Vicious – V.E. Schwab

With the weather still sucking, it’s so nice to just sit on the couch or on my bed, snuggling with a blanket and a cup of tea whilst reading a book. That’s how I read most of this book, sitting on the couch.

Vicious is a book about Victor and Eli. They were college roommates – brilliant, arrogant and lonely boys who recognized ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared interest in adrenaline and near-death experiences. When an experiment goes terribly wrong, they both become ExtraOrdinaries (EO’s) with supernatural powers.

Ten years later, Victor escapes from prison, determined to get revenge on Eli, the man who put him there. In the time that Victor spend in prison, Eli has been running around and killing other EO’s.

Both receiving help to catch up to each other, Eli and Victor have set a course for revenge.


V.E. Schwab has a nice writing style, which makes it easy to read the book. Yes, you have to keep your focus because of all the time jumps and changing perspectives, but it’s still pretty easy to read. The book itself is fast-paced and flashes between past and present, whilst also changing the character perspectives to give a well-rounded story. I really liked this concept, you get to know the characters and you start to feel for them and understand their ways of thinking. Because of the fact that you get to know about what happened in the past, you get to see the way it influences the present and future.

I have mixed feelings about Vicious, because not much happened. I would’ve liked to see a bit more action. Of course, it was interesting to read about the motives and get to understand the thoughts of Eli and Victor, but I felt like something was missing.

I’m curious to see what the next book in the series will bring. And I’ll definitely read it, because Vicious was an interesting book after all.

Some of my favorite quotes from the book:

“Be lost. Give up. Give in. In the end it would be better to surrender before you begin. be lost. Be lost And then you will not care if you are ever found” – p. 13

“I wanted to believe that there’s more. That we could be more. Hell we could be heroes” – p. 83

“Never put off till tomorrow what you can do today” – p. 245

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