Book Review: Vicious

Villains #1

Author: V.E. Schwab

Goodreads 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? “

Review: So the first time I tried to read this I got 20 pages in and couldn’t get into it. I honestly don’t know why because the second time I started this I couldn’t look it it down! What complicated characters, what a complicated storyline. It’s so hard to choose what you want to have happen in this story which leaves you wanting to read more.

Also — I love Victor and I really can’t tell if I’m supposed to or not but there is something about this character that wants me to know more. This was really a can’t put down story, I have been waiting a bit before I get the next one just because I wanted to make sure I appreciate this for what it was. There is violence, backstabbing, different views on the same thing; what it’s like to be different and I can’t wait to see what happens next.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5 stars

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