A bunch of lovable murdering psychos.
The sequel to VICIOUS, V.E. Schwab’s first adult novel.
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.
Series: Villains #2
Author: V.E. Schwab
Publication: September 25, 2018 by Tor
Genre: Science Fiction
Target audience: Adult
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I finally managed to get my shit together and write a review, but daaamn I needed the time to recover from this book.
His eyes met Victor’s, and for a second neither man moved.
Run, thought Victor, and he could see the response in Eli’s coiled frame.
Victor Vale is back. But, well, not all of him. Something’s wrong because he just keeps dying, and that is just no fun. On his search for a cure, he leaves a trail of dead people and garners the attention of a certain Mr Stell, now Director of EON, a special prison built to contain EOs, which just happens to house Eli Ever. Meanwhile a new EO is on the rise and causes all kinds of trouble.
“I guess you didn’t burn the body.”
“God dammit, Eli,” snarled Stell. He shook his head. “How is this possible?”
“Victor’s always been terrible at staying dead.”
Yeah, I was hooked instantly and honestly, I didn’t expect anything else. We get introduced to new characters without it being overloaded and we get to see our favourites again (who I missed greatly).
The whole book is set 5 years after the events of Vicious, but through time jumps we not only learn what happened in these 5 years, but also what happened before. That means college age (and younger) Eli and sassy Victor and all their interactions before becoming something resembling friends.
“You never finish anything. Didn’t your parents teach you to eat your vegetables?”
“No,” said Victor blandly, “they told me to tap into my inner psyche and realize the truths of my potential. Vegetables never really came up.”
Angie shot Eli a conspiratorial glance. “Victor’s parents are self-help gurus.”
“Victor’s parents,” said Victor, “are hacks.”
V’s writing was impeccable as always. No further comment. You don’t challenge The Queen.
Honestly, there’s only one thing bothering me. When I finished Vicious I was devastated, because while there could of course be a sequel, the book in itself was finished and perfect and whole. There was no guarantee for a sequel.
With Vengeful it is a little bit different. Finishing it, it felt incomplete. I mean the story arc is complete, but you know that there has to be a sequel.
I love Victor. No doubt. I loved him then and I love him now. But he’s changed. He’s more vicious (ha) now, fighting for his life and not vengeance. He almost goes from anti-hero to villain and I still love him. It is incredible how V managed to create characters that feel alive and real. Because while Victor spends half of his time murdering people, the other half he is with his lovely family and waits at night for Sydney to come back from a party, sometimes rescuing her. (Dad!Victor kills me. I love him so much.)
Eli Ever. Eli Cardale. God-fucking-dammit Eli. When I read the first reactions of Vengeful and saw that people are breaking down because they have- they have… feelings… for Eli. Couldn’t believe it. Until I started having them myself, these feelings.
Once upon a time, when the marks on his back were still fresh, Eli told himself that he was growing wings. After all, his mother thought Eli was an angel, even if his father said he had the devil in him.
We got a backstory. And not only that. We got character development. Fanatic Eli sees where he was wrong. He’s still a fucking psycho but man, so is Victor. I love them both.
I even have to admit that I liked Eli a teeny tiny bit more than Victor please don’t hit me. I don’t even know how to explain. Just read the book.
ALSO, something that almost killed me:
To think that, in a way, the two of them were working together again. Like old times—or like they could have been, perhaps.
Eli. Thinking. That.
V.E. Schwab, I demand this to happen. In the last book of the trilogy or you create an alternate universe where everything is fine, I don’t fucking care, just do it.
Marcella Riggins is savage. She is savage and she is a woman and she wants revenge.
How many men would she have to turn to dust before one took her seriously?
Marcella’s husband cheats on her and then tries to kill her. She is not happy. And she is gonna show the world just who they’re dealing with.
Marcella is a fascinating character with an interesting story and she totally fits into this book. Still, I gotta admit that she didn’t grow on me. But then again, maybe she wasn’t supposed to.
They say people grow on you, and maybe that was true, because every time Marcella saw Tony, she felt the need to scrub him off her skin.
If V.E. Schwab needs another five years to complete Victorious, I am probably going to turn into a murdering psycho myself.