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Book Review: Vicious (Villains #1) – V.E. Schwab

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.

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. 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?


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