main characters. This is a perfect pick for someone who wants a little magic in their Victorian novels, and its combination of historical fiction and mysticism will remind readers of Libba Bray's Gemma Doyle trilogy." -Booklist"This tale has brisk pacing, plenty of action, and a heroine with more than her fair share of girl-power confidence." -School Library Journal"This is a great read, compelling and addictive. Well written and great character development you cannot stop reading. I was spellbound from the beginning and I thoroughly enjoyed the journey!" -Sue Speakman, reader on Swoon