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The seuel to VICIOUS VE Schwab's first adult novelSydney once had Serena beloved sister betrayed enemy powerful ally But now she is alone except for her thrice dead d. Me having absolutely no concept of liking things in moderation I WOULD DIE A THOUSAND FIERY DEATHS FOR THIS BOOKI feel like I need to dress up for reviewing this book to take it in gratitude for a night out in someplace fancy to offer it drinks I m so full of an unnamed wanting that I can t bear it like whatever I will allow to crawl out of my heart and down my arm and out my fingers is not enough because I just clenches fist love this series SO MUCHI first read Vicious a couple years ago and I completely inhaled it I read it again last year and afterward it stayed inside my heart setting me alight from within like a candle flame I was beyond excited for this seuel and I think my situation now is rather an object lesson in being careful what you wished for because that ending still presses hard into my ribs making me feel simultaneously warm and sad I NEED MORE So what s this book about Five years have made Victor Vale s hatred of Eli Cardale lose its spark its flame dampened by the fear introduced with Victor s new unsettling reality he keeps dying again and again Victor it seems has been torn and broken and put back together with half the pieces missing He is desperate to not die and even than that to live In the collision of his whirling thoughts a plan begins to form an architecture of gruesome messes that Victor will haul out in the hope of suturing himself back together And Victor s makeshift family Sydney Mitch Dominic is a lifeline to be tightly grippedbut things between them are falling apart in direct proportion to the rate at which Victor s time is swirling awayGood luck doesn t seem to be something that holds the hands of Eli Cardale these days either Captured and imprisoned he is left tormenting himself with the notion that his most desperate desires are just out of his reach and one name leaps to mind above and before all others VictorMeanwhile Marcella Riggins a new EO has made theater of murder in the town of Merit Fear was her medium and nightmares her art She refuses to bow to fate and determines to embody the word that defines her ruin Marcella has upended the game board and sent the pieces flying and many would wager that in all of time there had never been a purer wrath than hers And she s not alone on her side is Jonathan a taciturn human shield and June a shapeshifter whose past is shrouded in secrecy and shadowsThe one thing they all have in common They d all put themselves on top of a trapdoor going directly to the bowels of hellwith absolutely no way to unlatch it Power said the woman belongs to those who take it VENGEFUL is a gripping and a staggeringly satisfying tightrope walk of a book It s so damn good Though I m not sure you d call any of the people in it good Within this ornately structured reality contorting framework Schwab weaves together with a sure hand all the separate threads she s seeded along the way into a resoundingly orchestrated ending that will leave you wondering if healing is even remotely possibleSchwab wastes no time in bringing readers back into her massive complex world smartly beginning to expand her world outward into new dimensions fleshing out new characters and seeing heads aflame than onceThere are so many aspects of this book that leap out to me as brilliant the introduction of women who were not beholden to the story of the men around them but rather had their own agency on full display the examination of the grey spaces that exist between traditional definitions of good and evil the terrifying and exhilarating situations the whimsy and unsubtle darkness the varied and wonderful character voices Schwab s love of antiheroes and her lilting voice how she gives her characters power without the moral imperative to be good but does not allow them to slough off their culpability how this book synthesizes the material in the previous book and gives it a new different wholeness all in one perfect bookThere s also something so captivating about the motley collection of punctured unpredictable darkly likeable individuals which makes up the heart of this book Schwab is a skilled writer with a gift for voice and characterization She makes every character a concrete individual with a definite presence My old feelings for the recurring cast came softly thronging back while I grew fond of new characters I mean look they re all terrible people unmoored to any discernible first principles that guide their decision making and always hoping for cruel ends to justify their brutal means but Maybe we are broken But we put ourselves back together We survived That s what makes us so powerful And as for family well blood is always family but family doesn t always have to be blood VICTOR VALE I would take a bullet for my asexual fashionista foster father Victor Vale I know he s all too powerful and doesn t really need me to but it just feels like the right thing to doVictor Vale is one of the most interesting and complex characters I ve ever come across Schwab s building of his character is as careful and subtle and clever as anything though it s sometimes easy to miss in the noise and gloss and intensity of his personaVictor completely subverts both the hero and anti hero archetype He s willing to do and has done anything to protect those immediately close to him and he is often surprised to find himself possessed by something perilously close to affection for them But he s not at all nice or soft he s cold and calculating and remorseless and gives an incredible illusion of sanity and stability but you never know what s going on below his dispassionate mask A lot of the things he s done are irredeemable Yet you come to understand him deeply without being pushed to erase his past behavior And while he does change in bursts and clashes he s shed enough of his selfishness to carve a place for Syd and Mitch and he s even less of a jerk to Dominic he essentially doesn t change at allOur perception of him does though Victor s desperation and the thrum of fear he s constantly experiencing at the thought of irreversible death and leaving his family unprotected sort of humanizes him I lived for those scattered smithereens of grudging vulnerability Yet somehow I still feel like we ll never know all the carefully cobbled pieces of him There s just so much layers to his character and it s positively rivetingThis is my way of reiterating I NEED MORE ELI CARDALE Well he s alive and wellmuch to my chagrinI haven t uite parsed out my own relationship to Eli s character but here s the thing part of me wants to believe that maybe just maybe the man who s deception steeped in elegance from his sharp smile to his unsettling eyes malefic hate ravaged and bent on vengeance is only a piece of who Eli isBecause over the course of this book we are transported by the narrative back to Eli s childhood and all that youthful hubris and uick tempered rage and holier than thou drivel is swept away to reveal a deeply damaged individual whose life had come to him tangled in hate and when he d tried to untangle it he d failed How he got there and how the youth became this man is one of this book s most intriguing mysteries pulling you ever deeper into the story Another part of me though wishes I could root through my memories and shred my knowledge of his backstory those years with his father s vicious careless cruelties and his mother s indifferent neglect Because Eli is so horrible But I can t Once upon a time when the marks on his back were still fresh Eli told himself that he was growing wings After all his mother thought Eli was an angel even if his father said he had the devil in him Also I feel like I ll never stop feeling the scorch of acute nostalgia for when Eli and Victor had been better at loving each other and worse at getting in one another s way And it s frightening in a really visceral way the realization that everything could go wrong so horrendously so uickly and that in the wrong circumstances anyone might become a monster MARCELLA MORGAN You know what I want Byronic women figures I want self important reckless women libertines in silk dresses and steel heeled stilettos leaving a string of broken men in their wake while dashing off threats and coolly bargaining with rivals who wish to gnaw on their soulsI want women characters with an utter unflinching embrace of self who are just on the charming mercurial side of unlikeable assholes definitely unreliable and often than not morally uestionable Perhaps she was glass But glass is only brittle until it breaks Then it s sharp To say that Marcella is an intemperate murderous lunatic would wound the feelings of most intemperate murderous lunatics And I am still a bit embarrassed about this next part as it speaks to a black part of my character but I would gladly let her step on my throatHer character is so fascinating to me Marcella is a study in brutality a paragon of sheer and untampered force She does not take things in she only spins them around sharpening them into weapons and recklessly flinging them right back The men in her life couldn t accept the idea that women are supposed to be multidimensional They were happy to have her because they were happy with weakness The pliable a leader was the power they had And who could be pliable than a simple woman playing at dominanceBut Marcella wielded that ignorance like a finely knapped glass knife She pushed back against what the world decided for her She was going to play the lead role in the grand cosmic drama and not merely a bit part with no lines She reuired no validation Her wish was her command Her voice was her own she uses it Her life was her own she carved a place for it She was relentless in her dedication to herself And she would never again allow weakness or softness fear or ineptitude to hold her frozen She hadn t really known yet what she was capable of And her gift had been untestedUntil it wasn t How many men would she have to turn to dust before one took her seriously I also have to talk about Mitch and Syd I love them I would lay down both of my kidneys for Sydney And we all know Mitch is so buff because all his muscles are filled with love He s probably at the gym furiously doing weights and thinking I m going to be so fucking good at hugging WHAT AN ANGELI m not gonna lie the only thing sustaining me right now is the elaborate self indulgent fantasy version that I ve created in my mind of a world where Victor Syd Mitch and their thrice dead dog are safe and together and away from gestures vaguely all this wishlist blog twitter tumblr

