Book Review: Vengeful by V. E. Schwab

Magneto and Professor X. Superman and Lex Luthor. Victor Vale and Eli Ever. Sydney and Serena Clarke. Great partnerships, now soured on the vine.

But Marcella Riggins needs no one. Flush from her brush with death, she’s finally gained the control she’s always sought—and will use her newfound power to bring the city of Merit to its knees. She’ll do whatever it takes, collecting her own sidekicks, and leveraging the two most infamous EOs, Victor Vale and Eli Ever, against each other once more.

With Marcella’s rise, new enmities create opportunity—and the stage of Merit City will once again be set for a final, terrible reckoning.

What I Thought:

Wowsers! is what I thought…

I was given the opportunity to review Vengeful, the second in V. E. Schwab’s Villains series, so I bought the first book, Vicious, to get myself caught up.

I have a strange relationship with Fantasy books, but it seems that V. E. Schwab writes the kind of Fantasy (with a bit of Sci-Fi thrown in) that I like, as both of these books are stunning.

It’s really fantastic when an author and a publisher are a good fit, as you end up with not only great books, but also great looking books too, and Titan Books have gone all out to make Vicious and Vengeful beautiful objects. As you can see from the cover image above, the cover art is beautiful, but that doesn’t go far enough in explaining the high-quality paper and dust cover, the embossing on the cover and the ribbon bookmark (swoon).

But to the contents! The premise of both books is that near-death experiences can change a person, giving them special abilities. Vicious pits Victor Vale and Eli Ever against each other, without ever answering the question of who exactly is supposed to be the good guy and the bad guy, Vengeful adds Marcella Riggins to the mix, a woman who has been left for dead and literally risen from the ashes, and now she wants revenge.

I cannot sing V. E. Schwab’s praises enough, as she writes such gripping stories in many and varied series, I just can’t keep up with her. Everything of hers I’ve read so far has been so creative in their worlds, but also just killer stories that left me riveted and desperate for a continuation. I have read that a sequel to Vengeful might be five years in the making, but it will be well worth the wait!

Next month, V. E Schwab will be at YALC and, while I have seen her there before, I definitely have more of her work to be signed, and I look forward to listening to her speak on her panel, as she is so interesting to listen to.

This series, and V. E. Schwab’s work in general has a definite Gold Star recommendation from me and, at the time of writing, the Kindle edition of Vicious was only £2.80, so well worth trying at that price.

Vicious and Vengeful are published by Titan Books.

To find out more abut V. E. Schwab, you can check out her website. She is also active on Twitter (aside from work-related breaks!), so you can catch up with her there…

Please note: I was sent a copy of Vengeful for review. All opinions are, as ever, my own.

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