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I purchased a copy of Vengeful myself, all thoughts and opinions are my own 😊
Vengeful by VE Schwab
Vengeful is the sequel to Vicious, so I won’t be sharing a lot of details from Vengeful because I don’t want to give spoilers. I picked up Vicious for the first time this year, I recently fell in love with VE Schwab’s writing and I am now trying to read everything she’s written! I read Vicious this summer and I loved it. It’s super dark and I would say that there is a trigger warning for suicide. Vicious is about two college students, Victor and Eli who discover that if they have near-death experiences they can get superpowers (and are then called ExtraOrdinaries (EOs)) During Vicious Eli is going after other EOs to get rid of them and Victor is trying to stop him.
Throughout both books, we follow Eli and Victor through college as well as in the present day. The timeline for these books aren’t exactly linear, but it was pretty easy to keep everything straight. This story will have you hooked from the very first page. I read Vicious in a couple of days and would have done the same with Vengeful if I had been able to just sit and read.
What I liked about Vengeful
In Vengeful, we follow a few more characters, namely Marcella and June. These two women are bada** and ready to rule the world. I love how Victoria described this book, she said that in Vengeful Eli and Victor are both losing control but Marcella and June are taking/gaining control. So much female power in this book! It was the book we all need in 2018 (or 2019 if you haven’t picked it up yet!)
I thought that the story in Vengeful was good and I couldn’t wait to find out what was going to happen to all of my favorite characters. Also, VE Schwab has a way of making you fall in love (or at least like) the villain in the book. Eli is essentially the villain (at least in Vicious) and by the end of Vengeful your heart will be breaking for him. Side note… but HOW DOES SHE DO THAT IN EVERY SINGLE BOOK?!?!!? Anyway, this book will make you like all the morally grey characters and will leave you asking the question, does one good thing make a bad person good? Or does one bad thing make a good person bad? Gah… I don’t really know how to explain it, but you’ll find yourself asking this throughout the book. You’ll be rooting for all of the characters, even the ones that aren’t that great.
I do think that I liked Vicious just a tiny bit more, but Vengeful was still so so so so good. I gave Vengeful (and Vicious) 5 out of 5 stars.
About Vengeful by VE Schwab
Published date: September 25, 2018
Source: My own personal library!
Book Summary for Vicious (so there’s no spoilers for Vengeful!)
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?
Have you read Vicious or Vengeful yet? What did you think?