Review: Vicious, by V. E. Schwab


Title: Vicious (Villains #1)

Author: V. E. Schwab

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Published: 2013

Pages: 340

My Rating: 3/5 stars

Synopsis from Goodreads:

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?

Hello Everyone,

welcome to my review of Vicious, by V.E. Schwab. I know that because of the recent publication of the sequel, Vengeful, there has been a lot of buzz around regarding this book. It has been marketed really well, and I have to say that the premise was interesting to me. However, as you might assume from my rating, this was only an average read for me. The same happened to me with Schwab’s other book that I read, A Darker Shade of Magic. I think I just cannot get fully into her writing style, in the sense that her books have great ideas, and are fine to read, but I cannot seem to get into the story 100%, and I don’t know why. I have been putting off reading the Shades of Magic sequel, but I want to read it this year. In any case, here are my thoughts about Vicious.

  • Plot: The plot was okay. the story took place in the span of a couple of days, with many flashbacks in between, so technically not a whole lot happened. I was definitely expecting the ending, and except for one OOOh moment, I was not really surprised by anything else. In any case, this book can also read as a standalone, and I am curious to see where Schwab goes with the sequel.
  • Characters: The characters, unfortunately, were quite forgettable in my opinion. Except for the little girl (I am already forgetting the names here…) whom I grew to like, Eli and Vic were quite similar actually and everyone blurred together a bit. That’s not to say that I did not enjoy the book, I did. It was just very average.
  • Writing: The writing was good overall. However, the structure of the book, even though enticing at first, grew very old very quickly, and I was really weary of jumping around in time so much by the end. If the structure was more linear I would have enjoyed it more overall.

There are my thoughts and opinion on this particular book. I know that my review will probably be an unpopular opinion, seeing how many people love and rave about this book. In any case please let me know if you have read this and liked this in the comments!

Until next time,


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