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Monday, August 13, 2018

REVIEW: Vicious by V.E. Schwab @veschwab @torbooks

by V.E. Schwab

Preparing for the second book in the series, Vengeful, coming out September 25th. Anyone who loves anything remotely superpower/mutant-ish will be keen on this story where the line between good and bad, hero and villain are completely blurred.

Publisher:  Tor Books
Publish Date: January 20, 2015
364 Pages
Series:  Villains #1
Genres:  Fantasy, Sci-Fi

A masterful tale of ambition, jealousy, desire, and superpowers.
Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

My Review:

Look, I'm a sucker for anything superhero, supernatural or mutant-ish.  A SUCKER! So of course, I had to buy this.  And then, like with most books, it got put on a shelf and that was that.  WHY DO WE DO THIS?!  I just started back up with my local, in person, book club and with my hundreds and more TBR list, I picked a few that were on my shelves as options to read for this month and they decided on this one - YAY!  Don't you just love it when a plan comes togethers? 😉

This book has been getting high praises for as long as I can remember.  I think my expectations were extremely high because of this.  I definitely wasn't disappointed, but it didn't WOW me as much as I thought it would either.  What I love about this is the blurred line between good and bad, hero and villain.  Perspective, perspective, perspective!  

This definitely gave me a bit of Flatliners vibes, except now when they come back, they have extraordinary abilities - and yet still missing a bit of humanity.  Would death be worth it for you to gain a power?  How would you use your power - for good, for bad?  Would you even know which was which by the time it came down to it?

There's no doubt Schwab is an amazing writer.  I started reading her with the Monsters of Verity duology and her writing style is extremely addictive.  While this is her first adult fiction, it still had that YA vibe to it... and I'm not mad about it!  Looking forward to Vengeful to see what happens with the EO gang.


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