Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Book Review: Reviving Izabel

Title Reviving Izabel

Series In the Company of Killers, book 2

Author J. A. Redmerski

Release Date December 6, 2013

Determined to live a dark life in the company of the assassin who freed her from bondage, Sarai sets out on her own to settle a score with an evil sadist. Unskilled and untrained in the art of killing, the events that unfold leave her hanging precariously on the edge of death when nothing goes as planned.

Sarai’s reckless choices send her on a path she knows she can never turn back from and so she presents Victor with an ultimatum: help her become more like him and give her a fighting chance, or she’ll do it alone no matter the consequences. Knowing that Sarai cannot become what she wants to be overnight, Victor begins to train her and inevitably their complicated relationship heats up.

As Arthur Hamburg’s right-hand man, Willem Stephens, closes in on his crusade to destroy Sarai, she is left with the crushing realization that she may have bitten off more than she can chew. But Sarai, taking on the new and improved role of Izabel Seyfried, still has a set of deadly skills of her own that will prove to be all she needs to secure her place beside Victor.

But there is one test that Izabel must face that has the potential to destroy everything she is working so hard to achieve. One final test that will not only make her question her decision to want this dangerous life, but will make her question everything she has come to trust about Victor Faust.

It's not very often that the sequel is just as good as (or even better than) the first book and I'm always surprised when it happens. In this case, I'd say that Reviving Izabel was better than Killing Sarai.

Let's talk Victor and Sarai. I enjoyed Sarai embracing her desire to stand on her own even if it meant putting herself in danger. I liked that she held strong to her decisions throughout the book. However, I less than liked her attachment to Victor and his to her. Is it too much to ask for a book like Reviving Izabel where the two main characters don't just magically fall into love? I firmly believe that a book can have a man and a woman be the main characters and then not have them fall in love with one another. It's possible. I mean, sure... if you've gotta have romance that's fine, but why does it need to just happen? I feel like given the characters and the circumstances love just shouldn't fall so easily into place. The seemingly senseless romance took away from my enjoyment of the book.

Now, on the other hand, we have Fredrik. He is the one I'm interested in. MORE, please! Since he's shown up, I wanted to learn more about him and by the end of this book, I just want inside his head to learn all his secrets. I'm glad to see that the next book in the series focuses on him. I'm definitely looking forward to reading it.


5 out of 5 stars

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