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‘A super-powered collision of extraordinary minds and vengeful intention – V.E. Schwab returns with the thrilling follow-up to Vicious.
Magneto and Professor X. Superman and Lex Luthor. Victor Vale and Eli Ever. Sydney and Serena Clarke. Great partnerships, now soured on the vine.
But Marcella Riggins needs no one. Flush from her brush with dead, she’s finally gained the control she’s always sought – and will use her newfound power to bring the city of Merit to its knees. She’ll do whatever it takes, collecting her own sidekicks, and leveraging the two most infamous EOs, Victor Vale and Eli Ever, against each other once more.
With Marcella’s rise, new enmities create opportunity – and the stage of Merit City will once again be set for a final, terrible reckoning.’
THIS REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR THE FIRST BOOK IN THIS SERIES, VICIOUS.
If you weren’t aware, Vicious is one of my favourite books so naturally I was very excited and intrigued for this sequel. Honestly? I was underwhelmed by the time I got to the end of this book. It’s not to say that I didn’t like it – it was generally speaking, good. I just came out of it at the end feeling a bit “meh” in want of a more coherent phrase.
Let’s begin with the characters. One of my favourite aspects in Vicious was the characters, especially Victor, Sydney and Mitch. However, Victor in particular felt different and I could allow that to pass, especially as I believe the events in Vengeful take place five years after Vicious but he just felt so different to me, especially as the book went on. The other characters who make an appearance in both Vicious and Vengeful felt pretty consistent.
Now, we do have a range of new characters who are introduced in this book – most notably for me, Marcella and June. Without giving away any spoilers, these are two very independent, powerful women, who I thoroughly enjoyed reading about. Despite these two ladies having that same kind of trait of being independent, they are different and unique in their own ways. I really like these new additions to this world.
I suppose I should also discuss Eli – although I don’t feel as though I have a lot to stay. It took a while for him to make his appearance, but, sure enough, he turned up. It was nice seeing a slightly different side to him than before. If anything, Eli’s role in Vengeful is interesting, but I’ll leave it at that.
The plot, I feel, took a little while to get going but overall, I really enjoyed the story even if it was a little different to what I expected. It’s very different to Vicious which is probably why I felt a little bit underwhelmed – especially as I felt that the plot in Vicious was exceptionally strong. I simply didn’t enjoy it as much. I didn’t find myself in a situation where I couldn’t put it down.
As with all of Schwab’s writing, I find it easy to settle into and I can read one hundred pages of so very quickly. I enjoyed the structure of this book as it was similar to the structure in Vicious – using various different timelines to show different characters and their lives. I found it was a very effective way to fill in the five years from the end of Vicious to the beginning of Vengeful.
I understand that all of this sounds very positive, so why did I come out of this book feeling disappointed? The only thing that I can put it down to is that I simply didn’t enjoy it. Objectively speaking, it is a good book, but when I put it down I wasn’t itching to get back to it. I also feel as though the ending should have shocked me or affected me more, but it didn’t.
I’m not saying this is a bad book, quite the opposite in fact. It is a good book and I can see why other people may enjoy it more than I did, I just didn’t. I’m glad this book is finally here and I am glad it I gave it a read and got to revisit these characters as well as get to know some new ones. I’m just disappointed it didn’t grip me more.
Rated: 3(.5) stars.