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The sequel to VICIOUS, V.E. Schwab's first adult novel. Sydney once had Serena—beloved sister, betrayed enemy, powerful ally. But now she is alone, except for her thrice-dead dog, Dol, and then there's Victor, who thinks Sydney doesn't know about his most recent act of vengeance. Victor himself is under the radar these days—being buried and re-animated can strike concern eve The sequel to VICIOUS, V.E. Schwab's first adult novel. Sydney once had Serena—beloved sister, betrayed enemy, powerful ally. But now she is alone, except for her thrice-dead dog, Dol, and then there's Victor, who thinks Sydney doesn't know about his most recent act of vengeance. Victor himself is under the radar these days—being buried and re-animated can strike concern even if one has superhuman powers. But despite his own worries, his anger remains. And Eli Ever still has yet to pay for the evil he has done.


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The sequel to VICIOUS, V.E. Schwab's first adult novel. Sydney once had Serena—beloved sister, betrayed enemy, powerful ally. But now she is alone, except for her thrice-dead dog, Dol, and then there's Victor, who thinks Sydney doesn't know about his most recent act of vengeance. Victor himself is under the radar these days—being buried and re-animated can strike concern eve The sequel to VICIOUS, V.E. Schwab's first adult novel. Sydney once had Serena—beloved sister, betrayed enemy, powerful ally. But now she is alone, except for her thrice-dead dog, Dol, and then there's Victor, who thinks Sydney doesn't know about his most recent act of vengeance. Victor himself is under the radar these days—being buried and re-animated can strike concern even if one has superhuman powers. But despite his own worries, his anger remains. And Eli Ever still has yet to pay for the evil he has done.

30 review for Vengeful

  1. 5 out of 5

    Emily May

    His eyes met Victor’s, and for a second neither man moved. Run, thought Victor, and he could see the response in Eli’s coiled frame. Chase me. Oh, how I loved this book! I've waited five long years for the sequel to Vicious and I was starting to think it would never happen... but Vengeful was so so good. Definitely worth the wait. This duology (series??) is called "Villains" and yet the characters are so much more interesting than that. While I've enjoyed a number of Schwab's books, I feel like her His eyes met Victor’s, and for a second neither man moved. Run, thought Victor, and he could see the response in Eli’s coiled frame. Chase me. Oh, how I loved this book! I've waited five long years for the sequel to Vicious and I was starting to think it would never happen... but Vengeful was so so good. Definitely worth the wait. This duology (series??) is called "Villains" and yet the characters are so much more interesting than that. While I've enjoyed a number of Schwab's books, I feel like her strongest writing and characters lie here with Victor and Eli. These "villains" are actually complex antiheroes - murderous and power-hungry, for sure, but also sympathetic and even likeable. They fascinate me. The bare bones of the story is not that original. I've read countless books about people with X-Men like powers. And yet, for me, Schwab makes this book stand out from the pile. She creates such interesting, well-rounded characters, and draws out the tension so perfectly that I need to know what happens next. I love it when an author can take an exhausted topic and breathe new life into it. In this book, new characters emerge to make the fight even bigger than before. Once again, we are forced to consider what it is to be good, to do right, and what it is to be evil. All of the characters do despicable things and yet their motives make a certain kind of sense-- even if I'm reluctant to admit it. The addition of a new character - Marcella - is a real highlight of this book. She is seriously terrible. And also freaking awesome. Perhaps she was glass. But glass is only brittle until it breaks. Then it’s sharp. In fact, the female characters are far bigger stars in Vengeful than they are in Vicious. Hell hath no fury like women seeking vengeance against the men who wronged them. June is another fantastic character and her snark made me smile with delight: “Whatever you’ve heard,” said June, “it’s probably true.” Vengeful's timeline jumps back and forth and all around, and frequently switches perspective. While less-skilled authors would probably give me whiplash with this, Schwab uses it really well. As the past races alongside the present, the tension increases until finally all the pieces come together. Never has the phrase “the past is catching up with you” been more appropriate. Between the new characters causing havoc and the inevitable confrontation between Eli and Victor, this book is just so addictively good. Eli's backstory made me love/hate him even more and Sydney's growth added another layer to the story. It was also great to have Victor confirm his asexuality on-page. It's such a good book, but I want to issue a quick warning so potential readers can make an informed decision: It's an adult book, with graphic violence and semi-graphic sex. Further content warnings for: (view spoiler)[domestic violence; attempted rape; drug use; suicide; graphic torture. (hide spoiler)] Blog | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

