Tuesday, February 18, 2014


ViciousBook Review:  Vicious

Author:  V.E. Schwab
Published:  September 2013
Series:  Vicious #1
Genre:  Adult Paranormal

The Setting - Taken from Goodreads
Victor and Eli started out as college roommates—brilliant, arrogant, lonely boys who recognized the same sharpness and ambition in each other. In their senior year, a shared research interest in adrenaline, near-death experiences, and seemingly supernatural events reveals an intriguing possibility: that under the right conditions, someone could develop extraordinary abilities. But when their thesis moves from the academic to the experimental, things go horribly wrong.

Ten years later, Victor breaks out of prison, determined to catch up to his old friend (now foe), aided by a young girl whose reserved nature obscures a stunning ability. Meanwhile, Eli is on a mission to eradicate every other super-powered person that he can find—aside from his sidekick, an enigmatic woman with an unbreakable will. Armed with terrible power on both sides, driven by the memory of betrayal and loss, the archnemeses have set a course for revenge—but who will be left alive at the end?

My Two Cents
Vicious plays out much like a Hollywood movie.  You are somewhat confused at first with who the bad guy really is.  Victor could be good or evil.  But with the addition of new "special" characters we learn who's side is really worth fighting for.  With Vicious I'm going to be short and to the point.  Read this if you enjoy the Avengers movies or any superhero comic book.  There is no romance in this book (and I think it would have ruined the book if there was).  But Schwab does an excellent job of pulling me, the reader in, and she kept me guessing until the very end.  I'm awarding Vicious 4 out of 5 stars.  A good exciting read, just not a memorable one.

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