Rating: 3/5 Stars🌟🌟🌟
Genre: Fantasy, Science Fiction
I have to admit I went into this book with a load of expectations especially since V.E. Schwab/Victoria Schwab has fast become one of my favorite authors. I had heard so much about Vicious and I finally got around to reading it. Sadly, it wasn’t as epic as I’d expected a book about villains to be.
Cunning villains with a clear purpose, a Machiavelli mind and reasons for doing what they did, were one of my favorite types of characters. So I was quite interested with Vicious.
Victor and Eli—Good friends who turn into each other’s nemesis. Of the two, I liked Victor a lot—at first. He had a depth to him that I appreciated and he had reasons for doing what he did.
Eli on the other hand, I found to be pompous and overzealous.
I had a misconception that Victor was the better of the two especially over how Eli treated him when he got his powers. I understood Victor’s next course of action but I didn’t appreciate his treatment of others, especially someone who cared for him and who’d been there for him.
So, disillusioned, I realized that Victor and Eli were just different sides of the same psychopathic coin. Also, I hate to say it but the writing dragged a bit so I found myself bored and fed up at times. That said, I did enjoy the other characters and plot twists. The ending was quite clever, with a dash of poetic justice that was immensely satisfying.