  2. 4 out of 5

    Em (RunawayWithDreamthieves)

    things I should have been doing: work on my 300 words essay assignment. things I've done instead: write a 1600+ words review about how much I fucking love this series.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Schwab

    One day I will be finished writing/rewriting this book. ETA: HAH. I DEFEATED YOU, BOOK MONSTER.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Kai

    “I don't want to survive. I want to thrive.” Am I Victor Vale yet cause I can assure you that I died several times during the course of this book. After wiping cold sweat off my forehead and 5 minutes of deep and thorough breathing exercises I am relieved and happy to tell you that I loved Vengeful. I had high hopes, but my fears were taller. Ever since Victoria had announced that she would write a sequel to Vicious, I wondered whether this was a good idea. Don't get me wrong, I loved the first bo “I don't want to survive. I want to thrive.” Am I Victor Vale yet cause I can assure you that I died several times during the course of this book. After wiping cold sweat off my forehead and 5 minutes of deep and thorough breathing exercises I am relieved and happy to tell you that I loved Vengeful. I had high hopes, but my fears were taller. Ever since Victoria had announced that she would write a sequel to Vicious, I wondered whether this was a good idea. Don't get me wrong, I loved the first book, but that was the exact reason why I wanted it to keep being a standalone novel. It was perfect. I loved it from start to finish, I could not find a single thing that bothered me, I was in awe with every single aspect of this book. Victoria is one of my favourite authors and I knew that she could write. Her writing, her characters, her stories are exceptional. And still, I had my doubts. I was not the biggest fan of and the finale to the Shades of Magic series was not as satisfying as I had wished. But then I opened the book and read the first page and I knew it, I knew this was the shit. This was going to be exactly what I wanted even though I had not known that I wanted it in the first place. Let's talk about the characters. I don't like Eli. He was a reckless fanatic and I wanted him to die. I didn't care for Victor. He was equally violent but at least not as self-righteous as Eli. My heart was always with Sydney, Doll, and Mitch. I want them to stay safe forever. Vengeful introduced me to Marcella, whom I loved from the very beginning. Her morals might have been even lower than those of Victor and Eli but I couldn't care less. June was another character I fell in love with. But she was not without issues either. However, I kind of like that her story was not explored in this book. We got hints, but her backstory is still draped in shadows...so if Victoria is actually going to write a third Villains book in five years - she said she might release a Villains book every five years - we might get to see more of June. (view spoiler)[And Sydney. But luckily not Eli, I'm pretty sure of that and not sad about it. What I am sad about is that Marcella was killed off. I understand why - she was too powerful and would have raised hell so her influence had to be limited - but she was a fascinating character. (hide spoiler)] The way this story was constructed was a work of art. Victoria managed to assemble an impressive amount of POVs, each with their own voice. Things could have easily become unrealistic or rushed, but Victoria managed to maintain the pacing and the result was a thrilling, breathtaking story about villains, power and death. I know that it took a lot of patience and willpower to write this book but it was worth it. 5 well-deserved stars. Find more of my books on Instagram

  5. 4 out of 5

    Korrina (OwlCrate)

    Guys, get ready...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lia (a paper pigeon)

    Okay. I'm gonna be a big brave girl and say it. This wasn't that great. There, I said it. Phew. That was a hard one to admit. I mean -yes, I liked it. -yes, Victoria Schwab could write assembly instructions and I'd still read every word like it was prose. -yes, it was great to be back into the Villains universe. -yes, it was entertaining and made me lose my mind. -and yes, I still think Mitch should adopt us all. But I can't say I loved Vengeful as much as I loved Vicious because it'd be a lie. Okay. I'm gonna be a big brave girl and say it. This wasn't that great. There, I said it. Phew. That was a hard one to admit. I mean -yes, I liked it. -yes, Victoria Schwab could write assembly instructions and I'd still read every word like it was prose. -yes, it was great to be back into the Villains universe. -yes, it was entertaining and made me lose my mind. -and yes, I still think Mitch should adopt us all. But I can't say I loved Vengeful as much as I loved Vicious because it'd be a lie. I don't know if I should believe the tingling and bothering feeling in my brain that suggests that maybe this one suffered from the sequel curse, or if the disappointment comes from it being too long & packed with side characters/plots I couldn't get myself to fully care about, but I didn't feel the same enthusiasm I did last year, when Victor, Syd, Eli and their merry brigade came into my life. I have no idea what happened. Somewhere between the first and the last chapters I got lost (and a bit bored sigh) and couldn't focus on it properly, despite the twists and raw scenes. I felt like something was missing and, at the same time, something was imposing. I guess I'll figure out what exactly didn't do it for me, someday. But, man, what a pity. And what a slip. Don't get me wrong, Vengeful is still far from the tragedy that are many overhyped sequels out there, and I've still loved parts of it that I'll maybe gush about once the spoiler alert is at its minimum, but I still think Vicious was better. And, if possible, sort of different. @ Victoria Schwab, I still love you to pieces. Please, don't ever stop writing. Please, don't hate me. ACTUAL RATINGS 3,5/5

