Friday, June 21, 2013

Reviving Izabel (In the Company of Killers #2) by J.A. Redmerski [Review]

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 read Reviving Izabel during the holidays and forgive me for not writing my review right away. I had three nephews dying for my attention. With that said, this will be a brief review of all things I remembered and loved about this series.


I loved Killing Sarai, it was my top read for 2013 and so I was VERY nervous about Reviving Izabel because I have not liked J.A. Redmerski’s reads before. But I should slap myself silly because Reviving Izabel was everything I wanted and so much more.


We all know Sarai and Victor’s relationship is shaky at best and what a cliff-hanger we got in Killing Sarai. So there are a lot of unresolved issues.

We have Sarai and Victor’s crazy dynamics and then Victor’s work dynamics. The thing that I love best about this series is that there are these crazy obstacles and you just wonder, how will everything work out? Well the ride is crazy.

As everything you can expect, there’s plenty of action, drama and suspense.

I love Victor and he’s my top book boyfriend. He’s so tortured and carries such huge burdens. He’s the type of man who doesn’t show his feelings, but you can see his inner expressions (if that makes sense).

Sarai is the star in this book. I just want to point out that she endures a lot and you FEEL for her. She’s a tough cookie and is determined. I love it when a Heroine of the story grows and develops into this beautiful person.

It exceeded my expectations

Killing Sarai Quotes

Here is my version of Victor

Here is my version of Sarai



1. “I am discipline. Sarai is rage. I am aware of my choices at all times. Sarai’s choices are more aware of her, lying in wait to decide for her based on the severity of her mood with no intention in leaving her any conscious control over it.” – Victor Faust in Killing Sarai
I chose this quote because it is when Victor finally realizes the severity of the damage that living in the compound for nine years has done to Sarai. It’s a moment in the novel when that line between them ultimately fades, revealing just how much alike they really are.

2. “…if she presses me further with those soft lips and sad, vulnerable eyes I’ll succumb to the moment and either fuck her or kill her.” – Victor Faust in Killing Sarai
I think this quote was chosen for obvious reasons!

3. “Like me, the nightmares of his experiences have long since vanished, leaving only a morbid sense of normality to which nightmares no longer deem fit to visit.” – Sarai Cohen in Killing Sarai
This quote is meaningful in the way that it’s when Sarai, like I explained above in Victor’s quote, sees how much alike they are.

4. “You are wealthy, though no one needs to know where your money comes from, only that you have enough of it to wipe your ass with one hundred dollar bills every time you take a shit.” – Victor Faust in Killing Sarai
I love this quote because it shows a ‘sort of’ lighter side to Victor. This is from a scene where Victor is gearing Sarai up for taking on the role of a ‘rich brat’ as they go on a mission together.

5. “I don’t think that this thing between us is love, or even lust. It’s something else, something powerful and unmistakable that neither of us have been able to ignore. But it doesn’t have a face.” – Sarai Cohen in Killing Sarai
This quote is the moment when Sarai questions their feelings for one another and it’s meaningful because neither of them have ever been in love before. They don’t know what it feels like so they may never be sure….

6. “We sit in stillness, both looking out ahead, both married to our thoughts. I wonder if hers are about me. I can’t help but for mine to be about her.” – Victor Faust in Killing Sarai

I like this quote because through all of Victor’s brooding, mysterious nature, I think it really shows that deep down he is so much more than what he perceives himself to be. And it also reveals his growing feelings for Sarai.


Killing Sarai #1 REVIEW AMAZON
Reviving Izabel #2 AMAZON
The Swan & the Jackal #3 REVIEW | AMAZON
Seeds of Iniquity # 4 REVIEW | AMAZON
The Black Wolf #5 ADD TO GOODREADS

J.A. Redmerski, New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of THE EDGE OF NEVER lives in North Little Rock, Arkansas with her three children and a Maltese. She is a lover of television and books that push boundaries and is a huge fan of AMC’s The Walking Dead.

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