Vicious

Vicious

V.E. Schwab / Jun 25, 2019

Vicious 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 adrena

  • Title: Vicious
  • Author: V.E. Schwab
  • ISBN: Vicious
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    B00CQY7WBI
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    English
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  • Page: 163
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • 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 abilit 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store UKOnline StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Kindle Edition, 366 pages Published September 24th 2013 by Tor Books More Details Original Title Vicious ASIN B00CQY7WBI Edition Language English Series Villains 1 Characters Mitchell Turner, Victor Vale, Eli Cardale, Sydney Clarke, Serena Clarke Literary Awards Choice Award Nominee for Fantasy 2013 Other Editions 34 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about Vicious, please sign up Popular Answered Questions This booked hooked me in with the anti hero, good vs evil themes Does anyone have any other book recommendations that contain similar themes in a fantastical dystopian universe Id love to hear them 6 likeslike 2 years ago See all 18 answers Emily The Six of Crows series has some great anti heroes set in a fantasy world flag Can YA fans of Victoria Schwab read and enjoy this book too Why is it listed as both adult and young adult 1 likelike 4 years ago See all 5 answers Tamara Stovall I think YA fans would enjoy the story but there is adult content that would result in an R rating if this were a movie Cursing including the F word I think YA fans would enjoy the story but there is adult content that would result in an R rating if this were a movie Cursing including the F word and extreme violence including violence with firearms and torture less flag See all 39 questions about Vicious Lists with This Book Books Marketed as Young adult that might be New Adult, Adult Fiction 204 books 145 voters What Women Born in the 90 s Have Read in 2018 2,302 books 247 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing Shelves read in 2017, favorites, adult, sci fi, fantasy I really wish I had a megaphone so I could accurately get across just how much I fucking love this book.I have so much of this book in my heart even my body feels too heavy to carry it This is genuinely the best anti hero story that I have ever read and now I have to readjust every other expectation in my life just to match it Honestly How is there so much in Schwab s mind All I want is to climb inside and revel at all the brilliance She didn t even have to go SO hard on this book but she d I really wish I had a megaphone so I could accurately get across just how much I fucking love this book.I have so much of this book in my heart even my body feels too heavy to carry it This is genuinely the best anti hero story that I have ever read and now I have to readjust every other expectation in my life just to match it Honestly How is there so much in Schwab s mind All I want is to climb inside and revel at all the brilliance She didn t even have to go SO hard on this book but she did that she did that for all of us There are no good men in this game. So, what s this book about Vicious is best described as a cautionary tale about how everything would be better if college theses were cancelled Otherwise, a couple of rich entitled bored grad students would set their minds on gaining a superpower that correlates to the type of near death experience, coming close to a revolutionary thesis about EOs but opening the seventh seal of the goddamn apocalypse instead.Victor Vale is driven by a singular determination to see his best friend Eli to his demise after he s helped put Victor in prison which isn t really reproachable since Victor did, albeit accidentally, kill Eli s girlfriend and people do tend to go to prison for that Victor Vale, however, refuses to accept the pointlessness of revenge and every breath he s taken during his ten years in prison was done with the memory of how it would feel to deck Eli right in his smug bastard face.And by some messed up cosmic sense of karmic justice, three days after his prison break out, Victor Vale manages to excerce a broad persuasion on a motley crew to assist him in destroying Eli Mitch, a tattooed, built like an 18 wheeler escaped convict with terrible luck who is exceptionally skilled at hacking and happens to immensely enjoy chocolate milk Sydney, a 12 years old precious child with necromancy powers whom Victor had picked up on the side of the road and immediately adopted a giant zombie dog who s never really asked to partake in any of this drunk uncle Dominic, an alcoholic teleporter with chronic pain.Eli Ever is what Jane Austen would have referred to in 1817 as never done anything to entitle himself to than the abbreviation of his name had he been named Richard A true loss, indeed Eli is suffering from a severe case of god complexe and is convinced of his own absolute superiority We re talking a deluded social justice warrior with a Steve Rogers obsession kind of fucked up here But look, in all fairness, if I d spent a shit ton of time on a thesis that didn t turn out exactly how I wanted, I too would let the situation go completely out of control, resulting in a body count and vengeance arc I won t even care All Eli had to do was smile All Victor had to do was lie Both proved frighteningly effective. All jokes aside, Vicious really has the most original take on superpowers that I have ever encountered It s taken every hero villain trope that s so widespread in the genre by the throat and smashed it across the wall It s utterly unpredictable, like watching the first domino fall but not knowing which pattern it would produce And not only is it amazingly written and expertly structured, but THE CHARACTERS No one writes anti heroes like Schwab Every single one of the characters has their own backstory and morality and motivations and what I loved the most is how even when there s a sense of profound alienation in them, how you won t necessarily assimilate with them or feel like you look like them or relate to them there s always the possibility to locate similarities to make them feel kind of less distant.This book just has so much room in it for the unimaginable and it s utterly captivating Meet the characters VICTOR VALE The paper called Eli a hero The word made Victor laugh Not just because it was absurd, but because it posed a question If Eli really was a hero, and Victor meant to stop him, did that make him a villain finds the most morally questionable asshole in a book I would dip my love in 24k gold before it s offered to you I love you.I swear my life is just one unattainable sort of morally mediocre fictional character after another No really If the character in a book wears all black and is seemingly selfish and only in it for themselves UNTIL they re dragged kicking and screaming into caring about certain people, then congratulations my good sir I am now yours I know you re never supposed to humanize characters that evidently are not human in every non physical way but you really can t deny what a dad friend Victor Vale is 1 he s always trying to take care of the people who are closest to him but is too distant and emotionally clumsy to be any good at it 2 I m cold I m Victor which is the pinnacle of dad humor 3 when sydney was told to go somewhere safe, she didn t even hesitate before going to look for Victor because safe had become Victor 4 this is the man who tortured a cop for hours right before he took his adoptive daughter out for hot chocolate I mean the important question here is is it too late to wrap myself up like a baby and drop myself off on Victor s doorstep Can we also collectively agree that Victor Vale is really just a delicate orchid Attention is his sunshine Validation is his water Drama is his dirt Because truth is, he s literally only ever wanted Eli s attention I m not saying he needs validation to live, I m just saying that when his heart was flatlining, had Eli just started telling him how great he was instead of trying to revive him his ass would be conscious within five seconds case in point Hate was too simple a word He and Eli were bonded, by blood and death and science They were alike, so now than ever And he had missed Eli He wanted to see him And he wanted to see him suffer He wanted to see the look in Eli s eyes when he lit them up with pain He wanted his attention. Anyway, have I mentioned recently how much I absolutely love Victor Vale I feel like I haven t been clear enough about that lately but I d like to remind everyone that he really is the love of my life ELI EVER I want to believe that there s That we could be Hell, we could be heroes. Now theoretically speaking, I m a huge fan of villains who 100% believe in their cause, who genuinely think what they re doing is the absolute right thing, who would show utter agony at the barest prospect of their plans being hindered, who are so desperate to win because in their guts, they believe their work is going to save everyone The villains with the most horrible hero complexes and who would NEVER even think of themselves as villains.In reality though, I m not invested in anything except the downfall of this son of a bitch Victor Vale might also be a villain and a piece of shit but he genuinely would never shoot a child AND a dog and he should wear that as a mark of pride.Oh and Eli, sweetie, sorry to break this to you but as Copernicus basically stated The Earth revolves around the sun , NOT you There are over 7 billion people on that fictional planet of yours There s probably a million assholes just like you, but I just hope they re having a better time MITCH Mitchell Turner was cursed Always had been Trouble followed him like a shadow, clinging to him no matter how much good light he tried to stand in In his hands, good things broke and bad things