Title:Reviving Izabel (In the Company of Killers, #2)
Author: J.A. Redmerski
Published: December 8th 2013
Date Read: April 6th 2014
Rating:: 3 stars
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.
I took me awhile to get my hands on the continuation of Sarai’s story. I’m expecting that from the way the fist book ended this continuation will be blowing and yes – it was indeed blowing. 😉
With the way Victor settled Sarai, we all thought that she will be okay.
But she had this urge to get revenge over a certain guy – Arthur Hamburg – that she and Victor encountered and she will do anything and everything just to get him dead.
Sarai totally owned this book. She may not be the center for every chapter but we see great lengths of her throughout the duration of the story. We have met the independent, stubborn & strong Sarai on the first book but in here we get a stronger, more independent, more stubborn and more defiant Sarai. We lose the Sarai we have met on the first book for she loses the innocence as she became one of them – The Killers. We see her here pushes herself and doing her best to be a well-trained assassin – a badass assassin.
Victor, on the other hand, was the very determined, focused, dangerous and detached kind of character. In here, he’s tougher, more dangerous but softer. We get to see a side of him ruled by his emotions.
“He became my ‘hero’, after all. The other half of my soul who could never let anything bad ever happen to me.”
Together, they did work out very well – personally and professionally. They build a new Order together learning to trust, feel and love more of each other. Their whole relationship was not the lovey-dovey type and there are definitely no rainbows and butterflies for these two. Together, their dynamic was just so fitting – the tests and the questioning between them alone gives thrills that will capture your attention as a reader.
New and old characters – some are good and some are bad – are brought up. They are all pretty interesting to read. Frederik is one of the new characters and I would just like to point out this specific character because he scares the crap out of me and he definitely left his mark on me. Oh and please don’t let me be interrogated by this guy!!
Morbidity = Fredrik!
The twists, turns and loops and chaos that followed throughout the whole duration of the story were literally finger-gritting! There are threats, killings, tortures, and suspicions – OH THE SUSPICIONS! I was baffled on who to trust and who not to trust. I was torn in thinking who is really behind all the crap that seems to be endlessly hitting Sarai/Izabel and Victor’s way.
J. A Redmerski’s writing on this was so detailed and outlined making it easier for us to get really “in the zone” with the story. Reading Sarai’s story is like an action film full of mystery, twists, loops, additions and surprises that come in every other way. Also, the thing about this book that I like was the consistency; Consistency in the way that though there is romance on the story itself it doesn’t cover up the action/thrill part of the book. This second book has a lot more romantic feel to it however it was not the kind of book full of those, it is still consistent on the context of it which is more of the terrifying, dirty, suspenseful and gritty scenes. There is a right amount of everything – from the angst to the romance.
The ending? Well, I could say that it feels like a happily ever after for the villains. It was not your typical ending full of happiness and all that fairytale stuffs instead it was the type of ending that still left us guessing about their future – it was very suited for Victor and Sarai.
Reviving Izabel was a good addition to the series and is very much interesting enough to keep me intrigued with the whole story and the characters!