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Nimated can strike concern even if one has superhuman powers But despite his own worries his anger remains And Eli Ever still has yet to pay for the evil he has done.. Men look at anyone with power and see only a threat an obstacle in their path They never have the sense to see power for what it really is Potential Vengeful was my second most anticipated book of this year and it did not disappoint at all It was absolutely a wild ride and I read it in literally two sittings within the same day S0 let s scream G O D T H A T S G O O D I think Schwab s writing style for Vicious is the best of every talent she has in the writing department she s abstract a wide world without clear boundaries but with enough detail that it s hard not to be enthralled The ease with which I visualized scenes was just incredible in this series especially I think she does a really good job conveying the image of a scene without being too specific SPOILER The SydVictor scene on the balcony the tea shop scene with Syd June and the scene in which a brick almost falls on Marcella all stuck out in my head in different ways VENGEFUL s three female leads are a woman who can ruin anything and anyone she touches a living voodoo doll and a girl who can resurrect the dead This book was made for 2018 VE Schwab via TwitterThe power of women in this book is just so so real Schwab plays around with terrifying yet strangely compelling female villains and sympathetic female villains and complex female leads and it s just all gorgeous All that is fantastic but besides my absolute love for the writing why did I read this so uickly and become so enthralled The characters God I fucking love how she makes every character dynamic and interesting through just a few words just a little hint of knowledge about them conveyed so beautifully and immediately you feel that you understand this character and that you root for this character Okay so here s a uick rundown of all the sides and characters V I C T O R M I T C H S Y D N E Y Victor Vale one of the best well intentioned villain from one point of view characters of all time Sydney a slow aging teenager who can bring back the dead a legend and a ueen and i love her Mitch Victor s sidekick with no powers the purest person in this book by all measures Dol the ever resurrecting dog the only other pure being Dom a far unwilling sidekick who can step outside time and is Done With This Shit I actually love Dom E L I E V E R Eli Ever is immortal and has also been through some shit and he is ready to killEveryone said I would learn to sympathize with Eli this book and you know what you were all correct I ve always thought Eli made a fantastic villain but his character writing here really hit a STRIDE M A R C E L L A J U N E Marcella former wife of a gangster who can uite literally erode people June a human voodoo doll I have no idea what to make of her but I know I love her Jonathan a strangely forgettable character but oh well that s the point I loved the presence of such complexity in the villains here and how well these three sides were integrated into the broader plot The sheer character juggling here is really is impressive Between Vicious and this I really really am in love with this series it s my favorite by her without competition buddyread with most of goodreads probablyBlog Goodreads Twitter Instagram Youtube