grew. I relate to Mitch because I too would risk everything and put myself in actual mortal danger to defend Victor and Sydney.Mitch is so fucking iconic This good dude has a fatal case of wrong place, wrong time and he always ends up in jail for crimes he did not commit So one day, he just gets fed up So what does he do then He just goes, You know what Fuck this I might as well commit a real crime goddammit spins wheel Oh would you look at that A bank job Perfect Karma wanna mess with me Joke s on you, bitch I ve already given up on life This is just another step further into my grave haha hah hahaaha Seriously though, Mitch is a good fucking person with a big heart and he deserves a lot than the shitty hand that life has dealt him this far I love him so much SERENA Serena Clarke spent half her time wishing she were dead, and the other half telling everyone around her what to do, and wishing someone wouldn t do it One of the best female villains ever She s a storm of a woman Wild, unbridled, a force of nature Like, she s the kind of woman you would be married to for two years and one day, she s in a silk robe and curlers throwing your most prized possessions off the balcony of your mansion overlooking the sea you look at her, a shell of a man, and know that she has stolen your money, your youth, and your passion for life AND I WHOLEHEARTEDLY SUPPORT HER She deserves to be bathed in milk like cleopatra and be encased in soft pearl Truly an icon.Overall, I literally love this book so much and if you guys haven t read it you re missing out on so much good content flag 618 likesLike see review View all 52 comments Sana a cautionary tale about how everything would be better if college theses were cancelled I died Also, I CANT WAIT TO GET MY HANDS ON THIS BOOK Jan 02, 2019 02 30AM Beth I this book too many times I would stop reading and go oh my God this is so good Part of me wants it into a movie but am afraid it is not going t I this book too many times I would stop reading and go oh my God this is so good Part of me wants it into a movie but am afraid it is not going to meet my expectations 17 hours, 48 min ago Jul 09, 2013 Emily May rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2013, sci fi, paranormal uf, arc, favourites Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human I actually received an 100 page preview of Vicious a few months prior to reading the full version and picked it up with absolutely zero expectations Then, suddenly, I was catapulted into a world that did than keep the promises of the blurb A masterful, twisted tale of ambition, jealousy, betrayal, and superpowers, set in a near future world but also introduced me to a memorable cast of characters, Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human I actually received an 100 page preview of Vicious a few months prior to reading the full version and picked it up with absolutely zero expectations Then, suddenly, I was catapulted into a world that did than keep the promises of the blurb A masterful, twisted tale of ambition, jealousy, betrayal, and superpowers, set in a near future world but also introduced me to a memorable cast of characters, an exciting plot, and some of the most addictive writing I ve ever read.Schwab s other books never appealed to me but I suddenly find myself wanting to see if all her writing is like this Some books just have that spark It s a compulsive readability in the writing style it demands to be read it demands that you keep turning pages like a crazy person You can t really explain or define it, you can only point to examples of where it exists And it exists here Everything about this book draws you in the characters, the plot, the way the book moves fluidly from past to present everything I can t tell you how much Vicious surprised me, and I can t find words to explain just how exciting, gripping and beautifully twisted it is But I shall try.Vicious falls into the adult new adult category as opposed to young adult To break it down simply, this is a story about superheroes and supervillains and how it isn t always so easy to tell which is which Victor questions at one point The paper called Eli a hero.The word made Victor laugh Not just because it was absurd, but because it posed a question If Eli really was a hero, and Victor meant to stop him, did that make him a villain It s all about the ambitions, the betrayals and the jealousies of people who are far too clever for their own good People who work together to obtain power but whose friendship is torn apart by said power The characters including the protagonist all have dark sides hiding beneath their calm, collected exteriors Perhaps this will put some readers off, but I was absolutely fascinated by the exploration of the fine line between the good guys and the bad guys.The story is split between the present and ten years ago The present tells of Victor, an escaped convict, who is determined to find his old friend turned enemy and deal out the revenge that is burning inside him Flash back to ten years ago and Victor is a bright, young university student who is practically inseparable from his best friend Eli When Eli proposes a plan to discover whether EOs Extra Ordinaries exist, he and Victor become partners in a scheme that will take them to hell and back and maybe, just maybe, grant them supernatural abilities I adored the complex friendship between the two men that hovered somewhere between admiration and bitter jealousy and how this developed as they grew and became obsessed with power and their own view of right and wrong.I loved Vicious, I really did I d easily consider it one of my favourite novels of 2013 and probably the one that surprised me most It s just a wild and addictive story with no throwaway characters Everyone in the book has their own problems to face, especially when it comes to some of the moral struggles that go with having godlike powers I can t wait for people to read it flag 729 likesLike see review View all 57 comments Jun 02, 2015 Hannah rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves owned, favorites You know that feeling of nostalgia you get when you re reading one of your favorite books That s how I felt the whole time I was reading this It was like I already knew this world and these characters And that s not to say that they were bland or stereotypical because they were extremely complex and compelling , but it was as if they were already somehow part of my life I don t even have the words to describe how much I loved this It was perfect, absolutely perfect flag 587 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Nov 08, 2014 Catriona LittleBookOwl rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves owned, favourites EDIT I re read Vicious for another book club 4 years on and I still really enjoyed it This time it was closer to a 4 star read I wanted a little development with some of the charcters.First read rating 5Wow I absolutely loved Vicious, it kept me hooked right from the get go and as things got and intense, I could not put it down I plan on filming a full review soon alongside the LittleBookClub liveshow, so I will be back with detailed thoughts Verdict READ IT YO flag 409 likesLike see review View all 7 comments Aug 23, 2013 Regan rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves books owned read, favorites WHAT THE HELL EVERYONE IS SO MESSED UP BUT THATS WHAT MADE IT SO AMAZING flag 367 likesLike see review View all 18 comments Sep 27, 2013 Anne rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves read in 2015, superheroes, read in 2018 A Tale of Two Sociopaths One is just ever so slightly lovable than the otherThis was right up my alley with all the Create A Superhero stuff The reality, of course, is that neither of these guys are heroes Victor and Eli were college roommates who experimented with a theory that Eli had about how Extra Ordinary people were created Turns out he was right Ta da Due to some unfortunate factors, Victor s transformation doesn t go quite as smoothly as Eli s And because of that little sn A Tale of Two Sociopaths One is just ever so slightly lovable than the otherThis was right up my alley with all the Create A Superhero stuff The reality, of course, is that neither of these guys are heroes Victor and Eli were college roommates who experimented with a theory that Eli had about how Extra Ordinary people were created Turns out he was right Ta da Due to some unfortunate factors, Victor s transformation doesn t go quite as smoothly as Eli s And because of that little snafu, Victor ends up spending the better part of a decade in prison Where he plots his revahnge revenge The whole story unfolds in flashbacks, and I think the less I say about that, the you ll enjoy reading about how it all went down in the past.I do think you should know that neither of them are sympathetic characters, but you do end up rooting for Victor to win.I gotta say, I thought the ending was a little underwhelming, but that may only be because I thought the rest of the book was so good that it didn t quite meet my expectations Still, I ended up tearing through this thing in a few days and thought it was overall a pretty fantastic story.Definitely Recommended Edit This is one of my oldest son s favorite books He informed me the other day that he found this review while searching at school OMG What the hell are they thinking giving these kids access to book sites , and he proceeded to tell me that I was wrong As children doApparently, the ending was not at all underwhelming It whelmed just fine, thank you very much.So there. flag 343 likesLike see review View all 46 comments Nov 10, 2016 Katerina rated it really liked it review of another edition Recommended to Katerina by John Papadopoulos Shelves paranormal, 2017 reads Vicious adj 1 Having the nature or quality of vice or immorality.2 Dangerously aggressive, marked by violence or ferocity.3 Victor Vale Victor was out Victor was free.And Victor was coming for Eli just