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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.. 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 obviously am but because VE Schwab knows how to tell a story The way Vengeful was told is nothing but amazing We have four weeks ago in the present we have the past and the longer the story proceeds the closer we get to the actual present events and the final climax of the story And yes I chose my words carefully here because while reading the book I couldn t help but find parallels to Victor s condition Vengeful builds up like one of Victor s energy charges and after the discharge you re as drained and dizzy as him This book however isn t only about Victor but also about Eli Sydney and Mitch There are a lot of new players that enter the scene like for instance Marcella June and Jonathan Not to mention all the countless EO s EON found and arrested as well as the ones Victor found and well you know Vic doesn t do things by halves P Neither does Eli so it was only a matter of time until our old friend began scheming once again This time it s not all about Victor and Eli though and I was really happy to discover that we got a lot of female power to counterbalance our two boy s ongoing feud XD Believe me when I say that every single one of those characters has their own agenda and that they are not sueamish when it comes to enforcing their ambitions We basically get a gathering of ruthless and powerful people who literally walk over dead bodies in order to achieve their goals and do I even need to say it Yes Well my inner faerie had a field day lol And before I go on and on I better head to my character s section and gush over there The characters You know what they say about Rome All roads lead to Rome Well in this case it s Merit so Welcome to Merit The city in which Victor Vale and Eli Ever started their vicious and vengeful vendetta Tread carefully when you enter you might get right smack into the middle of their fight and parts of spoilers could hit you at every corner Consider yourself warned Victor Vale He had craved a lot of things power revenge control but sex was never one of them Even with Angie he d wanted her of course wanted her attention her devotion even her love He d cared about her would have found ways to please her and perhaps found his own pleasure in that but for him it had never been about sex First things first I still LOVE and ADORE Victor Vale 33 His character was every bit as intriguing and morally grey as it was in Vicious and it was such a pleasure to watch his mind at work I was glad to discover that his habit of using text markers to blot out words hadn t changed even though I ve to admit that in this context it broke my heart Victor is all about logic and control and in Vengeful the two things he always relied on were taken away from him He has no control over his body s degeneration and even though he knows that he s doomed the solution oriented part of him just can t accept his predicament He s a man on a mission and once he sets his mind to something he just can t let it go The truth is Victor clings to his life because he actually wants to live He doesn t want to leave Sydney or Mitch behind and he s desperate to find a cure It hurt to see him struggle and to know that he was just a shadow of his former self but after that ending I have hope again Maybe Victor will have a comeback in book three Please asks nicely You re such a weirdo sometimes Only sometimes asked Victor I ll have to try harder Those blue eyes flicked to Eli Normal is overrated Look at me he said coldly catching Sydney s chin in his hand The next time you point a gun at someone make sure you re ready to pull the trigger Victor was used to being the strongest person in the room and it was both familiar and unsettling to see that confidence on someone else Sydney Victor haunted her His pain haunted her His dying haunted herBecause it was Sydney s fault Ahh little Sydney has grown so much over those last five years It was good to see that she became a part of Victor s little family and that they got along so well Well is a loosely used term though because they are a super dysfunctional family but it somehow works lol If you ask me I don t think that Sydney doesn t age I think that she does but she does it very slowly Maybe it has to do with the ice It could have slowed down her metabolism and therefore she d age really slowly The concept of cryo preservation exists for a reason after all Also it was good that she worked on her abilities I m curious to find out what she might be able to do after she had some years to get accustomed to her powers Hopefully I ll be able to see it in the third book XD Plus I think now that she made peace with Serena s death it might be easier to handle her powers The emotional trauma of losing her sister might have influenced her abilities and I can t wait to see her really grow into them Eli Ever Eli s faith had faltered in that roomHe had found Hell in that roomAnd the only sign of God was that no matter what Haverty did Eli continued to survive Whether he wanted to or not I hate that I feel sorry for him but since this was obviously Schwab s intention I can blame it all on her lol No seriously No one deserves to have a Dr Haverty in their life and what he did with Eli was just cruel and inhuman It was torture and no matter what Eli did it was wrong to experiment on him Of course to some degree a person like Haverty was necessary to find Eli s weaknesses and to explore them because otherwise there would have been no way to stop him if he ever escaped Which he ultimately did and Dr Haverty was there to provide a solution So yeah I actually saw that one coming so I wasn t surprised by the ending Still there were other things I didn t expect For instance Eli s past I began to wonder if he might have become a different person if his father wouldn t have hurt him so much How many of the things he believed were indoctrinated How would he have turned out if his father s religious fanaticism wouldn t have shaped his thinking so much It boggles the mind if you think about it too hard In the end Eli was nothing but a little boy that got hurt by his own father and this actually made me really sad He prayed that the pastor would stop seeing whatever he saw while he carved new feathers into the torn wings of Eli s back Marcella How many men would she have to turn to dust before one took her seriously Now if Marcella wasn t the embodiment of a femme fatale then I really don t know XD That woman was burning like a wildfire and consuming everything in her path And just like a wildfire she wasn t put out easily Which uite honestly only made me love her character even lol I liked the idea of a strong and independent female villain that strove for than life was willing to offer her and I was glad she posed a real threat to Stell Hell Marcella even posed a threat to Eli and he was basically what you would call extremely hard to kill Plus that woman had style She took what she wanted and did it openly without hesitation It s rare to find a villain like that especially a female one which is just one reason to love her for it XD It s a shame Eli managed to kill her but without Jonathan she would have never been able to hold out for so long She was done playing by other people s rules Done hiding If you lived in the dark you died in the dark But stand in the light and it was that much harder to make you disappear And what happens then Oh mused Marcella tracing the veins in the stone I imagine that Director Stell will decide I m trouble