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Vicious: Reviewed

Alright, this is more like a chatty, rambling thing than a review. Whatever. I need to talk about this freaking book! (This was supposed to post earlier, but apparently I didn’t check that the scheduling time was set for AM instead of PM *facepalm* )

Vicious (Villains, #1)

Description 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?

Review(ish)

You guys…I had this book for so long. SO. LONG. I had the original cover (the one I used above), and I’m pretty sure I got this in like 2014, but didn’t read it until last month. At first it was because I wasn’t in the right mood, but I really wanted to read it as soon as I finally was. Then, we got the news about the sequel, so I waited. And waited. And waited. I still don’t have Vengeful (I tried to pre-order it, but my B&N order was randomly cancelled, and I’m still mad), but hopefully soon.

Anyway, this is about Vicious, so back to that.

This. Freaking. Book! If you’ve read it and are a fan, I’m sure you can imagine my feelings. From the very beginning, literally the first page, I knew I was going to love this book. I loved Victor and Sydney immediately, and oh my gosh Mitch ❤ And Dol ❤ I love them, and they are all my precious book children. (Well, okay, I might be referring to Victor as my first book boyfriend in like 12 years, but that’s beside the point.)

The relationship between Victor and Sydney could have been creepy, but it wasn’t. It was a little heart breaking at times, but I also felt like the Grinch near the end at one part, when Sydney went looking for Victor after an encounter with her sister. I honestly thought my heart was growing three sizes when I read Sydney’s thoughts, oh my gosh.

Mitch might have been my favorite character? I’m not totally sure. I loved the whole trio, but Mitch was just such a freaking cinnamon roll. I felt terrible for him and his backstory, and I made the most ridiculous screeching at one part when he was in a bathroom. (I am trying so hard to avoid spoilers, in case there’s anyone who hasn’t read this yet.)

I hated Eli. Right away, I hated him, and kind of started hoping something really terrible was going to happen to him not long after we started getting to know him. He might be the first “love to hate them” character I’ve encountered (on this level) since Umbridge 😮 I had so much fun hating him, which probably seems kind of weird, but oh well.

This book was so weird. I loved the take on EOs (ExtraOrdinaries) in this universe so much. While I do tend to enjoy sci-fi, sometimes I’m kind of “meh” about the actual science-y things. With this one, I don’t really know how to feel about it, like how much research and actual facts went into this book, because I haven’t checked anything out. Regardless of whether or not any of it was based on facts, it was delivered very well, and I don’t think I’ve ever come across an explanation for EOs quite like the one in this book, so that was refreshing. Everything about the “birth” of them was strange and new (to me), and I really enjoyed learning about it. I’m pretty sure that, by the time the full explanation came out, I wasn’t left dissatisfied and wondering about tons of things that weren’t addressed, which I really appreciated.

I’ve heard the “morally grey characters” bit said about this book by pretty much everyone who’s read it and talked about it, so I expected that, but I didn’t know what it would be like. I thought it was great. It was nice not really having a hero character who’s all morally superior, with clear distinctions between the hero and villain/antagonist and which side they’re on (good vs evil). I want more books with characters like these, and I want them noooow. (If you have recs, oh my gosh, please let me know in the comments!)

Am I being at all coherent with this? I’m trying, but I’m still just kind of flailing around and honestly thinking about re-reading it already.

Basically, this was one of my favorite books of the year. It wasn’t actually my favorite, but it was very close. Probably in my top 3? It’s definitely going on my “all time favorites” shelf on goodreads, though, and I did give it 5 out of 5 stars.

The pace was good, the flashbacks didn’t bother me (sometimes they annoy me in books, but I liked them in this one), the characters were fantastic, and the plot was very good. I’m really hoping to get Vengeful this weekend (fingers crossed!) because I want more ❤

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Top 10 Tuesday: Authors I’d Love to Meet

This is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week, there’s a theme and you choose ten books that fit it. Check out upcoming topics here.


I’m still not sure if I found this topic easy or difficult, and I couldn’t decide if this list could/should also include deceased authors, so I limited it (just in case) to only those who are still among the living.

I’m using the first book I read by these authors this week because something about grabbing an author’s picture from somewhere online (their site, goodreads, whatever) feels really weird, so… :/

Also, these aren’t necessarily all people who write my all-time favorite books. I based my choices on a combination of enjoying their books and enjoying their posts on social media. (And for a couple, I’ve also seen clips of them speaking at events I believe, and read/heard/seen interviews with them.)

In no particular order… (Ok, except 1 & 2 because there’s a chance I’d sell a piece of my soul to be able to meet them.)


A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic, #1)

 

Victoria/V.E. Schwab– Just ❤ I don’t think I need to explain this choice.

 

 

Shadow and Bone (Grisha Verse, #1)

 

Leigh Bardugo– *takes breath*  *unholy screeching* ❤ Leigh might have been the author who really got me into reading YA.

 

 

Soulless (Parasol Protectorate, #1)

 

Gail Carriger– I couldn’t leave Gail Carriger off this list after she single-handedly saved me from a reading slump. Plus, she’s fabulous.

