Book Reviews

Book Review: Vicious by V.E. Schwab


Book Title: Vicious

Author: Victoria. E. Schwab

Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, and Science Fiction

Book Synopsis (Goodreads):

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?


Vicious is one of the best books I read in 2014 and definitely one of my all time favorite books. The book is set between the past and the present, which allows you as a reader to get more insight on the characters, and how they used to be and why they changed. It might be hard to follow the sequence of events when they alternate between two periods of time but, in this book it was well done and beautiful. The flow of the book was perfect; it wasn’t too fast or slow.

V.E. Schwab is a genius when it comes to creating characters. The two main characters, Victor and Eliot are one of the most amazing characters that I ever read. Each one of them is presenting one side, Victor is suppose to be the good side and Eliot is the evil side but it’s hard to judge who is good and who is bad because both of them have their own justification for the things that they do. It’s hard to judge who is the villain and who is the hero because the author described them as equally bad and equally good.

The story of this book is really creative. I loved how we get a full profile on the characters and their full history and not only part of it. The book is interesting and beautifully written.

Audience: I would recommend this book for those who love supernatural themes. If you are a fan of X-Men, you might like it too.


Rating: 5 out of 5 stars.


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