as he d promised he would Eli and Victor used to be best friends Smarter than the rest of the students of Lockland University, they tried to play God Fascinated by the rumors about EOs, ExtraOrdinary people with supernatural abilities, they studied them at first, but later, they Vicious adj 1 Having the nature or quality of vice or immorality.2 Dangerously aggressive, marked by violence or ferocity.3 Victor Vale Victor was out Victor was free.And Victor was coming for Eli just as he d promised he would Eli and Victor used to be best friends Smarter than the rest of the students of Lockland University, they tried to play God Fascinated by the rumors about EOs, ExtraOrdinary people with supernatural abilities, they studied them at first, but later, they decided to create them But the sacrifices they hade to make in order to achieve this transformation took something away Their fear Their conscience Victor went to jail because of Eli, but he escaped with one goal in mind Destroy his nemesis His best friend While Eli dedicated his life to the eradication of EOs, since he considered them as something unholy, Victor dedicated his life to revenge The ultimate fight is inevitable The question is, who will survive But it s a trade, Professor, with God or the devil Wow.Vicious was a delicious surprise, the perfect way to start 2017 While I did not enjoy A Darker Shade of Magic as much as I expected, after some coaxing and a mix of curiosity and hope, I decided to give V.E Schwab another try, and I am so glad I did I dived into a gripping and wicked tale of revenge and superpowers, with characters who were, well, psychopaths but extremely fascinating, and while the concept reminded me of X Men and the rivalry between Magneto and Professor X, V.E Schwab followed a different path Eli wanted the extermination of his kind He fancied himself as a hero, a crusader blessed by God to rid the world of these unnatural beings and protect the innocents who were endangered by this lack of balance Victor, on the other hand, could not care less He was fixated on his desire to make Eli pay, using his cunning and devious mind, and a young girl with an ability that rattled Eli A girl also hunted and betrayed There are no good men in this game In A Darker Shade of Magic, what bothered me was the lack of connection with the characters In Vicious, I relished this detachment Victor and Eli were morally grey borderline black , so I could not actually empathize with them They were victims of their ambitions and the circumstances, villainous masterminds who, instead of being repulsed, they embraced all the ugly things that had to be done Even Sydney, the young EO girl, lost her innocence And so, I savored every time they outmaneuvered each other, every plan and move that led to the final confrontation, mesmerized by the twists and turns, the action, the suspense And I have to admit that Victor intrigued me in an I know you are a bad person but still I root for you way Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human Vicious is an ingenious story I absolutely recommend to all those readers who crave paranormal with a dash of twisted flag 318 likesLike see review View all 27 comments Feb 18, 2017 Bentley Bookbastion rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves favorites A week or so ago I asked my feed for reading suggestions featuring strong villainous characters, and this book received nearly unanimous acclaim from the majority of my friends who saw the post and responded Now, normally I kind of hesitate going into anything with high expectations, but I immediately ran out and bought it and now I just have to take a moment to tip my hat to to all my friends who suggested that I read it This book was EVERYTHING I was so engaged by the story I was dreaded th A week or so ago I asked my feed for reading suggestions featuring strong villainous characters, and this book received nearly unanimous acclaim from the majority of my friends who saw the post and responded Now, normally I kind of hesitate going into anything with high expectations, but I immediately ran out and bought it and now I just have to take a moment to tip my hat to to all my friends who suggested that I read it This book was EVERYTHING I was so engaged by the story I was dreaded the moments when I had to set the book down and go experience that awful thing called a social life Really, who has time for the real world when there is a totally compelling story just waiting to be finished at home Victor and Eli are absolute treasures They are so wonderfully written Seriously They re layered and diverse, while also being infuriatingly mad and deviously cunning at the same time As far as anti heros go Victor was an absolute joy to experience the narrative journey through Even when he s at his worst you can t help but root for him Even Eli s decisions were so well crafted I truly believed the way he rationalizes his behavior This is characterization done right Even the supporting cast of characters, Mitch, Syndney, Serena and Dominic are all wonderfully fleshed out No one s backstory gets skimped out on in favor of pushing events in a certain direction They re all given compelling backstories that inform on why they rationalize certain things they way they do We may not always agree with their decisions, but we re given reasons to understand them, which is so important.The pacing of this book is so engaging I was lost for the first 2 chapters, but once I got used to the narrative device Schwab employs, it got so compelling so quickly I couldn t get through this book fast enough I m a busy dude right now thanks to numerous real life commitments, but I put my other current reads on hold for a few days just so I could carve my way though this book first I ve read some great books already this year, but this book just sort of blew them all out of the water I actually started this year off by reading my first book ever by Schwab, The Archived and I think it s safe to say that I m becoming a HUGE fan I m definitely moving her Shades of Magic series up my tbr list soon 5 5 stars a new favorite for me Buddy read with the wonderful Inge flag 300 likesLike see review View all 48 comments Oct 14, 2018 jessica rated it it was amazing review of another edition on the scale of black to white, this book falls right down the middle i have never read something so morally grey, so ethically ambiguous, so downright dark and absolutely pleasant at the same time goodness me, this book was a trip in the best way possible i absolutely love the idea of anti heroes i love taking characters that we are meant to despise, but end up empathising and somewhat admiring them instead maybe that makes me personally questionable, but wow i loved how messed up and arr on the scale of black to white, this book falls right down the middle i have never read something so morally grey, so ethically ambiguous, so downright dark and absolutely pleasant at the same time goodness me, this book was a trip in the best way possible i absolutely love the idea of anti heroes i love taking characters that we are meant to despise, but end up empathising and somewhat admiring them instead maybe that makes me personally questionable, but wow i loved how messed up and arrogant and broken both eli and victor were their relationship was everything to me from friends and confidants, to conspiratorial partners, to enemies their relationship was just so demented and deranged, i couldnt look away i love how the lines were blurred when it came to them it was such a unique experience as a reader to see them at their worst and unravel the complex events which led them to that point this book in its entirety is honestly something else the concept, the plot, the characters, the writing, the conclusion i couldnt put this down and thank the book gods schwab decided to bless us with a sequel that our boys eli and victor so undoubtedly deserve 3 4.5 stars flag 277 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Oct 06, 2016 Emily Books with Emily Fox rated it really liked it review of another edition Two friends in college find a way to develop super powers Instead of becoming super heroes, they become super villains.Interesting concept and well executed flag 293 likesLike see review Jan 24, 2018 amy rated it really liked it Shelves 2018, buddy read, favorites victoria schwab stop emotionally draining me challenge i swear to god one day i will write a proper review for this flag 265 likesLike see review View all 59 comments Dec 03, 2014 C.G Drews rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 5 star, adult, read 2015, superheroes, young adult, reread, read 2018, sci fi Reread 2, Sept 2018Apparently three years is enough to make me forget this book so entirely that it was practically like reading a new book Which is a smidge disconcerting but OH WELL Needless to say The reread was amazing And it was such moment of good memory feels because this was the first Schwab book I ever tried aww I think A Darker Shade of Magic is perhaps my favourite of them all though I actually was surprised how slow this one read I don t remember it being slow But anyhow.Al Reread 2, Sept 2018Apparently three years is enough to make me forget this book so entirely that it was practically like reading a new book Which is a smidge disconcerting but OH WELL Needless to say The reread was amazing And it was such moment of good memory feels because this was the first Schwab book I ever tried aww I think A Darker Shade of Magic is perhaps my favourite of them all though I actually was surprised how slow this one read I don t remember it being slow But anyhow.Also Victor totally colours in books to chill out.Also this book is truly villainous and vicious and specked with really heartwarming moments a psychopath collecting smol strays and caring for them a terrifying huge hacker drinking chocolate milk an immortal looking superpowered man being pissed he s still being carded before buying a drink and I think