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Og Dol and then there's Victor who thinks Sydney doesn't know about his most recent act of vengeanceVictor himself is under the radar these days being buried and re a. I could not put this book downProbably my favorite book by V E Schwab Loved the story loved the superpowers loved the strong messed up female characters loved that the story was told backward loved the flashbacks Book 2 was even better than the first one Can t recommend this enoughOnly thing is gold nail polish Really

10 thoughts on “Vengeful

  1. says:

    Me having absolutely no concept of liking things in moderation I WOULD DIE A THOUSAND FIERY DEATHS FOR THIS BOOKI feel like I need t

  2. says:

    His eyes met Victor’s and for a second neither man movedRun thought Victor and he could see the response in Eli’s coiled frameChase meOh

  3. says:

    One day I will be finished writingrewriting this bookETA HAH I DEFEATED YOU BOOK MONSTERETA Holy shit VENGEFUL is up for a Goodreads Choice Award If you follow me at all online you know what this book took from me in terms of blood sweat tears

  4. says:

    I could not put this book downProbably my favorite book by V E Schwab Loved the story loved the superpowers loved the stro

  5. says:

    “I don't want to survive I want to thrive”Am I Victor Vale yet cause I can assure you that I died several times during the course of this bookAfter wiping cold sweat off my forehead and 5 minutes of deep and thorough breathing exercises I am relieved and happy to tell you that I loved Vengeful I had high hopes but my fears we

  6. says:

    Okay I'm gonna be a big brave girl and say it This wasn't that great There I said it Phew That was a hard one to admit I mean yes I liked it yes Victoria Schwab could write assembly instructions and I'd still read every word like it was prose yes it was great to be back into the Villains universe yes it was entertaining and made m

  7. says:

    “Men look at anyone with power and see only a threat an obstacle in their path They never have the sense to see power for what it really is Potential” Vengeful was my second most anticipated book of this year and it did not disappoint at all It was absolutely a wild ride and I read it in literally two sittings within the same day S0 let

  8. says:

    “Some people were matches a bit of light and no heat And some were furnaces all heat but little light And then once in a blue moon there was a bonfire something so hot and bright you couldn't stand too near without burning”I loved this so much And I’m saying this not only because I’m Victor Vale trash which I obvi

  9. says:

    I'm currently debating between a 4 or 5 stars but needless to say that I had the best time reading this bookI didn't get bored once It was thrilling the character analysis was stunning and the pacing was beautifully set The world of EO's got bigger and better fascinating and ludicrous More morally grey characters were introduced Victor and El

  10. says:

    theres nothing uite like reading about a bunch of sociopaths to make you feel good about your life additionally theres nothing like enjoying a book about sociopaths to make you feel the need to re evaluate your life lol this had ever