Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Review: Reviving Izabel by J.A. Redmerski

18105102Reviving Izabel by J.A. Redmerski
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

To sum it up: 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.

★★★★★ 5 TRILLION Stars! ★★★★★

For starters, this book was nothing like I was expecting...

It was so much more .

All I have to say is, if you were a huge fan of the first book in this series than prepare to be fucking mind-blown once you read this. There just... There are no words. I didn't know what to expect going into this story- I had my theories but they didn't even come close to the amount of perfection this book possessed.

The story starts off eight months after where the first book ended. Sarai is trying her best to live a "normal" life, just as Victor wanted for her. Yet, she isn't normal... Unlike everyone else around her, Sarai has the need to kill. She refuses to let the fact that she's now alone and without Victor stop her from seeking vengeance- She doesn't care if she has to eliminate the enemy without any help. She plans to follow the job through to the very end... Unfortunately though, killing isn't always as easy as it seems... A lesson that she learns rather quickly...

Sarai eventually finds herself in a problematic situation that seems impossible to get out... That is, until Victor Faust comes back into the picture...


My God. The things I would do to that sexy assassin.

Victor will stop at nothing to make sure that Sarai is safe, always rescuing her when she needs it most. ...And let's face it: We all love us some protective heroes damn it. As he was in the first book, Victor is still all business as usual. A cold-blooded killer-for-hire with little to no conscience when it comes to fulfilling a job. He's seemingly emotionless on the outside... But what we come to learn in this book is that behind closed doors, when it's just him and Sarai, he's a different man. We see a completely different side to his character in this story... We're able to see that he truly does feel beneath the mask he always wears for others, which only made me love him all the more.

Now make no mistake... We may have gotten to see a side of Victor that we never did before, but it most definitely wasn't an easy road to get there. Sarai just wanted to feel like she was his emotionally when business wasn't getting in the way- Not an easy task for a man who's emotionally detached from the world. On the other hand though, Sarai had changed as well making Victor fall all the more harder for her... A complication he still wasn't sure if he was ready to face yet.

Sarai's character blossomed so much in this book- It's truly astounding. She knows she must be prepared for the life which lies ahead of her and Victor makes sure he does his best to make sure that she is. ...But in a world full of lies, killing and deception there are no guarantees...

There honest to God just isn't enough words to express how amazing this book truly was. J.A. Redmerski without a doubt delivered- Not only did she give us heart-stopping drama and action, but she also let us witness the characters opening up to each other more and more with every turn of the page. She can also write one hell of a twist-- A surprise that I definitely never saw coming. ...And speaking of surprises, there just so happened to be a little added bonus in this story... Fredrik. A man with an extremely dark side, and a love for women, blood and vengeance. Yet, he too also has boundaries, loyalty and respect. Let's just hope that he eventually gets his own book in the near future... ♥

All-in-all, this my friends, is how you write a fucking story. A story that throws us into a unique and captivating world revolving around a group of assassins-- All of them who kill for different reasons and all who are driven by very different needs. Yet in the end, they're all still killers; A fact we learn that will never change. Not that we want it to...

★ PS: I definitely wouldn't recommend this book being read as a stand-alone. For one, it wouldn't make much sense... Not to mention, it would also give away some major spoilers. So do yourself a favor and read Killing Sarai first before diving into this gem.

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