These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
The description of the book drew me in initially - I love the era it's set in, and adding a sci fi twist to it with the abilities some of the characters have is right up my street.
But unfortunately almost right away the writing felt off. This isn't about a girl rebelling against the strictures the society of the time sets on her, it feels more like a twenty-first century girl plonked down in the middle of the 19th. The plot is thin and the motivations of the main character often make no sense. I found myself thrown out of the narrative more than once simply because the flow of events didn't work, and worse than that, most of the situations were completely unbelievable.
Good premise, terrible execution.
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