Vicious, V.E. Schwab (2013)
Themes: Fantasy, Science Fiction, Adult
This book was a whirlwind of plot changes and emotions and I loved it! Having been on my TBR for some time, I’m not really sure why I didn’t pick this up sooner, given that it is comprised of something I love to read about, ‘superhero like’ abilities. I also thought I better be up to speed on this series before the sequel is released later this year, reality has it that now that is going to be an agonising wait.
Something I love about Victoria Schwab’s writing is how particular she is when describing her characters and the environment around them, it really makes the books for me. For example there’s a character in these books, Mitch, who loves his chocolate milk and although that’s such a small thing, it’s a characteristic that makes him more lovable and relatable for the reader. Mitch is a side character in this book, but I love him, he’s on my ‘to protect’ list, as is Dol the dog. If you’re reading this without having read this book yet then you’re probably a little confused, but rest assured, this book will have you emotionally captivated and caring about a few key characters.
The really cool feature in this book for me is that some of the characters have what I would describe as X-men like abilities. I love discovering more about these abilities, seeing who can do what, it’s my childhood dream! I always wished I would be able to have a power of some kind when I was younger… and possibly now too. So I feel like I can live my unachievable dream through the pages of this novel. If you could have a superpower what would it be? I’m always torn with mine, I’d love to experience flying, but with the weather in England I feel like it would only be a beneficial power for a few months of the year.
I want to protect the characters in this book so much, but I don’t trust anyone to remain alive. It’s such a tense mix of emotions to get attached to characters that may or may not live! Schwab’s writing is honestly amazing and she is 100% one of my favourite authors, if you haven’t read her yet then you really should.