Reviving Izabel by JA Redmerski

Posted June 17, 2014 | 43 Comments

Reviving Izabel by JA RedmerskiReviving Izabel
Author: J.A. Redmerski
Series: In the Company of Killers #2
Published by: Self-Pub
Publication Date: December 4, 2013
Format: eBook
Source: Purchased

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.

Oh, hell yes! I loved Reviving Izabel! I read Killing Sarai not too long ago and was totally blown away by how frigging great it was. So heck yeah I was looking forward to this book. I did like the first book slightly more, but damn, Reviving Izabel was still fan-freaking-tastic!

This book picks up eight months later, and you didn’t think our Sarai was just going to adjust back into a boring life, did you? She has vengeance in her mind, and she intends to do something about it. Trained killer she is not, so her plan for vengeance becomes a total cluster fuck. It does, however, bring her back together with Victor.

I love how the story unfolds. Redmerski, you clever lady, you did good. There are some very nice twists that I got great pleasure from (not in a dirty way, pervs). Though, there was a little of that *wink*. But Sarai’s road to becoming Izabel, the assassin, is not an easy one. If she even makes it, that is. I’ll never tell!

Sarai and Victor still rock my world! One thing I really like is the age difference. Victor is 37 and has been trained at what he does since he was a child, so it’s more believable. It’s not like he is this total badass overnight. And the fact that Sarai doesn’t all of a sudden become just as skilled as Victor and the others is refreshing. Oh, she has skills and potential, but they are realistic with it.

I also enjoyed the progression of Sarai and Victor’s relationship tremendously. These two aren’t into the mushy lovely-dovey crap, but the affection they feel for each other is obvious. It’s sweet in its own way, and I loved it!

And … Fredrik is back! He had a very small part in the first book, but I still fell in love with him. So I was positively giddy to find out he is very much present throughout this book. I enjoyed his and Sarai’s dynamic so much. Also, we get a flashback from him, which I’m sure is to help setup the next book. I’m beyond ecstatic to read that one.

There really is a lot to love about Reviving Izabel, so you should read it. READ IT. But read Killing Sarai first, of course.

In the Company of Killers Series



43 responses to “Reviving Izabel by JA Redmerski

    • Christy

      I promise that it’s not. I’m pretty sure you’ve read darker stuff than this. I don’t even think this is all that dark. It’s REALLY good. I hope you try it!

  1. Can’t wait to read how their relationship evolves!! I really loved the no-touchy-feely kind of vibe of Killing Sarai, and I’m looking forward to this one. Sounds awesome, glad you enjoyed, hehe.

    • Christy

      Redmerski did such a fantastic job with these characters. I’m sure you’ll enjoy this one too. 🙂

  2. I MUST read this series Christy! It sounds dark and gritty, but I love that the relationship between Victor and Sarai is woven through and gives just a little bit of light. I love too that Sarai doesn’t suddenly become a badass overnight, gives me hope that maybe, if I needed to, I could train to become a badass too. Not an assassin, obviously, just badass:)

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    • Christy

      LOL – Aw, Jenny, you’re totally a badass. Seriously, you should read these. They aren’t THAT dark.

  3. Oh I read JA Redermski’s other series (The edge of Always & Never) a few months back and lOVED those books and her writing so i’ll definetly be taking a closure look at this one. Great review Christy! This one sounds like a pretty dark read! I can’t wait 🙂

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    • Christy

      I have read any of her other stuff, but will definitely check it out after I finish this series. You should read these for sure!

  4. So, I know that I already told you I have Killing Sarai, but guess what? I already have this one too, LOL. Friggin’ one-click button. I can’t help it. I find an author I like, and then I start tracking them, and EVERYTHING new goes on a wishlist, so when it goes on sale . . . But that’s good, right? If Killing Sarai is as awesome as you say (and I’m sure it is), then I’m going to immediately want this one too. Keep up the poking and prodding. I don’t want to forget about this one. Great review!

  5. Ria

    *confession time*againI was vehemently against reading Killing Sarai and my life was fine…
    THEN I saw the cover of The Swan & the Jackal then it was like (this is book 3)
    and I was like WHAT?!
    THEN I saw the cover of book #2 Reviving Izabel and OMG GAWJESS!! It was<3insta so now I feel like just throwing caution to the wind, rolling the dice and see where they land!!!
    anywhoo…Yea I want to read this series pretty hard now…Loved your review

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