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Vengeful (Villains, 2) Paperback – January 7, 2020
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*NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER*
*2018 GOODREADS CHOICE AWARD WINNER FOR BEST SCIENCE FICTION CATEGORY*
*Entertainment Weekly's 27 Female Authors Who Rule Sci-Fi and Fantasy Right Now*
A super-powered collision of extraordinary minds and vengeful intentions―V. E. Schwab returns with the thrilling follow-up to Vicious.
Magneto and Professor X. Superman and Lex Luthor. Sydney and Serena Clarke. Victor Vale and Eli Ever.
Great partnerships―now soured on the vine.
But Marcella Riggins needs no one.
Flush from her brush with death, she’s gained the control she always sought―and will use her newfound power to bring the city of Merit to its knees. She’ll do whatever it takes, from taking over the mob to collecting her own sidekicks, and even leveraging the two most infamous EOs, Victor Vale and Eli Ever, in a dangerous game of cat and mouse.
With Marcella's rise, new enmities create surprising opportunity―and the stage of Merit will once again be set for a final, terrible reckoning.
“In Vengeful, V.E. Schwab is at the top of her game, with twisty action, oddball family pairings and unexpected antiheroes you can’t help but root for.” ―Washington Post
“Schwab's characters feel vital and real, never reduced to simple archetypes... In a genre that tends toward the flippant or pretentious, this is a rare superhero novel as epic and gripping as any classic comic. Schwab's tale of betrayal, self-hatred, and survival will resonate with superhero fans as well as readers who have never heard of Charles Xavier or Victor von Doom.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review
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“Readers won't be able to put down this dark and riveting tale of power and revenge.”―Kirkus Reviews, starred
“With all the knife-sharp thrill of its cinematic predecessor, 2013’s Vicious, bestseller Schwab’s second Villains series plunges readers back into the world of extraordinary humans.”―Publisher’s Weekly, starred
“Vengeful picks up five years after the insane events of book one, ratcheting up the stakes and introducing two kickass women with extraordinary powers.”―Paste Magazine
“Schwab does a masterful job in these two books, capturing all of the questions superheroes would raise in our reality and with nuance not often found in the genre at large.”―BookRiot
“If Vicious is a blast to the chest, then Vengeful is a cold knife between the ribs, sharp and something that’ll sit with you long after you reach the last page.”―Culturess
“[Schwab is] a highly skilled writer...With each page, the story grows faster, denser, and more inescapable, like all good books should. Vengeful, like Vicious before it, is one of those books.”―Den of Geek
“The long-anticipated sequel to V.S. Schwab's super-villain novel, Vicious, is finally here, and it's worth the wait.”―Bustle
“V.E. Schwab showcases her prolific writing prowess in Vengeful…an adrenaline rush.”―Hypable
About the Author
- Publisher : Tor Books; Reprint edition (January 7, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 480 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0765387530
- ISBN-13 : 978-0765387530
- Item Weight : 13.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.55 x 1.26 x 8.16 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #24,101 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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We got a lot of backstory for characters that just wasn't needed, mainly Eli. We were introduced to new characters who had what could have been promising story arcs but ultimately fell flat, mainly Marcella. Out of all the new characters the only one I felt intrigued about was June. Victor, Sydney, and Mitch all had boring arcs. That is what this book was bland and boring. By the time I reached the climax of the story my entire being wanted this story to be over.
In conclusion this was all around a disappointing read for me.
I loved all of the characters (old and new) and Schwab really expands on the concept of EOs in this book. I felt like I was watching a slow-burn Marvel movie the entire time. I did find the frequent time jumps between past and present jarring, and it took a while to settle into the strange rhythm. Also, I'm not a fan of the repetitive writing style. I don't need to know that Syd slowed, stopped, halted. It was annoying, irritating, irksome. The pacing was on the lagging end for my taste, but Schwab really did meticulously work her way up to tying everything together for the grand finale.
This books is set 5 years after Vicious. And we still have all our favorite villains:
Victor - Have to say Victor kind of irked me a bit in this one.
Sydney - Oh I still love her.
Mitch - Oh I still love him
Dol - 3 times dead dog. What is not to love
Eli - Actually was a part in this book I felt sorry for him
Plus a few more added:
Marcella - Don't let her touch you
June - Who is she really. I would really like to see a book about her because I really liked June. Want more on her backstory.
And Jonathan: He was more of a minor player But a very cool power.
I really did like this book. Have to say I liked Vicious more but this was still excellent. Especially the end. WOW!
As in the first book I loved all the powers these EO's had. And I think the new characters were very well written. This book confused me a bit though with all the jumping around it did. And Marcella, June and Jonathan were the more focal characters. While Victor, Sydney, Mitch and Eli were more secondary this time. Which I was kind of disappointed. But with the way the story went That is how it had to be. I did think some parts sort of dragged for me. But the end sure made up for all of that. That was an edge of my seat, tension building ending.
It was still all in all an excellent book. If you loved Vicious, you have to read this. And if you didn't love Vicious, well What is wrong with you LOL
This book, like Vicious, was wonderfully written. Each chapter, each jump in time, fell in perfect sync with the next. This book kept me awake well into the night, verging on early morning. Vengeful isn’t a page turner; it’s a page eater. I devoured the words like they were the first meal I’d had in weeks. By the end, I felt like I’d eaten a full course meal at a five diamond restaurant.
My complaints are few and far between, and all of them are based on personal preference. I wish there was more backstory with certain characters. I felt like a part of Marcella’s story was too brushed over. And lastly, I felt like this story was a little too obviously staged, especially when compared to Vicious. But these would never deter me from recommending this series. Which I do. So, so much.
So if you enjoy unique stories, amazing storytelling, and characters that will have your mind, heart, and soul in so many knots you wont ever be able to untangle them, then make sure you pick up this series!
It's primarily driven by powerful character arcs offered with slow-burn precision. There's a character in this one who is definitely not the good guy, but her POV kept making me nod with understanding. As with the first book, Schwab does a remarkable job of diving into the why of the villains.
So, basically, it's a hyper character-driven novel and deliciously heady.
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I really like the idea of EO's and was excited to see what happens with Mr Vale after the events of the last book. But honestly, I just did not like him in this book. He was boring and completely unlikeable, speaking to everyone like crap and seemed to have lost the charming edge that made him endearing in the first book.
June just was Mystique minus the blue, and I couldn't get past that because it then just started to feel like it was ripping off elements of X-men. Marcella I just wasn't interested in and found my mind drifting whenever she was around.
I think possibly my biggest problem is there never really feels like there is true peril. With Sydney's ability to resurrect the dead, it just feels like it doesn't actually matter if anyone dies because there are more than likely going to come back. That led to the sense of me not caring for most of the book.
Will I read the third book....probably, but I also kind of wish I'd just left it at book one and read it as a standalone.
The world that Schwab has created it very good and her take on superheroes is very interesting. I really love all the interesting powers that they have, especially Marcella's. If feel like if this book started out a bit more fast paced I would have enjoyed it.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 24, 2018