  7. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    theres nothing quite like reading about a bunch of sociopaths to make you feel good about your life. additionally, theres nothing like enjoying a book about sociopaths to make you feel the need to re-evaluate your life. lol. this had everything i loved about vicious, and so much more! i dont even know where to begin. how lucky we are to even get a sequel? how much more world building was present in this? the fact that mitch was still so wholesome? the brilliance of schwabs storytelling? how much theres nothing quite like reading about a bunch of sociopaths to make you feel good about your life. additionally, theres nothing like enjoying a book about sociopaths to make you feel the need to re-evaluate your life. lol. this had everything i loved about vicious, and so much more! i dont even know where to begin. how lucky we are to even get a sequel? how much more world building was present in this? the fact that mitch was still so wholesome? the brilliance of schwabs storytelling? how much this made me wish i could shapeshift? or quite possibly the fact that i HAVE A CRUSH ON ELI?! what is even wrong with me!? i am just going to take my falling for a mass killer as proof that story was exceptionally well-written, the character development was on point, and everything about this got me so invested. if i could have made one teeny tiny little change, i would have preferred less side plots/minor characters. eli and victor definitely deserved to be the focus of this book at all times. i think these additional characters were added to set up for another book (maybe? possibly? fingers crossed?), but i felt like they diverted too much attention away from the people who really mattered. overall, when all is said and done, this book definitely made me feel like i need therapy because it was almost the death of me (that ending though, seriously). so i will be forwarding you my treatment bill, ms. schwab. be sure to check your junk mail. :P ↠ 4.5 stars

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lexie

    Update: Verily, that the sequel to Vicious is titled Vengeful is a beautiful case of both alliteration and sinister phrasing. Then again, it is Victor Vale, so perhaps poetry and peril were par for the course.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Elise (TheBookishActress)

    you know how I’ve been talking all week about the #fivestarathon, and there were five challenges, one of which was to read five books during the one-week readathon, and I had a full TBR and I’d picked five books, and I didn’t think I’d actually get it done because I haven’t really been reading recently? I fucking did it I read seven books this week, five of which were for this readathon, and this was the last one and I finished at 12:30 a.m. and in case you were wondering, it was absolutely fuck you know how I’ve been talking all week about the #fivestarathon, and there were five challenges, one of which was to read five books during the one-week readathon, and I had a full TBR and I’d picked five books, and I didn’t think I’d actually get it done because I haven’t really been reading recently? I fucking did it I read seven books this week, five of which were for this readathon, and this was the last one and I finished at 12:30 a.m. and in case you were wondering, it was absolutely fucking perfect. review to come!! ✨ buddyread with most of goodreads, probably Vicious - ★★★★★

  10. 4 out of 5

    Hamad

    Full review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription Actual Rating: 4.5 stars Victoria Schwab liked my tweet My life is complete!!

  11. 5 out of 5

    emi

    OH MY GOD THIS F*CKING BOOK Someone pls kill me as this book is making me suffer inside And then bring me back to life bc I want superpowers Anyways RTC.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Warda

    So, I read the prologue whilst waiting for a friend and my. Mind. Was. Blown. Need to chop chop-it and reread Vicious already! —————————————————— I can't breathe... This calls for a moment of silence.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Chantal (Every Word A Doorway)

    AM I DREAMING?? One of my all-time favourite books gets a sequel?! This is too good to be true. What I want to know is when? WHEN?

