Vengeful by V. E. Schwab
Series: Villains #2
Published: September 25, 2018
Rating: ★★★★ 1/2 (4.5 Stars)
WARNING: Synopsis and review contain spoilers for the first book in the Villains series, Vicious.
The sequel to VICIOUS, V.E. Schwab’s first adult novel.
Sydney once had Serena—beloved sister, betrayed enemy, powerful ally. But now she is alone, except for her thrice-dead dog, Dol, and then there’s Victor, who thinks Sydney doesn’t know about his most recent act of vengeance.
Victor himself is under the radar these days—being buried and re-animated can strike concern even if one has superhuman powers. But despite his own worries, his anger remains. And Eli Ever still has yet to pay for the evil he has done.
The storyline in Vengeful is one that I’ve been thirsting for since the end of Vicious.
The time switching is something that I adored in Vicious and is part of what made it so unique and intriguing. I feel like a bit of that magic was lost for me in Vengeful, particularly in “Part 1” (out of four parts). We are not only switching between Victor and Sydney, but we have two new and exciting characters to contend with. Don’t get me wrong, I loved June and Marcella’s points of views, but the time switch on top of 4 POV started to give me whiplash. Overall, this was one of two negatives I could find in a book that was otherwise flawless by my standards.
Marcella was a dynamic villain and character that, despite her utter evilness, has the reader rooting for her. June felt a little one dimensional at times. While she does experience change throughout the novel, her backstory is only vaguely hinted at and I feel like I never really got to know her as a character. At some points it seemed like she was just used as a convenient way to get out of a situation. I’d really like to learn more about her backstory, whether in a short story or *hopefully* a future installment.
The ending definitely leaves some things open which allows for the possibility of a third book. I believe that Schwab has joked about “maybe in another 5 years” (which is how long it took between Vicious and Vengeful – Vicious was originally intended as a standalone with similar open possibilities that are left in this installment).