I must say, I am glad I didn’t pick V.E. Schwab’s Vicious until several years after it was published, otherwise I would have waited five years to find out what happened following the epic cliffhanger at the end of that book. And now, I find myself in a similar position after finishing Vengeful: staring into the void wondering when I might catch a glimpse of book three so I can lay to rest this yearning in my soul.
Picking up with the birth of a brand new villain, mafia hitman wife Marcella Riggins, it quickly becomes apparent there’s a reason women like Marcella shouldn’t be given power. They’re always hungry, never satisfied even when they have it all. The black hole inside them quickly devours everything that circles too near, and if you cross them there’s only one guarantee: They will ruin you!
With Victor brought back from death by Sydney’s gift, he discovers fairly quickly that something’s not right. He came back… wrong, though how he could be any wronger than he already was, it’s hard to say, but there you have it. More powerful than ever, the rise of that power within him comes at a dangerous price–his life. Victor keeps dying, the electric hum inside him rising higher, more intolerable, until it clamps down hard and snuffs him out. He tries to hide this from Syd, the sliver of him with a soul not wanting to upset the girl anymore than she’s already been by the darkness of her life, but it isn’t long before she finds out his secret.
And though she’s distraught, Syd grows determined to fix Victor somehow, to master her power over death. Meanwhile, Mitch is doing everything he can to protect Syd, to give her some semblance of a normal life even though the road to normal was shattered the moment Sydney and her sister Serena died. When Sydney makes a new friend, it seems at first that June is only trying to get close to her to find out more about Victor, but there’s something else going on that never quite makes itself known.
Director Stell, having witnessed the destruction of EOs firsthand, has launched a new project, EON, and he’s resigned himself to stopping ExtraOrdinary people from wreaking more havoc on the world–Even if it means he has to work with notorious serial killer Eli Ever to see it done. And you better believe Eli is lying in wait, more vengeful and self-righteous than ever.
This book was absolute chaos in the best way imaginable. With the introduction of three new characters possessing unimaginable power, people will get hurt as they vie for prestige, dominance, and survival itself.
I absolutely loved this book. I devoured it in a matter of hours, gobbling up every word on every page like there might not be a tomorrow. Schwab takes the irredeemable and makes them sympathetic, but not so powerfully that you forget who they are and what they are capable of. I have no idea how long it’s going to be before there is another Villain book for me to glut myself on, but I promise you I’ll be here, staring into the void and waiting impatiently for news.
5 out of 5 stars, highly recommended if you love a dramatically balanced speculative fiction read. Go forth and devour!