  14. 5 out of 5

    ☆ Mira ✷

    ^me meeting Victoria Schwab the day after I finished Vengeful and trying not to be freakishly starstruck. (she said she loved my "Victor Vale is my hero" shirt and that is peak fangirl try and top me. Also, I always thought that she must be the Devil & Co due to how her books screw me over, but she's so sweet and funny, she definitely has no Satanic origins.) Anyway, after finishing Vengeful, I spent 10 mins searching GIF websites for variations of "death, satan, ghost, hell" to express how ^me meeting Victoria Schwab the day after I finished Vengeful and trying not to be freakishly starstruck. (she said she loved my "Victor Vale is my hero" shirt and that is peak fangirl try and top me. Also, I always thought that she must be the Devil & Co due to how her books screw me over, but she's so sweet and funny, she definitely has no Satanic origins.) Anyway, after finishing Vengeful, I spent 10 mins searching GIF websites for variations of "death, satan, ghost, hell" to express how I feel about Vengeful only to accept that nothing can do it justice, so that's the Schwab Effect™. I mean, I just want to know what grave sin I committed in a past life to deserve that fireball of an ending?! I KNOW there will be a third book because that cliffhangerish hell cannot possibly be the last we see of Merit. I slightly teared up in class today, probably looking like I was crying about math, but really I was just thinking about a certain event at the end about which I'll be Emotional for the next century. But I also must have been a saint at some point to be born into a world where the Villains duology exists, because, you know, when there's intense pain, the happiness is that much stronger, or something like that. And there was a whole lot of enjoyment here. There were so many BADASS things happening that made me just grin in delight. It was wildly addictive; whenever I sat down to read, 100 pages would go by before I knew it. Especially during the climax. The climax felt like a roller coaster, except that roller coasters warn you about the potential side effects and it's socially acceptable to scream at the top of your lungs while experiencing them. My heart was beating faster than it does when I think I've finally trapped a spider under a cup, only to lift it and see empty space. And then the ending—WHAT?! I was planning to die of natural causes when I'm 80, but it looks like these Schwab series endings are doing it instead. I'm in awe of Victoria's amazing ability to draw out tension and develop relationships between characters over months or years that they spend not interacting at all. In AGOS, Kell & Lila didn't even make eye contact until the last 18% of the book, yet their relationship was MY LIFE the ENTIRE time. In Vengeful, this type of dynamic often takes place between Victor and Eli; they've been apart for 5 years and don't meet until the climax, but we get all the feels from their friendship/enmity. speaking of Victor/Eli feels, THOSE ELI EMOTIONS WHAT ON EARTH. I can't believe we got Holland'ed again?! Join my Eli Protection Program 2k18 PLEASE. BUT anyway, let's get to the point and talk about Marcella Morgan, the real star of Vengeful. She's the icon of my life, a truly aspirational EO with the power of burning anything she touches. Naturally, she uses this power to burn trash ass men down and rise to power. Marcella wondered how many men she would have to turn to ash before one took her seriously. Every time I thought she couldn't get more savage, she went and Did That. With the time-skipping format of this series, we learn Marcella's life story, which sets up an amazing character arc. How she views her femininity and draws power from it throughout her life, and how that changes and remains constant, is fascinating. Which brings me to my next declaration: Vengeful is the feminist antihero story I never knew I needed. It's the most feminist SFF I've EVER read. The juxtaposition of the ways in which Marcella, June, and Sydney are suppressed and how they react to it is incredibly effective. The themes in Vengeful are for you to figure out—Victoria doesn't straight out tell you anything—which made this feminist aspect subtly executed but so powerful. Back to how I met Victoria Schwab on tour (!), she talked about the feminism in Vengeful, and I put all my effort into memorizing what she said. Whereas Vicious is very masculine and focuses on male friendships, toxic masculinity, etc, Vengeful is all about the women and how they reclaim power. Marcella is a mob wife always treated as an object. Sydney, due to her not aging, is frustratingly infantilized by everyone, both by strangers and by those who love her. Then there's June, and... well... Victoria just started enthusiastically talking about how June is a living, breathing, voodoo doll, seeming (righteously) proud of herself for coming up with this concept. The flow of power is another main theme, building on what started in Vicious and linking to the aforementioned feminism. I spent 2 hours today just thinking intensely about Victoria's statements in this book about power and how it corrupts. The parallels and contrasts between Marcella & Victor, Marcella & Eli, and Victor & Eli's use of power are SO INTERESTING. My loyal followers probably aren't loyal enough to read 1k words of literary analysis in an innocuous review of a superhero thriller, but can 1 or 5 people message me to scream about any of this please?? It was also illuminating to think about how Marcella compares to Adelina from The Young Elites. Their perspectives and narrative arcs are close parallels despite the series being so different. <3 so anyway, this too long review is a small sampling of my reactions to Vengeful, the book of my life that makes me want to be the next King Arthur so I can declare it required reading for every high school in the kingdom I rule.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Estefani

    VENGEFUL? OMG YES ------- Three words. MORE VICTOR VALE bye.