than I m worth Jesus Marcella anyone ever told you that you re batshit crazy Marcella pursed her lips Several times she said It s an insult men love to aim at ambitious women June I saw became I think I saw became I couldn t have seen became I didn t see Eyes were fickle Minds were weak Okay let me say it HOW COOL ARE JUDE S POWERS OMG A living shape shifting voodoo doll Gosh I d love to have abilities like that She can t only change into every kind of person she wants to be no she also can t be hurt while she wears that person s skin That s like a Mystiue 20 version and I d be so ready to have superpowers like that XD Of course I d try not to get killed while wearing another person s skin because really that would be than just unfair to the poor person who would have to die Still the sheer possibility of being a different person every day or choosing your favourites to change every once in a while just amazing It doesn t really surprise me that Jude became an assassin with skills like that I can t help but feel like there is way to her character than we ever got to see though I still have so many uestion marks when it comes to Jude and the I read about her the intrigued I became I just hope that some mysteries will be solved in the third book because for now I m left wondering and I m getting a serious headache whenever I think too hard about it lol Was it worth it Syd had asked her that night when she confessed to giving up her face her life herself And it was it was but that didn t stop June from craving the light of recognition in someone s eyes The comfort of being seen being known The relationships shipsVictor Sydney Sydney I am alive because of you he said firmly Tears spilled down Syd s cheeks Victor reached out and touched her shoulder You saved me She met his eyes then ice blue laced with red But I broke you Aww those two I loved to see Victor s gentle side and no matter how much he tried to deny that he loved Sydney he actually diddoes Syd felt terrible for causing him so much pain but funnily enough Victor never held it against her He always knew that her powers are limited and he tried to protect her from the truth Well at least as long as he could It had to come out eventually and my heart broke for both of them when it did To leave her with Mitch and Dol was the right decision even though it hurt to see them part But Sydney knew because she s probably the only person aside from Mitch who knows when Vic is lying TT I just hope that Victor finds a solution and that they will reunite at some point Their story isn t over yet and I m convinced they ll meet each other again 3 He could read the uestion in her face It was the same one crashing through his own headWhat have I done There s something I have to do Sydney was already shaking her head but Victor reached out and put a hand on her cheek the gesture so strange so gentle it stopped her cold Syd he said look at me Victor Eli It frightened and thrilled Eli to be seen and to see himself reflected Not all of himself they were still so different but there was something vital a core of the same precious metal glinting through the rock How come those two men barely had any page time together but their chemistry was still off the charts It s so damn obvious that in some twisted sort of way they are in love with each other Their obsession and the fact they can t let go is indication enough I mean Eli thinks Victor is dead but still talks to his ghost You usually only do that with loved ones And I swear I could feel Eli s relief when he found out that Victor isn t dead He wants to kill him once again That s just an excuse to see him They both need each other they give each other purpose and I wonder what s going to happen with Victor now that Eli is truly dead Or is he I m still not all too convinced that he s really gone I mean what if Dr Haverty s drug didn t take Or its effect weakened Is it possible for Eli to heal even if he s dead Would he be able to come back ADFKASDKFADAKLMN Talk about things that boggle the mind I guess I ll only get answers once I read book 3 whenever it will come out Ahhhhh TT Victor wondered if that was why EON hadn t gotten closer Not because their pet had failed to see Victor s hand in the killings but because he had Victor stared at the wall as if it were still a window He doesn t know how patient you are he said Doesn t know you like I do Eli cleaned the blood from his hands No he said softly No one ever has Run thought Victor and he could see the response in Eli s coiled frame Chase me Victor A pause You were supposed to stay dead It didn t take Sydney June June could think of a dozen reasons to make sure Victor was dead and only one to stay her hand Sydney So what exactly has been going on between those two I have a lot of theories about June s motives but I don t know if any of them hits close to home My first theory is that she s in love with Sydney and a lot of the things she thought seemed to confirm that suspicion I mean she referred to Syd as her girl and she didn t only want to protect her but also wanted her to choose her over Victor A person she knows Syd loves Mhmm but then again with the little we know about her past she could also be related to Syd I don t know how exactly but it could be possible ARGH I have no idea seriously for all I know June could be her grandma and I m not even kidding here lol June is the most opaue character I ever encountered because we got NOTHING about her background Well at least nothing tangible I get the feeling Schwab made her like that on purpose and I m sure we ll see a lot of her in book three Considering Syd deleted her number from her phone it might take some while until they meet again though ConclusionThis seuel was everything I hoped for and even 3 I loved to read about all the new players that came into the game I was happy to read about the old ones and I still can t get enough of their morally ambiguous stance on certain things The world needs books like this and I m so ready to read them all And yes I m going to admit it I m Victor Vale trash and I ll never be sorry for it lol Can we have book three now Victoria XD



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

V.E. Schwab ß 1 REVIEW

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 to dress up for reviewing this book to take it in gratitude for a night out in someplace

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    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 how I loved this book I've waited five long years for the seuel to Vicious and I was starting to think it would never happen but Vengeful was so so good Definitely worth the waitThis

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    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 o

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    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?

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    “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

  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

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    “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 Vi

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    “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

  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 E

  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 everything i loved about vicious and so much i dont even know where to begin how lucky we are to even get a seuel? how much world building was present in this? the fact that mitch was still so wholesome