| Published: 2013 & 2018 by Tor Books |
| Genre: Science Fiction |
| Age: Adult |
| Length: 366 & 462 |
| ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ & ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ |
After reading and adoring The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue last month I wanted to dive into more books by V.E. Schwab, and I thought I’d start with her most recommended books, Vicious and Vengeful. I’ve read them both and I’m going to review them both seperately (and without spoilers) today.
What Is It About?
Victor and Eli met at medical school and over the course of the book you find out how they went to roommates to rivals. With a shared interest in adrenaline and near-death-experiences, they begin research on ExtraOrdinarys and whether it’s possible they could really exist.
What Did I Think?
Vicious is another take on humans gaining powers. Eli and Victor are bright and likeminded students who both become intrigued by this subject. In their research they discover what gives these people their powers which leads them to partake in some pretty dangerous experiments that gave it a Frankenstein feel.
The two main characters Eli and Victor are fantastic to read as they’re what I would call ‘anti-heroes’. They’re so sinistar and twisted which is so much fun to read. They’re unlikeable, but in a fascinating way. You just can never predict what they’re going to do next and I loved reading their POV’s.
Because of the subject matter, I think it’s easy to draw comparisons between this and something like the X-Men movies. There are a lot of similarities that I noticed, especially with peoples reactions to EO’s, but I still think this was a really original take. If you’re a fan of those movies, I think you would like this book.
This was a perfect read for October. It has morally gray characters, characters who can bring the dead back to life, dangerous experiments and a dark atmosphere. I’m really glad I read it in October.
Vengeful Review (Spoilers For Vicious)
What Is It About?
After the events of Vicious, Victor and his band of EOs are travelling the country, never staying in one place for too long. Eli is in a maximum detention facility, and a new EO is being born which may force these two rivals together again.
What Did I Think?
This was a strange reading experience for me. I read this right after finishing Vicious so I was still so hyped about these characters and I was so excited to continue their story. I did start out enjoying it, but as it went on, that enjoyment kind of waned.
This not only follows Victor and Eli, but it also introduces us to two new EO’s, Marcella and June. These two characters had so much potential and at first I was as obsessed with them as I was with the original duo. But I quickly became disinterested in both of them as they just felt like plot devices.
I also found the timeline so confusing in this book. It does what book one does which is go from three years before to two days before, but this book also switches POV quite a bit more also. My little brain couldn’t keep up with when we were and who we were with.
But saying all that, I did love the moments where we focused on Victor and Sydney’s relationship. I think that ‘found family’ is one of my favourite tropes and even though Victors feelings are confusing (he’s a sociopath) I loved the little glimpses of emotion and protectivness from him.
I loved Vicious, Vengeful was disappointing, but I probably will read the next books V.E. Schwab will apparently be adding to this series.