  16. 4 out of 5

    ❄️Nani❄️

    Calling a temporary DNF at 75% (my first ever official DNF). This was a fiasco. An absolute clusterfuck.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Crini

    I little over 5 years ago I read a short preview of Vicious via Netgalley and immediately knew I would love this book. Forward to October 2013 and I ended up having a new favorite book, my ONE favorite book. Five years later, I read the sequel and I'm just a whole big mess of emotions. I expected Vengeful to be GOOD, how could it not be, when I get to return to my favorite character, Victor Vale, when I get to read more about my precious family of broken souls, my personal heroes, when I get to re I little over 5 years ago I read a short preview of Vicious via Netgalley and immediately knew I would love this book. Forward to October 2013 and I ended up having a new favorite book, my ONE favorite book. Five years later, I read the sequel and I'm just a whole big mess of emotions. I expected Vengeful to be GOOD, how could it not be, when I get to return to my favorite character, Victor Vale, when I get to read more about my precious family of broken souls, my personal heroes, when I get to return to a city filled with people of questionable mindsets, when I get to go back to a place that makes me feel like coming home. Vengeful wasn't just good though. It was MORE. SO MUCH MORE. The plot was insanely good, had me on the edge of my seat and unable to stop reading (I did read the whole book in one sitting minus a small break to get something to eat), the characters were just as fully fleshed out and perfectly broken and HUMAN, just like they were in Vicious but with so much additional character growth, making it all the more twisted, more messed up, DARKER, and just... MORE. The new characters made it all the more interesting, certain developments made it all the more intense, stakes were higher, characters' morals more messed up... I could say so much more about it yet at the same time I don't know what to say. Not that I ever had any doubts, but that the sequel to my favorite book turned out THIS good, easily became a favorite itself, brings (happy) tears to my eyes, tbh.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Faith

    Good grief I'm finally done with this. I'm disappointed. I'm underwhelmed. I'm frankly a little pissed off. I went into this book with the excitement of a giddy child and came out a crone hardened by sheer boredom and anger (the worst kind). I was happy with the story, so very happy, but once Marcella (a new addition AKA the lady on the cover) mutinied and became the star of the show, around the 50% mark, I found myself dreading reading this. I don't want this to be a long review so I'm going to b Good grief I'm finally done with this. I'm disappointed. I'm underwhelmed. I'm frankly a little pissed off. I went into this book with the excitement of a giddy child and came out a crone hardened by sheer boredom and anger (the worst kind). I was happy with the story, so very happy, but once Marcella (a new addition AKA the lady on the cover) mutinied and became the star of the show, around the 50% mark, I found myself dreading reading this. I don't want this to be a long review so I'm going to be more brief than I usually am, especially when I have so many feelings. Here are my general feelings about the characters, the plot, and the themes of the book: I found that all the veteran characters were cardboard cutouts of their former selves. They weren't really there long enough, their feelings and thoughts weren't touched on enough, to really warrant any feelings on my part. Victor was reduced to a hand flicking, wall leaning, tired guy who did things Victor would never do; Sydney was just meh and Mitch didn't drink nearly enough chocolate milk, though I did appreciate the extra time spent on Eli (though in the present, he wasn't nearly as entrancing as he had been in the past and in Vicious). Stell was back, and I actually really liked him. He was the only person who acted like a person, and I really appreciated that. The new additions were mostly wallpaper. June had no logical motives. Both her and Marcella got their revenges way too soon and too easily to really hold any tension. While the new powers were interesting, I was constantly confused about the state of clothing in regards to June's ability. Basically, she can shapeshift into anyone living that she touches (minusing EOs) and glimpse into their most basic fundamental character aspects. And she also takes...their outfit? What about clothing she puts on separately? Can she remove the clothing? If she wants a specific outfit, does she have to go looking for someone wearing it? Jonathan, another new addition, started out as a real person and literally became a cardboard cutout (okay not literally but pretty darn close). He just stood there. He rarely spoke. He always wore sunglasses even though everyone knew where he was looking. I forgot that he even existed for a moment. Dr Haverty was okay, but a little cliche and convenient, and I wish he'd stayed around longer instead of popping up right when I'd completely forgotten he was a character. Marcella...😒 Marcella was just Aelin Galathynius if you took away the tragic backstory. She's evil for the sake of it, black and white with no trace of grey, and a straight up psychopath. She tries to use feminism to support her ridiculous and unethical behavior and somehow...people agree? Like real people? She makes little snide comments about how men are always underestimating women who are ambitious, how they always call them crazy. No, lady, you are actually crazy. It's not just men saying that. Sydney isn't crazy. Sydney has morals. No one calls Sydney crazy (except for maybe Eli, but he's even more crazy). She said and did a lot of things that undermine real misogyny. She wasn't been underestimated or abused when male characters got mad at her for not holding up her end of the deal. She was being treated reasonably under the circumstances. Yes, her power of ruination was cool, but she used it as proof she is to be worshipped when she doesn't deserved to even be liked. I didn't know if this was intentional or not because the book didn't give me any clear message. And that brings me to the general theme of this book. Or rather, the lack of a theme. It had no direction, had no point to make. There was no greyness to anything. There were the people we're supposed to see as good guys and those who were obviously villains. There was no unique and interesting philosophy, no real conflict. It was character-driven but didn't have any character tension. Scenes that were obviously supposed to be hardhitting and important character moments lacked any kind of tension whatsoever. They felt stale and boring. The first half of this book was promising, but it didn't keep that promise. Every end may be a new beginning, but every beginning had to end.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

