Vengeful by V.E. Schwab
I have been waiting so long for Vengeful.
Back in 2015, I picked up a little book called Vicious. I had never read a V.E. Schwab book, let alone knew who she was. I read the book, gave it 4 stars and moved on with my life. I didn’t pick up another Schwab book until A Darker Shade of Magic, but that’s another story altogether.
Since 2015, I all but forgot about the twisted tale of Victor Vale and Eli Ever, until word got out that they’d be a sequel; Vengeful.
Naturally, I got excited.
Firstly, because a new V.E. Schwab book is always good news. But also because I was going to be returning to a world that I had only stepped a toe in. Present day Hollie, now fully aware of the incredibleness of a Schwab book, looked back at Baby Reader Hollie giving Vicious 4 stars and thought, surely that can’t be right?
So, as part of my #ukrereadathon, I re-read Vicious in preparation and tacked on another star. And then, it was time to strap in.
Vengeful is the sequel to an assumed standalone that I didn’t know I needed.
In Vengeful, we of course return to the lives of Victor Vale, Eli Ever, and Sydney Clarke. However, we are also introduced to new characters who are just as psychopathic. Plus, an insight into Eli’s past means I no longer hate any of the characters like I did back when I read Vicious.
Hate, in this instance, doesn’t mean I refuse to read about them, but back then there was a clear villain. Now, I’d say everyone is 70% villain. This is, after all, called The Villains series.
But that’s what I’ve been consuming lately. I love villains. I always knew I did, but this is taking it to a whole new level. And I’m so looking forward to continuing to read more about villains and anti-heroes and heroines in so many other books.
After all, heroes are overrated.