Vicious by V.E. Schwab
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
As always my review WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS so if that bothers you stop reading now and just know I rated this book 5 stars.
If you are continuing I assume you’ve read it already or spoilers do not bother you.
I am starting here to give you enough lines to contemplate if spoilers bother you. Anyway, yeah, I loved this book. It’s the first book since January I’ve read and instantly knew it had to be five stars. No debate or hovering over the starts, certainly no wishing there was a half star button; this was five stars through and through.
Let’s start with the style. It wasn’t that long of a book. The edition I read was like 360 something pages, which is a fair amount but certainly not long. Yet, despite being the kind of book you can toss in your backpack on a long train ride, it was so full of backstory. Sometimes I hate jumping around of perspectives, and it could’ve been messy with all the flashbacks, but the fact that they were so clear about when and where the flashbacks took place made sure nothing fell out of place and really built up the depth of characters. By the end of the book, I knew Eli’s, Victor’s, Serena’s, Sydney’s, and Mitch’s backstory and motivation to be there. I liked how the first half of the book it jumped to flashbacks every other chapter, but once it reached the first deadly fight between Eli and Victor, where Victor ends up incarcerated for 10 years, the book is mostly linear.
The powers themselves were cool (yeah, I wanted to sound smarter and pick a different word but cool is the best way to describe it). I mean, who would’ve thought the EO who could heal himself at rapid speed would be the most powerful of them all? It really created an interesting dynamic because almost all the other EOs had powers they could use as a weapon and Eli’s reflexive gift could only protect him, but it was to such an extent that he was basically immortal.
The villains were amazing (I mean it is the villains series right so what do you expect?). Eli truly believed he was the hero, and that final scene hovering over Victor’s bloody body and shouting he’s saved them all and he’s the hero while the police only saw him as a murderer, was such a brilliant visual. Serena was all-powerful and again created the sort of dynamic most people really need when reading a story like this (villains that are more powerful than the protagonists). I also really appreciated the perspective of the reader vs the outside world. In the beginning if anyone would’ve guessed who would grow up to be a super villain most of the students and Lockland would’ve probably picked Victor over the incredibly charming Eli, but as readers we got to know better.
Finally, I am so happy with the final fight scene, but it made me so nervous when I was reading it. Poor Mitch! We were led to believe he was dead twice! That was so rude. I remember reading his death the second time and before he could pull the trigger I was thinking “I swear to god if he dies I’m DNF’ing this book, I don’t care if there are only twenty pages left, it’s done. Wow, that was an amazing climax. Especially since, I truly didn’t know who was going to win, since a second book is coming out it could’ve been anyone.
Anyway, I loved the book (obviously) and I’m excited to read book 2 when it’s out.
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