those are my favourite moments I have full appreciation for how hard it must be to write a book with a timeline that bounces all over the place MUCH RESPECT.And I still fully envision this as Charles Xavier and Magneto, if their origin story had spun slightly differently I M SO READY FOR VENGEFUL BRING IT READ 1 May 2015 I THINK THIS BOOK WAS WRITTEN SPECIFICALLY FOR ME I love villains I adore anti heroes I love a character with a complex backstory, a little bit of warped thinking, and a weakness for chocolate milk THIS BOOK HAD IT ALL I m a billion percent pleased My main worry, before starting, is that I m a 98% YA reader and this is an adult book But seriously I didn t need to be worried The writing is GOLDEN It has less language sex than a lot of YA books I read and it s, in my opinion, just a teeny step away from YA anyway Half the book the characters are in college, so only in their early twenties, and it s partially narrated by a 12yrs girl too SO THERE If you re worried about it being adult, dooon t be Can we talk about the villainousness I read sooo many books that claim to be about villains BAH Being a villain means you have a DARK side Like really gritty and dark Eli and Victor are two french fries short of a happy meal They are twisted They didnt always start that way, though, which is what I love Yeah they had issuesbut this story encompasses them Before They Turned Psycho and then After They Turned Psycho But the ENTIRE cast is delicious and wonderful Seriously everyone is fleshed out except for one, but I ll explain and it s soooo good to read I ended up feeling badly for nearly everyone Victor He s probably the main protagonist of the story Gah, how do I even describe him He s very calm and confident and has a sharky smile and will risk everything and yet has a soft spot for lost people He kind of picks up strays, which is entirely adorable But at the same time, he ll kill a guy point blank and not even blink SO YEAH THERE s THAT Eli Okay, he is just a screw loose Even before their experiments started going crazy, Victor always described him as having a monster under his skin that sometimes peeked out And Eli s also a religious nut Why are the religious ones always so crazy So in the end, Eli wants to kill everyone with superpowers because he believes he s ordained by God to do so Victor probably wouldn t have cared less, except that he and Eli are enemies and he s gotta be on the opposite side of Elijust because Mitch I loved Mitch He s like this huge hulk of a guy that works with Victorand he looks like he d smash your brain in his fist, but he s actually a tech genius He also loves chocolate milke Sydney She s adorable She s the 12 year old and her character development is insanely fantastic Serena She s Sydney s older sister And while Sydney ends up with Victor, Serena ends up with Elid Serena is a bad nut She controls people with her voice Which is kind of a scary powerBut when Eli wanted to kill Sydney and Serena went along with it I HAD NO RESPECT FOR SERENA Angie She s Eli s girlfriend in college and has no personality WHATSOEVER It s really weird because everyone else is so incredible.Basically it s like Charles Xavier and Magneto s origin story But mix that in with The Prestige movie, where there are two guys doing mostly bad things and how do you root for eitherbut then one guy has a soft spot for kids, and the other guy isn t meaning to be so evil and UGH confusing emotions It s told in the present and past I didn t find this confusing at all, in fact, I loved it One minute we d be in the college, watching Eli and Victor spiral into their evil intentions The next, we d be in the future, with Sydney and Victor trying to stop the mad Eli from killing all the ExtraOrdinaries Totally not confusing, perfectly marked, and the ends of the chapters are usually cliffhangers so I haaaaad to keep reading.I also found it really addictive I usually am very aware of what page I m on and how I m tracking and blah blah, but this book TIME ESCAPED ME And when I finished I felt like dashing to the library and getting every Schawb book I can find because WOW, JUST WOW It s incredible and perfect and totally my kind of story It s violent and vicious duh and writing by a master The endign was PERFECT, although I didn t actually get any surprise moments in the book It s marvellous, I think, but it s not particularly staggering for plot surprises Which is fine by me, because I m just in love with this book s existence This is basically Eli and Victorexcept evil flag 248 likesLike see review View all 11 comments Aug 19, 2017 Ashley Nuckles rated it it was amazing review of another edition I was supposed to be reading Six of Crows but left it at work and started this in the meantime and FINISHED IT BECAUSE HOLY MOTHER OF GOD THIS WAS GREAT I legitimately could not put it down VE Schwab struck again The complexity of the characters and the bouncing back and forth on the timeline and oh my goodness, if you re okay with reading about some college kids intentionally trying to kill themselves to get superpowers and maybe becoming accidental villains in the process PLEASE READ THIS I was supposed to be reading Six of Crows but left it at work and started this in the meantime and FINISHED IT BECAUSE HOLY MOTHER OF GOD THIS WAS GREAT I legitimately could not put it down VE Schwab struck again The complexity of the characters and the bouncing back and forth on the timeline and oh my goodness, if you re okay with reading about some college kids intentionally trying to kill themselves to get superpowers and maybe becoming accidental villains in the process PLEASE READ THIS and if not that s totally okay too, it was just really good and thought provoking flag 243 likesLike see review View 2 comments Apr 04, 2017 Elise TheBookishActress rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves read 2017, 5 star, favorite characters, faves of 2017, plot twists that fuck me up, kicking tropes in the face, elise s buddyreads, genre high fantasy, my personal author shrines, hype hype hype Vicious is the story of a villain and a hero Or, that s what it disguises itself as It s really the story of five different morally grey characters, all out for themselves, battling it out This is a book that explores the hero villain dichotomy and promptly shatters it to pieces Someone could call themselves a hero and still walk around killing dozens Someone could be labeled a villain for trying to stop that person Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play Vicious is the story of a villain and a hero Or, that s what it disguises itself as It s really the story of five different morally grey characters, all out for themselves, battling it out This is a book that explores the hero villain dichotomy and promptly shatters it to pieces Someone could call themselves a hero and still walk around killing dozens Someone could be labeled a villain for trying to stop that person Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human. I love books that subvert and explore tropes.Vicious sets itself apart from Schwab s other adult releases with a far faster pace My main complaint about Darker Shade of Magic was the lack of character driven plot events happened to the characters rather than because of them That s not true here Every single plot twist is due to an action by a main character.In terms of characters, this book absolutely rocks Schwab s characters have such clear motivation for everything they do Not a single character here is particularly good everyone is a solid chaotic neutral except for Eli, who s one of the best lawful evil antagonists I ve ever read Interlude Me Ranting About How Much I Love These Characters they re evil you shouldn t love them we all have problematic favesVictor is the technical villain, but he s far easier to root for and empathize with Eli is a believable, well developed character, but his cruel fanaticism isn t a well sold brand Maybe Eli has a moral code and Victor doesn t, but Eli is lying to himself about his motives Victor is evil, but he s absolutely aware of his place in the narrative, which made him easy to root for Schwab s development of these characters makes the book s main conflict even high stakes She also shows off her talent for relationship building here the conflict between Victor and Eli is so dynamic and interesting The difference between Victor and Eli, he suspected, wasn t their opinion on EOs It was their reaction to them Eli seemed intent to slaughter them, but Victor didn t see why a useful skill should be destroyed, just because of its origin. I m always ready to read about friends to enemies relationships, and Victor and Eli s is especially cool Even so because they have genuinely touching moments Tell you what, said Victor You remember me, and I ll remember you, and that way we won t be forgotten But they re not the only interesting, 3 D characters here Serena and Sydney are two incredibly compelling characters, and their sisterly conflict makes them ever interesting Sydney is a 13 year old girl who can raise the dead Serena can make everyone around her follow her suggestions Despite being on evil sides, these two girls are so believable and their motivations so clear that it s hard not to root for their respective sides I hated Eli, yet I rooted for Serena, despite her being on his side The other side characters are equally as developed I especially loved Mitch he s a criminal down on his luck Possibly my favorite thing was the odd familial dynamic between Mitch, Victor, Sydney, and Dol the dog The dynamic between Victor and Sydney is totally awesome Safe had ceased to be a place for Sydney It had become a person Specifically, safe had become Victor. Tell me you didn t cry reading that You re LYING Mitch and Sydney and Mitch and Victor s relationships both stand out as well I don t need a bodyguard, said Victor I noticed that, said Mitch.Victor let out a cough of a laugh Yes, well I don t want everyone else to notice