Vengeful by V. E. Schwab | morally gray characters are my favorite characters

OVERALL: ★★★★/5 

(Goodreads summary here.) 

I know a lot of people were kind of disappointed in where Vengeful took Viciouss story. I just am not one of those people. I think some of it might have been a direct result of this exact fact, that so many people didn’t like the sequel so much, that my expectations were a bit lower than they might have been otherwise. Because I knew people who were disappointed, I didn’t want to get my hopes up. 

And you know what? I don’t think I needed to worry. I never liked Vicious as much as the A Darker Shade of Magic trilogy, which I read in relatively close proximity to Vicious, so my expectations were never sky high. I also only read it in mid-2018, so I had not been waiting 5 years for Vicious’s sequel the way some people were. (Also you can catch my review for it here!) 

So I really did love Vengeful. It’s not my favorite book ever, nor my favorite Schwab book by a landslide, but I definitely enjoyed it. I totally ate it up, and I was lucky enough to read the vast majority of it on the beach, which I just found really funny since it’s definitely not what most people consider a “beach read” (honestly, I live for reading things in the opposite situation as their vibe.) A lot of this review will focus on what I’ve heard other people say about the book, just because I’ve seen a lot of the same complaints all over the place and I want to put my two cents into those conversations. 

This will have some unavoidable spoilers for Vicious, and then some spoilers for Vengeful at the very end, but, as always, they will come with warnings when we get there! Read More »

REVIEW: Vicious by V. E. Schwab

vicious review

OVERALL RATING: ★★★★/5

(Goodreads summary here.)

When I started Vicious, I’ll be honest: I didn’t know what I was getting myself into. I knew I was going to at least enjoy it. VE/Victoria Schwab has become one of my favorite authors ever since I cracked open A Darker Shade of Magic last summer. But with Vicious, I didn’t know what to expect. I had heard of lot of differing opinions, although most were positive. One of my close friends had read it, and although we typically have very similar opinions on books, thought it was just okay. I, on the other hand, absolutely LOVED it.

From the get-go, I knew it was going to be right up my alley. Like a lot of science-fiction/fantasy fans, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is one of my favorite classic novels. I love books that explore the debate of human-as-god, particularly the morality of actions that give a single person immense power. I don’t consider myself much of a philosopher, but anything that makes me question my beliefs on a topic has my attention.

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