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  20. 4 out of 5

    Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)

    “Every end is a new beginning.” I can’t put in words how much I adore these books. I would honestly recommend this to every single person in existence. I read Vicious a couple of days ago. I couldn't control myself and dived into this on the weekend. Victoria Schwab managed to give us the most complex story about Villains there is, and I loved every minute of it! █████████████ Ignorance █████████████ Is ████████████████████████████ ███████████████████ only ██████ █████████ bliss █████████████████ If “Every end is a new beginning.” I can’t put in words how much I adore these books. I would honestly recommend this to every single person in existence. I read Vicious a couple of days ago. I couldn't control myself and dived into this on the weekend. Victoria Schwab managed to give us the most complex story about Villains there is, and I loved every minute of it! █████████████ Ignorance █████████████ Is ████████████████████████████ ███████████████████ only ██████ █████████ bliss █████████████████ If you ██████████████████████████ ███████████████████ want ███████ to █████████████ get ██████████ █████████ caught ███████████████ So, thanks to Sydney, Victor is back but not without consequence. We watch Victor struggle to find a way to fix what went wrong. A lot of failed attempts and the desperation just increases. Victor does a lot of things that could warrant someone to hate him. Truthfully, he is probably my favorite character from these books. It isn't everyday where you read a story from the villains point of view, and I love that Schwab doesn't try to justify what he’s doing. Sydney is quite grown in this one. Maybe not physically, but you can see the differences between when she was thirteen and now. Mitch was as supportive as ever. He helps Victor find EOs that could help, and is constantly worrying about Victor and Sydney. We had a lot of time jumping which was a tad bit confusing, but I got the hang of it after a while. We also switched a lot between characters, and I really enjoyed that aspect. I loved how you could tell the difference between the narration of each character. We got a glimpse of what the past was like for Eli. His upbringing and the troubles he faced. This made me love and hate him all at once, and I don’t think I’ve ever been more confused. Marcella was a new addition to the characters. I especially loved her point of view (aside from Victor of course) she was all kinds of badass. June was also a new face (literally) I admit I didn't really understand why she was so attached to Sydney so much. It got quite annoying after a while, and I wanted nothing more than for Sydney to be with Victor and Mitch. “Marcella sighed. “Men are always so impatient. Perhaps it comes from a lifetime of being given what you want, when you want it. Sometimes, Joseph, you just have to wait.” I really really enjoyed these books. I can only hope that this wont be the last we see of these characters. I would definitely love to see what happens next to them. The story became so much more complex than it was. Another battle for us to decide which side we’re on. || Blog || Instagram ||

  21. 4 out of 5

    amy

    someone: "what scares you?" me, with a horrified expression: "the last book in a v.e. schwab series" i've been putting this off for so long because schwab has too much power over me and i'm capital letters TERRIFIED of her, and that's the tea ✦ buddy read with the squad: maymay, gianna, marami

  22. 4 out of 5

    Bibi

    🤯 🤯. This book, and its predecessor, is recommended for readers of Fantasy and those who love superheroes. So, basically everyone? RTC.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Raeleen Lemay

