Author: V.E. Schwab
Published: September 2013
Summary: Victor and Eli were paired as roommates in college and quickly grew to becoming best friends. When a passion project turned research thesis turns to the dark side, the two become enemies. Ten years later, Victor is breaking out of jail in an attempt to exact revenge on his former bestie.
Thoughts: This was one of my picks for book club. Earlier this year I finished the Darker Shades Trilogy (#1, #2, #3) by V.E. Schwab, which I loved, so I was excited to get to her beloved Vicious. I have heard a lot of love for this book from book bloggers and booktubers, maybe even more love than the Darker Shades Trilogy. What I loved about this book was V.E. Schwab’s writing. As usual, it is spectacular. She has such a way with words, telling a story and introducing you to characters. Her writing alone is enough to compel me to turn the page. I didn’t, however, love this book. I was not fully invested or even all that interested in the dynamic between Victor and Eli, the main characters. I was much more interested in the Sydney and Serena dynamic, secondary characters. I also found there to be flaws with the EO powers presented, wondering how the characters came to understand their powers and why they didn’t use them to stop the bad happening around them. I also didn’t quite understand why Victor hated Eli so much. The story is told through short chapters taking place sometime between right now and 10 years ago. The book jumps around a lot. Like sometimes every page or two. I have never experienced a book that jumped around so much. I wouldn’t say it was a negative for the book because V.E. Schwab had her reasons for doing it that way, but it was definitely a noticeable part of the book reading experience. The premise brings up some interesting talking points on the issue of good vs. evil and we had a good book club discussion going over aspects of the story, but I didn’t really enjoy the actual reading of the book all that much. I was in the minority in the book club though, everyone else liked it more than me. I wonder if my high expectations ruined the reality of the book.
Next Month’s Pick: The Kommandant’s Girl