 

 

Gothic Charm School: An Essential Guide for Goths and Those Who Love Them

 
Jillian Venters– I spent so much time on the Gothic Charm School site in middle and high school, omg. Jillian Venters helped me a lot and she’ll probably never know.

 

 

A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1)


Libba Bray–
Libba Bray is probably tied for the author on this list I’ve wanted to meet for the longest amount of time, because I read AGATB back in high school.

 

 

Fates and Furies

 
Lauren Groff– Lauren Groff makes the list partly because I really enjoyed this book, and partly because of things I’ve seen from recent interviews (I believe).

 

 

Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)

 

Victoria Aveyard– I’ve only read RQ, but I follow Victoria Aveyard on social media, and she seems like she’d be fun to chat with.

 

 

If We Were Villains

 

M.L. Rio– I’ve followed M.L. Rio online since well before this book was published, and I think I might pass out if I ever actually met her.

 

 

The Girl from the Well (The Girl from the Well, #1)


Rin Chupeco–
This! Book! I’m still not over it (and the sequel) and I highly recommend it! Rin Chupeco is one of very few horror writers to give me the creeps with a book, and I would love to at least meet her to tell her how much I appreciate that ❤

 

Modern Tarot: Connecting with Your Higher Self through the Wisdom of the Cards

Michelle Tea– I might be cheating a bit by adding Michelle Tea to the list, because I’m actually still reading my first book by her. But based on this book (especially some of the anecdotes) and her online presence, I would love to meet her at some point.

 

 

(I didn’t notice until I got to number 9 that all my picks this week are women authors, so that wasn’t actually intentional.)

 

Who are some authors you’d love to meet?

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Top 10 Tuesday: Books By My Faves I Still Need to Read

This is a weekly meme that was created by The Broke and the Bookish, and is now being hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. Every week, there’s a theme and you choose ten books that fit it. Check out upcoming topics here.


This one was kind of hard for me because I have different kinds of “favorite” authors. Like, there are different levels, and who my favorites are can change depending on the mood I’m in.

Anyway, these 10 books I still haven’t read yet, by some of my favorite authors, in no particular order.


This Savage Song (Monsters of Verity, #1)

 

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab– Sooooon! (Probably.)

 

 

Vicious (Villains, #1)

Vicious by V.E. Schwab– Later this week, as soon as I get my copy of Vengeful which came out today, and has hopefully shipped by the time this post goes up!

 

 

Wonder Woman: Warbringer (DC Icons, #1)

Wonder Woman: Warbringer by Leigh Bardugo– I think I’m only putting off reading this because I don’t want to have zero unread Bardugo books on my shelf while I wait for something new from her.

 

 

Origin (Robert Langdon, #5)

Origin by Dan Brown– Dan Brown is almost a guilty pleasure author for me at this point, if I were the type of person to feel guilty for something I’ve read. I’ve read all his other books and enjoyed them, so I’ll probably read this one eventually.

 

 

Spellbook of the Lost and Found

Spellbook of the Lost and Found by Moïra Fowley-Doyle– I’m not sure if someone can become a favorite author after only one book, but I fell in love with Doyle’s writing in The Accident Season and I can’t wait to get to Spellbook.

 

 

Prudence (The Custard Protocol, #1)

 

Prudence by Gail Carriger– I want it so bad! I love her Parasol Protectorate series, so I’m hoping to also love this one.

 

 

Cold Days (The Dresden Files, #14)

Cold Days by Jim Butcher– I’m like two books behind with The Dresden Files, but I keep waiting to read more until we get a hint for when book 16 will be coming out.

 

 

Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse, #13)

Dead Ever After by Charlaine Harris– STILL! Ugh. I’ve read the first 12 Southern Vampire Mysteries, and then I re-read them all, but still haven’t gotten to this one because my copy got destroyed before I could read it -_-

 

 

The Meaning of Liff (Meaning of Liff, #1)

The Meaning of Liff by Douglas Adams– I keep putting off getting a copy of this (and the sequel) because I don’t want to finally reach the end of Adams’s books 😦

 

 

Switch Bitch by Roald Dahl– I really like(d) his children’s books, and I’ve heard his adult short stories are kind of weird and maybe a little dark or twisted? I’m curious, and really want to check them out eventually.

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T5W: SFF Authors On My “Auto-Buy” List

T5W is a weekly meme created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey, now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. You can check out the goodreads group to learn more.

April 11: Auto-Buy Scifi and Fantasy Authors – Booktube SFF Awards Babble Crossover Topic! 
— This month’s crossover topic is your auto-buy authors that write SFF.

Ok, I’m stretching this a bit because A) I literally only have like…2? 3? authors on my “auto-buy” list in general, and B) I can’t always afford to buy books (I end up having to wait months or even years sometimes for books a lot of the time) so… We’re cheating a little.

This is my “perfect world” list, in which I have enough money at any time to be able to buy a new book, instead of having to wait for over time and stuff like that. So, these are the authors I’d probably pre-order in that scenario, and would most likely buy anything they published.