too So what do you want he asked.Victor s lips curled into that same dangerous smile A friend I don t know if I can pick a favorite character here They re all so interesting and memorable Definitely recommended for any fans of morally ambiguous antiheroes, and thanks to everyone who wouldn t stop recommending this Blog Twitter Youtube flag 235 likesLike see review View all 21 comments Apr 16, 2015 Kai rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 2015, owned, 2016 There are no good men in this game I m in a Victoria Schwab fever Can t really blame her though, her novels are amazing The most interesting thing about Vicious were its characters with their extraordinary abilities and the fact that there is no good main character Both, protagonist and antagonist do ruthless things and leave a trail of violence and death, one than the other But I ended up rooting for some of the side characters and of course the dog.Eli however really disguste There are no good men in this game I m in a Victoria Schwab fever Can t really blame her though, her novels are amazing The most interesting thing about Vicious were its characters with their extraordinary abilities and the fact that there is no good main character Both, protagonist and antagonist do ruthless things and leave a trail of violence and death, one than the other But I ended up rooting for some of the side characters and of course the dog.Eli however really disgusted me He was ignorant, self righteous and fanatic I hate people like him, they make me angry and mad They remind me of Dolores Umbridge and there is no one in the world of fiction I hate than her.It also helps that Victoria Schwab is an incredible writer A master of atmosphere and originality Someone who creates characters so intiguing and compelling that it s impossible to lose interest in them Just add some superpowers and you have the perfect story.I m in love 13 03 2016Aaand we re getting a sequel Whoop whoop I m really happy, since there was so much room left for a follow up Can t wait for VengefulFind of my books on Instagram flag 236 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Jul 14, 2017 Nani rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves adult fantasy sci fi, crime mystery thriller Reading about messed up lunatics had never felt better, full satisfaction guaranteed.A twisted tale of friendships, bitter jealousy, betrayal, loss and ultimately of revenge, Vicious is about Victor and Eli, former friends turned foes who also happen to be deviously cunning in almost equal measures Neither one can be categorised as simply good or evil and unlike many stories of similar kinds, this is in no way a tale of good vs evil as there are no good guys in this scenario They re both bo Reading about messed up lunatics had never felt better, full satisfaction guaranteed.A twisted tale of friendships, bitter jealousy, betrayal, loss and ultimately of revenge, Vicious is about Victor and Eli, former friends turned foes who also happen to be deviously cunning in almost equal measures Neither one can be categorised as simply good or evil and unlike many stories of similar kinds, this is in no way a tale of good vs evil as there are no good guys in this scenario They re both borderline psychopaths and narcissistic as shit Tell me you re not in love alreadyAs far as anti heroes go, Victor is an absolute delight Even when most of his actions leave you astounded and amazed, you can t help but love and fear him all at once, whilst rooting for him to come out on top He really messes with your sense of logic It s a lesser of two evils kind of a thing.Eli is a whole other story Though he is brilliant with frighteningly well crafted plans, he s incredibly ignorant, fanatic and his lack of empathy and self righteousness make Victor seem like an angelic hero He seriously takes the cake on the whole MESSED UP front What could you ask for in your characters than when they re so delightfully grey and blur the lines between good and evil Each of the supporting characters is also intricately narrated and as their compelling backstories are slowly revealed, we re made to understand their actions and decisions Seriously, everybody s messed up and it couldn t be delightful The entire concept and deliberation is just brilliant Go, Schwab Just go read it simple as that flag 224 likesLike see review View all 19 comments Dec 03, 2015 Melanie rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves adult, buddy reads, read in 2018, fantasy Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human Friends, this is my fifth book by VE Schwab, and I ve three starred every single one of them At this point, it is glaringly obvious that you should take my review s of her work with a grain of salt, because it is obviously a me thing I will say that I adore the author, and I want so desperately to fall in love with a book of hers And even though I thought Vicious would be the one, it sadly wasn t Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human Friends, this is my fifth book by VE Schwab, and I ve three starred every single one of them At this point, it is glaringly obvious that you should take my review s of her work with a grain of salt, because it is obviously a me thing I will say that I adore the author, and I want so desperately to fall in love with a book of hers And even though I thought Vicious would be the one, it sadly wasn t But this is a book about two college roommates who are literally experimenting with life and death and that tiny, minuscule, grey area in between Ten years later, a story of revenge, heartbreak, and anger is born Yet, we still get glimpses into what happened at college ten years ago to bring these current ramifications into fruition I want to believe that there s That we could be Hell, we could be heroes This book does raise the fascinating question, both in literature and in real life what makes a hero and what makes a villain Is it just the light the story is told in Is the difference that monumental Is it only a matter of perspective Victor and Eli really challenge this question, and I adored it Victor Fresh out of jail and will stop at nothing to exact his revenge the slower the better Sydney My favorite character, who needs to be protected at all costs, and is just trying to find her place in a world that has constantly made her feel like she doesn t belong Mitch I highkey loved this hacker and Victor s soft friend Eli I actually hated Eli, and I think that s the point of this book, truly, but his crisis of faith was just too much for me Serena To me, Serena and Sydney were truly the bright, shining stars of this story And Serena has the coolest power of all the EOs, in my opinion.And these five people s paths all cross some because of tangled pasts, but some because of brand new beginnings And these characters quickly prove that developing superpowers could be pretty damn frightening Especially when the powers you develop are rooted in who you are and what you need One thing I do want to briefly mention that I adored was Victor s love for blackout poetry I ve actually never seen a book character have a passion for it, and it really warmed my heart Every time he would create something, it really would take my breath away It was such a bright light in the story for me I read this with a few friends, and the reading was broken down over the course of five days Day one and day five were both, easily, five star reading days I loved the start and end of this book than words Again, Victoria Schwab is so intelligent, and her ideas are truly a tier above the rest Sadly, the middle three days I just felt a bit bored, and it only got worse by day four But the ending God, I know I shouldn t, but I desperately want to read Vengeful now I also really truly loved how the first and last chapter began I m always a sucker when authors mirror events and phrases throughout their book s and I feel like VE Schwab always successfully does this And I get goosebumps each and every time Overall, I get that there is some kind of disconnect between me and this author s books And nothing is changing that because, believe me, I truly want to love her work so badly Like I said above, take this review with a grain of salt because so many of my friends adore this book, and I really implore you to check out some of their amazing reviews Em, Adriana, CW, Hari, Mari Blog Instagram Twitter Tumblr Youtube Twitch Content and trigger warnings for talk of suicide, attempted suicide, overdosing, self harm, drug use, murder, animal death, abandonment, and depiction of panic attacks.Buddy read with Mo, Paloma, Julie, Amber flag 224 likesLike see review View all 40 comments Apr 05, 2017 Hailey HaileyinBookland rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves owned, fantasy 3.5 3.75 flag 221 likesLike see review Mar 29, 2013 Jesse JesseTheReader rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves favorites The easiest 5 stars I ve ever given Full review to come I just need to gather my thoughts flag 183 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Oct 12, 2018 Chelsea Humphrey rated it it was amazing review of another edition Recommended to Chelsea by Victoria Schwab Shelves audible If no one else agrees with you, chances are you re wrong If it s wrong to be in love with Victor Vale then I don t want to be right Seriously guys, how did you all read this years ago and wait patiently for Vengeful to be published In all honesty, I never put this one off because of the delayed sequel in fact, I put it off for so long because hyped books me typically don t end well This is one of the VERY few cases where the hype actually is understated It is precisely the type of book If no one else agrees with you, chances are you re wrong If it s wrong to be in love with Victor Vale then I don t want to be right Seriously guys, how did you all read this years ago and wait patiently for Vengeful to be published In all honesty, I never put this one off because of the