Vengeful by V.E. Schwab
★★★★★ | 8 September 2018
“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 Vicious is the best of every talent she has in the writing department; she’s abstract, a wide world without clear boundaries, but with enough detail that it’s hard not to be enthralled.
The ease with which I visualized scenes was just incredible; in this series especially, I think she does a really good job conveying the image of a scene without being too specific. SPOILER : The Syd/Victor scene on the balcony, the tea shop scene with Syd & June, and the scene in which a brick almostfalls on Marcella all stuck out in my head in different ways.
VENGEFUL’s three female leads are a woman who can ruin anything–and anyone–she touches, a living voodoo doll, and a girl who can resurrect the dead. This book was made for 2018.–V.E. Schwab via Twitter
The power of women in this book is just so, so real. Schwab plays around with terrifying yet strangely compelling female villains, and sympathetic female villains, and complex female leads, and it’s just all gorgeous.
All that is fantastic, but besides my absolute love for the writing, why did I read this so quickly and become so enthralled? The characters. God I fucking love how she makes every character dynamic and interesting through just a few words, just a little hint of knowledge about them conveyed so beautifully and immediately you feel that you understand this character and that you root for this character.
Okay, so, here’s a quick rundown of all the sides and characters:
➽V I C T O R, M I T C H, S Y D N E Y
→ Victor Vale – one of the best well-intentioned villain-from-one-point-of-view characters of all time.
→ Sydney – a slow-aging teenager who can bring back the dead. a legend and a queen and i love her.
→ Mitch – Victor’s sidekick, with no powers. the purest person in this book by all measures.
→ Dol – the ever-resurrecting dog. the only other pure being.
→ Dom – a far more unwilling sidekick who can step outside time and is Done With This Shit. I actually love Dom.
➽E L I E V E R
→ Eli Ever – is immortal and has also been through some shit, and he is ready to kill.
Everyone said I would learn to sympathize with Eli this book, and you know what, you were all correct. I’ve always thought Eli made a fantastic villain, but his character writing here really hit a STRIDE.
➽M A R C E L L A & J U N E
→ Marcella – former wife of a gangster who can quite literally erode people.
→ June – a human voodoo doll. I have no idea what to make of her but I know I love her.
→ Jonathan – a strangely forgettable character but oh well – that’s the point.
I loved the presence of such complexity in the villains here, and how well these three sides were integrated into the broader plot. The sheer character juggling here is really is impressive.
Between Vicious and this, I really, really am in love with this series – it’s my favorite by her without competition.