    Not quite as good as Vicious, sadly. I figure the easiest way to sum up my thoughts is with a couple of handy dandy lists: What I Liked -BACKSTORY. This book gave us tons of backstory on Eli, back to his childhood and his early days at Lockland with Victor. LOVE LOVE LOVED THIS. -New characters. I grew tired of Marcella after a while, but I am head over heels obsessed with June. Her power is so insanely cool, and I would have gladly read a whole book about her. I have a couple of theories about her Not quite as good as Vicious, sadly. I figure the easiest way to sum up my thoughts is with a couple of handy dandy lists: What I Liked -BACKSTORY. This book gave us tons of backstory on Eli, back to his childhood and his early days at Lockland with Victor. LOVE LOVE LOVED THIS. -New characters. I grew tired of Marcella after a while, but I am head over heels obsessed with June. Her power is so insanely cool, and I would have gladly read a whole book about her. I have a couple of theories about her, and since we didn't really get many answers, I suspect there will be a third book (I'd heard it might be a possibility, but now I'm sure haha). -This book is quite a bit darker than Vicious. The new characters (along with our old friends) introduced more blood, power, and villainy, which reinforced that this is an adult series. Lots of swearing as well, which I'm a huge fan of. What I Disliked -The non-linear timeline. This aspect is something that I adored about Vicious, but in this book, I was often confused about where we were and what was going on. There are far more points in time (4 years ago, 3 years ago, 2 years ago, 15 years ago, etc.) so I found it a bit tricky to follow at times. It made the book much slower to read, because I was constantly having to adjust my mind to where the story was currently at. -New characters. This is both a pro and a con for me, as the introduction of two new main characters (and a ton of side characters) led to less time spent with the old characters. So there was less Eli, less Victor, and less focus on Syd/Mitch/Dol. There were just too many characters. -The plot. At times the plot could be interesting, but for the most part it was quite repetitive (view spoiler)[ Victor dies. Victor wakes up. Sydney thinks about her sister. Victor finds an EO and kills them. Eli sits in jail. Marcella kills a few people. June kills another person. repeat. (hide spoiler)] . It seemed to have less of a focus than Vicious. -THE ENDING. It was a bit too open for my liking. not much resolution. Those are all of my thoughts for now! It was an enjoyable book, but nowhere near the level of the first book. It expanded on the universe, which was nice, but I don't think it will leave as lasting of an impression on me.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Azrah

    I am feeling so many emotions right now. This was AMAZING. Thank you to everyone on Goodreads for hyping VE Schwab. Her work is gold of a discovery for me. I'm so glad I read this series. Review to come Pre-read Rambles My expectations are very high. Life will be hard if this isn't all that I hope it will be. Good vibes this way pleeease XD

  25. 5 out of 5

    &#x1f98a; Jessi ♥️ H. Vojsk

    Hell, yeah! I’m so excited! 🎉

  26. 4 out of 5

    may ❀

    i've been waiting years for this book and im stuck between screaming in fear and excitement, with schwab you can never really tell buddy read with the squaf💗, 🐝, 👸, & 🐀

  27. 5 out of 5

    Chloe

    “You do what you can. You fight, and you win, until you don’t.” BRILLIANT. AMAZING. PERFECTION. THE BEST! I’m so in love with Victoria Schwab. RTC ** I just received my signed preorder copy more than one week before its release date!!! That has never happened to me before I am so excited to read it ahhh

