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Vicious, by V.E. Schwab

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tinylittlerat's review against another edition

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dark tense slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? No
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

2.5

really didn’t like this book, entire book leads up to the end which was mediocre at best and didn’t meet my expectations at all and was just bad. the book is just two white boys being superhero’s - but they’re edgy so they’re actually sooo cool - and them just indirectly fighting each other, the side characters are also white and one of them is a tween girl who is basically being groomed by the main character. this book left no impression that it wasn’t a stand alone and when i found out i was surprised, if the first book was this crappy how bad is the second one, i decided to not read the sequel for exactly this reason and am better off for it. VE Schwab has been so hyped up on social media but her books are just so white and boring, i don’t know why so many people enjoy reading them.  the characters leave no impression and i couldn’t even remember what the plot was while i was reading it.

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dreammetheworld's review against another edition

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too triggering

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goosegame's review against another edition

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dark tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

Both main characters are awful and I love them.

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corabookworm's review against another edition

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adventurous dark emotional inspiring sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? N/A
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

characters - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
plot - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
writing - ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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queer_bookwyrm's review against another edition

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dark mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

 
5 ⭐ CW: violence, incarceration, graverobbing, attempted suicide, intentional overdose, murder, self harm, torture, opioid misuse, descriptions of blood and corpses

Vicious by V.E. Schwab is the first book in the Villains duology. I loved this book! I'm a sucker for morally gray characters, and this book takes the cake. I mean, with lines like this- "There are no good men in this game"- you know you're in for a treat.

We follow Victor Vale and his best friend/roommate as they come up with a thesis for your science class. Victor chooses something to do with adrenaline and hormones, but Eli chooses something wild. He chooses to make his thesis on the existence of ExtraOrdinaries (EOs), people who have Near Death Experiences (NDE), but we're brought back to life and ended up with powers based on what their last thoughts or desires were.

Both Victor and Eli felt like they might be a bit sociopathic, but this ramps up after each of them goes through with an NDE and successfully come back to life with powers. For Eli, he becomes self healing, and Victor can manipulate pain in himself and others. They realize the. When they've come back, something is missing.

I loved the way this was done. It's got a superhero origin story feel to it, but as stated before, there are no good men. Eli and Victor are just different shades of bad. I loved the juxtaposition if Eli being religious and his idea that he's doing God's work while killing people. It lent an extra bit of creepyness. Eli's psychology alone is fascinating.

Glad I just bought the sequel, so I can find out what happens next! I also might be interested in starting the ExtraOrdinary graphic novels! 

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laurajeangrace's review against another edition

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adventurous dark medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0


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katreadswaytoomuch's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark emotional funny mysterious reflective sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

A fantastic evolution from YA fantasy to Adult Fantasy!

Little to no focus on romance

We love a morally grey character, but Victor is as grey as they come. Everything is a means to an end and something or someone has value based on how useful they are to him. It’s incredible to watch his mind work.

There’s also some really great ethical questions posed around self-awareness and humanity. Some of the observation were really clever.

And the last chapter was just 😆😆😆❤️❤️❤️ icing on the cake

Please look up the potential triggers for this book. I’ll include a list below that I noticed because I’ll admit I struggled with some of the violence in this 

SpoilerI will be honest. It’s really hard being surprised by death when there’s a character who can revive the dead. There. I said it. Unfortunately I think that really took away from the oh no they’re dead factor because it was established pretty early on in the book, but it’s still there like, “oh no can she not do it this time for some reason”






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phoebe20's review against another edition

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dark mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

5.0


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kodi_rae's review against another edition

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dark emotional mysterious reflective sad tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

While I think so far I like the Darker Shade of Magic series better, this was a fun and unique read! I’m looking forward to the next one. 

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eve_reads's review against another edition

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adventurous dark mysterious tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.0

Overall Thoughts:
⁕ The nonlinear delivery of the story contributed to such a heightened sense of anticipation and tension. By the final chapters, I was TEARING through the book to get to the resolution.

⁕ Victor and Eli are deliciously flawed and the amoral, anti-heroes of every reader’s dreams.

⁕ I’ve read a lot of reviews saying that this book gives off similar vibes as the Amazon show The Boys. While I agree that it has similar character types, I will say this book is MUCH LESS intense in terms of gore and violence. It’s still there, but if you go in with expectations of high shock value scenes, you will probably be dissatisfied.

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