With the release date of Vengeful on the horizon and my pre-order set to ship just as quickly, I figured it was finally time to read Vicious by V.E. Schwab. This is the first book I’ve read from Schwab, and let me tell you I was not disappointed.
The story revolves primarily around Victor and Eli as they hunt for the cause behind EOs or ExtraOrdinaries and the source of their abilities. Things take a turn and a friendship very quickly becomes a dangerous rivalry.
I very quickly fell in love with Victor. He’s snarky and has a certain dangerous undertone to his personality that I find very appealing. But I also like the depth of his character as well as those of his “teammates”. When Sydney comes into the story he isn’t at all “gross a child… wait it’s useful” like tends to be the trend with characters who share similar traits to Victor. Sydney is a sweet girl, innocent enough but she learns fast and isn’t naive which I really enjoyed about her. Even Mitch was the “smart guy in a dumb guy’s body” but he was so much more than that too.
I also really loved how this story unfolded in it’s non-linear way so that we were only given information when we needed it. It made for excellent story telling and created suspense between sections that had me yelling “NO WAIT GO BACK!”.
I can’t believe it took me so long to get to a V.E. Schwab book but I’m so happy I started with this one. Easily a five out of five from me.
Trigger warnings: this book contain graphic self-destruction and suicide. None of it is a cause of mental illness but may be triggering to some.
Author: V.E. Schwab
Published: September 24, 2013
Synopsis: 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.