  28. 5 out of 5

    Eryn

    ⇢ 4 / 5 Oh my, Vengeful was quite a ride; although not as entertaining as Vicious, it did not disappoint and was truly worth the wait. *This review will contain spoilers, here and there, so read at your own risk!* When I heard Schwab was writing a sequel to Vicious, I was enthralled (to say the least). I couldn’t wait to learn more about Victor and Eli; to read more from a favorite author... add that to Vicious being one of my favorite novels and you can hopefully picture how exited I was. That bei ⇢ 4 / 5 Oh my, Vengeful was quite a ride; although not as entertaining as Vicious, it did not disappoint and was truly worth the wait. *This review will contain spoilers, here and there, so read at your own risk!* When I heard Schwab was writing a sequel to Vicious, I was enthralled (to say the least). I couldn’t wait to learn more about Victor and Eli; to read more from a favorite author... add that to Vicious being one of my favorite novels and you can hopefully picture how exited I was. That being said, even though I liked this installment, I wish more could have been expanded on in certain areas and less in others… (Unless there is a book three coming out? Then I’d understand the vague areas; however, I haven’t heard anything). For one, we never learn more about Victor’s past, which was upsetting. He’s very much a “here and now” character. I would have liked to learn more about his life before meeting Eli—after all, Victor has his own demons, too. Which leads me to Eli—one of my favorite characters, ever. Well, he was in Vicious. There’s just so much depth to him. However, in this installment, I felt like his character wavered in certain areas. Of course, I realize this is Schwab’s character, but there were various moments were I felt certain Eli was turning a new leaf; that he no longer wanted to kill Victor; that Victor and Eli would reconcile. And maybe that was a little ambitious of me to hope for… but that’s what I felt. He's just so broken and misunderstood, I wish he could have healed somehow—(view spoiler)[but no, he had to get himself shot and killed. (hide spoiler)] Sydney and Mitch were amazing, as usual. Both characters felt real, and I loved seeing the relationship bloom between the two of them. They felt like a family. Warm and trusting. New characters introduced were decent, but a little overdone. Marcella’s character was odd (but pretty kick-butt). Her personality seemed different in the beginning (before her near-death) to her time as an EO. I found it hard to believe that because her husband tried to kill her, it prompted her to turn into a killing-machine. I understand why she hates men—but wanting to lead the mob and “take over the world” or whatever, seems a little much. Then again, I guess she was delusional; June seemed to think so. June was quite a mystery, not only because of her shapeshifting ability, but because we never really learn much about her—other than her strange need to protect Sydney. I wish more was revealed about her. Only that would take away from the whole “mystery” surrounding her character. What a shame. Maybe in book three? (Come on, Schwab…please?). Overall, this novel was worth the wait. Were there things I wished could have been added and taken out? Yeah, but that doesn’t mean this book isn’t amazing! It still is. Schwab still impresses with her killer story and writing skills. Seriously. I cringed so much when Eli was being tortured (that poor boy). Great, great story. Believable broken characters. Flawless writing. Hoping for a book three!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    no. fucking. way. P.S. I highly recommend listening to Run by AWOLNATION while reading bc it’s a PERFECT theme for this book UPDATE: apparently there’s a 5 years long time skip between book 1 and book 2 wHAT AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA is it september yet?

  30. 5 out of 5

    Gabby

    I am fucking speechless. Vicious is one of my all time favorite books and I was nervous and excited when I heard it was getting a sequel because I was desperately hoping it wouldn't disappoint me. Not only did this book not disappoint me, it blew my expectations right out of the fucking water. This book was SO GOOD. It was action-packed my heart was fucking racing for the entire 490-something pages. Victor Vale is my favorite anti-hero ever. He's just so bad-ass and he doesn't give a fuck, and he I am fucking speechless. Vicious is one of my all time favorite books and I was nervous and excited when I heard it was getting a sequel because I was desperately hoping it wouldn't disappoint me. Not only did this book not disappoint me, it blew my expectations right out of the fucking water. This book was SO GOOD. It was action-packed my heart was fucking racing for the entire 490-something pages. Victor Vale is my favorite anti-hero ever. He's just so bad-ass and he doesn't give a fuck, and he totally reminds me of the Joker. I loved the new badass female characters introduced in this book June and Marcella. Their super powers were fucking rad and all the new kinds of powers introduced in this book were really fucking cool and made my fangirl heart die. I loved getting to see flashbacks of how Eli and Victor actually met, and flashbacks of Eli's childhood (I actually felt so much sympathy for Eli like what...?) Eli Ever is one smart motherfucker and he's entertaining as shit to read about. I just absolutely loved every second of this book and I couldn't put it down, I mean I read 450 pages in a day - that's how addicting this story was. V.E. Schwab's writing is just SO GOOD. Her writing is so beautiful and fast paced and clever. The way she write those action sequences felt like watching an epic marvel movie, I just loved it. These characters are just so smart and unique and she understands them and their powers so well. And THAT ENDING.... (view spoiler)[like is there going to be another book??? Because I need one. Victor's story was left wide open for more story and Sydney is going to try to bring Serena back and we didn't found out yet if she is able to. Also, Eli's death was so fucking sad?????? I cried??? I can't believe he's actually dead. But they didn't burn his body so something is telling me maybe he'll be able to come back?? It made me so emo and happy at the same time to see Victor and Eli working together to kill Marcella and Jonathan... MY EMOTIONS!!! The way Victor killed Stell at the end was the most epic badass shit I've ever seen in my life. (hide spoiler)] Ahhhh, I just fucking loved this story and now I'm sad it's over and I need another book now.

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