Title: Vengeful (Villains #2)
Author: V.E. Schwab
Genre: Fiction, Fantasy
Publisher: Tor Books
Date published: September 25th 2018
Page Count: 480
Sydney once had Serena—beloved sister, betrayed enemy, powerful ally. But now she is alone, except for her thrice-dead dog, Dol, and then there’s Victor, who thinks Sydney doesn’t know about his most recent act of vengeance.
Victor himself is under the radar these days—being buried and re-animated 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.
Is it possible to be so much more impressed by the second book?
Vengeful had everything I was looking for in Vicious and more: fast-paced plot, more complicated characters, and even deadlier chases.
The characters have more depth, and underlying tones that weren’t quite portrayed in Vicious. In Vicious, the only character that was really analyzed and developed was Victor. But in Vengeful, we learn so much more about the rest of the characters. I enjoyed watching Sydney grow up into a teenager and seeing Mitch turn to become a fatherly figure over Sydney.
Also while Vicious focuses more on Victor, Eli takes a bigger spot light in this second book. And remember how I said I thought Victor was complicated? Well, Eli is like Victor by times 10 with a traumatic past, unfortunate luck, and disturbing sociopathic tendencies. I LOVED reading about his past, while hating him and pitying him at the same time.
I will reiterate again that Schwab is a queen at creating morally grey characters. In Vengeful, we’re introduced to Marcella Riggins, a new EO set out for more than revenge on her husband, she’s out to bring the city of Merit down to its knees. (She kind of reminds me of Angelina Jolie in Mr and Mrs Smith, but evil and more powerful)
The book introduces more EOs, including shapeshifters, healers, and more. And well, you can’t help but notice that not all powers are created equal. But then again, when was this world ever fair?
The entire book was suspenseful. I was literally holding my breath for the entire read, because it gets pretty nerve-wracking at times. There are chases underneath chases as well as flimsy and fleeting allegiances. I LOVED EVERY MOMENT.
The plot was captivating and engrossing. I was hanging onto every detail that VE Schwab had to give me; and I was thoroughly impressed by the writing. You can really see how her writing has developed over the years.
Vengeful is one of the books that made you feel like you were watching a movie. The cold-blooded kills, grim thematic undertones, and unforgiving characters makes the city of Merit a place to be reckoned with.
I really enjoyed Vengeful and am glad to see how the story progressed. There were more characters and more action … I could totally see this series become a gritty TV series on Netflix.