Vengeful by VE Schwab

Summary:

Sydney once had Serena—beloved sister, betrayed enemy, powerful ally. But now she is alone, except for her thrice-dead dog, Dol, and then there’s Victor, who thinks Sydney doesn’t know about his most recent act of vengeance.

Victor himself is under the radar these days—being buried and re-animated can strike concern even if one has superhuman powers. But despite his own worries, his anger remains. And Eli Ever still has yet to pay for the evil he has done.

The Review:

Vicious was one of my favorite books that I read in 2018, so of course I was excited about a sequel that was being written. This was also the book that made me fall in love with VE Schwab and her writing.

The book picks up a little after the events of Vicious and the sort of battle between Victor and Eli, two people who started off as friends, but then grew into bitter enemies. With Victor sort of living and dying back to living again, and Eli being in jail for his crimes in Vicious.

This book was very character driven, and Eli was the character I thought was a lot more fleshed out. You see a lot of backstory with him going from foster home to foster home without anything close to coming to a real home. Even though it seems pretty much like a super villain origin story, it makes him a very complex character.

Sydney and Mitch also returned for Vengeful, and Mitch’s backstory was definitely a lot more fleshed out, and he had some great bits of character development.

Then there is Marcella. Oh boy, Marcella. I feel in love with her from the very first page. She is a mob wife, who was “killed” by her husband and then starts to come into her power. She was one of my favorite characters of the book. She kinda has the sort of “evil is sexy” trope and I love how after her “death” she begins to take control of her own situation, and basically being a mob wife with super powers.

I also liked how in Marcella’s story she recruits sort of her own band of lieutenants. There is June who is a shapeshifter and could transform herself into anyone she comes across. She was also another badass character.

While I wouldn’t say this is plot driven like her other works. This book is very character driven in every way possible. All of the characters are all complex in their own way, and I like that the title of the series, is called Villains. Because it is very hard to pin point who are the villains of this story. It made me hard to choose sides between Victor and Eli because they are both such great and compelling characters.

This book also plays a lot with time. It uses flashbacks, to further flesh out the characters of the book, mainly Eli and Marcella. It may have been a bit confusing at first to figure out where in the timeline you are, but it is very worth it and has a lot of good build up, especially towards the end.

She also took a story about people with super powers and made it very exciting, and took full advantage of its premise. Some books dealing with super powers that I have read never really ran with the powers concept, but VE Schwab, took that concept and ran for a 100 yard touchdown.

In the end, Vengful, solidified why VE Schwab is one of my favorite authors. Her characters are rich,vibrant and complex. It was such a page turner that I was captivated from the first page. I know its  suppose to be a duology, but I just want more.

Grade: 5/5

Mid-Year Freak Out Book Tag

I cannot believe it is already at the mid way point of the year, and I read so many great books. I wasn’t tagged by anyone but I decided to do this anyway.

Best Book you’ve read so far:

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This is the first book I have read by Holly Black, and I was so glad to meet her earlier this year when she came to Boston. It had morally grey characters and a lot of political intrigue. I cannot wait to read The Wicked King.

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My favorite author wrote one of my favorite superheros and it was amazing. It was a sort of origin story of Batman, when he was just Bruce Wayne, a young billionaire with dead parents.

Best Sequel You’ve Read this year

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Of course. The ending of the Illuminae series gave me all the feels. I am so glad that I read this series.

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THAT CLIFFHANGER! This took everything that was Scythe and turned it up to 11. Great characters and I need to know what happens next.

New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

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I loved the Illuminae series and I am excited to read his new series. I also heard good things about Furyborn, and the premise sounds good.

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

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I loved Vicious, and I was surprised that a sequel was happening.

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Two authors that I really like is writing a book. I am sold. Also since its Adam Silvera and Becky Albertalli I am basically going to suffer and be happy about it.

Biggest disappointment

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Let me just say that the ending really dragged this book down. While it did have a good setting, I just couldn’t connect with the characters and the plot.

Biggest surprise

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These books are sort of outside of what I usually read. Eliza and her Monsters is a contemporary YA novel, which dealt a lot with fandom. The Poet X is a book told through verse, which is something I really don’t grab for.

Favorite new author. (Debut or new to you)

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I loved this book. A fantasy novel set within West Africa. I cannot wait to see how the series goes on.

Book that made you cry.

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Oh Jason Reynolds. How it did it take this long to finally read you books. I also made the mistake of reading this after I finished Dear Martin. Yeah, I was almost in a whirlwind of emotion.

Book that made you happy.

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A nice cute YA romcom, that truly made me happy and rooting for the couple. \

Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year.

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Last year I read Simon vs. and then I finally saw the movie this year. While it did make some changes to the adaptation I still loved the movie. Hopefully with this and The Hate U Give it will lead to better YA adaptations.

Favorite review you’ve written this year. (Booktube version: Favourite video you have done so far in this year)

Top 5 Other SFF Media

I loved writing the list, and seeing other lists of other faves that people like with the SFF medium.

 

That is my Mid Year freak out Book tag for 2018. I really hope the rest of year will also lead to a great reading year.

If you are reading this, consider yourself tagged.

My Most Anticipated Reads for 2018

Hello everyone,

Last week I shared My favorites of 2017, and now I want to talk about books I am excited to read in 2018. 2017 was a great reading year for me and I hope 2018 will be the same.

Heart of Iron by Ashley Poston

Its described as Anastasia in SPAAAACEEEEEE! Her words not mine. I was a huge fan of Geekerella and I want to see what she could do with a Sci Fi.

A Reaper at the Gates by Sabaa Tahir

I loved both An Ember in the Ashes and A Torch Against the Night. Also how A Torch Against the Night ended made me very excited to read the next book, also the wait is just killing me right now.

Obsidio by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman

Why do most of my favorite book series always has long waits in between books. I loved the first two books and I am very excited to read this series.

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzie Lee

A sequel to the Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, one of my favorite books of 2017. This time Felicity tells her story and I already loved her character and want to see how she does especially with piracy in the title.

Thunderhead by Neal Shusterman

Another sequel to one of favorties of 2017. The way the book ended I wanted to see where the characters go, and just judging by the premise it could be even better.

Zombies and the Civil War, of course I am excited for this book. I also would love to read more diverse books.

Vengeful by V.E. Schwab

Vicious was one my favorite books of 2016, and learning that a sequel was going to happen made me excited.

 

Those are some of the books I am very excited to read in 2018. I know there’s a ton of other books coming out in 2018, and I may read them. What books are you excited to read in 2018? Let me know in comments below.