Hey-o! I is back and I’m finally posting a Vicious review. I had this review with me since the moment I put down Vicious but wasn’t happy with it so it’s slightly old. Well, I give up on trying to be happy with it. I’ve been wanting to post a full on review for a while so here it goes, my first ever review.
Ps, a big thank you to John for being my second pair of eyes. Follow him, you won’t regret it.
I should be studying for an exam, but here I am writing this review. Four hours have passed since I stopped studying because I felt too drained to function. Well, I might have lost precious time but it was totally worth it because now not only do I feel refreshed and ready to focus again, but I finished Vicious.
Autor: Victoria Schwab aka V.E. Schwab
Genre: Sci-fi, adult, fantasy, paranormal I don’t even know
Synopsis: “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?”
Holy! This. Freaking. Book! What can I say? Let’s start with I did not expect to love this book for many reasons. One it was a V. E. Schwab book and the last and only book I’ve read that was written by her I honestly didn’t like. It had great reviews, but it wasn’t my cup of tea. The second reason was the cover. I admit it I am the type of person that lets covers influence her and this cover didn’t really stir something in me. Thirdly, the synopsis, it wasn’t really one that called my attention and it was the kind of book you say you want to read, but you know you probably never will because you don’t have the motivation to actually get it or start it. Well, as you probably know I am getting tired of reading YA because they’re all starting to all sound the same to me. Well, when I asked people for books that weren’t YA, but were fantastic everyone kept mentioning V.E. Schwab’s books. Of all the books people recommended most of them didn’t really catch my attention, but I really was set on buying a non-YA book. So, I went to Amazon added it to my cart and promised myself that I was going to get it. I ended up not having to because my library had it which meant I could read it without spending my money on it, you know in case I hated it, so I added myself to the waitlist thinking it was going to take a while. It didn’t. Soon I had the book on my Kindle and I had a due date. After having problems re-downloading Americanah to my phone I decided I was going to start this book instead and LORD I flew through it. I read a 100 pages while commuting home. This might not mean a thing for you like “pfft that’s easy,” but I’ve been having the hardest reading since uni started. Between finding the time and the motivation it’s been a struggle, but this book just had me wanting more. If it wasn’t because I am very good at stopping myself in the middle of a good book to do the things I have to I would have read it all in a day. I just couldn’t stop thinking about it. I wanted to know more.
As you can see I loved this book. But, what made it so great? The answer is easy: the characters. These books had some fantastic characters. There were no villains or heroes. They’re really messed up people that are morally charcoal grey, except a few which are more on the light grey side. I fell in love with these characters. V.E. made a good job with messing with my mind because I wanted to love them, hate them, hug them, slap them, help them, punch some sense into them, and mostly I wanted to try to classify them in a good guy, bad guy box which was impossible
The story is fantastic. It was a balance between not so original story with twist and turns and things that also made it fantastically original. I am a person who hates multiple points of view—they’re way too many p.o.v in this book— and the stories that go back and forward because I tend to get lost, but with this book it worked out fantastically. She would mention the name of the person whose point of view you are reading on the first few sentences which made it a lot easier to follow. She also wrote the location and the time at the beginning of each chapter so if you had a doubt you could always look up, but it wasn’t really that necessary because it is so easy to follow. I’m sure the reason for the date and places was mostly to create the suspense, but it really did help to have it in case you got lost. The story had me at the edge of the seat and it was like every time I would die someone would grasp the little life left in me and would bring me back to life. This is not usually my type of book which is why I am so surprised that I actually loved it. Honestly, you will want more, you will die multiple times, it will bring you back to life on an endless cycle.
This book’s way of using some overused topic and twisting it around is great. When I read the first few pages and read which topics were going to be covered I groaned a little because they’re overused, especially in movies and comics, and I was just expecting to read the same story, but boy did this book proved me wrong. One way it proved me wrong was the ending, I mean maybe someone could predict it, but I did not. I was shooked like I would’ve never thought of that.
Honestly, I wish I could use compulsion to make you read this book, but sadly I am not ExtraOrdinary I am pretty normal. All I can say is that this one of my favorite read of this year, if not my favorite one. A couple of days ago I got the notification that it was my turn to read A Darker Shade of Magic, another one of her books, and after reading this masterpiece I cannot wait to sit down and read it. If that book is nearly as good as this one I will need a whole day to sit down and read.
I give this book full five stars, I add it to my favorite reads of the year list as probably my number one. This review was a mess, but I am just so into this book that I can’t seem to form a coherent thought. Here’s to a rest of a year full of books as fantastic as this one. Cheers!
That is all for today. Thank you for sticking with me as I rambled about this book. I know everything was a little over the place, but I just needed to get it out of my chest. What has been your favorite read of the year?
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