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Today I am a host for the Blog Tour of These Ruthless Deeds by Tarun Shanker and Kelly Zekas. This Blog Tour is coordinated by Xpresso Book Tours.


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PUBLISHER: St Martin’s Press

DATE PUBLISHED: 14th March 2017

PAGES: 320



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…




This is the second book in the series. To see my review on book 1: These Vicious Masks, click on the title.

It was great to continue on this story about people with super-powers in Victorian London.  I felt like the events of the first novel were then explored in the second novel and not just left behind. The general Victorian Era elements are still there with the added twist of the super-powers. I love this time period and found this concept for a historical fiction to be unique.

The pace was a little slow at the beginning but picked up quickly and maintained pace. The writing was as fabulous as the first novel with a clear drive to the story. The idea of a secret government organisation is explored with regards to the “gifted”. This was done really well. The ending just left me slack jawed. I am absolutely loving this series. This is a unique read that I recommend you give a change… NOW!!!




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Tarun and Kelly met in a freshman year writing class at NYU and started writing These Vicious Masks a few years later.

Tarun is a writer living in Los Angeles whose idea of paradise consists of kung-fu movies, David Bowie and chai tea. Since completing his first horrible screenplay in high school, he’s written everything from one-act plays and film criticism to humor pieces and strongly-worded emails. He’s also magnetized, crushed and burned the hard drive where that first screenplay can be found.

Kelly is a writer and actor living in NYC. YA is her absolute favorite thing on earth other than cupcakes and she has spent many hours crying over fictional deaths. She also started reading Harlequin romances at a possibly too early age (12?), and still loves a good paperback romance.

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Tour-wide giveaway (US/CAN)
Print copy of These Ruthless Deeds


If you wish to enter this giveaway, click here.





Keep Calm and Read On,





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