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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?


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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T5W: Books to Read Before 2019

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 14th: Books You Want to Read Before 2019
–Our Goodreads goals are quickly closing in. What are you prioritizing for the end of the year?

This topic proved to be surprisingly difficult because my reading mood changes so often :/ That said, here are 5 books that, at the time of this writing, I would like to get to before the end of the year.

(I also didn’t include things I’m currently reading, or the books I might try to read during Tome Topple, because I should have a post about TT tomorrow. Hopefully.)

In no particular order…

Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)

Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard– I might have to re-read RQ, but I want to finally finish this series soon. I wanted to finish it this year, but I doubt I’ll get through three of them, so I’ll settle for just book two.

A Map of Days (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #4)

A Map of Days by Ransom Riggs– This was a birthday gift from husband (he knows me so well ❤ ) and I’ve been dying to start it, but NaNoWriMo has taken up too much time so far. But I really want to get to it ASAP.

The Bear and the Nightingale (Winternight Trilogy, #1)

The Bear and the Nightingale by Katherine Arden– I’ve seen this all over the online bookish community since it came out, but I actually know almost nothing about it. It’s been on my shelf about a year, so hopefully I’ll get to it soon.

I Hate Fairyland, Vol. 1: Madly Ever After

I Hate Fairyland vol. 1: Madly Ever After by Skottie Young– I haven’t heard much about this one, and I think it might have been an impulse buy. I feel like I’m going to be in the mood for something fun and quick to get through soon (post-NaNo de-stressing and the like), and this might be perfect.

Vicious (Villains, #1)

Vicious by V.E. Schwab– Uuuuuggggghhhhh. Yes, I still haven’t read it -_- I honestly was going to last month, but got too busy, and now it’s NaNo month. I might get to it this month, but probably next, honestly. I’m determined to get it off my TBR this year, though.

What are some books you’d like to read before the end of the year?

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T5W: Favorite Magic Systems

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.

October 3rd: Favorite Magic Systems
— This October, T5W is exploring not only the paranormal, but also magic and wizardry in general!

I don’t know if I’m doing this right, but I’m doing it anyway.

The Mists of Avalon (Avalon, #1)

The Mists of Avalon
by Marion Zimmer-Bradley–Ok, it’s been ages since I read this or watched the mini-series, but I remember abso-freaking-lutely loving it, and the magic in it.



Storm Front (The Dresden Files, #1)

The Dresden Files series by Jim Butcher– I haven’t read a Harry Dresden book in quite a while (still waiting for a release date for the next book so I can catch up), but this universe has one of my favorite magic systems ever.



The Night Circus

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern– I…don’t remember exactly how things worked in this one because it’s been like 7 years since I read this book :/ Time for a re-read, because I still consider it one of my all-time faves, and I remember loving the magic.



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

Shades of Magic series by V.E. Schwab–
I love the magic in this universe, omg! It’s so good, and kind of unique, and I love, love, love it!



Once Upon a Time (TV show)– I was going to use HP for my last one, but I think there’s a topic later this month that I want to use it for, and I’m trying to use it less often because that has to get boring. Anyway… Honestly, sometimes magic in this universe was kind of garbage and there were contradictions and stuff, but it was just so much fun to watch I didn’t care.

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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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Top 10 Tuesday: Fall 2018 TBR

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

Wow, it’s been like 3 months since I did a T10T :/

This week’s topic is books on our fall TBR. I don’t make TBRs. I never stick to them, and they just end up frustrating me and making me feel bad, so I don’t bother. However, I do usually have books in mind that I’d like to read within a certain time period. I might not actually do it, but I try.

So, these are 10 things I’d like to try to get to this season, in no particular order.

Undead Girl Gang by Lily Anderson– This one sounds perfect for next month, probably between heavier/longer books to lighten things up a bit.

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco– This has been on my shelf an embarrassingly long time :/

Vicious by V.E. Schwab– Another one I should have read ages ago, but I’m only saving it until Vengeful comes out next week, so I’ll hopefully be reading both of them soon.

Asylum by Madeleine Roux– This one is actually my husband’s, but he forgot about it, so…finders keepers?

Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury– I finally own it! I’m excited for this one because I remember loving the movie when I was a kid.

The Exorcist by William Peter Blatty– I have no excuse for why I still have not read this *sigh*

My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix– I’ve wanted to read this one since it came out, and now I have it! I’m excited because it sounds like something I’ll really enjoy.

Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier– I’ve wanted to read this for almost as long as I can remember, so maybe I’ll finally get around to it.

The Suffering by Rin Chupeco– I just realized I have two of her books on this list, but I just read The Girl From the Well and really liked it, so I’m hoping to grab this sequel ASAP.

For my tenth, I’m cheating. Cheating how? By not listing anything specific. My tenth spot is for short stories, mostly of the Victorian and Gothic varieties. I just don’t have any one thing in mind, so… however many short stories I can squeeze in over the next couple of months. Possibly some Gaskell, La Fanu, Poe, Blackwood, etc.

I’m not feeling very well today, so I’m not going in search of covers or trying to take any pictures to add to this. Sorry :/


What are some books you’d like to get to this autumn?

Have any spooky book recs you’d like to pass on?