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#Review: Vicious by V.E. Schwab



Author: V.E. Schwab

Publisher: Tor

Genre/Themes: Fiction, Fantasy

Release Date: September 24th 2013

Page Count: 364

Format: Hardcover

ISBN: 9780765335340

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Maria's Rating-3stars-01

Vicious is an earlier novel by the one and only Victoria (or V.E.) Schwab and one of the few that I hadn’t read yet. I’ve had it sitting on my shelf for a while now and I absolutely loved everything else I had read by her so I figured I should probably get into this one as soon as possible. Although I love Victoria Schwab and I loved the concept of Vicious, I didn’t love it as much as I had hoped I would.


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?

What I Liked

The rivalry. I really enjoyed the rivalry and conflict between our main characters. Victor and Eli used to be the best of friends while they were in college together and now, 10 years later, they’re out to get each other. Although I understand why they were angry with each other, I had trouble understanding why they would hold a grudge for 10 years. Or maybe I just missed the bigger picture here. *See below for my attempt at explaining why I had trouble getting into this one.

The concept. I really liked the idea of two best friends making a huge discovery only to become greedy and self-righteous. I liked the idea of what was once a strong friendship now becoming a strong rivalry (see above). I liked the idea of EOs (Extra Ordinaries) that each have their own unique ability after cheating death. There was just something about the way that all of this was put together that didn’t really work for me. *Again, see below for my attempt at explaining why I had trouble getting into this one.

What I Didn’t Like

I’m not really sure? I just couldn’t get into this one for some reason. I thought maybe it was because of the audio book version that I listened to, but I’ve listened to both A Darker Shade of Magic as well, A Gathering of Shadows and This Savage Song as audio books so I’m not sure if that really was the problem. As mentioned, I really like the concept of the story and the rivalry between the characters. Maybe it was the characters themselves. It started out strong, but then I just had a hard time getting through this one unfortunately and the most frustrating part about it is that I’m not really sure why.

Maybe Vicious was too over hyped or maybe I personally just couldn’t connect to what was happening, but I just had a hard time getting into this one. That being said, I still love Victoria Schwab and her writing and I’m eager to see what the sequel to Vicious will look like these few years later. I feel as though her writing is fantastic in her newer releases and I’m excited to see how that will apply to the next novel in the Vicious series! Especially because of that ending!

More About The Author


I am the product of a British mother, a Beverly Hills father, and a southern upbringing. Because of this, I have been known to say “tom-ah-toes”, “like”, and “y’all”. I also suffer from a wicked case of wanderlust, made worse by the fact that wandering is a good way to stir up stories. When I’m not haunting Paris streets or trudging up English hillsides, I’m usually tucked in the corner of a coffee shop, dreaming up monsters.

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14 thoughts on “#Review: Vicious by V.E. Schwab

  1. It’s so frustrating when you read a book that has all the right components to make you love it but for some reason it just doesn’t work. I definitely think that the hype surrounding the book doesn’t help but I am glad that you enjoyed the concept. My favourite part of this book had to be the dynamic between Victor and Eli. I’m intrigued by how where the sequel will take these two.

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    1. I definitely agree with you and I also really did like the dynamic between Victor and Eli and I am definitely really anticipating the sequel! 😀

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    1. I have read a few of her other novels and I read them before I read Vicious. It may just be that I preferred her other novels over Vicious! I still really did enjoy reading Vicious…there was just something missing there for me unfortunately 😛


  2. I haven’t read this one yet, but I definitely get not being able to get into a super hyped up book, and you aren’t even sure why. I felt that say about a few recent and past releases, too. At least you enjoyed the actual plot for the book, even if it wasn’t really your cup of tea otherwise. I hope your next read is a good one!

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    1. Isn’t is the most frustrating thing?! I did really enjoy the plot and the characters, there was just something missing there for me unfortunately 😦


  3. I really struggled with this one too. Like you said, I loved the premise but it just somehow fell flat for me. This was my first of her books, so I’m glad to hear you enjoyed her others because this had put me off a little.

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    1. I’m glad to know I’m not as in the minority as I thought haha! Yes, I definitely loved her other books a lot more than this one!

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