Author: V.E. Schwab
Type: Book 1 of 2 from Villains series
POV: Third Person
Victor Vale and Eli Cardale met as college roommates and naturally became best friends. Both brilliant and ambitious, they engaged in healthy competition among themselves. They planned to go all out on their final projects, but what started as a thirst of knowledge quickly escalated into something that neither of them could control.
I’ve been curious about this book and author for a while, and after reading this one I regretted not reading it earlier. I absolutely loved the theme of the story.
“No, Sydney,” he said. “I need you to stay here.”
“Why?” she asked.
“Because you don’t think I’m a bad person,” he said. “And I don’t want to prove you wrong.”
Every single significant character in this book was brilliantly put together. Their backgrounds and psychological makeup made their actions relatable or understandable. I love how everyone skirted between good and evil, choosing to do the right thing or the best thing.
“You know, maybe I should let you kill me. Because you’re right. Even though we come back, something stays dead. Lost. We forget something of who we were. It’s scary and wonderful and monstrous.”
It’s hard for me to choose a favorite because every character from either side had their own appeal. Victor stood out by default but I also love Eli because I understood his reasoning. However, I have a soft spot for Mitch for reasons I can’t say without spoiling it.
Vicious is a tale of power and responsibility. It would appeal to readers who enjoy unapologetic anti-hero characters.
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