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Vengeful, by V.E. Schwab

11 reviews

alexiab's review against another edition

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

3.75

This book was almost on par with the first in terms of general storytelling method, except I found it lacked a fair bit of what made the first book so compelling. 

The shift in focus away from Victor and Eli, and spending so much time on backstory for new characters that still didn’t feel important, threw a bit of a wrench in the story for me. Of all the new characters, I found June the most interesting and I think she got the least amount of development. I couldn’t find it in me to care about Marcella, and I wish more had gone into Sydney and Mitch, or even more time with Victor and Eli. 

Overall I still enjoyed this book and I love what I did get for Victor and Eli, but a lot of the side stuff felt like filler that wasn’t necessary, especially since a lot of it clearly won’t be brought into the third book when it’s eventually released. 

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thegoodyouth's review against another edition

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

5.0

“<i>Whatever's happened to you, however you're hurt, you've done it to yourself.</i>
That's what Campbell had said. And the EO was right. Victor had always been the master of his fate. He had climbed onto that steel table. He had coerced Angie into flipping the switch. He had goaded Eli into killing him five years before, knowing Sydney would bring him back.
Every action had been his own design, every step his own making.
If there was a way out of this, he would find it.
If there wasn't, he would make one himself.”

“Victor stared at the wall as if it were still a window. "He doesn't know how patient
you are," he said. "Doesn't know you like I do.” 
Eli cleaned the blood from his hand.
"No," he said softly. "No one ever has."

This is what storytelling is truly about: a group of unpredictable characters and a plot that never leads you down the most obvious path. I don’t really have the words to talk about about this book/series, but it is honestly one of the best things I’ve ever read. This is a story about obsession, about two people that were toxic for each other, but also the only one for one another. This is definitely not for the lighthearted, but it’s a fantastic read. 

The ending of this book broke my heart. It was the exact thing I <i>didn’t</i> want to happen, but I still understand why it happened, and I’m satisfied with it. I love Victor. :(

I know I’m coming back for a reread soon, but for now, I’m off to read the new EO comics.

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wiktoria88's review against another edition

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adventurous dark mysterious tense fast-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

4.25


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actuallyeeyore's review against another edition

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adventurous dark 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

2.75


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unhealthygoblinlord's review against another edition

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

3.75


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p_alice11's review against another edition

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

4.5

I think it would have been a 5 star book, like the first one if I wasn't busy the week I was reading it, which definitely didn't help with the pace. But thats a me problem. Honestly the characters are so complex and hateable but I also love each of them so much.
Spoiler I loved how some deaths were so impacting even though in the pace of the fight they were almost 'skipped over which really made you shocked and feel in the moment.
Spoiler Uh I need a 3rd one. 

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janet_cl's review against another edition

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

4.75

this was excellent! i can’t even decide whether i’m team victor or team eli…i find myself being kind of both. though, victor is definitely my favorite character. i did love that we got eli’s backstory. personally, there were mixed emotions because it made me like him more but also he’s a serial killer so i probably shouldn’t…
i can’t forget to mention mitch, sydney, and dom. i thought they were quite the team! i loved them all together with victor tbh.
as for the new characters we got introduced to, i really liked june and marcella. i thought they were a great addition to the story. marcella was for sure the most badass out of everyone. june was cool too, especially her power. she was just a tad bit annoying when it came to her friendship with sydney.

and if we are getting a third book…i’m so curious to see how this could all play out omg!! 

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rottendollparts's review against another edition

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

4.0


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davidjuarez's review against another edition

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

4.0


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kitausu's review against another edition

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adventurous challenging dark emotional mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

4.75

Loved this! 

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