Reviving Izabel (In the Company of Killers, #2) by J.A Redmerski
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.
Kelly - 5 Crowns
Dark, compelling, deathly violent and just fan-bloody-tastic!
"I'll never be able to tell anyone that after everything I've been through, everything that I've seen, I want nothing more than to pack my bags and go back to that dangerous life. The life with Victor... I need it. I need him." - Sarai Cohen.
"Sarai is a defiant girl. She is hard and reckless and fearless to a fault. But she is determined and she is strong. Despite her problem with discipline, and how she still hasn't fully tapped into that criminal mindset in which is key in helping to keep her alive, I know that she can succeed in this life." - Victor Faust.
Only J.A Redmerski can somehow compel her readers into sympathising with cold blooded murderers. How? Well for the simple reason that she's gifted, that's how! With intelligent plotting, a rapid pace and some real heartstopping moments, she has delivered yet another unforgettable story of the secret and sordid world of assassination with faultless execution.
I wasn't sure if Reviving Izabel would hold the same level of grit as the first book. Victor truly threw me for a loop in Killing Sarai because his character was so unpredictable, you never knew what he was thinking or what course of action he would take and I loved that. Well, I am happy to say that the unpredictability factor still remains in this book but not so much where his feelings for Sarai are concerned, he makes those very clear as he accepts that in order to keep them both alive they need to stay together.
Sarai has made a decision and one that will change the course of her life, forever. With only her time on the run with Victor as reference Sarai is ready to put the young, scared and victimised girl to rest...
Enter alter ego, Izabel Seyfried. A woman out to seek retribution for the crimes committed against her and others like her. Javier Ruiz was only just the beginning as she puts her plans into action, only this time, she will be doing it alone.
Its been months since Victor said goodbye to Sarai, promising himself to stay away from the girl who turned his disciplined life upside down. Although, in true Victor Faust style he never once took his eye off the ball, her protection assured he remained at a distance to give her the chance to lead a normal life. He never expected to receive that call from Dina to say she had left and gone back to the place that he made that final kill in her presence. Immediately he knows that she can't let what happened with Arthur Hamburg go. Can't let him go. Even though it will ultimately get her killed...
Battling against the clock, Victor's mission is to find Sarai before it's too late. When he succeeds, Victor is surprised to learn of her newfound plans of revenge. He never wanted this for her, but Sarai is stubborn, undisciplined and adamant. This is her choice, her chance at living a normal life died before she met Victor...but he opened the back door and now she wants in.
With a new accomplice and trusted friend in Fredrik; intense training in hand to hand combat, knives, firearms and teachings from the best in the game prove invaluable. Gradually, Izabel starts to feel impatient, she just wants to get the job done... but until you have been tested, initiated and prove you can be trusted - that your loyalty knows no bounds, all those teachings are relative when in the company of killers...
This series plays like a movie script as each scene flits effortlessly in full Technicolor through your mind. From her sudden decision, to that pivotal moment when her plans come to fruition Sarai/Izabel is one incredible character. I would say heroine but I'm not sure I would label her a hero. Okay, so she wants in on killing the bad people, and yes...these are really bad people. Evil people who hide behind money and power, so I can see the justification in that, hence my connection to the characters and the compelling plot that kept me awake all night because I couldn't get this story out of my head.
Some parts are disturbing which are to be expected, we are talking about professional murderers here after all; the robotic cold, calculating, unrelenting kind, but WOW, talk about pageturner! Just when you thought it was safe...BAM! Heart in your throat stuff with a nice little twist thrown in for good measure.