Book One in the Villains duology
Published in 2014 by Titan Books
Genres: Adult Fantasy, Paranormal fiction, Contemporary fantasy
Page Count: 340
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
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?
I’m actually convinced Victoria Schwab can do no wrong! It’s funny, I started last year off by obsessing over Shades of Magic, and I since read her City of Ghosts and Monsters of Verity, all of which I can count among my favourite books – and Vicious is another now.
My only thought is why did it take me so long to read until now! Once I picked it up I devoured it, obsessing over the world of Eli and Victor, being at first fascinated by the opening scene in a graveyard, thinking only Schwab could weave such an intriguing book, taking me into the past where I got to know Eli and Victor at first as confidants, then as archenemies!
As I was reading scenes from the past, and the present, things were forming in my mind as I was reading – but above all I found myself wanting to know 3 things:
– How did Eli and Victor go from being so close to so hateful towards one another?
– How was Sydney connected with things? (I adore that kid, truthfully).
– How did Victor find himself in prison so many years before?
When I found out the answers, I was collectively shrieking and going “oh my god!.” I might have had a hunch here and there as to how Sydney connected to our story, but I didn’t think I would be right! Not to go into too many details for not wanting to spoil, but I feel like Eli’s actions just show how ruthless he has become about wanting to remove EO’s!
Yet, at the same time, reading the flashbacks where Eli and Victor were studying, I loved the complexity yet effortless narration just conveyed how both characters would just stop at nothing in the name of science, in the name of what they were passionate about finding, discovering – and just the outcome to both characters was utterly mind blowing! This book was so edgy and addictive, I love how it just kept my brain going at every pace and I was literally on the edge of my seat with every action, even in some parts near the end covering my mouth in anticipation!!
The cast of side characters too, is fantastic, as is the concept of EO’s – just the amount of detail Schwab put into everything is magical and addictive and wicked! I adored the Chocolate milk enthusiast Mitch, I loved reading about how he met Victor, and Angie and Serena were two characters that definitely affected Eli, but above all, Sydney and Dol were utterly gorgeous! I loved everyone’s scenes together and the vast character development is perfection! I found myself waiting for a certain reunion and just okay wow I can’t stop obsessing and reliving it all!
By the end I was cheering so hard! That had to have been one of the most exciting and nail biting and epic ending ever, so I know Vengeful is going to be utterly brilliant, and I can’t wait to dive in!