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Book Review

Book Review: Vengeful

Villains, Book 2

By V.E. Schwab
Released: September 2018


Eli Ever and Victor Vale were only medical students when their mutual discovery that near-death experiences can, under the right conditions, manifest extraordinary abilities.

They were best friends, and rivals, and then enemies. They were dead, then alive, and then—Eli killed Victor, once and for all.

Or so he thought—but Sydney Clarke felt otherwise, and used her own superpower to tip the scales. Now, a trio hides in the shadows, while another takes advantages of post-death life to take over the city of Merit.

If there can be life after death—will there be calm after vengeance, or will chaos rule?

I’m increasing my rating by a half star because I came across the B&N exclusive copy and I love the added sections. I need more of Victor’s emo poetry in my life!! And that final sentence was the type of “dun dun dun” I was looking for.

valar morghulis …or do they? 😉

After sleeping on it, I’m still not sure what to make of this sequel. It wasn’t as satisfying as I hoped, but parts were a lot of fun! So I’ll resort to a list in the mean time (hehe)



➸ Seeing my fam fam again! VICTOR, MITCH, SYDNEY, & DOL!! *heart eyes* (This counts for four separate bullets on the list btw)

➸ THE SUSPENSE! I was more freaked out over the last 25% of the sequel than I did in Vicious. “Shit hath hitteth the faneth” as Michael Eckman put it. (Someone will get that lol)



➸ Eli. Haha yes the backstory and current existential crisis actually moved him from “loved to hate” to “yeah okay I do really like that shithead” 😆 This was the complexity I was looking for in his character in Vicious

➸ Dominic. Victor you ungrateful entitled schmuck you’ve got to start appreciating the strays in your life. They’re the reason you’re able to continue your emo poetry. Dom is a loyal soldier and practically a surrogate uncle to the fam by now.



➸ The majority of the book spent time with new characters that I still don’t see the point of introducing. I shouldn’t be wondering what’s going on with my loves for SO LONG.

➸ I was anticipating the chapter time jumps so it wasn’t as irritating as the first book, but ended up getting old with the new character backstories. So the pacing is still on the naughty list.

➸ JANE THE CREEP. She forces her way into the story while pretending she doesn’t want to be part of anything. Let’s just say she rubbed me the wrong way. I wanted to like her all the time, but then she went and f*cked it up between us.



MARCELLA THE MISANDRIST. She puts a bad name to feminists. Those two are mutually exclusive!! I was intrigued by her at first, but then I figured out she’s just a bitch. There was really no point to her character and the attempted connection to the Victor-Eli main story was weak sauce.

➸ HOW CONVENIENT NEW CHARACTER POWERS WERE. If you recall, I despised the use of Sydney’s sister’s power in Vicious. (Still not naming her ha.) The new characters suffered the same ill fate of being used in convenience.

➸ HOW BROKEN THAT ENDING WAS. There’s room for another book, but it’s not planned. Can somebody yell “burn the bodies”?!! I did not need rainbows and unicorns but COME ON! Gahhhh whatever.


Most of all, I’m disappointed by the lack of cat-and-mouse between Victor and Eli, and of course Victor and Stell/EON. I was really excited for this yet I’m left unsatisfied after another whole book. Ah the joys of missed opportunities.

I was also disappointed in Sydney and Mitch’s roles in this book. Considering I read a lot of YA, I know 18yo Sydney could have taken a MUCH larger part. She was treated like she was still 13 and it drove me bonkers. Her story was the most anticlimactic, but at the same time she’s the reason I would pick up a potential third book in the future.

Book 1: Vicious ★★★★



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