delayed sequel in fact, I put it off for so long because hyped books me typically don t end well This is one of the VERY few cases where the hype actually is understated It is precisely the type of book I want to shove into everyone s hands and scream READ THIS , because how could you not love it Obviously I understand that not every book is for everyone so please don t me.I don t want to ramble on, because I m just about the last person to read this book for the first time, but I definitely could fangirl for eternity over this one Folks, Vicious had everything I could want and need plus The characters were outstanding, the premise and plot execution were exquisite, and that final chapter was incredibly satisfying I can totally see why Queen Schwab expanded Eli and Victor s feud into a sequel these villains were simply to complex and substantial to confine to a single installment If you haven t read the book yet, or are looking to do a reread because you haven t gotten to part two, I highly recommend giving the audio version a go I had a blast listening to the audible version the narrator had a clean and clear reading voice and did various characters with a talented distinction no cheeseball accents here Highly recommended and feel this is in my top 3 audible reads listens of the year flag 175 likesLike see review View all 21 comments Nov 26, 2018 Helena of Sparta rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves adult, best of 2013, superheroes, kindle, buddy reads, faves adult BRILLIANT ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT I BLOODY LOVED THIS.I thought this would be a lot X Men ish with tonnes of fight scenes and action sequences, but this was of a psychological debate over good vs evil I began the novel preferring Eli, and ended it rooting for Victor I still can t say which is the hero and which is the villain, considering that neither of them have any qualms about killing other people They re both equally evil psychopaths I also adored the entire supporting cast, in BRILLIANT ABSOLUTELY BRILLIANT I BLOODY LOVED THIS.I thought this would be a lot X Men ish with tonnes of fight scenes and action sequences, but this was of a psychological debate over good vs evil I began the novel preferring Eli, and ended it rooting for Victor I still can t say which is the hero and which is the villain, considering that neither of them have any qualms about killing other people They re both equally evil psychopaths I also adored the entire supporting cast, including Sydney, Dol, Mitch, and Dominic RTC flag 202 likesLike see review View all 100 comments Nov 30, 2013 Raeleen Lemay rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves own, favorites, adult fiction re read in September 2018STILL GREAT I can t wait to jump right into Vengeful first read in February 2014THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING The writing was beautiful, the characters were complex and the plot kept me on my toes Such a roller coaster of emotions near the end there, and I NEED THIS TO BE A MOVIE flag 172 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Oct 08, 2013 Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies rated it liked it review of another edition Shelves sci fi, religious spiritual, paranormal, on the run, mental illness, magic, alternate universe Actual rating 3.5This is a book about superheroes or rather, antiheroes, that started off wonderfully, but gradually wandered into genericville territory It was still very good, but I m still left with a sense of disappointment The characters in this book didn t live up to my expectations, or to their own potential It was the equivalent of a movie based comic book adaptation, and granted, there have been pretty amazing onesbut still, this is a book A book has so much potential for Actual rating 3.5This is a book about superheroes or rather, antiheroes, that started off wonderfully, but gradually wandered into genericville territory It was still very good, but I m still left with a sense of disappointment The characters in this book didn t live up to my expectations, or to their own potential It was the equivalent of a movie based comic book adaptation, and granted, there have been pretty amazing onesbut still, this is a book A book has so much potential for plot twists, for character development, and ultimately, this book didn t live up to my high expectations of it The quality of the writing is excellent, the character portrayals very well done, but the narrative style didn t work for me, and I had a lot of issues with how cookie cutter some things eventually became If you had asked me how many stars I would give this book, based on the first 5 or so chapters, I would have said five, no questions about it The beginning was amazing, the first chapter had hook that pulled me in right from the start We have people digging up a corpse in the middle of a frigid night We have a talking, walking girl who just might be dead.This is the present, and we are rapidly brought back to the pastto Lockland University, 10 years ago, where two young men named Victor Vale and Eli Cardale were best friends Lockland University is the destination of the best and the brightest, and Victor and Eli are the elite among the elites They share the same intensity for learning, the same sharp brilliance, and a quiet, unspoken rivalry when it comes to life, education, and love They are like minded with their fierce ambition, but of the two, Eli seems to be the sinister, despite his charming, carefree fa ade something about Eli was decidedly wrong He was like one of those pictures full of small errors, the kind you could only pick out by searching the image from every angle, and even then, a few always slipped by On the surface, Eli seemed perfectly normal, but now and then Victor would catch a crack, a sideways glance, a moment when his roommate s face and his words, his look and his meaning, would not line up Those fleeting slices fascinated Victor It was like watching two people, one hiding in the other s skin And their skin was always too dry, on the verge of cracking and showing the color of the thing beneath. For their Comprehensive Science Seminar thesis, Eli unexpectedly chooses the topics of EO ExtraOrdinary people People with special abilities, specifically, how sciencebiology, chemistry, psychologycould explain their existence.An ambitious topic, a creative topicone that instills a bitter jealousy within Victor He feels compelled to push Eli further, as they think of ways in which they can trigger these special abilities and become EOs themselves Victor and Eli become the guinea pigs in their own science experiments, and their hubris goes too far It works, albeit disastrously.10 years later, Victor has broken out of prison Accompanying him is a hacker, a half dead dog, and a child And he is out for revenge He slowly tracks Eli down and draws him out, thanks to the help from his ragtag crew, the aforementioned child and a hulking gentle giant of a hacker Like all superhero movies, everything leads up to a final, grand confrontation Victor was out Victor was free.And Victor was coming for Eli just as he d promised he would.He sunk the shovel into the cold earth with a satisfying thud. It took me awhile to realize that this book took place in a pseudo alternative universe It s still the current world, as we know it, but it s like a comic book world, because these EOs are not just theoretical They re not exactly famous, but it is known that these people exist It confused me a bit until I realized this fact, because this world seems so similar to our own that it is a little bit of a shock to the system to hear people specifically, science professors, who are accepting and actually receptive to the idea of a thesis involving people with special powers.What I loved about this book was the writing and the character portrayals There are no clear cut, no clear message of goodness versus evil here Both characters can be termed bad, respectively, even our main narrator, whom we are presumably expected to root for Victor is not a good man, he has some redeemable qualities, but throughout the novels, his good deeds are tempered with sparks of inhumanity, of violence He shoots a man, he inflicts pain, he tortures people when it suits his purposes.I had a problem with Eli s character development He is a good villain, if you can call him that, but I felt like his development was out of character and inconsistent from what we know of him It felt like a bit of a cop out, an easy way to pin the donkey s tail on a character designed to be bad, if you will Eli s evolution was unbelievable, nonsensical He turned from a brilliant boy, a normal boy with a crack beneath surface into a madman overnight What gives you the right to play judge and jury and executioner God Eli has always been somewhat religious, it s a contradictory fact about him that Victor finds fascinating, but it is as if he becomes a hypocritical fundamentalist Christian in his rock solid belief of fulfilling his God given duty out of nowhere He did suffer through some traumatic events in the beginning of the novel, but I felt that it was insufficient in explaining his personality changes It s not enough It turns Eli from a villain with a potentially complex inner darkness into just another fanatically religious, self righteous trope.I had a problem with the constant flashbacks in the narrative It fluctuates a lot It goes from the present to 10 years past, to last night, to 2 hours ago, to 2 days ago The chapters are labeled, so that you know where that particular chapter is taken place, during what time, but honestly, it got to be a little too much The narrative is from a third person perspective, and we get it from many characters, Victor, Eli, Sydney, Serena, Mitch It wasn t so bad, because most of the narrative focused around Sydney, Eli, and Victor, but it didn t mesh together well when combined with all the constant flashbacks.Overall, I still would highly