In no particular order, except the first two are already authors I just auto-buy ASAP.


V.E./Victoria Schwab– Do I need to explain? (I’m still missing 1…or 2? of her books, but I’m collecting them all, even though I’ve only read the Shades of Magic series so far.)

Leigh Bardugo– I think I still need to pick up the original Grisha short stories, maybe, but otherwise I think I own all of her books now, and I’ll probably continue to buy them.

Jim Butcher– Husband and I both love The Dresden Files, and now we’re on the hunt for his other books. So far we only have a partial collection of TDF, and The Aeronaut’s Windlass, but we’re working on it.

Gail Carriger– Ok, I’ve only read I think the first 2 or 3 of her Parasol Protectorate books, but I loved them. And the covers are ❤ so honestly I would probably buy her books just for those if the price was right. (I actually not have the entire Parasol Protectorate series for my Kindle *inhuman screeching* I’m very excited to get back into the universe.

Moïra Fowley-Doyle– I’m pretty sure she counts for this. I haven’t read Spellbook of the Lost and Found yet, but The Accident Season is a favorite of mine and she landed on my wishful auto-buy list (aka authors I will definitely buy the second I have the money). Husband, wonderful man that he is, actually picked up Spellbook for me last year shortly after it came out, but reading slumps and ARCs got in the way of me actually reading it (soooooon, though).

Laini Taylor– I’ve actually only read two of her books so far (the first two in the DOSAB trilogy), but I have the entire DOSAB trilogy and Strange the Dreamer and I honestly don’t even know what Strange is about because I just heard she was writing a new book and then bought it ASAP after it came out. (I still don’t know anything about the plot.)


I got a bit lazy this week, so no images and links. Insomnia is kind of trying to ruin my life. Fun times 😐

Honestly, this topic was so stressful for me because there are a lot of authors I still haven’t read enough from to know if they could be auto-buy-authors, and then there are the now deceased authors (looking at you in particular, Douglas Adams) whose books I already own all/most/many of (I have to get the Dirk Gently books, dang it, and The Meaning of Liff). Then of course there’s J.R.R. Tolkien. I really want nice editions of LOTR and The Hobbit, and I also want Beowulf, and…Well, everything, really. It just didn’t feel right to include them, because there’s nothing new coming out. (Well, no new creations, I guess I should say.)

Wow I’m getting rambly, so time to wrap this up… If you’re actually reading this, thank you ❤ And I’m sorry 😛


**Edit: I’m not sure if I should laugh or beat my head against a wall omg haha. I just realized I can’t count, apparently. (Actually, I had a plan, but I was so tired when I wrote this that it fell apart.) What I think I intended to do was have Victoria and Leigh as tied for the number one spot, the unquestionable two I will buy books from without even knowing anything about the book. Then the other 4. But oh well, let’s just have 6 instead of 5 this week 😛 **


Do you have any auto-buy SFF authors?

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T5W: Author Idols

T5W is a weekly meme created by Lainey from gingerreadslainey, now hosted by Sam from ThoughtsOnTomes. You can check out the goodreads group to learn more.

 

November 29th: Authors You’d Want to Write Like
–In honor of NaNo wrapping up, discuss some authors you’d like to write like. Whether its their writing style, what genre they write in, or how many books they manage to churn out a year!

Holy wow. It’s been over a month since I did a T5W 😮 I can’t remember why my last was October 18th, but November…I really wanted to do all of them, but I just didn’t have it in me, with NaNo and all that. (Update on NaNo, etc. coming tomorrow, whoo!)

Anyway… This topic was actually so hard because I really had to think about it. I like a lot of authors, but deciding on 5 I’d truly want to write like was a challenge (mostly just to narrow it down to only 5).

No pictures this week because I’m lazy and tired and honestly couldn’t decide which book to use for 3 out of 5 :/

In no particular order…


J.K. Rowling– Someday, I might make a list for T5W that doesn’t have J.K. on it, but this isn’t that week.

Victoria (V.E.) Schwab– Oh my gods, yes. I kinda live for her books at this point. (Ok, shameful confession time: I have the Shade of Magic trilogy and three of her other books, but I’ve still only read SoM :/ )

Leigh Bardugo– Another author I just about worship and live for her books. I freaking love her characters and the Grishaverse. I want to write a villain that makes someone think, “This character is such a garbage can, but I love them anyway” with serious heart eyes going on.

Douglas Adams– I love his humor, and wish I could write funny and entertaining things the way he did.

M.L. Rio– Hell freaking yes, oh my gosh. Have you guys read If We Were Villains? I’m so in love and can’t wait to read it again ❤ (I reviewed the audiobook earlier this year.)


Honestly, this list could go on and on and on and on an– But I literally just glanced at my shelves and wrote the first 5 I saw and would actually want to write like. I think if I thought about it for about 30 seconds, I could easily come up with another 10. I just really love so many books and authors, and I admire so many who have inspired me in one way or another. I wouldn’t be a writer if it weren’t for them.


Who are some authors you’d like to write like?