Review: Reviving Izabel by J.A. Redmerski

Posted April 20th, 2015 in book review / 22 comments

Review: Reviving Izabel by J.A. RedmerskiReviving Izabel by J.A. Redmerski
Publisher: Self-Published on December 4, 2013
Genres: Dark, New Adult, Romance, Suspense
Pages: 373
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: four-half-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.

At A Glance

So much love.

The Good

Started out exciting and ended with a bang. It’s hard not to love every second of Victor and Sarai/Izabel’s story. They were meant for each other, in a twisted way.

Be warned, this book had a different feel from the first one. Victor becomes less coldhearted and more emotional. I loved it, and it wasn’t overdone. Just enough to make him more human. But he didn’t lose his edge. He’s still all assassin-y and badass. Sarai actually gains an edge in this one. She still has that impatient, reckless tendencies, but Victor is slowly training that out of her. And the training is brutal. Sarai doesn’t leave training with just bruises, she leaves with cracked ribs and split lips. I love how hardcore it is to be in the same company as Victor.

Victor and Sarai are going after some bad guys from the last book who have yet to met justice. They are ruthless and sick. But nothing beats the assassin organization that Victor quit. They put a price on his head and Victor’s bother is out to collect.

Then we have Fredrik. A new addition to the group. He’s deliciously creepy, sexy, and mental. His specialty is torture. He is giving Victor a run for his money in the yummy killer category. I can’t wait to read his story in the next book of the series.

The ending is quite shocking but I kinda saw it coming. Both Victor and Sarai’s actions will leave you speechless. Lots of action, death, and romance. Great combo!

The Bad

I both hated and liked the ending. I was fine with what Victor did and his explanation, but it did make some of the book a little pointless.

The Snuggly

Just enough sex to keep things interesting but in no way the focus since this is more about suspense in my opinion, though the romance is vital too.

Final Thoughts

Awesome series and awesome book. Reviving Izabel has everything you want in an assassin book with a messed up romance. On to book #3. Highly recommended.

Quotes

“Maybe you should get rid of me,” I whisper onto his lips.

“Never,” he says, kissing me once softly. “You’re mine for as long as you breathe.”

 

“Behind closed doors, when it’s just me and him alone, he is a different man. He loves me without having to say it. He cherishes me without having to prove it… I’m the only soul he’s ever let into his life completely. And the only one he’ll never let go.”  

 

“You’re sleeping with an assassin, running for your life every single day from men who want to kill you and you’re convinced you’re going to die of discomfort.”  

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22 Responses to “Review: Reviving Izabel by J.A. Redmerski”

    • Jennifer Bielman

      I would totally kill the crap out of people to join their crew!!!! bwahaha.

  1. Red Iza

    So you loved reviving me, that’s good to know ^^ I snatched this series last year while it was on sale, Killing Sarai is n°19 on my to-read list, coming up soon ! (Last time I had a novel with my name on it, Izabel was a rabbit !)

  2. Braine

    I just read a dark erotic thriller and had a blast! It pulled me out of a rut so I am this close to maybe starting this series. I am craving for more darkness *evil laugh*

  3. Aimee @ Deadly Darlings

    I really need to get to reading this series! It sounds absolutely crazy, and that’s right up my alley. I love the sound of Izabel and Victor’s romance, too. 🙂 So glad you enjoyed this, Jennifer!

  4. Melliane

    I’ve only tried her Edge series and I was quite disappointed in book 2 but I heard great things about this series and I confess that I’m quite curious to try it! great review!

    • Jennifer Bielman

      I only read her first Edge book, and liked it, but this series is on a whole other level.

  5. Benish

    I actually just ordered the first book in the series today so I skimmed your review xD The edge series was pretty great as well.

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