recommend this The writing is spectacular, and the characters are mostly well done, with the exception of Eli My complaints with this book are subjective, and I still enjoyed the book despite what I felt to be its faults flag 173 likesLike see review View all 14 comments Apr 04, 2017 Luna rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves badassery, great books, fantasy 4 5 But these words people threw around humans, monsters, heroes, villains to Victor it was all just a matter of semantics Someone could call themselves a hero and still walk around killing dozens Someone else could be labeled a villain for trying to stop them Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human Okay so I have always wanted to read vicious, I swear I ve had it on my tbr since I was born Why Well because that blurb sounded oh so 4 5 But these words people threw around humans, monsters, heroes, villains to Victor it was all just a matter of semantics Someone could call themselves a hero and still walk around killing dozens Someone else could be labeled a villain for trying to stop them Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human Okay so I have always wanted to read vicious, I swear I ve had it on my tbr since I was born Why Well because that blurb sounded oh so delicious, I love anti heros As soon as I received Vicious I was so excited to devour it, just like I would a cheesecake Upon the first page of the novel, I stumbled across this quote Life the way it really is is a battle not between Bad and Good, but between Bad and Worse Joseph Brodsky THIS IS MY NEW FAVOURITE QUOTE Its the most truthful thing I ve ever read in my life It was love at page one, and my love for this novel only seemed to increase, until that ending I WANTED MORE BADASSERY I went through the whole book enjoying it but that ending was so flat I feel like the ending could have been way better But that s really my only complaint and that s just my opinion The absence of pain led to an absence of fear, and the absence of fear led to a disregard for consequences Okay so enough bad stuff I don t think I can flail and yell enough about this book, I wish I could write this whole review in caps to get my point across however that s hard work on an iPhone and I m extremely lazy This book was the bomb, I m so inlove with it Everything is just so amazing, I loved the plot so much, it was exciting, fun full of WOW moments, theres only one word to describe it and that s COOL It s basically about two best friends who start experimenting with near death experiences Some stuff happens then bam Victor is in jail and escapes with one thing on his mind to kill ELI his old bestfriend The book is multiple POV but with Victor as the main and most common POV The storyline is dark and it is set in a really strange way, it s in past tense ten years ago, current day days after Victors escape, so it s kinda jumpy however she nailed it and it totally worked, so I m going to applaud Schwab for pulling it off The characters were so goddamn amazing, we have our protagonist Victor Vale who I adored with every inch of my black heart Seriously he had my heart captured as soon as he escaped jail swoons , I LOVE BADASS MC s And he was so bad, like villainous and malicious bad So PRECIOUS quite evil I totally get why people find him hard to like, I however was made for Victor Vale My favourite Victor Vale quote Because you don t think I m a bad person, he said And I don t want to prove you wrong I also love Sydney and Mitch, both were incredibly entertaining background characters Our antagonist is a sadistic bastard who is like a crazed religious person I mean NO offence to any religion or extremely religious people or any crazy people in fact Don t take my words as an attack The antagonist is actually a psycho, and if you read the book, you ll understand what I mean I always know books are gonna end up hectic when our antagonist is doing things for the greater good There was lots of death and good shit And quite possibly the best anti superhero book I ve ever read It s the only one I ve read, so it s not up against anything however it was the greatest you should just read the goddamn book Also if you haven t yet noticed, it was extremely quotable.I love Schwabs writing style, its very simple and I like simple She is a fantastic writer and I m definitely looking forward to some adult stuff from her and I ll be dying until book two is released Like bury me now and revive me once it arrives, I can t take the waiting already.Ps I heard this is gonna be a movie extreme arm and leg flailling I wouldn t recommend this book to the YA community due to the amount of drug use in it So definitely recommended to all mature beings 15. You can find this review some others on my Wordpress flag 163 likesLike see review View all 34 comments Dec 25, 2016 Cait A Page with a View rated it really liked it review of another edition These little sociopathic superheroes were so delightfully messed up I really don t know what to say about this that wouldn t spoil something because just the way everything unfolds makes it almost a mystery The story jumps back and forth between the past and present and various characters and totally felt like a puzzle Like you get little pieces here and there and when you finally start to see the bigger picture or guess what it is, it s like WHAAAATPlus, the pacing was so well done i These little sociopathic superheroes were so delightfully messed up I really don t know what to say about this that wouldn t spoil something because just the way everything unfolds makes it almost a mystery The story jumps back and forth between the past and present and various characters and totally felt like a puzzle Like you get little pieces here and there and when you finally start to see the bigger picture or guess what it is, it s like WHAAAATPlus, the pacing was so well done it totally read like a movie at times Everything just kept getting and intense and twisted right up to the awesome ending I normally wouldn t be super into a story like this that s pretty much devoid of romance and features a bunch of antiheroes, but IT WAS SO WELL DONE that I was totally into it Schwab really can write some excellent monsters flag 159 likesLike see review View 1 comment Nov 29, 2015 Angela rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves 5 star favorites Be lost Give up Give In in the end It would be better to surrender before you begin be lost Be lost And then you will not care if you are ever found I ve heard all over about how amazing VE Schwab is How everything she writes is amazing With the hype came me putting off reading this book So, when Sandra picked this book out for us to buddy read I was happy that I would finally get around to it Vicious follows Victor and Eli who were best friends and college roommates Whe Be lost Give up Give In in the end It would be better to surrender before you begin be lost Be lost And then you will not care if you are ever found I ve heard all over about how amazing VE Schwab is How everything she writes is amazing With the hype came me putting off reading this book So, when Sandra picked this book out for us to buddy read I was happy that I would finally get around to it Vicious follows Victor and Eli who were best friends and college roommates When it comes time for their college thesis assignment starts the two of them begin working on the idea that under the right circumstances you could give a person extraordinary abilities The two decide to take their theories a step further, and goes from idea to an experiment gone wrong Ten years later Victor breaks out of prison determined to find Eli again, but when they meet again they will be meeting as enemies Victor and Eli are some of my all time favorite male characters Getting characters that are as dark, morally grey, and layered as these two is hard to find They are complete anti heroes It s amazing how they can both be the hero and villain of the story, and that Schwab easily wrote them so Victor and Eli character wise have the same relationship as Professor X and Magneto in Xmen Eli is this smooth talking, genius, with the killer smile While Victor is of the odd ball loner Them being two polar opposites perfectly sets them up to be enemies Each of them brings so much to the table Victor and Eli felt very real That s because each of them had their own opinions about right and wrong They both had this odd way of hating each other while admiring each other This making them not only some of my favorite characters, but help build how complex and unique they both were when it came to side characters, they were also flawless There s one character I wont talk about I know it wont be a spoiler if I did, but I honestly rather leave them out just in case However the other two are Sydney and Mitch Mitch is one of those characters you know you ll like right away, but still know he ll take some warming up to His character is slowly revealed and as his traits are given to us, you ll fall in love with him Plus all this quirky aspects didn t hurt Sydney was my favorite character in the book I loved how she was both an innocent and kind of evil at the same time She s cute, funny, and her back story is amazing When it came to the plot line for Vicious I just couldn t get enough of it The opening scene of this book will without a doubt pull you in It s one of the best opening scenes I ve read, and perfectly sets the dark tone of the novel From then on the novel bounces back and forth between past, present, and then even hourly The first part of the novel breaks down how the two meet how their experiment became, and how to two turned enemies I loved how deep and dark Schwab took the start of this story Every little detail is perfectly planted I couldn t get over why a certain person got the powers they did It s perfection The last half of the book is where all the set up, and add ons start revealing themselves All this leading up to the epic conclusion of an