Vicious | V.E. Schwab | Review

“I want to believe that there’s more. That we could be more. Hell, we could be heroes”





Victor and Eli, once college room mates, are now enemies. A senior research project leads them to passionately believe that those who experience a near death experience can inherit an Extraordinary power, thus labelling them as EO’s. It is not until the boys start experimenting that things appear to go terribly wrong. Fast forward ten years, Victor is released from prison and is on the hunt from Eli, who is hellbent on destroying any EO that crosses his path. With the two working against each other, both with terrible powers, who will succeed and who will die?


Firstly, does anybody know if Victor is single? I definitely have a soft spot for him!

This was the first V E Schwab book that I had read and it did not disappoint. I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. It was jam packed with fast paced action that kept me turning the pages until the end. I absolutely adore Schwab’s writing style, it is so engaging, she has an invaluable knack in absorbing the reader to the point that they struggle to put the book down. AND THAT END. Well, lets just say I am very grateful that Vengeful had already been released so I could move straight on and find out what happened next.

I really enjoyed the characters in this book. I liked how Schwab did not paint the picture of a perfect character who you are destined to love. Each character has their pros but also their flaws. This really kept me on my toes and is a style I have not read before but one I thoroughly enjoyed.

I love how throughout the story Schwab touched on the main characters past life, when they were children. I really enjoyed being slowly spoon fed information about the characters which led me to be able to paint a picture of exactly what they were like. Giving snippets of their past allowed me to draw on these and analyse why the character was behaving in the way that they did. Finding out about Victor’s past in particular made me fall in love with him a little bit more.

I also love the relationship that developed between Victor and Sydney. That was really lovely to watch grow and bloom. I loved seeing the caring side of Victor that wasn’t necessarily shown throughout most of the book. I love how he has taken her under his wing and whilst still understanding the danger he is putting her in he is always trying to protect her and take actions that are in her best interests.

Mitch was another character that I really enjoyed, whilst he was part of the trio I did feel like he was a very dark horse. However the scenes he was written into I absolutely loved. I really enjoyed how the trio gelled and the banter that they had between them. I particularly love Mitch’s love for chocolate milk, I mean who doesn’t love chocolate milk?

Schwab is definitely not afraid to play with your emotions. I’m not going to say too much as I don’t want to give spoilers however one particular death hit me hard. If you know, you know. Despite the outcome of said death it still broke me, well and truly. I’m not ashamed to say that I almost shed a tear.

All in all I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. I can’t believe that I left it this long to actually read a V.E. Schwab book because she is quickly becoming my favourite character. I would recommend this book to everybody it is such a good read and I thoroughly enjoyed my time reading it!

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