ending You know eventually the two will come face to face and when it happens you wont be let down, because in the end Vicious was the perfect summer buddy read I died when I heard there will be a second book, because that ending Also re died when I heard this has been opted for a movie The entire time I was reading this I could see it playing out so perfectly on film flag 158 likesLike see review View all 5 comments Jan 09, 2016 Jessica rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves wishlist, favorites Full Video Book DiscussionThis book was incredible One of my new favorites of the year I was interested from the beginning and I was pleased that Victoria Schwab s writing style was just as good as I remembered I loved the way this was written with all of the flashbacks and I think that really added a lot to the story So good Highly recommend flag 153 likesLike see review Oct 26, 2016 Fabian rated it liked it review of another edition I can see how anyone especially a younger type millennial Anyone who hasn t seen the early 90s Roberts Sutherland Baldwin thriller Flatliners COULD be moved by this you know, young uns playing with Death stuff , a work of serious unoriginality Another X Men No oh thanks Unless, of course, you are under 30 haven t yet gotten your fill of Extra O rdinary people hint as much as you want to deny this, every person on earth is an EveryPerson No one s born special, y I can see how anyone especially a younger type millennial Anyone who hasn t seen the early 90s Roberts Sutherland Baldwin thriller Flatliners COULD be moved by this you know, young uns playing with Death stuff , a work of serious unoriginality Another X Men No oh thanks Unless, of course, you are under 30 haven t yet gotten your fill of Extra O rdinary people hint as much as you want to deny this, every person on earth is an EveryPerson No one s born special, y all These superpowers are so very repetitive New version in theaters now Obvi flag 146 likesLike see review View all 8 comments Dec 21, 2018 Lindsey Dahling rated it really liked it OH GURL The hype surrounding this book is legitimate I repeat THE HYPE IS LEGIT.So often I find myself reading hyped up books and then wondering why the hell I listen to it because all hype does is build up my expectations and set me up for failure.WellT THIS TIME, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.I don t love reading reviews that involve a lot of plot summary and quotes, so I m going to go ahead and skip all of that and tell you the elements I loved Also because I love lists.1 Unlikable, flawe OH GURL The hype surrounding this book is legitimate I repeat THE HYPE IS LEGIT.So often I find myself reading hyped up books and then wondering why the hell I listen to it because all hype does is build up my expectations and set me up for failure.WellT THIS TIME, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.I don t love reading reviews that involve a lot of plot summary and quotes, so I m going to go ahead and skip all of that and tell you the elements I loved Also because I love lists.1 Unlikable, flawed characters GALORE.They re everywhere It s amazing I put on my Cersei Lannister crown and knighted each of these characters for their selfish actions and psychopathic tendencies SO MANY DEXTER MORGAN DARK PASSENGERS.2 It s in 3rd person omniscient, but I didn t find myself sighing when POVs switched.I m aware I m a giant dork, but if I m going to be following multiple characters, I need all of it to be in 3rd omniscient Otherwise, characters start sounding too much alike and I can t ever remember whose POV I m currently reading However, this can be a double edged sword, because I will quickly start to favor certain POVs over others and grow annoyed when a chapter follows one of the non favorites Bran Stark Schwab knows what she s doing when it comes to this You re going to follow multiple unsavory people However, each character has uniquely distinct ways of thinking viewing the world, so I was honestly excited every single time the POV switched because it meant that I got to see what this other character was thinking during that scene moment day reveal whatever I loved ALL of them a rarity for me.3 The gray area is EVERYWHEREGray areas are the absolute best part of anti hero books Don t me Am I aware the main characters are ethically doing terrible things Yep Am I also aware that morally, I get why they re doing it Yep Am I fine with rooting for them even if I know that logically I shouldn t There s a LOT of death in this A lot of crime A lot of manipulation When you step back and look at the big picture, you re going to see that there aren t really any heroes in this book, but there also aren t any villains either It s filled with Severus Snapes, And Then There Were None crimes, and dark passengers From now on, Victor Vale and Eli Ever are invited to all of my favorite character dinner parties flag 144 likesLike see review View all 15 comments Oct 15, 2013 Shelby trains flying monkeys rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves liburry book, read 2015 Eli and Victor are college roommates I can t say that they are friends, because both of them are arseholes We ll pretend they are friends Eli starts a thesis about EO s or Extra ordinaries Those are those people with extra super gifts after they came back from the dead So what do these two do They decide to try it themselves It frigging works Ten years later Victor gets out of prison I give nothing away You have to read it and comes after Eli Eli meanwhile decides that he is the Eli and Victor are college roommates I can t say that they are friends, because both of them are arseholes We ll pretend they are friends Eli starts a thesis about EO s or Extra ordinaries Those are those people with extra super gifts after they came back from the dead So what do these two do They decide to try it themselves It frigging works Ten years later Victor gets out of prison I give nothing away You have to read it and comes after Eli Eli meanwhile decides that he is the only EO worthy of being alive So he starts killing off the rest of them.Relax, he is doing God s bidding Now at one point in this book I was saying to myself that I hated these two goons Both of them are not good guys Then I smacked myself upside the head and realized who I am I LIKE the badguys girls Duh I slipped into nice Shelby there for awhile This book is different I give it that I actually did enjoy the read and it reads fast The only other book that I ve read I could compare it with is Steelheart but it s still it s own world Go read it and flag 128 likesLike see review View all 38 comments previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss 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        V.E Schwab is a pseudonym of Victoria Schwab.Victoria has stated that books published under V.E Schwab are adult releases and those under Victoria Schwab are YA.


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    1. I really wish I had a megaphone so I could accurately get across just how much I fucking love this book.I have so much of this book in my heart even my body feels too heavy to carry it This is genuinely the best anti hero story that I have ever read and now I have to readjust every other expectation in my life just to match it Honestly How is there so much in Schwab s mind All I want is to climb inside and revel at all the brilliance She didn t even have to go SO hard on this book but she d I re [...]


    2. Plenty of humans were monstrous, and plenty of monsters knew how to play at being human I actually received an 100 page preview of Vicious a few months prior to reading the full version and picked it up with absolutely zero expectations Then, suddenly, I was catapulted into a world that did than keep the promises of the blurb A masterful, twisted tale of ambition, jealousy, betrayal, and superpowers, set in a near future world but also introduced me to a memorable cast of characters, Ple [...]


    3. You know that feeling of nostalgia you get when you re reading one of your favorite books That s how I felt the whole time I was reading this It was like I already knew this world and these characters And that s not to say that they were bland or stereotypical because they were extremely complex and compelling , but it was as if they were already somehow part of my life I don t even have the words to describe how much I loved this It was perfect, absolutely perfect.


    4. EDIT I re read Vicious for another book club 4 years on and I still really enjoyed it This time it was closer to a 4 star read I wanted a little development with some of the charcters.First read rating 5Wow I absolutely loved Vicious, it kept me hooked right from the get go and as things got and intense, I could not put it down I plan on filming a full review soon alongside the LittleBookClub liveshow, so I will be back with detailed thoughts Verdict READ IT YO



    5. A Tale of Two Sociopaths One is just ever so slightly lovable than the otherThis was right up my alley with all the Create A Superhero stuff The reality, of course, is that neither of these guys are heroes Victor and Eli were college roommates who experimented with a theory that Eli had about how Extra Ordinary people were created Turns out he was right Ta da Due to some unfortunate factors, Victor s transformation doesn t go quite as smoothly as Eli s And because o [...]


    6. Vicious adj 1 Having the nature or quality of vice or immorality.2 Dangerously aggressive, marked by violence or ferocity.3 Victor Vale Victor was out Victor was free.And Victor was coming for Eli just as he d promised he would Eli and Victor used to be best friends Smarter than the rest of the students of Lockland University, they tried to play God Fascinated by the rumors about EOs, ExtraOrdinary people with supernatural abilities, they studied them at first, but later, they Vicious a [...]


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